# Take a snapshot
Let's take a quick look at how IPFS can be used to take basic snapshots of files — an action that enables you to access those files later in the same state as they were when you "snapshotted" them.
Save your directory:
ipfs add -r ~/code/myproject
Note the hash:
echo $hash `date` >> snapshots
Or all at once:
echo `ipfs add -q -r ~/code/myproject | tail -n1` `date` >> snapshots
-q makes the output only contain the hashes, and piping through
tail -n1 ensures that only the hash of the top folder is output.)
Make sure to have the placeholders for the mount points:
sudo mkdir /ipfs /ipns sudo chown `whoami` /ipfs /ipns
You will need to have
FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) installed on your machine in order to be able to
mount directories from the IPFS. You can find instructions for how to install
FUSE in the
go-ipfs docs (opens new window).
View your snapshots live:
ipfs mount ls /ipfs/$hash/ # Or cd /ipfs/$hash/ ls
Through the FUSE interface, you'll be able to access your files exactly as they were when you took the snapshot.