# ipfs-update

The ipfs-update tool is a command-line utility that can be used to install and update Kubo. The easiest way to install ipfs-update is by using the pre-built binaries, detailed below. See the project repository (opens new window) if you'd prefer to build it from source.

# Install ipfs-update

You can download pre-built binaries from dist.ipfs.tech (opens new window). Binaries are also available from the IPFS Update GitHub release page (opens new window).


    # Install IPFS

    The ipfs-update tool can be used to install Kubo.

    • To install a specific Kubo <version-number>, run:

      ipfs-update install <version-number>
    • To install the latest release of Kubo, use the latest tag:

      ipfs-update install latest


    When ipfs-update install is run and a version of IPFS is already installed, that version is stashed and can be reverted to later.

    # Downgrade IPFS

    Use the revert function to roll-back to a previous version of Kubo:

    ipfs-update revert

    ipfs-update revert reverts to the previously installed version of Kubo. This is useful if the newly installed version has issues and you would like to switch back to your older stable installation.

    # Uninstall updater

    To uninstall IPFS Update, delete the binary and ipfs-update from your PATH variable.

    # Windows

    1. Find the location of the ipfs-update.exe file:

      gci -recurse -filter ipfs-update.exe -File -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
      > Directory: C:\Users\<username>\Apps\ipfs-update_v1.9.0\ipfs-update
    2. Remove the ipfs-update directory:

      Remove-Item -Recurse -Force C:\Users\<username>\Apps\ipfs-update_v1.9.0
    3. Delete the ipfs-update directory from the PATH variable. This process differs between Windows installations, so please check the Microsoft documentation for details (opens new window).

    # Linux & macOS

    1. Find the location of the ipfs-update file:

      sudo find / -name ipfs-update
    2. Remove the file:

      sudo rm /usr/local/bin/ipfs-update