Step 1: Download the Prebuilt IPFS Package
- Install IPFS from a prebuilt Package from this link: https://ipfs.io/docs/install/#installing-from-a-prebuilt-package
- Click on the Download IPFS for your platform as shown below
- Click on Download go-ipfs
Step 2: Unzip the Prebuilt Package
- The binaries for Windows are in a zip file. Use the appropriate tool to unzip the file. This will create a directory called go-ipfs. Where in it contains following files.
LICENSE README.md build-log install.sh ipfs
The file named ipfs is your executable ipfs binary.
Step 3: Initialize the Repository
- Use the ipfs initcommand to initialize the repository. This will generate a local ipfs repository for the current user account on your machine. It also generates a cryptographic key pair that allows your ipfs node to cryptographically sign the content and messages that you create.
- Go to the downloaded file, open go-ipfs folder and drag the ipfs file and drop in the command prompt as shown below
- Once the ipfs.exe file is dropped into the command prompt the following path is updated in command prompt.
- Now append the path with init command
- Initializing the IPFS node which gives unique RSA keypair, peer identity for each local machine.
Step 4: Use IPFS to explore the post-install documentation
- When you run ipfs init, it provided a hint for how you can get started. refer image 3.4 (to get started enter:
ipfs cat /ipfs/Qms4ustL54uo8FzR9455qaxZwuMiUhyvMcX9Ba8Nuh4UvV/readme)
- The ipfs catcommand tells ipfs to read the content matching the path you provided. If the content isn’t available locally, ipfs will attempt to find it on the peer-to-peer network.
- Run the ipfs cat command with the path you got from the init message:
“C:\Users\user\Downloads\go-ipfs_v0.4.15_windows-amd64\go-ipfs\ipfs.exe cat /ipfs/Qms4ustL54uo8FzR9455qaxZwuMiUhyvMcX9Ba8Nuh4UvV/readme”
You should see something like this: