Adding a Lock to Web Page

Unlock can be added to any web page which supports JavaScript. For this, you would use our Paywall application.

Adding a lock to any webpage is simple, using Unlock's Paywall application. Note that the Unlock Community has built integrations for Content Management Systems. See the Plugins and Integrations section.

Embedding the paywall

The first part of this requires embedding a script on the web page where the lock should be installed. You need to achieve this in the ​<head> section of the HTML body. The script to be loaded is located at the following address:

We recommend loading the script using the following approach:

<script> (function(d, s) {
var js = d.createElement(s),
sc = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
sc.parentNode.insertBefore(js, sc); }(document, "script"));

Configure the Paywall

The following snippet should also be placed in the ​<head>​ section of the HTML document and will let you configure the behavior of the paywall.

var unlockProtocolConfig = {
locks: {
'0xabc': { // 0xabc is the address of a lock.
name: 'One Week'
'0xdef': {
name: 'One Month'
'0xghi': {
name: 'One Year'
} // you can add as many locks as you want.
icon: '',
callToAction: {
default: 'This content is locked. Pay with cryptocurrency to access it!',
expired: 'This is what is shown when the user had a key which is now expired',
pending: 'This is the message shown when the user sent a transaction to purchase a key which has not be confirmed yet',
confirmed: 'This is the message shown when the user has a confirmed key',
noWallet: 'This is the message shown when the user does not have a crypto wallet which is required...',

​unlockProtocolConfig​ is a global object which includes the locks indexed by their address on the Ethereum blockchain. Each lock is an object which can have an optional name (string).

The object has the following optional attributes: icon and callToAction. ​icon​ references an image to be shown on the modal and the ​callToAction​ object with a ​default​ value set to the text shown on the checkout modal.

For more advanced configuration settings, including the collection of user metadata before a key purchase, see Advanced Paywall Configuration.

Handle Events

Once loaded the unlock script will trigger events on the page’s ​window​ object. These events let your web application adjust its behaving or the content it displayed based on the the status.

There are types of events being triggered:

Paywall status

  • Event Name: unlockProtocol.status

  • Values event.detail.state: lockedor unlocked.

User info

  • Event Name: unlockProtocol.authenticated

  • Values event.detail.address: the Ethereum address of the connected user.

Transaction status

  • Event Name: unlockProtocol.transactionSent

  • Values event.detail.hash: the Ethereum transaction,

  • Values event.detail.lock: the Ethereum address of the lock.

Here is an example:

window.addEventListener('unlockProtocol.status', function(e) {
var state = e.detail
// the state is a string whose value can either be 'unlocked' or 'locked'...
// If state is 'unlocked': implement code here which will be triggered when
// the current visitor has a valid lock key
// If state is 'locked': implement code here which will be
// triggered when the current visitor does not have a valid lock key

Note: the callback can be invoked several times. For example, a visitor might purchase a key while they are on the page, going from the locked to the unlocked state. Similarly, the key that the visitor owns may expire during a visit which would result in the state going from unlocked to locked.

Initiate Checkout

In order to purchase keys, Unlock provides a modal which lets the user pick the lock of their choice (based on the configuration above). The modal can be loaded by invoking the following:

window.unlockProtocol && window.unlockProtocol.loadCheckoutModal()

Full code example

Use this JSFiddle.