Install IPFS Desktop and import files into the network – With Image Tutorials
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”.
If this is your first time reading about IPFS, you can read our first article on this topic before reading this article: IPFS explained simply – A decentralized file system for public networks. Here we go.
Installing IPFS Desktop on your Windows-based computer
If you want to install IPFS Desktop, you can do it from the start page https://ipfs.io/ (Fig. 1 – Install IPFS Desktop) or you can start as we did straight from the website: https://github.com/ipfs/ipfs-desktop/releases (from Step 1).
A list of several assets is displayed on github releases. To use the current version of IPFS, select the file with the extension .exe and then click on it. An .exe file will then be downloaded.
Now you will find the downloaded file either at the bottom of your screen (as shown in the picture) or you will find the file under Downloads. Click on the file to execute it.
Here you can choose between two options. Either you select “For all users of this computer” or you choose the option “Only for me”. Then click on Next.
In the fourth step you select your target directory (via the button ” search”) or you take the already selected one and click on “install”.
Click on “Finish”.
Now the installation is finished and the IPFS desktop opens. In the picture we are at the category Peers and there you can see how many peers (IPFS nodes) are active for the moment. So the number is not constant. During the writing of this article, the numbers fluctuated between 290 and 680.
In addition to English, German and Polish, IPFS Desktop is available in 25 other languages. If the default language settings are not what you want, you can easily change them. Simply go to Settings (the wheel symbol), search for Language, click on Change and select a language. Now we come to the picture tutorial in which we show you how to import a file into the IPFS network via the IPFS desktop.
Importing a file into the IPFS network via IPFS Desktop
Here we show you a tutorial with pictures, the steps of which you can easily follow with your file if you have IPFS Desktop installed.
Step 1 – Files
Click on Files in the navigation, on “+ Import” and then on “Files”.
Step 2 – Select file
Select a file.
Step 3 – Open file
Click on the selected file and then click on “Open”.
Step 4 – Done
Here you can see the file that has been uploaded.
How to make an entire folder available to the IPFS network
You can not only import individual files into the network, but also make an entire folder available to the network. How this works and whether the image file from our previous article (which we uploaded via Pinata) has received a new hash value (CID), you will find out after the following three steps.
We start with Step 1
At the beginning, we start again at “Step 1 Files”. Instead of “File”, we select “Folder”.
Step 2 “Folder”
Search for the desired folder, click on it and then select “Select Folder”.
Step 3 – The folder is now available to the IPFS network
The import of the folder is now successfully completed.
For the tutorial “How to make an entire folder available to the IPFS network”, we have selected a folder that contains two files and because the folder itself is also considered a file, three files have been imported into the network.
Firstly, the imported folder “For IPFS” contains the file from “Step 6 – Done” (CID: QmeDfgqSUoTLp4hLAQUE9rKgrW9BF66gE2qtmNxLzWP3Yy), which has already been imported via IPFS Desktop and secondly, the image file from the last article (CID: QmeDfgqSUoTLp4hLAQUE9rKgrW9BF66gE2qtmNxLzWP3Yy), which was uploaded via Pinata. If we now click on the folder “For IPFS” via IPFS Desktop, we will see that both image files have been recognised and that these image files have not received any new hash values (CIDs). Only the folder itself (as seen in Step 3 – The folder is now available to the IPFS network) is visible.
We hope to be able to guide you well with our instructions on your way to IPFS. The next article on how to use Pinata as an IPFS pinning service and why people like to use it.