dCDN Setup

To scale up your IPFS gateway to million of users and make it available through a community-powered CDN, you can register your IPFS gateway as a resource on Media Network using the Media App front-end in 2 easy steps.

Pre-requisites

  • Make sure you have ipfs installed.
  • Make sure your gateway is accessible.
  • Make sure you have a compatible wallet with enough MEDIA to use the CDN service. MEDIA is currently available to buy in the following markets.

Step 1 - Find out IPFS gateway port and IP address:

In this step you'll have to find out the details about your IPFS gateway to be able to add it later on to Media Network. You can check what is running in each port by exectuing the following command:

netstat -ntpl
Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:5001 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 14732/ipfs
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:8080 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 14732/ipfs
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 1014/sshd
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:3000 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 19072/docker-proxy
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:5432 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 18884/docker-proxy
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:4001 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 14732/ipfs
tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 1014/sshd
tcp6 0 0 :::3000 :::* LISTEN 19079/docker-proxy
tcp6 0 0 :::5432 :::* LISTEN 18892/docker-proxy
tcp6 0 0 :::4001 :::* LISTEN 14732/ipfs

In this case we can check that the IPFS HTTP gateway is running on port 8080 under PID 14732

Now let's check the external IP address of your device:

ifconfig
eno1: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
inet 141.120.114.66 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 141.120.114.66
inet6 fe80::2eea:7fff:fef0:f2fe prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20<link>
ether 2c:ea:7f:f0:f2:fe txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
RX packets 9245489 bytes 1915123059 (1.7 GiB)
RX errors 0 dropped 34 overruns 0 frame 0
TX packets 4943558 bytes 970078005 (925.1 MiB)
TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
device interrupt 49

In this case, we can check that the external IP address is 141.120.114.66 using the eno1 interface.

This means your IPFS gateway is running at the following URL, which is what you'll need to add as a CDN resource:

http://141.120.114.66:8080

Step 2 - Add your resource to the network

Access the Media App and connect your wallet. Add your resource, specifying port number & and approve the transaction.

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Please have in mind this IP is the external IP for the computer / server running the IPFS node. Please change it accordingly.

Finalizing the process

After the transaction is confirmed on the blockchain, a new random subdomain will be assigned to you. This is your new endpoint URL cached by Media Network. End-users requesting content from the new link will load the resources from Media Edges around the world instead of your IPFS gateway directly.

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You can now serve any content hosted on IPFS to your end-users, through your own IPFS Gateway via Media's dCDN.