Storing data on Filecoin

How to store data on Filecoin with Boost as a client

Boost comes with a client executable, boost, that can be used to send a deal proposal to a Boost Storage Provider.

The client is intentionally minimal meant for developer testing. It is not a full featured client and is not intended to be so. It does not require a daemon process, and can be pointed at any public Filecoin API for on-chain operations. This means that users of the client do not need to run a Filecoin node that syncs the chain.

Set the API endpoint environment variable

export FULLNODE_API_INFO=<filecoin API endpoint>

There are a number of public Filecoin APIs ran by a number of organisations, such as Infura, Glif, etc. For test purposes you can try: export FULLNODE_API_INFO=

Initialize the client

boost -vv init

The init command

  • Creates a Boost client repository (at ~/.boost-client by default)

  • Generates a libp2p peer ID key

  • Generates a wallet for on-chain operations and outputs the wallet address

Add funds to the wallet and to the market actor

To make deals you will need to: a) add funds to the wallet b) add funds to the market actor for that wallet address

Make a storage deal

Currently, we don't distribute binaries, so you will have to build from source.

boost -vv deal --provider=<f00001> \
               --http-url=<https://myserver/> \
               --commp=<commp> \
               --car-size=<car-size> \
               --piece-size=<piece-size> \

When a storage provider accepts the deal, you should see output of the command similar to:

sent deal proposal
  deal uuid: 9e68fb16-ff9a-488e-ad0a-1289b512d176
  storage provider: f0127896
  client wallet: f1sw5zjcyo4mff5cbvgsgmm8uoko6gcr4tptvtkhy
  payload cid: bafyaa6qshafcmalqudsbeidrunclaep6mdbipm2gjfvuosjfd6cbqd6th7bshy5hi5npxe727yjaagelucbyabasgafcmalqudsaeieapsxspo2i36no36n7yitswsxdazvziwvgj4vbp2scuxasrc6n4ejaage3r7m3saykcqeaegeavdllsbzaqcaibaaeecakrvvzam
  url: https://webserver/
  commp: baga6ea4seaqh5prrl6ykov4t64k6m5giijsc44dcxtdnzsp4izjakqhs7twauiq
  start epoch: 1700711
  end epoch: 2219111
  provider collateral: 358.687 μFIL

Check deal status

You can check the deal status with the following command:

boost deal-status --provider=<provider> --deal-uuid=<deal-uuid>
got deal status response
  deal uuid: 9e68fb16-ff8a-488e-ad0a-1289b512d176
  deal status: Transfer Queued
  deal label: bafyaa6qsgafcmalqudsaeidrunclaep6mdbipm2gjfvuosjfd6cbqd6th7bshy5hi5npxe727yjaagelucbyabasgafcmalqudsaeieapsxspo2i36no36n7yitswsxdazvziwvgj4vbp2scuxasrc6n4ejaage3r7m3saykcqeaegeavdllsbzaqcaibaaeecakrvvzam
  publish cid: <nil>
  chain deal id: 0

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