I am new to Solidity, Web3, and Ethereum. I am trying to build a web application through which users can upload a file to IPFS, then store the IPFS hash in the blockchain. I am using the React truffle box and the value is being stored via the SimpleStorage contract that's included with the box.

So essentially, the ideal scenario would be: User A uploads the file to IPFS and its hash is stored in the blockchain. User B can then access the file by typing the transaction hash and getting its storage value to check whether it's authentic or not.

The problem is that in order for User B to be able to check the file's authenticity, they need to have the transaction hash. Is there a way for a function to return the hash on function call? I can get it manually through Ganache, but that's just impractical.

The blockchain is very nice because it gives you the ability to permanently store data within it, but is there a way to check that data?

Thank you.

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with that simpleStorage contract, you are storing a value in a smart contract on the blockchain. So User B need only the address of that deployed smart contract and then he could call the method get() from that contract to get the stored value.

contract SimpleStorage {
  uint storedData;

  function set(uint x) public {
    storedData = x;

  function get() public view returns (uint) {
    return storedData;

with web3js you can deploy a contract and get its address with this code

// When the data is already set as an option to the contract itself

myContract.options.data = '0x12345...';

    arguments: [<not needed in your contract>]
    from: '0x1234567890123456789012345678901234567891',
    gas: 1500000,
    gasPrice: '30000000000000'
.then((newContractInstance) => {
    console.log(newContractInstance.options.address) // instance with the new contract address


more infos: truffle save the address of the deployed contract, the abi, meta data and bytecode.... in the build Folder

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