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IPFS Desktop

A desktop client for IPFS.

You don't need the command line to run an IPFS node. Just install IPFS Desktop and have all the power of IPFS in your hands. Powered by Web UI.

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IPFS Desktop

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IPFS Desktop allows you to run your IPFS Node on your machine without having to bother with command line tools. With it, you have the power of Web UI on tip of your hands plus a handful of shortcuts you can find on settings.

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IPFS daemon always running

IPFS Desktop's main feature is to allow you to have the IPFS daemon always running in the background. But fear not! If you need to stop it, you can do it just by clicking on 'Stop'.

Handle ipfs://, ipns:// and dweb: links

IPFS Desktop has the capacity to handle protocols at the operating system level; i.e., if an application tries to open a link to either ipfs://, ipns:// or dweb:, then the OS will call IPFS Desktop, which will handle the link.

For example, if you come across a link on the Internet whose href attribute is ipns://, then IPFS Desktop will be able to handle it.

On Windows, an easy way to open a link would be to open the Run window (Win+R), paste the link, and hit Enter. Then, IPFS Desktop handles the rest. The same happens if you try opening the same link in a browser.

Adds ipfs to your system

If you're using macOS or Windows and don't have ipfs installed on your system, IPFS Desktop will automatically install it so it is available through the command line. If you're using Linux, or already have ipfs installed, you can tell IPFS Desktop to take care of it (and keep it up to date!) by toggling the option on Settings.

Easy add to IPFS

You can easily add files and folders to IPFS:

  • On Windows, you can right click on files to add them to IPFS through IPFS Desktop.
  • On macOS, you can drag and drop them to the tray icon.

Download copied hashes

You can enable, on Settings, a shortcut to download an hash on the keyboard.

Auto-add screenshots

You can enable, on Settings, a shortcut to take screenshots and add them automatically to IPFS.


Download the latest release of IPFS Desktop for your OS, below.

Platform Download link Download count
Windows IPFS-Desktop-Setup-0.13.2.exe
Mac IPFS-Desktop-0.13.2.dmg

We provide multiple experimental installers for Linux and FreeBSD:

Package Download link Download count
tar ipfs-desktop-0.13.2-linux-x64.tar.xz
deb ipfs-desktop-0.13.2-linux-amd64.deb
rpm ipfs-desktop-0.13.2-linux-x86_64.rpm
AppImage ipfs-desktop-0.13.2-linux-x86_64.AppImage
freebsd ipfs-desktop-0.13.2-linux-x64.freebsd

Or you can use your favorite package manager and a third-party package maintained by the community:

  • Homebrew - brew cask install ipfs
  • Chocolatey - choco install ipfs-desktop
  • Scoop - scoop install ipfs-desktop
  • Snap - snap install ipfs-desktop
  • AUR - ipfs-desktop package maintained by @alexhenrie

Using package managers? Please head to our package managers page and help us add support for yours!

You can find releases notes and older versions on the releases page.

Install from Source

To install it from source you need Node.js >=12 and need npm >=6.1.0 installed. This uses node-gyp so you must take a look at their platform specific dependencies.

Then follow the steps below to clone the source code, install the dependencies and run it the app:

git clone
cd ipfs-desktop
npm ci
npm run build
npm start

The IPFS Desktop app will launch and should appear in your OS menu bar.


The translations are stored on ./assets/locales and the English version is the source of truth. Other languages are periodically pulled from Transifex, a web interface to help us translate IPFS Desktop and its components to another languages.


