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Textile binary distribution for Node (npm-go-textile-dep)

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Official Textile binary distribution for Node projects

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Textile provides encrypted, recoverable, schema-based, and cross-application data storage built on IPFS and libp2p. We like to think of it as a decentralized data wallet with built-in protocols for sharing and recovery, or more simply, an open and programmable iCloud.


This module downloads go-textile binaries from into your project.

By default it will download the go-textile version that matches the npm version of this module. So depending on @textile/npm-go-textile-dep@0.6.3 will install go-textile v0.6.3 for your current system architecture, in to your project at node_modules/@textile/go-textile-dep/binary/textile{.exe}.

For a more 'standard' approach to installing go-textile in JS projects, see @textile/go-textile.

Overriding the go-textile version

You can override the version of go-textile that gets downloaded by adding by adding a go-textile.version field to your package.json

"go-textile": {
  "version": "v0.6.3"


When used via node dist/bin.js, you can specify the target platform, version and architecture via environment variables: TARGET_OS, TARGET_VERSION and TARGET_ARCH.

We fetch the versions dynamically from GitHub where the OSes and architectures are listed as Assets. You can also fetch specific versions via command line arguments in the order of:

node dist/bin.js <version> <platform> <architecture> <install directory>

For example:

node dist/bin.js v0.6.3 linux amd64 ./go-textile


Note: The binary gets put in the binary folder inside the module folder, so don't commit this!

# Run all the unit tests
npm run test

# Lint everything
# NOTE: Linting uses `prettier` to auto-fix styling issues when possible
npm run lint

You can also compile the Typescript yourself with:

npm run build

If you want to push out a new release, simply run npm version {path|minor|major} to run the CI-based release process, npm will automatically bump the version, and the CI will fetch the relevant go-textile version for testing etc.


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This library is a work in progress. As such, there's a few things you can do right now to help out:

  • Ask questions! We'll try to help. Be sure to drop a note (on the above issue) if there is anything you'd like to work on and we'll update the issue to let others know. Also get in touch on Slack.
  • Log bugs, file issues, submit pull requests!
  • Perform code reviews. More eyes will help a) speed the project along b) ensure quality and c) reduce possible future bugs.
  • Take a look at go-textile (which is where the binary is built). Contributions here that would be most helpful are top-level comments about how it should look based on our understanding. Again, the more eyes the better.
  • Add tests. There can never be enough tests.
  • Contribute to the Textile docs with any additions or questions you have about Textile and its various implementations. A good example would be asking, "What is an Textile daemon". If you don't know a term, odds are someone else doesn't either. Eventually, we should have a good understanding of where we need to improve communications and teaching together to make Textile even better.

Before you get started, be sure to read our contributors guide and our contributor covenant code of conduct.




This package was heavily inspired (it started as a direct fork) by the npm-go-ipfs-dep library. Big thanks to all the contributors to that original package! See package.json, LICENSE, and in that project for details and contributions.

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