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README.md

ipfs-cluster-api

A Javascript client library for the IPFS Cluster HTTP API.

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UNOFFICIAL AND ALPHA

This is a port of ipfs/js-ipfs-api adapted for the API exposed by ipfs/ipfs-cluster.

Maintainer

Vaibhav Saini

Table of Contents

Install

This module uses node.js, and can be installed through npm:

npm install --save ipfs-cluster-api

We support both the Current and Active LTS versions of Node.js. Please see nodejs.org for what these currently are.

Running the daemon with the right port

ipfs daemon

To make ipfs-cluster-service work, you need to have a ipfs local daemon running. It needs to be open on the right port. 5001 is the default, and is used in the examples below, but it can be set to whatever you need.

# Show the ipfs config API port to check it is correct
> ipfs config Addresses.API
/ip4/127.0.0.1/tcp/5001
# Set it if it does not match the above output
> ipfs config Addresses.API /ip4/127.0.0.1/tcp/5001
# Restart the daemon after changing the config

# Run the daemon
> ipfs daemon

ipfs-cluster-service daemon

To interact with the API, you need to have a daemon running. It needs to be open on the right port. 9094 is the default, and is used in the examples below, but it can be set to whatever you need. You can setup ipfs-cluster-service by following this installation guide.

After installing run the daemon.

# Run the daemon
> ipfs-cluster-service daemon

Importing the module and usage

const ipfsCluster = require('ipfs-cluster-api')

// connect to ipfs daemon API server
const cluster = ipfsCluster('localhost', '9094', { protocol: 'http' }) // leaving out the arguments will default to these values

// or connect with multiaddr
const cluster = ipfsCluster('/ip4/127.0.0.1/tcp/9094')

// or using options
const cluster = ipfsCluster({ host: 'localhost', port: '9094', protocol: 'http' })

// or specifying a specific API path
const cluster = ipfsCluster({ host: '1.1.1.1', port: '80', 'api-path': '/some/api/path' })

In a web browser

through Browserify

Same as in Node.js, you just have to browserify to bundle the code before serving it.

Note: The code uses es6, so you have to use babel to convert the code into es5 before using browserify.

through webpack

Same as in Node.js, you just have to webpack to bundle the the code before serving it.

Note: The code uses es6, so you have to use babel to convert the code into es5 before using webpack.

from CDN

Instead of a local installation (and browserification) you may request a remote copy of IPFS API from unpkg CDN.

To always request the latest version, use the following:

<!-- loading the minified version -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/ipfs-cluster-api/dist/src/index.min.js"></script>
<!-- loading the human-readable (not minified) version -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/ipfs-cluster-api/dist/src/index.js"></script>

CDN-based IPFS Cluster API provides the IpfsClusterAPI constructor as a method of the global window object. Example:

// connect to ipfs daemon API server
const cluster = IpfsClusterAPI('localhost', '9094', { protocol: 'http' }) // leaving out the arguments will default to these values

// or connect with multiaddr
const cluster = IpfsClusterAPI('/ip4/127.0.0.1/tcp/9094')

// or using options
const cluster = IpfsClusterAPI({ host: 'localhost', port: '9094', protocol: 'http' })

// or specifying a specific API path
const cluster = IpfsClusterAPI({ host: '1.1.1.1', port: '80', 'api-path': '/some/api/path' })

If you omit the host and port, the client will parse window.host, and use this information. This also works, and can be useful if you want to write apps that can be run from multiple different gateways:

const cluster = window.IpfsClusterAPI()

Usage

API

The API is currently a work-in-progress. The exposed methods are designed to be similar to ipfs-cluster-ctl provided in ipfs/ipfs-cluster.

Adding & pinning data to cluster

add

Add and pin data to the cluster

Add allows to add and replicate content to several ipfs daemons, performing a Cluster Pin operation on success. It takes elements from local paths as well as from web URLs (accessed with a GET request).

Cluster Add is equivalent to "ipfs add" in terms of DAG building, and supports the same options for adjusting the chunker, the DAG layout etc. However, it will allocate the content and send it directly to the allocated peers (among which may not necessarily be the local ipfs daemon).

Once the adding process is finished, the content is fully added to all allocations and pinned in them. This makes cluster add slower than a local ipfs add, but the result is a fully replicated CID on completion. If you prefer faster adding, add directly to the local IPFS and trigger a cluster "pin add".

cluster.add(data, [options], [callback])

Where data may be:

{
  path: '/tmp/myfile.txt', // The file path
  content: <data> // A Buffer, Readable Stream or Pull Stream with the contents of the file
}

If no content is passed, then the path is treated as an empty directory

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

  • recursive(boolean) Add directory paths recursively

callback must follow function (err, res) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, res will return an object of following form:

{
  path: '/path/to/file/foo.txt',
  hash: 'QmRG3FXAW76xD7ZrjCWk8FKVaTRPYdMtwzJHZ9gArzHK5f',
  size: 2417
}

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.add(Buffer.from("vasa"), (err, result) => {
  err ? console.error(err) : console.log(result)
})

Peer management

Lists, adds & removes peers from the cluster

peers

peers.ls

Lists the peers in the cluster

This command tells IPFS Cluster to no longer manage a CID. This will trigger unpinning operations in all the IPFS nodes holding the content.