  • Manually test a few things that don't transfer well to automated testing:
    • Mac/Win/Linux: confirm that "Take Screenshot" under menubar/system tray menu works as expected for both single- and multi-monitor setups (file(s) imported, correct link copied to clipboard)
    • Mac only: drag/drop onto menubar icon behaves as expected when dragging one file, several files, and a combination of files/folders (file(s) imported, correct link copied to clipboard)
    • Win only: right-click on a file and "Add to IPFS" from context menu works as expected (file imported, correct link copied to clipboard)
    • Mac/Win: confirm that OS-wide protocol handler got registered by opening ipfs://bafybeigdyrzt5sfp7udm7hu76uh7y26nf3efuylqabf3oclgtqy55fbzdi in user agent without IPFS Companion
  • Fetch new translations from Transifex: tx pull -a
  • Commit the changes
  • Bump the version in package.json
  • Commit the changes
  • Create a tag with the same version: git tag vA.B.C
  • Publish local changes and the tag to GitHub repo: git push && git push origin vA.B.C
  • Wait for the CI to upload the binaries to the draft release (a new one will be created if you haven't drafted one).
  • Publish release draft.
    • Once a release is published, users should receive the app update. See:
    • The latest.yml, latest-mac.yml, latest-linux.yml files on the release are used by the app to determine when an app update is available.
  • Update links and badges in to point to the new version (A.B.C)
  • Update with details from release/release draft
  • Update selected package managers
  • To start work on the next version, bump the version in the package.json

Manual notarization (Fallback in-case CI is not doing it correctly)

  • Notarize .dmg at Apple (context: #1365)
    1. Download .dmg from
    2. Ensure APPLEID and APPLEIDPASS are set either as environment variables or entries in .env file. Those need to belong to the same org as cert used for signing.
    3. Run node pkgs/macos/notarize-cli.js ./IPFS-Desktop-A.B.C.dmg
    4. Debug errors by calling the tool directly: xcrun altool --notarize-app -f /path/to/IPFS-Desktop-0.X.0.dmg --primary-bundle-id io.ipfs.desktop -u XXX-from-vault-XXX -p XXX-app-specific-password-from-vault-XXX, also see the long list of hoops Apple might ask you to jump through.


Feel free to join in. All welcome. Open an issue!

If you're interested in contributing translations, go to project page on Transifex, create an account, pick a language and start translating.

This repository falls under the IPFS Code of Conduct.


Where is the configuration and logs?

The configuration file and logs are located on:

  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/IPFS Desktop/
  • Windows: %appdata%/IPFS Desktop/
  • Linux: ~/.config/IPFS Desktop/

For quick access to this folders, just right-click on your tray icon and then 'Logs Directory' or 'Configuration File', depending on what you want.

How do we select the IPFS repo location?

We use ipfsd-ctl, which, in default conditions, will check IPFS_PATH environment variable. If not set, we fallback to $HOME/.ipfs. As soon as the first run has succeded, we save the information about the repository location in the configuration file, which becomes the source of truth.

Which version of IPFS are we running?

Since we're using ipfsd-ctl, we have our own embedded IPFS binary. We try to always have the latest version.

Which flags do we use to boot IPFS?

By default we use the flags --migrate=true --routing=dhtclient ----enable-gc=true when running the IPFS daemon. They can be changed via the configuration file, which can be easily accessed as mentioned above.


No tray icon on Linux

Poor tray support is a long running problem with Electron apps: electron/issues/21445.

According to electron/v9.3.0/docs/api/

  • On Linux the app indicator will be used if it is supported, otherwise GtkStatusIcon will be used instead.
  • On Linux distributions that only have app indicator support, you have to install libappindicator1 to make the tray icon work.

Why the old tray is back since v0.13? We had no control over this: Electron team removed support for StatusNotifier and restored the old tray interface on Linux called XEmbed.

Does not start on Linux (Debian 10)

Some Linux users may see an error like this:

The SUID sandbox helper binary was found, but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now. You need to make sure that chrome-sandbox is owned by root and has mode 4755.

or a very short one, when starting in a terminal:

$ ipfs-desktop
$Trace/breakpoint trap

This is a known issue with Electron/Chrome and some hardened kernels. If you are interested in details, read this.

The only reliable way to fix this at the moment is to start the app with additional parameter:

$ ipfs-desktop --no-sandbox


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