I am using the Embark framework demo code and trying to include IPFS storage (not deployment) functionalities to the project. I get an error message when I try to execute the following code in the browser

       function(err, res) {
           if(err || !res) return console.error(err)

I have included ipfs-js from a local folder with <script src="js/ipfs.js"></script>

The error is shown in browser console Error: Cannot find module 'fs'

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fs is node js file system module. You have used a script that was meant for node in the browser.

Instead of using this script, you should follow these instructions on how to include the ipfs api in the browser

  • I don't understand what the difference is between your suggestion and what I have done. As I say I've included the script through a tag. In the instructions it says: Browser friendly Run npm install ipfs-js Or reference dist/ipfs.min.js inside a <script /> to expose the global ipfs Mar 31, 2016 at 4:13
  • Yes, but it seems you have included the wrong script. Did you try including the minified script instead of the node module you linked to?
    – MrChico
    Mar 31, 2016 at 6:07
  • Got it working in the end with the Consensys ipfs wrapper. Mar 31, 2016 at 7:47

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