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Building on Windows

Install Go

go-ipfs is built on Golang and thus depends on it for all building methods.
https://golang.org/doc/install
The GOPATH environment variable must be set as well.
https://golang.org/doc/code.html#GOPATH

Choose the way you want to proceed

go-ipfs utilizes make to automate builds and run tests, but can be built without it using only git and go.
No matter which method you choose, if you encounter issues, please see the Troubleshooting section.

Using make:
MSYS2 and Cygwin provide the Unix tools we need to build go-ipfs. You may use either, but if you don't already have one installed, we recommend MSYS2.
MSYS2→
Cygwin→

Using build tools manually:
This section assumes you have a working version of go and git already setup. You may want to build this way if your environment restricts installing additional software, or if you're integrating IPFS into your own build system.
Minimal→

MSYS2

  1. Install msys2 (http://www.msys2.org)
  2. Run the following inside a normal cmd prompt (Not the MSYS2 prompt, we only need MSYS2's tools).
    An explanation of this block is below.
SET PATH=%PATH%;\msys64\usr\bin
pacman --noconfirm -S  git make unzip
go get -u github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs
make install
%GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe version --all

If there were no errors, the final command should output version information similar to "ipfs version 0.4.14-dev-XXXXXXX" where "XXXXXXX" should match the current short-hash of the go-ipfs repo. You can retrieve said hash via this command: git rev-parse --short HEAD.
If ipfs.exe executes and the version string matches, then building was successful.

Command Explanation
SET PATH=%PATH%;\msys64\usr\bin Add msys2's tools to our PATH; Defaults to: (\msys64\usr\bin)
pacman --noconfirm -S git make unzip Install go-ipfs build dependencies
go get -u github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs Fetch / Update go-ipfs source
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs Change to go-ipfs source directory
make install Build and install to %GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe
%GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe version --all Test the built binary

To build again after making changes to the source, run:

SET PATH=%PATH%;\msys64\usr\bin
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs
make install

Tip: To avoid setting PATH every time (SET PATH=%PATH%;\msys64\usr\bin), you can lock it in permanently using setx after it's been set once:

SETX PATH %PATH%

Cygwin

  1. Install Cygwin (https://www.cygwin.com)
  2. During the install, select the following packages. (If you already have Cygwin installed, run the setup file again to install additional packages.) A fresh install should look something like this reference image.
    • devel packages
      • git
      • make
    • archive packages
      • unzip
    • net packages
      • curl
  3. Run the following inside a normal cmd prompt (Not the Cygwin prompt, we only need Cygwin's tools)
    An explanation of this block is below.
SET PATH=%PATH%;\cygwin64\bin
mkdir %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs
git clone https://github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs.git
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs
make install
%GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe version --all

If there were no errors, the final command should output version information similar to "ipfs version 0.4.14-dev-XXXXXXX" where "XXXXXXX" should match the current short-hash of the go-ipfs repo. You can retrieve said hash via this command: git rev-parse --short HEAD.
If ipfs.exe executes and the version string matches, then building was successful.

Command Explanation
SET PATH=%PATH%;\cygwin64\bin Add Cygwin's tools to our PATH; Defaults to: (\cygwin64\bin)
mkdir %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs
git clone https://github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs.git
Fetch / Update go-ipfs source
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs Change to go-ipfs source directory
make install Build and install to %GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe
%GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe version --all Test the built binary

To build again after making changes to the source, run:

SET PATH=%PATH%;\cygwin64\bin
cd %GOPATH%\src\github.com\ipfs\go-ipfs
make install

Tip: To avoid setting PATH every time (SET PATH=%PATH%;\cygwin64\bin), you can lock it in permanently using setx after it's been set once:

SETX PATH %PATH%

Minimal

While it's possible to build go-ipfs with go alone, we'll be using git and gx for practical source management.
You can use whichever version of git you wish but we recommend the Windows builds at https://git-scm.com. git must be in your PATH for go get to recognize and use it.

gx

You may install prebuilt binaries for gx & gx-go if they're available for your platform. Alternatively, you can build them from source and install them to %GOPATH%\bin by running the following:

go get -u github.com/whyrusleeping/gx
go get -u github.com/whyrusleeping/gx-go

go-ipfs

SET PATH=%PATH%;%GOPATH%\bin
go get -u -d github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs
cd %GOPATH%/src/github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs
gx --verbose install --global
cd cmd\ipfs

We need the git commit hash to be included in our build so that in the extremely rare event a bug is found, we have a reference point later for tracking it. We'll ask git for it and store it in a variable. The syntax for the next command is different depending on whether you're using the interactive command line or writing a batch file. Use the one that applies to you.

  • interactive: FOR /F %V IN ('git rev-parse --short HEAD') do set SHA=%V
  • interpreter: FOR /F %%V IN ('git rev-parse --short HEAD') do set SHA=%%V

Finally, we'll build and test ipfs itself.

go install -ldflags="-X "github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs/repo/config".CurrentCommit=%SHA%"
%GOPATH%\bin\ipfs.exe version --all

You can check that the ipfs output versions match with go version and git rev-parse --short HEAD.
If ipfs.exe executes and everything matches, then building was successful.

Troubleshooting

If you encounter a bug with go-ipfs itself (not related to building) please use the issue tracker to report it.