Hosting a site for free on IPFS

Apr 25, 2018 · 3 min read
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This is a short guide, through which you can have your site running for free in few minutes!! So, let’s get started


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Step 1: Installing IPFS

I am on a Linux 16.04 LTS system, but if you are a windows user, then life is easy for you(at-least for installation purposes). Just go here and proceed to Step 2. For Mac users, it’s just same as for Linux.

Open up your terminal and execute the code given below.

$ wget
$ tar xf go-ipfs_v0.4.14-rc1_linux-amd64.tar.gz
$ sudo mv go-ipfs/ipfs /usr/local/bin/ipfs
$ ipfs init

Voila. You have a working ipfs node.

Note: you may have to download a different IPFS source if the above version gets outdated.

Step 2: Uploading your site to IPFS network

Now, execute this following command

ipfs daemon

This will start IPFS daemon and connect your local node to IPFS public network.

Now, power up a new terminal(keep the daemon running) and move to the folder of your awesome site. Lets say its name ismy_awesome_site . I have added a file in the directory named index.html .

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>IPFS hosting</title>
IPFS hosting

Now, execute the following commands while in parent directory of /my_awesome_site .

ipfs add -r my_awesome_site

Your terminal will spit out a set of random strings. This(the hash of your root folder) is your <hash> by which you can access your site. If you wait for few minutes(to get your files pinned in the IPFS network) then you can see your data via the below link<hash>

for eg.

Step 3: Forwarding your site to IPFS gateway URL

Pick a web domain and update your forwarding preferences to the IPFS gateway URL (<hash>) above like this.

And you are done.

well, it was easy…

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