How can I find the IPFS Readme through CLI?

Hey there! I’m writing a “How To” article on Medium with a step-by-step guide to moving your files to IPFS.

I’m trying to replicate the steps I took, and I get stuck after I init the repo. I cannot get to the readme.

I have tried the command:

ipfs cat /ipfs/QmYwAPJzv5CZsnA625s3Xf2nemtYgPpHdWEz79ojWnPbdG/readme

which was referenced in the IPFS Getting Started docs and [this tutorial] (, but all I get is:

Error: merkledag: not found

I realize that my version spit out an updated hash for the readme when I originally entered ipfs init, but I didn’t save this and I can’t recreate it without deleting my IPFS repo.

I apologize if there is an obvious answer. N00b to IPFS but :heart: it!

Start the IPFS daemon in another console window using ipfs daemon command and try again.

Someone might be hosting it so you can download it.