Pinning a file to Pinata for the IPFS network is useful to make sure that your file is always available. If you upload a file via the Pinata web interface, it is automatically pinned and stored on a Pinata server. If you use the IPFS Desktop program on your home computer, files that are not pinned will not be accessible when your computer is switched off. In this article, we will show you the advantages of Pinata, how you can link IPFS Desktop with Pinata and, of course, how you can create the required Secret Access Token at Pinata.
Installing IPFS Desktop is easier than you think. In this article, we show you step by step how to install IPFS Desktop on your Windows-based computer. Afterwards you will find two more image tutorials “Importing files into the IPFS network via IPFS Desktop” and “How to make an entire folder available to the IPFS network”.
IPFS stands for InterPlanetary File System. IPFS is a decentralized, i.e. distributed, content-addressable file system and hypermedia protocol that does not use a central server, so it has no single point of failure. The result is a decentralized network that uses a peer-to-peer method to store files and make them available to all IPFS users and, via gateways, to non-IPFS users as well. In contrast to the frequently used Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http), which web servers use to transfer data and is controlled centrally, IPFS focuses on decentralization. IPFS works wonderfully if users know how IPFS is structured, installed, and used.
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