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Error: Not a valid OrbitDB address: /orbitdb (on Linux) #638

FedericoPonzi opened this issue Jun 2, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Jun 2, 2019

Hello world,
I'm trying to develop a very basic app up and running, with typescript/react and orbit db.
Since I had some problems having it run with typescript, I first wanted to have something working and then iterate on it later.
This is my index.tsx:

import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";

import * as IPFS from "ipfs"
//import { OrbitDB } from 'orbit-db'
const OrbitDB = require('orbit-db') // in this way it works, if I use the import notation it throws a undefined for the imported class. Maybe I can send later a different issue If I cannot get it working
import { Hello } from "./components/Hello";

// OrbitDB uses Pubsub which is an experimental feature
// and need to be turned on manually.
// Note that these options need to be passed to IPFS in
// all examples even if not specified so.
const ipfsOptions = {
      pubsub: true
  // Create IPFS instance
  const ipfs = new IPFS(ipfsOptions)
  ipfs.on('error', (e) => console.error(e))
  ipfs.on('ready', async () => {
    //console.log(`Orbit ${OrbitDB}`)
    const orbitdb = await OrbitDB.createInstance(ipfs)
    // Create / Open a database
    const db = await orbitdb.log('hello')
    console.log("db opened.")
    await db.load()
    // Listen for updates from peers'replicated', (address: any) => {
      console.log(db.iterator({ limit: -1 }).collect())
    // Add an entry
    const hash = await db.add('world')
    // Query
    const result = db.iterator({ limit: -1 }).collect()
    console.log(JSON.stringify(result, null, 2))
    <Hello compiler="Typescript" framework="React" />,

I've created a repo with the full code here:
As you can see, the relevant code is the hello world from the of Orbit-DB. The kind of address I get from the log function looks like this:


And I think that since the hash dosen't start with neither zd nor Qm it fails with this error:

orbit-db-address.js:44 Uncaught (in promise) Error: Not a valid OrbitDB address: /orbitdb/bafyreicerijt5g2q4x3oswpf6zxkqbe7mb7w7vqqu2myvh4nqpddrekcey/hello
    at Function.parse (orbit-db-address.js:44)
    at OrbitDB._determineAddress (OrbitDB.js:257)
    at async OrbitDB.create (OrbitDB.js:277)

Thanks for the help!
p.s. I'm on Linux.

@FedericoPonzi FedericoPonzi changed the title Not a valid OrbitDB address: /orbitdb Error: Not a valid OrbitDB address: /orbitdb (on Linux) Jun 2, 2019


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commented Jun 2, 2019

Hi @FedericoPonzi which version of IPFS are you using? We are still working on updating to 0.36.x, can you try with npm i ipfs@0.34.4?


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commented Jun 2, 2019

Thanks for the fast response, that fixed the issue.

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