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ipfs implementation in go.

Ipfs is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from
Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the Web. It is like a single bittorrent swarm,
exchanging git objects. IPFS provides an interface as simple as the HTTP web, but
with permanence built in. You can also mount the world at /ipfs.

For more info see:

Please put all issues regarding IPFS design in the
ipfs repo issues.
Please put all issues regarding go IPFS implementation in this repo.


Install Go 1.4+. Then simply:

go get -u


  • git is required in order for go get to fetch
    all dependencies.
  • Package managers often contain out-of-date golang packages.
    Compilation from source is recommended.
  • If you are interested in development, please install the development
    dependencies as well.
  • WARNING: older versions of OSX FUSE (for Mac OS X) can cause kernel panics when mounting!
    We strongly recommend you use the latest version of OSX FUSE.
  • For more details on setting up FUSE (so that you can mount the filesystem), see the docs folder
  • Shell command completion is available by running source misc/completion/ipfs-completion.bash.


    ipfs - global p2p merkle-dag filesystem

    ipfs [<flags>] <command> [<arg>] ...

    Basic commands:

        init          Initialize ipfs local configuration
        add <path>    Add an object to ipfs
        cat <ref>     Show ipfs object data
        ls <ref>      List links from an object

    Tool commands:

        config        Manage configuration
        update        Download and apply go-ipfs updates
        version       Show ipfs version information
        commands      List all available commands
        id            Show info about ipfs peers

    Advanced Commands:

        daemon        Start a long-running daemon process
        mount         Mount an ipfs read-only mountpoint
        serve         Serve an interface to ipfs
        diag          Print diagnostics

    Plumbing commands:

        block         Interact with raw blocks in the datastore
        object        Interact with raw dag nodes

    Use 'ipfs <command> --help' to learn more about each command.

Getting Started

To start using ipfs, you must first initialize ipfs's config files on your
system, this is done with ipfs init. See ipfs init --help for information on
the optional arguments it takes. After initialization is complete, you can use
ipfs mount, ipfs add and any of the other commands to explore!

Some things to try

Basic proof of 'ipfs working' locally:

echo "hello world" > hello
ipfs add hello
# This should output a hash string that looks something like:
# QmT78zSuBmuS4z925WZfrqQ1qHaJ56DQaTfyMUF7F8ff5o
ipfs cat <that hash>


If you have previously installed ipfs before and you are running into
problems getting a newer version to work, try deleting (or backing up somewhere
else) your ipfs config directory (~/.go-ipfs by default) and rerunning ipfs init.
This will reinitialize the config file to its defaults and clear out the local
datastore of any bad entries.

For any other problems, check the issues list
and if you dont see your problem there, either come talk to us on irc (freenode #ipfs) or
file an issue of your own!


go-ipfs is MIT licensed open source software. We welcome contributions big and
small! Please make sure to check the
issues. Search the closed ones
before reporting things, and help us with the open ones.


  • see the dev pseudo-roadmap
  • please adhere to the protocol described in the main ipfs repo and paper.
  • please make branches + pull-request, even if working on the main repository
  • ask questions or talk about things in Issues or #ipfs on freenode.
  • ensure you are able to contribute (no legal issues please-- we'll probably setup a CLA)
  • run go fmt before pushing any code
  • run golint and go vet too -- some things (like protobuf files) are expected to fail.
  • if you'd like to work on ipfs part-time (20+ hrs/wk) or full-time (40+ hrs/wk), contact @jbenet
  • have fun!


IPFS is nearing an alpha release. Things left to be done are all marked as Issues

Development Dependencies

If you make changes to the protocol buffers, you will need to install the protoc compiler.



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