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What is Lit Protocol


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Lit is a decentralized key management and compute network. Builders of apps, wallets, protocols, and AI agents use Lit to advance digital ownership with decentralized keys and private, immutable programs.

The system builds off of contemporary work in applied cryptography, sealed confidential hardware, and peer-to-peer networking to provide the maximum amount of control and privacy to developers.

Developers can use Lit to build apps with private data, intuitive onboarding and wallet management, and private, immutable programs that run based on the rules you set.

Get started with the Lit SDK.

Whitepaper. Open Source Node Code. Audit reports.

Use Cases

Lit Protocol can be utilized for various web3 applications, including:

Lit and ecosystem partners are building the next generation of identity and machine intelligence protocols and apps, all running on the open web.

Developer Tooling: Projects like AlchemyPimlicoOpenfortLens ProtocolOrbisSpheron, and Snowball are using the generalized services provided by Lit and making them available for developers in the form of SDKs, powering specific use cases like account abstraction, private data on web3 social, token gated chat, and mobile wallet tooling.

Data Marketplaces: Protocols like CheqdKaratDAOIndexDataverseOS, and Streamr use Lit for encryption in the commercialization of data, powering trustless marketplaces being built on blockchains and the open web.

Identity: Projects like OamoKrebitTerminal3HolonymAlphaCapture, and Gateway use Lit to power the selective disclosure of encrypted data and credentials, giving users the ability to control how their information is accessed, managed, and monetized.

Content Authenticity and LicensingBlockchain Creative Labs has integrated Lit for encryption  within their Verify platform as a secure signing backend, enabling content to be stored privately and under a proper license.

Digital Product NFTs: Teams like CrossmintMoleculeAlexandriaCharmVerse, and Anotherblock use Lit to meet their consumer demand for more creative utility for digital assets, like unlockable NFTs and for selective decryption for managing IP rights.

User Wallets: Lit is being used as a decentralized key management solution for wallets and onboarding experiences being built by the teams at Collab.LandInfinexObviousPatchWalletSilkMeteor, and Burnt. These products have taken the form of wallet applications, account abstraction signers, and embedded wallets on existing platforms like Telegram and Discord.

Explore more use cases or learn how it works.

Getting Started

Get started on your developer journey by diving right into the code:

  • Lit SDK: The Lit JS SDK provides developers with a modular framework for implementing Lit functionality into their own applications.
  • Encryption Quick Start: Learn how to encrypt and decrypt content using the SDK.
  • Wallets Quick Start: Learn how to build user wallets with the Lit SDK.
  • Compute Quick Start: Get started with Lit Actions.
  • Lit CLI: A command line tool that makes developing Lit Actions easy!
  • API Reference: An overview of SDK functions and packages.

Join the Community

Join the Lit developer community on Discord and Telegram to stay up to date on the latest developments, troubleshoot errors, get technical support, and engage with fellow builders.

Have an idea for a project or currently building? Take a look at Lit's Ecosystem RFPs and Grant program.

Check out the Lit blog to read about new product announcements, integrations, ecosystem updates, and additional insights into the world of cryptography and web3.

Subscribe to Lit's community calendar to stay up to date on sponsored events, hackathons, office hours, and additional opportunities to engage with the Lit development team.

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