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InterPlanetary File System for Business (IPFSfB)

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This repository contains instructions to build a private, unstructured data storage network for any blockchain on distributed file system, InterPlanetary File System for Business (IPFSfB), using crypto tools and Docker images with Docker and Docker Compose to provision the enterprise blockchain storage network.


InterPlanetary File System for Business (IPFSfB) is based on InterPlanetary File System, which aim to provide an enterprise form, unstructured data storage network for any blockchain.


Currently we have two flows for each contributors and users.

Flow 1: for contributors

IPFSfB Contributor Flow

The contributor flow tells you how to contribute to IPFSfB. You can also refer to the contributors guide.

Flow 2: for users

IPFSfB User Flow

The user flow corresponds how to set up a private network, which you can refer to running a private network.


Building from source

Building from source with IPFSfB repository:

go get -u github.com/IBM/IPFSfB

Building from source with IPFSfB tools, once the repository is downloaded, run:

make swarmkeygen

or build all utilities:

make all


  1. Running a private network
  2. Runtime instructions
  3. Scenarios
  4. Considerations
  5. Architecture
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Related links
  8. License

1. Running a private network

Currently, we are offering simple network as one of the samples. It contains three senarios including peer-to-peer, peer-to-server, and peer to peer and to server. You can follow the tutorial to envision and run a private network.

2. Runtime instructions

If you are running a private network, config.sh file will help containers to check runtime health. Regularly inspect docker containers log in the runtime environment may be helpful.

3. Scenarios

One of the samples, simple network is avaliable in three scenarios (p2p, p2s, and p2sp).

The scenario guidelines are available at docs/tutorial/simple-network.md.

Accessing and running

You can access and download network specific binaries and images through bootstrap.sh. Once downloaded, you can run these network scenarios by pnet.sh.

End-to-end testing

Each scenarios have end-to-end testing, located in samples/simple-network/e2e.

4. Considerations

There are several considerations for the roadmap of IPFSfB.

Performance and production

For the private or enterprise network performance, such as uploading a file, downloading a file, hosting a web, and even collaborating a documentation from the network, we need more network connection cases and speed performance to test the network.

IPFSfB production will not only include simple network scenarios for private network, but also give a vision for clustering, consensus enabled enterprise network.

  • General data interface for any blockchain
  • VS Code extension
  • Hyperledger Fabric extension

5. Architecture

We have made a document references for the architecture diagrams. You can refer to the architecture document for the architecture of each scenarios.

6. Troubleshooting

If you have encountered a problem for running IPFSfB, raise an issue and mention one of the maintainers in the maintainers board.

8. License

This code pattern is licensed under the Apache Software License, Version 2. Separate third-party code objects invoked within this code pattern are licensed by their respective providers pursuant to their own separate licenses. Contributions are subject to the Developer Certificate of Origin, Version 1.1 (DCO) and the Apache Software License, Version 2.

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