I am trying to upload my file to IPFS and save its hash to my Ethereum contract but neither ipfs.add nor ipfs.files.add is working for me... I have tried usin for loop i.e.

for await (const result of ipfs.add(this.state.buffer)) {

and also this way:

ipfs.add(this.state.buffer, (error, ipfsHash) => 
      console.log('Trying to add');
      if(error) {

but both of them are not working.... I've tried to debug my code but the control doesn't go beyond ipfs.add line.... Any help will be highly recommended as I am not able to find any help on the internet and stuck here badly from past few hours..

2 Answers 2


ipfs.add(fileUploaded) works for me. buffer is not required. We can load the file directly.

I am using "ipfs-http-client": "^50.1.2" and ipfs = create({ host: "ipfs.infura.io", port: 5001, protocol: "https" });


Try replacing ipfs.add with ipfs.files.add.

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    I have already tried using it but get this error: Uncaught (in promise) TypeError: ipfs__WEBPACK_IMPORTED_MODULE_4_.default.files.add is not a function at App.onSubmit Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 12:19
  • Oh, my bad. I'm using ipfs-api version 18.1.1. If you cannot handle to make your code run you can try using ipfs-api, I'm using it for over 2 years now and I have hundreds of files uploaded to the IPFS via infura. Example: const ipfsAPI = require('ipfs-api'); const ipfs = ipfsAPI('ipfs.infura.io', '5001', {protocol: 'https'}); Now here you can access ipfs.files.add Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 4:17
  • I have tried it as well... the error which I get on requiring ipfs-api is cannot find module... So I have installed ipfs-http-client...If try to upload it on infura the code doesn't show any error nor the control is passing from that piece of code... And if I try to upload on local daemon This Error shows up "Access to fetch at ''localhost:3000' has been blocked by CORS policy: No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource. If an opaque response serves your needs, set the request's mode to 'no-cors' to fetch the resource with CORS disabled." Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 6:08
  • Of course you will get error for missing ipfs-api if you haven't installed it. Just open the console in the root of your project and fire npm install [email protected] --save-dev. Then you can try my example. Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 6:11
  • I installed it before and installed it again using your npm command but still module not found error is showing up... I get few errors while installing ipfs-api and same was the case before... Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 6:21

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