When the request has succeeded, the command returns the status of the CID in the cluster. The CID should disappear from the list offered by "pin ls", although unpinning operations in the cluster may take longer or fail.

cluster.peers.ls([callback])

callback must follow function (err, res) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, res returns a information abount the connected peers in the following form:

[ { id: 'QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn',
	addresses:
		[ '/p2p-circuit/ipfs/QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn',
			'/ip4/127.0.0.1/tcp/9096/ipfs/QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn',
			'/ip4/10.184.9.134/tcp/9096/ipfs/QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn',
			'/ip4/172.17.0.1/tcp/9096/ipfs/QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn',
			'/ip4/172.18.0.1/tcp/9096/ipfs/QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn' ],
	cluster_peers: [ 'QmPq34QAMCFLNTXWtM3pc7qeQ2kneuCgLZjSVywWoEumRn' ],
	cluster_peers_addresses: null,
	version: '0.10.1',
	commit: '',
	rpc_protocol_version: '/ipfscluster/0.10/rpc',
	error: '',
	ipfs:
		{ id: 'QmdKAFhAAnc6U3ik6XfEDVKEsok7TnQ1yeyXmnnvGFmBhx',
			addresses: [Array],
			error: '' },
	peername: 'jarvis' } ]

Example

cluster.peers.ls((err, peers) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(peers)
})

peers.add

Adds peers to the cluster

cluster.peers.add(addr, [callback])

Where addr is the multihash of the peerId to be added.

callback must follow function (err) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.peers.add("QmdKAFhAAnc6U3ik6XfEDVKEsok7TnQ1yeyXmnnvGFmBhx", (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log("peer added")
})

peers.remove

Removes peer from the cluster

This command removes a peer from the cluster. If the peer is online, it will automatically shut down. All other cluster peers should be online for the operation to succeed, otherwise some nodes may be left with an outdated list of cluster peers.

cluster.peers.rm(peerid, [callback])

Where peerid is the id of the peer to be removed.

callback must follow function (err, res) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.peers.rm("QmdKAFhAAnc6U3ik6XfEDVKEsok7TnQ1yeyXmnnvGFmBhx", (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log("peer removed") 
})

Pins management

Lists, adds & removes pins from the pinlist of the cluster

pin

pin.ls

Lists the pins in the pinlist

This command will list the CIDs which are tracked by IPFS Cluster and to which peers they are currently allocated. This list does not include any monitoring information about the IPFS status of the CIDs, it merely represents the list of pins which are part of the shared state of the cluster. For IPFS-status information about the pins, use "status".

cluster.pin.ls([options], [callback])

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

  • filter: (default: pin) The filter only takes effect when listing all pins. The possible values are: - all - pin - meta-pin - clusterdag-pin - shard-pin

    callback must follow function (err, pins) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, pins returns the list of pins.

    If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.pin.ls({filter: 'all'}, (err, pins) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(pins)
})

pin.add

Adds a pin to the cluster

This command tells IPFS Cluster to start managing a CID. Depending on the pinning strategy, this will trigger IPFS pin requests. The CID will become part of the Cluster's state and will tracked from this point.

When the request has succeeded, the command returns the status of the CID in the cluster and should be part of the list offered by "pin ls".

An optional replication factor can be provided: -1 means "pin everywhere" and 0 means use cluster's default setting. Positive values indicate how many peers should pin this content.

An optional allocations argument can be provided, allocations should be a comma-separated list of peer IDs on which we want to pin. Peers in allocations are prioritized over automatically-determined ones, but replication factors would stil be respected.

cluster.pin.add(cid, [options], [callback])

Where cid is the CID of the data to be pinned.

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

TODO: Add options

callback must follow function (err) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.pin.add(CID, (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log('pin added')
})

pin.remove

Removes a pin from the pinlist

This command tells IPFS Cluster to no longer manage a CID. This will trigger unpinning operations in all the IPFS nodes holding the content.

When the request has succeeded, the command returns the status of the CID in the cluster. The CID should disappear from the list offered by "pin ls", although unpinning operations in the cluster may take longer or fail.

cluster.pin.rm(cid, [options], [callback])

Where cid is the CID of the data to be unpinned.

