I have installed the IPFS-desktop package via
snap install ipfs-desktop on an Ubuntu 18.04.4 PC, installed a 2TB drive at device
/dev/sbd1 and then Ext4 formatted a single 2TB partition mounted at
/media/username/HulaCLoud. I want this drive to be the IPFS repo.
I tried to look in
~/.config/IPFS Desktop/ but it didn’t exist and neither did
Eventually I tracked down the config to two hidden files in the SNAP .ipfs-desktop folder – IPFS_PATH which points to
/home/username/snap/ipfs-desktop/17/.ipfs and IPFS_EXEC which points to
How do I get IPFS-desktop to use the 2TB drive as an IPFS repo?
If you’re using the IPFS Desktop app, click the icon in the taskbar and there’s a
Move Repository Location link under
Which version of IPFS Desktop app are you talking about? I am on Ubuntu and installed Revision 1b58b62 with Snap. The only icon I can see which has an “Advanced” link is “Status”, and under that Advanced link there is no “Move Repository Location”, only Gateway, API, Addresses and Public Key.
This is from
I have the same issue. I would like to move my IPFS repo to
/media/usb1 but I’m running headless Ubuntu so I don’t have the Desktop option. I don’t see the applicable command anywhere in the CLI commands (https://docs.ipfs.io/reference/cli/). How can I move my repository location via CLI?
Thanks Hector. I didn’t have anything yet in my ~/.ipfs folder so I deleted it. Set my IPFS_PATH in
/etc/environment and then re-ran
ipfs init which created the repo in my
Now my only problem is that I can’t seem to assign ownership/permission to
/media/usb1 to the
ubuntu user. I have to do everything as
This was because I had used my Macbook to format the USB Drive to FAT32 which doesn’t allow for Linux permissions. I unmounted the drive (
sudo umount /media/usb1). Then ran
sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda from my Ubuntu server to reformat it to Ext4. After that I was able to change the drive ownership to the Ubuntu user:
sudo chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /media/usb1. Now I can run
ipfs init as the Ubuntu user and it used the IPFS_PATH from
/etc/environment to initialize the environment on the USB Drive. This is attached to a Raspberry Pi 3 BTW. I now have the world’s shittiest IPFS node running
There are a few things to remember with this particular method…
- USB drives mounted on
/media are usually mounted through fuse. This means the USB drive is not re-mounted on OS reboot and will need to be manually mounted each boot cycle.
- The drive location may not always be the same… generally, UUIDs should be used instead.
- If you want the drive to be mounted automatically each reboot, you should place the UUID in
/etc/fstab… with a mount point probably in
/mnt instead of
- To traverse a directory tree, the execute permission on all lower directories needs to be set for the target user.
Yes, good point @ipfsme. I forgot to mention that I’m using https://github.com/rbrito/usbmount which auto-mounts to the first available usb port so I can (should) count on it being at
/media/usb1 on reboot.