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Using Scaleway IPFS Pinning with IPFS Desktop

Reviewed on 03 April 2024Published on 26 September 2023

With Scaleway IPFS Pinning, you can permanently store your data on the public IPFS network. You can either create and manage your volume via the Kubo client or through IPFS Desktop.

This article shows you how to add Scaleway as your remote pinning service using IPFS Desktop.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • A valid API key
  • Downloaded and installed IPFS Desktop
  • Created a volume

Retrieve the ID of your volume

  1. Click IPFS Pinning in the Labs section of the Scaleway console side menu. The IPFS Pinning section displays.
  2. Click «More infos Icon» > Pin next to your volume of choice. The Pins section displays.
  3. Click the Settings tab. The Settings section displays.
  4. Retrieve the ID of your volume under the Information section. You will need it for the next procedure.

Add Scaleway as a remote pinning service

This operation allows you to add Scaleway as a remote service on your IPFS desktop.

  1. Open IPFS Desktop.
  2. Click Settings on the sidebar menu. The settings panel displays.
  3. Click the Add Service button on the Pinning services section of the panel. A pop-up displays asking you to select a pinning service provider.
  4. Click Add a custom one to add Scaleway as a remote pinning service. A configuration form displays.
  5. Fill in the different fields by replacing the parameters with the information described in the table.
    • Nickname: Scaleway
    • API endpoint: https:/<your_volume_region_ID><your_volume_ID>
    • Secret access token: <$SCW_SECRET_KEY>
<your_volume_region_ID>The region you selected when creating your volume. IPFS Pinning is available in the Paris, Amsterdam and Warsaw regions. Possible values are fr-par, nl-ams and pl-waw.
<your_volume_ID>The ID of the volume in which you want to pin your content
<$SCW_SECRET_KEY>The secret key of your Scaleway API key.

Scaleway should now appear in the list of remote pinning services.

Pin content from IPFS Desktop

IPFS supports any file type, allowing users to store and share diverse content such as text, images, audio, and videos. You can also import entire directories, making IPFS a versatile tool for decentralized data storage and sharing.

  1. Click Files on the sidebar menu. The Files panel displays.
  2. Click Import button on the top right corner. A pop-up displays various importation options.
  3. Import the content of your choice. Your content appears in your list of files.

Add content from the IPFS Desktop

  1. Click Files on the sidebar menu. The files panel displays a list of your content.
  2. Click next to the content of your choice. A pop-up with various options displays.
  3. Click Set pinning. A pop-up appears asking you to select where you would like to pin your content.
  4. Select Scaleway as your remote pinning service.
  5. Click Apply to confirm your choice.

Your content is transferred to Scaleway’s storage and becomes visible in your console.

Refer to the How to retrieve your content documentation page to learn how to follow the same procedure in the Scaleway console.

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