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Connect your App to Plug

πŸ”Œ Connect your App to Plug

Start interacting with the user's wallet by requesting a connect, and if needed, passing the necessary information to interact with the Agent and Actor.


requestConnect() is an asynchronous method to request a new connection by showing a pop-up to the Plug user, that resolves to Promise if the users response is Allow.

As an example, copy and paste the following code snippet into the console and execute it.

Select Allow or Decline in the pop-up and to see the corresponding result (Allowed or Declined) in the console.

If accepted, the requestConnect method returns an object containing the publicKey of the connected account. If declined, the method will throw an error.

(async () => {
  try {
    const publicKey = await window.ic.plug.requestConnect();
    console.log(`The connected user's public key is:`, publicKey);
  } catch (e) {

Optionally, you can pass the following parameters to integrate Plug's Agent features, for authenticating a user's identity and requesting access to the Plug Agent to sign requests to your canisters on behalf of that identity.

The fields are:

  • whitelist - an Array of Canister Ids of type string
  • host - a string representing a network URL that when not set defaults to the
  • onConnectionUpdate - an optional callback function that executes whenever switching to another idenity in Plug. Useful for updating app state & rebuilding actors across multiple identities. Lost (set to null) if the page is refreshed.
  • timeout - parameter that can be added to requestConnect and set as a global variable for the rest of the modals on your dapp. For example, if you set it to 5000, the modal will close in 5000 milliseconds or 5 seconds if the user fails to choose an action. By default, this is set to 2 minutes.


Passing a whitelist is telling Plug to pass the user a list of canisters that your app will be able to interact with through the PlugAgent, on their behalf. NOTE: You should only be interacting with whitelisted canisters through an actor created through createActor( ). More on that soon.

This is how it looks:

Object {
  whitelist?: ['canister-id'],
  host?: 'https://network-address',
  timeout: 50000

Here's an hypothetical example:

(async () => {
  // Canister Ids
  const nnsCanisterId = 'qoctq-giaaa-aaaaa-aaaea-cai'

  // Whitelist
  const whitelist = [

  // Host
  const host = "";

  // Callback to print sessionData
  const onConnectionUpdate = () => {

  // Make the request
  try {
    const publicKey = await window.ic.plug.requestConnect({
      timeout: 50000
    console.log(`The connected user's public key is:`, publicKey);
  } catch (e) {

You can learn more about this and use a template button implementation by reading our Plug button guide! A ready-to-go "Connect to Plug" button for your app.


isConnected() is an asynchronous method to check the connection status, that returns a Boolean: true or false.

(async () => {
  const result = await window.ic.plug.isConnected();
  console.log(`Plug connection is ${result}`);

πŸ‘Ύ Accessing Session Data

Once connected, we have consolidated some useful data types into one common data type, Session Data, which is structured as so:

type SessionData = { agent: HttpAgent, principalId: string, accountId: string } | null;

... and is accessible in-page through:


Your session's agent, principalId, and accountId are also all available individually:

// access session principalId

// access session accountId

// access session agent

All session data will all automatically be updated by Plug's in-page provider upon any account switch.

⚑ Persisting an App/Plug Connection

After initiating a connection to Plug with a whitelist, you can add this check as a fallback to ensure the connect persists as the user navigates your application/website

This checks the status of the connection to the user’s wallet in Plug; if at any moment it turns into false, it will re-requests it.

const connected = await window.ic.plug.isConnected();
if (!connected) await window.ic.plug.requestConnect({ whitelist, host });

You can use this, for example, in a useEffect inside of your apps main component (index/app) to do a check after load. You can pass on the same whitelist as before (won’t require re-approval by the user, unless access was revoked), or a different whitelist Canister ID set (will require the user’s approval).

const verifyConnection = async () => {
  const connected = await window.ic.plug.isConnected();
  if (!connected) await window.ic.plug.requestConnect({ whitelist, host });

useEffect(async () => {
}, []);

In version 0.5.1 we introduce a feature where the conection is persisted even after you refresh the page.