Update Metadata

This tutorial will guide you to update an existing asset published on-chain using Ocean libraries. The tutorial assumes that you already have the did of the asset which needs to be updated. In this tutorial, we will update the name, description, tags of the data NFT. Please refer the page on DDO to know more about additional the fields which can be updated.


The variable AQUARIUS_URL and PROVIDER_URL should be set correctly in .env file

Create a script to update the metadata

Create a new file in the same working directory where configuration file (config.js) and .env files are present, and copy the code as listed below.

// Note: Make sure .env file and config.js are created and setup correctly
const { oceanConfig } = require('./config.js');
const { ZERO_ADDRESS, NftFactory, getHash, Nft } = require ('@oceanprotocol/lib');

// replace the did here
const did = "did:op:a419f07306d71f3357f8df74807d5d12bddd6bcd738eb0b461470c64859d6f0f";

// This function takes did as a parameter and updates the data NFT information
const setMetadata = async (did) => {
  const publisherAccount = await oceanConfig.publisherAccount.getAddress();
  // Fetch ddo from Aquarius
  const ddo = await await oceanConfig.aquarius.resolve(did);

  const nft = new Nft(config.publisherAccount);

  // update the ddo here
  ddo.metadata.name = "Sample dataset v2";
  ddo.metadata.description = "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam";
  ddo.metadata.tags = ["new tag1", "new tag2"];

  const providerResponse = await oceanConfig.ethersProvider.encrypt(ddo, process.env.OCEAN_NETWORK_URL);
  const encryptedResponse = await providerResponse;
  const metadataHash = getHash(JSON.stringify(ddo));

  // Update the data NFT metadata
  await nft.setMetadata(

  // Check if ddo is correctly udpated in Aquarius 
  await oceanConfig.aquarius.waitForAqua(ddo.id);

  console.log(`Resolved asset did [${ddo.id}]from aquarius.`);
  console.log(`Updated name: [${ddo.metadata.name}].`);
  console.log(`Updated description: [${ddo.metadata.description}].`);
  console.log(`Updated tags: [${ddo.metadata.tags}].`);


// Call setMetadata(...) function defined above
setMetadata(did).then(() => {
}).catch((err) => {

Execute the script

node updateMetadata.js

We provided several code examples using the Ocean.js library for interacting with the Ocean Protocol. Some highlights from the code examples (compute examples) are:

  1. Minting an NFT - This example demonstrates how to mint an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) using the Ocean.js library. It shows the necessary steps, including creating a NFTFactory instance, defining NFT parameters, and calling the create() method to mint the NFT.

  2. Publishing a dataset - This example explains how to publish a dataset on the Ocean Protocol network. It covers steps such as creating a DDO, signing the DDO, and publish the dataset.

  3. Consuming a dataset - This example demonstrates how to consume a published dataset. It shows how to search for available assets, retrieve the DDO for a specific asset, order the asset using a specific datatoken, and then download the asset.

You can explore more detailed code examples and explanations on Ocean.js readme.

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