I recently moved my personal website to next.js because why not. The people at ▲ Zeit are on a roll and I want in on it.

Keybase quickly started complaining about me removing my claim. You’re supposed to host a file at /keybase.txt with specific content to claim a domain is truly yours. So how do we do that with Next?

Here’s pages/keybase.txt.js:

import React, { Component } from 'react'

export default class KeybaseTxt extends Component {
  static getInitialProps ({ res }) {
  render () {
    return <div>We'll never get this far</div>

const claim = `=====...long long claim thing...`

getInitialProps is Next’s way of fetching data before render so it works both on the server and the client. During server render it’s passed req and res from node and apparently we can just end it right there. So dumb it’s smart.