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Building on Windows

Install Git For Windows

As Git is used by the Go language to download dependencies, you need to install Git, for example from

You also must make sure that the directory that contains the Git For Windows binary is in the Path environment variable. Note that Git For Windows has a 'git' binary in a 'Git\bin' directory and another one in a 'Git\cmd' directory. You should only put the 'Git\cmd' directory in the Path environment variable.

Install Go

Please install the Go language as explained on

To properly install Go, you will need to set some environment variables. We recommend you to set them globally using the Control Panel, as explained in the documentation above, so that these environment variables are automatically available in all the possible environments that you might want to use like Git Bash, Windows's cmd, Cygwin's terminal, Windows' PowerShell and so on.

You must make sure that the GOROOT environment variable is set and that the %GOROOT%/bin directory is in the Path environment variable.

The GOPATH environment variable should also be set to a directory that you have created, and the %GOPATH/bin directory should also be in the Path environment variable.

Download go-ipfs and fix Git authentication

Use the following command to download go-ipfs source code:

go get -u

The above command uses Git to download go-ipfs from its GitHub repository. If you get authentication problems with Git, you might want to take a look at and use the suggested solution:

git config --global credential.helper wincred

Choose the way you want to proceed

Now there are two ways to download, install the dependencies and to build go-ipfs:

1) There is the "Manual Way", where you don't need to install anymore software except the dependencies, but you have a number of commands to type.

2) There is a way by installing 'make' through Cygwin and using it to do nearly everything. We call this way the "Cygwin Way". It may take much more time, because installing Cygwin can take a lot of time, but after that it might be easier as many procedures are just a 'make' command away.

So use the next steps below that start with "Manual Way" if that's the way you want, otherwise scroll down a bit and use the "Cygwin Way" steps below.

Manual Way: download and install dependencies

The following commands should download or update go-ipfs dependencies and then install them:

go get -u
go get -u
cd %GOPATH%/src/
gx --verbose install --global

Manual Way: build go-ipfs

To actually build go-ipfs, first go to the cmd/ipfs directory:

cd cmd\ipfs

Then get the current Git commit:

git rev-parse --short HEAD

It will output a small number of hex characters that you must pass to the actual build command (replace XXXXXXX with these characters):

go install -ldflags="-X "".CurrentCommit=XXXXXXX"

After that ipfs should have been built and should be available in "%GOPATH%\bin".

You can check that the ipfs you built has the right version using:

ipfs version --commit

It should output something like "ipfs version 0.4.0-dev-XXXXXXX" where XXXXXXX is the current commit that you passed to the build command.

Cygwin way: install Cygwin

Install Cygwin as explained in the Cygwin documentation:

By default Cygwin will not install 'make', so you should click on the "Devel" category during the Cygwin installation process and then check the 'make' package.

Cygwin way: build go-ipfs

To build go-ipfs using Cygwin you just need to open a Cygwin Terminal and then type the following commands:

cd $GOPATH/src/
make install

After that ipfs should have been built and should be available in "%GOPATH%\bin".

You can check that the ipfs you built has the right version using:

ipfs version --commit