NIP-5 and the Evolution of Nostr Verification: A Deep Dive into Decentralized Identity

Jonathan Speigner

In the vast world of decentralized protocols, Nostr stands out as a pioneering messaging system. Its unique approach to identity and verification, particularly through the NIP-5 proposal, has garnered attention. This article delves into the intricacies of NIP-5 and how platforms like are leveraging it to enhance user experience.

Understanding NIP-5

NIP-5, or Nostr Improvement Proposal 5, is a protocol that maps Nostr keys to DNS-based internet identifiers. In simpler terms, it allows users to associate their public keys with more recognizable identifiers, akin to email addresses. This not only enhances user experience but also simplifies interactions within the Nostr ecosystem.

The Verification Process

When a Nostr client encounters an event with a "nip05" key, it initiates a verification process:

  1. The client sends a GET request to a specific URL, typically in the format https://<domain>/.well-known/nostr.json?name=<local-part>.
  2. The server responds with a JSON document mapping names to hex-formatted public keys.
  3. If the public key from the server matches the one from the event, the client confirms the association.

This process ensures that the public key can indeed be referenced by its identifier, enhancing security and trust within the network. A New Age Verification Platform is at the forefront of leveraging NIP-5 for user verification. As a platform dedicated to providing decentralized identity solutions, offers users an intuitive way to link their Nostr public keys to recognizable identifiers.

Here's how enhances the Nostr experience:

  1. Simplified Onboarding: New users can easily create a recognizable identifier, making the onboarding process smoother.
  2. Enhanced Security: By leveraging NIP-5, ensures that users' public keys are accurately associated with their chosen identifiers.
  3. Interoperability:'s system is designed to work seamlessly with other platforms that recognize NIP-5, ensuring a unified experience across the Nostr ecosystem.


The introduction of NIP-5 has revolutionized the way users interact with the Nostr protocol. By allowing for more intuitive identifiers and enhancing the verification process, it has made decentralized messaging more user-friendly. Platforms like are leading the charge in this new era, ensuring that users can navigate the decentralized web with ease and confidence.