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CD-like tool for publishing your static website from Git to IPFS

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IPFS Publish


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Continuous Delivery of static websites from Git to IPFS


This is a tool that aims to enable automatic publishing of static webpages from Git repositories into IPFS. It consists of two parts: small web server and management CLI.

Web server exposes an endpoint which you use as your Git's webhook. When the hook is invoked, it clones your repo, build it (if needed), add it to the IPFS node (pin it if configured) and publish the new IPFS address under configured IPNS name.

CLI is in place to manage the repos.


  • Ignore files - .ipfs_publish_ignore file specify entries that should be removed before adding the repo to IPFS
  • Publish directory - you can publish only specific sub-directory inside the repo
  • Publish specific branch - you can specify which branch should be published from the repo
  • Build script - before adding to IPFS you can run script/binary inside the cloned repo
  • After publish script - after the publishing to IPFS, this script is run with argument of the created IPFS address
  • Direct DNSLink update for CloudFlare DNS provider

Git providers

Currently the webhook supports generic mode, where the repo's secret is passed through as URL's parameter.

There is also special mode for GitHub, where the secret should be configured as part of the Webhook's configuration.


This tool is not meant as public service and only trusted Git repos should be used with it. It can introduce serious security risk into your system as the runtime environment for the scripts is not isolated from rest of your machine!



  • Python 3.7 and higher
  • Git
  • go-ipfs daemon (tested with version 4.23)
  • UNIX-Like machine with public IP


You can install ipfs-publish directly on your machine using pip:

$ pip install ipfs-publish

Then you can use the command ipfs-publish to manage your repos and/or start the webhook's server.


There is official Docker image build with name: auhau/ipfs-publish

Easiest way to run ipfs-publish is with docker-compose. Here is example for its configuration:

version: '3'

    image: ipfs/go-ipfs:v0.4.23
      - /data/ipfs # or you can mount it directly to some directory on your system
    image: auhau/ipfs-publish
      IPFS_PUBLISH_CONFIG: /data/ipfs_publish/config.toml
      - /data/ipfs_publish
      - ipfs
      - 8080:8000

For more information see documentation.


# Add new repo
$ ipfs-publish add
[?] Git URL of the repo:
[?] Name of the new repo: github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io
[?] Do you want to publish to IPNS? (Y/n):
[?] Path to build binary, if you want to do some pre-processing before publishing:
[?] Path to after-publish binary, if you want to do some actions after publishing:
[?] Directory to be published inside the repo. Path related to the root of the repo: /

Successfully added new repo!
Use this URL for you webhook: http://localhost:8080/publish/github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io
Also set this string as your hook's Secret: NIHT4785CVFT358GFE08RDAZG
Your IPNS address: /ipns/QmRTqaW3AJJXmKyiNT7MqqZ4VjGtNNxPyTkgo3Q7pmoCeX/

# List current enabled repos
$ ipfs-publish list

# Show details of repo
$ ipfs-publish show github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io
Git URL:
IPNS key: ipfs_publishg_github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io
IPNS lifetime: 24h
IPNS ttl: 15m
IPNS address: /ipns/QmRTqaW3AJJXmKyiNT7MqqZ4VjGtNNxPyTkgo3Q7pmoCeX/
Last IPFS address: None
Webhook address: http://localhost:8080/publish/github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io

# You can manually publish repo
$ ipfs-publish publish github_com_auhau_auhau_github_io

# Starts HTTP server & IPNS republishing service
$ ipfs-publish server &
Running on http://localhost:8080 (CTRL + C to quit)


Feel free to dive in, contributions are welcomed! Open an issue or submit PRs.

For PRs and tips about development please see contribution guideline.


MIT © Adam Uhlir

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