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

TODO: Add options

callback must follow function (err) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

const CID = "QmU4xZd9Yj7EzRj5ntw6AJ1VkbWNe1jXRM56KoRLkTxKch"

cluster.pin.rm(CID, (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(`${CID} unpinned`)
})

Node management

id

Gets the connected peer's name, address info

This command displays information about the peer that the tool is contacting.

cluster.id([callback])

callback must follow function (err, id) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, id returns the information about the peer that the tool is contacting.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.id((err, id) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(id)
})

version

Gets the current version of IPFS Cluster version

This command retrieves the IPFS Cluster version and can be used to check that it matches the CLI version

cluster.version([callback])

callback must follow function (err, version) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, version will return the IPFS Cluster version.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.version((err, version) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(version)
})

health

graph

Lists the health graph of the cluster

This command queries all connected cluster peers and their ipfs peers to generate a graph of the connections. Output is a dot file encoding the cluster's connection state.

  • cluster.health.graph([options], [callback])

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

TODO: add options

callback must follow function (err, graph) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, graph returns the cluster's current state.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.health.graph((err, health) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(health)
})

metrics

Lists the health metrics of the cluster

This commands displays the latest valid metrics of the given type logged by this peer for all current cluster peers.

  • cluster.health.metrics(name, [options], [callback])

type is the type of the monitoring desired(freespace OR ping)

callback must follow function (err, metrics) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful, metrics returns the desired metrics.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

cluster.health.metrics('freespace', (err, metrics) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(metrics)
})

status

Retrieves the status of the CIDs tracked by IPFS Cluster

This command retrieves the status of the CIDs tracked by IPFS Cluster, including which member is pinning them and any errors. If a CID is provided, the status will be only fetched for a single item. Metadata CIDs are included in the status response

The status of a CID may not be accurate. A manual sync can be triggered with "sync".

When the local option is set, it will only fetch the status from the contacted cluster peer. By default, status will be fetched from all peers.

When the filter option is set, it will only fetch the peer information where status of the pin matches at least one of the filter values.

cluster.status([cid], [options], [callback])

Where cid is the CID of the data for which we need the status.

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

  • filter(string): list of filters

    • error
    • cluster_error
    • pin_error
    • pin_queued
    • pinned
    • pinning
    • queued
    • remote
    • unpin_error
    • unpin_queued
    • unpinned
    • unpinning
  • local(boolean): if set true, runs operation only on the contacted peer

callback must follow function (err, res) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful. If successful res returns the status of the passed cid

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

const CID = "QmU4xZd9Yj7EzRj5ntw6AJ1VkbWNe1jXRM56KoRLkTxKch"

cluster.status(CID, { filter:  'pinned', local:  true }, (err, res) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(res)
})

sync

Syncs the pinset/CID across all the peers in the cluster

This command asks Cluster peers to verify that the current status of tracked CIDs is accurate by triggering queries to the IPFS daemons that pin them. If a CID is provided, the sync and recover operations will be limited to that single item.

Unless providing a specific CID, the command will output only items which have changed status because of the sync or are in error state in some node, therefore, the output should be empty if no operations were performed.

CIDs in error state may be manually recovered with "recover".

When the local option is passed, it will only trigger sync operations on the contacted peer. By default, all peers will sync.

cluster.sync([cid], [options], [callback])

Where cid is the CID of the data to be synced.

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

  • local(boolean): if set true, runs operation only on the contacted peer

callback must follow function (err) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

const CID = "QmU4xZd9Yj7EzRj5ntw6AJ1VkbWNe1jXRM56KoRLkTxKch"

cluster.sync(CID, { local:  true }, (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(`${CID} synced`)
})

recover

re-track or re-forget CIDs in error state

This command asks Cluster peers to re-track or re-forget CIDs in error state, usually because the IPFS pin or unpin operation has failed.

The command will wait for any operations to succeed and will return the status of the item upon completion. Note that, when running on the full sets of tracked CIDs (without argument), it may take a considerably long time.

When the local option is set, it will only trigger recover operations on the contacted peer (as opposed to on every peer).

cluster.recover([cid], [options], [callback])

Where cid is the CID of the data to be recovered.

options is an optional object argument that might include the following keys:

  • local(boolean): if set true it will only trigger recover operations on the contacted peer

callback must follow function (err) {} signature, where err is an error if the operation was not successful.

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned.

Example

const CID = "QmU4xZd9Yj7EzRj5ntw6AJ1VkbWNe1jXRM56KoRLkTxKch"

cluster.recover(CID, { local:  true }, (err) => {
	err ? console.error(err) : console.log(`${CID} recovered`)
})

Development

Testing

We run tests by executing npm test in a terminal window. This will run Node.js tests.

Contribute

The ipfs-cluster-api is a work in progress. As such, there's a few things you can do right now to help out:

  • Check out the existing issues!
  • Perform code reviews. More eyes will help
    • speed the project along
    • ensure quality and
    • reduce possible future bugs.
  • Add tests. There can never be enough tests.

You can also checkout our other projects

It's recommended to follow the Contribution Guidelines.

Historical Context

This module started as a direct mapping from the Go ipfs-cluster-ctl to a JavaScript implementation.

License

MIT

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