Is it possible to generate keys with node's crypto library and import them in the InMemorySigner?

I want to generate keys that I can use to sign transactions for a proof of concept.

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I don't think you can do this with a node, but we have a tiny typescript library to do this:


  • I think Ulrik means the node.js crypto modules for cryptographic functionality?
    – David
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 14:04
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    Typescript or Node.Js is (almost) the same. And he wants to generate keypairs to sign ops with :-)
    – iguerNL
    Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 14:12
  • I posted a solution that I found in the end so it is possible! :) Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 19:39

So what I did in the end is something like this:

// Signer factory example from the docs 
const signerFactory = async (rpcUrl, pk) => {
  const Tezos = new Taquito.TezosToolkit(rpcUrl);
  await Tezos.setProvider({
    signer: await Signer.InMemorySigner.fromSecretKey(pk),
  return Tezos;

// Hashing function to hash the key
const toB58Hash = (payload, prefix) => {
  const blakeHash = blake.blake2b(payload, undefined, 32);
  const tmp = new Uint8Array(prefix.length + blakeHash.length);
  tmp.set(blakeHash, prefix.length);
  const b58 = bs58check.encode(Buffer.from(tmp));
  return b58;

export const get_signer = async () => {
  // Generate a key pair
  const key_pair = crypto.generateKeyPair("ed25519");
  // Export in pem format
  const pem = key_pair.privateKey.export({
    type: "pkcs8",
    format: "pem",

  // Take the actual key part from the pem formatted string
  // and encode it with the b58 function above
  const rawPrivateKey = pem.split("-----")[2].trim();
  const encodedKey = toB58Hash(rawPrivateKey, prefix.edsk2);

  const signer = await signerFactory(

Note that this should most likely not be used in a production environment with a bunch of money.

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