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The Interplanetary File System (IPFS), implemented in Rust

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This repository contains the crates for the IPFS core implementation which includes a blockstore, a libp2p integration which includes DHT content discovery and pubsub support, and HTTP API bindings. Our goal is to leverage both the unique properties of Rust to create powerful, performant software that works even in resource-constrained environments, while also maximizing interoperability with the other "flavors" of IPFS, namely JavaScript and Go.

Project Status - Alpha Not Maintained

You can see details about what's implemented, what's not, and also learn about other ecosystem projects, at Are We IPFS Yet?

For more information about IPFS see:


Rust IPFS depends on protoc and openssl.


First, install the dependencies.

With apt:

$ apt-get install protobuf-compiler libssl-dev zlib1g-dev

With yum:

$ yum install protobuf-compiler libssl-dev zlib1g-dev

Install rust-ipfs itself

The rust-ipfs binaries can be built from source. Our goal is to always be compatible with the stable release of Rust.

$ git clone && cd rust-ipfs
$ cargo build --workspace

You will then find the binaries inside of the project root's /target/debug folder.

Getting started

We recommend browsing the examples, the http crate tutorial and tests in order to see how to use Rust-IPFS in different scenarios.

Running the tests

The project currently features unit, integration, conformance and interoperability tests. Unit and integation tests can be run with:

$ cargo test --workspace

The --workspace flag ensures the tests from the http and unixfs crates are also run.

Explanations on how to run the conformance tests can be found here. The Go and JS interoperability tests are behind a feature flag and can be run with:

$ cargo test --feature=test_go_interop
$ cargo test --feature=test_js_interop

These are mutually exclusive, i.e. --all-features won't work as expected.

Note: you will need to set the GO_IPFS_PATH and the JS_IPFS_PATH environment variables to point to the relevant IPFS binary.


See the contributing docs for more info.

If you have any questions on the use of the library or other inquiries, you are welcome to submit an issue.


Special thanks to the Web3 Foundation and Protocol Labs for their devgrant support.

Completed Work

  • Project Setup
  • Testing Setup
    • Conformance testing
  • HTTP API Scaffolding
  • UnixFS Support
  • /pubsub/{publish,subscribe,peers,ls}
  • /swarm/{connect,peers,addrs,addrs/local,disconnect}
  • /id
  • /version
  • /shutdown
  • /block/{get,put,rm,stat}
  • /dag/{put,resolve}
  • /refs and /refs/local
  • /bitswap/{stat,wantlist}
  • /cat
  • /get
  • /resolve

Work in Progress

  • /bootstrap
  • /dht
  • interop testing

Work still required

  • /name
  • /ping
  • /key
  • /config
  • /stats
  • /files (regular and mfs)
  • a few other miscellaneous endpoints not enumerated here


Rust IPFS was originally authored by @dvc94ch and was maintained by @koivunej, and @aphelionz. Special thanks is given to Protocol Labs and Equilibrium.

Alternatives and other cool, related projects

It’s been noted that the Rust-IPFS name and popularity may serve its organization from a "first-mover" perspective. However, alternatives with different philosophies do exist, and we believe that supporting a diverse IPFS community is important and will ultimately help produce the best solution possible.

  • rust-ipfs-api - A Rust client for an existing IPFS HTTP API. Supports both hyper and actix.
  • ipfs-embed - An implementation based on sled
  • rust-ipld - Basic rust ipld library supporting dag-cbor, dag-json and dag-pb formats.
  • PolkaX's own rust-ipfs
  • Parity's rust-libp2p, which does a lot the of heavy lifting here

If you know of another implementation or another cool project adjacent to these efforts, let us know!


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Dual licensed under MIT or Apache License (Version 2.0). See LICENSE-MIT and LICENSE-APACHE for more details.


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