# IPFS Desktop

IPFS Desktop is the easiest way to get up and running quickly with IPFS. It allows you to run an IPFS node on your machine without having to bother with command-line tools or package management. It gives you the power of the IPFS Web UI(opens new window) , plus a handful of useful shortcuts and settings.

The installation steps differ between operating systems, so follow the instructions for your system.

Windows macOS Ubuntu
Windows icon macOS icon Ubuntu icon

# Windows

  1. Go to the IPFS Desktop downloads page(opens new window) .

  2. Find the link ending in .exe for the latest version of IPFS Desktop:

    The IPFS Desktop download page.

  3. Run the .exe file to start the installation.

  4. Select whether you want to install the application for just yourself or all users on the computer. Click Next:

    The IPFS Desktop install options window.

  5. Select the install location for the application. The default location is usually fine. Click Next:

    The IPFS Desktop installation location window.

  6. Wait for the installation to finish and click Finish:

    The IPFS Desktop installation finished window.

  7. You can now find an IPFS icon in the status bar:

    The IPFS Desktop status bar menu in the Windows status bar.

The IPFS Desktop application has finished installing. You can now start to add your site.

# macOS

  1. Download the latest available .dmg file from the ipfs-shipyard/ipfs-desktop GitHub repository:

    List of available download links in GitHub.

  2. Open the ipfs-desktop.dmg file.

  3. Drag the IPFS icon into the Applications folder:

    Drag-to-install window in MacOS.

  4. Open your Applications folder and open the IPFS Desktop application.

  5. You may get a warning saying IPFS Desktop.app can't be opened. Click Show in Finder:

    Application cannot be installed error.

  6. Find IPFS Desktop.app in your Applications folder.

  7. Hold down the control key, click IPFS Desktop.app, and click Open:

    Right click context menu of IPFS Desktop.app.

  8. Click Open in the new window:

    Open confirmation window.

  9. You can now find an IPFS icon in the status bar:

    The IPFS Desktop status bar menu in the macOS status bar.

The IPFS Desktop application has finished installing. You can now start to add your site.

# Ubuntu

While these instructions are specific to Ubuntu, they will likely work with most Ubuntu-related Linux distributions. For non-Ubuntu Linux distributions, check out the IPFS Desktop GitHub repository(opens new window) for install instructions.

  1. Download the .deb package:

  2. Open the .deb package in Software Installer:

    Right-click context menu of the IPFS deb package.

  3. Click Install and wait for the installation to finish:

    Install screen within the Ubuntu software installation window.

  4. Click Applications or press the Windows key on your keyboard.

  5. Search for IPFS and select IPFS Desktop:

    Ubuntu search screen with IPFS Desktop showing.

  6. You can now find an IPFS icon in the status bar:

    IPFS icon shown in the Ubuntu status bar.

The IPFS Desktop application has finished installing. You can now start to add your site.

# Next steps

Now that you've got IPFS Desktop installed, you can start sharing files and interacting with other nodes on the network! Check out how to host a website using IPFS →