Electronic identification

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Reason: Some duplication with Smartcards (Discuss in Talk:Electronic identification#)

An electronic identification ("eID") is an electronic identification solution of citizens or organizations, for example in view to access benefits or services provided by government authorities, banks or other companies. Apart from online authentication many eICs also give users the option to sign electronic documents with a digital signature.


Install the ccid package. ACS smart card also require the acsccidAUR package. After installation, enable pcscd.socket.



Install the eid-mwAUR package. Before installation, import the (continuous build) keys from [1]. See makepkg#Signature checking.

There is no plugin for Chrome, but there is one for Firefox. Add the Firefox plugin to your browser. In recent versions, you'll need to manually add the eID module to the Firefox security devices configuration. Your module path might be different than the one in the guide. List the different devices by doing:

# p11tool --list-tokens

Here you'll see the module, which might be beidpkcs11.so. Now to find the full path you do:

# find /usr/lib --name beidpkcs11.so

You should now be able to use your eID reader in Firefox. Try it out using the test page

You may find hints for troubleshooting in the official documentation (Dutch) but note that Arch Linux is not officially supported.



Install the chrome-token-signingAUR, qdigidocAUR and qesteidutilAUR packages, with dependencies libdigidocAUR and libdigidocppAUR. These applications will automatically appear in your application menus. You can also start from command line with qdigidocclient and qesteidutil.

chrome-token-signingAUR contains Native Messaging host for Google Chrome/Chromium and Firefox and it is the modern way of doing authentication and digital signatures on the web.

For Google Chrome and Chromium you also will probably want to run esteid-update-nssdb script that enables TLS client authentication in the browser.

Some recent versions of Firefox seem to have problems recognizing opensc, see Smartcards#Mozilla Firefox. If you still cannot login from Firefox with your ID-card you should install esteidfirefoxpluginAUR.


BankID is the leading electronic identification in Sweden.