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Textile JS HTTP Client (js-http-client)

Textile provides encrypted, recoverable, schema-based, and cross-application data storage built on IPFS and libp2p. We like to think of it as a decentralized data wallet with built-in protocols for sharing and recovery, or more simply, an open and programmable iCloud.

The reference implementation of Textile is written in Go, and can be compiled to various platforms, including mobile (Android/iOS) and desktop/server (OSX, Windows, Linux, etc). The js-http-client library is designed to help support things like browser-based Textile apps, Node.js apps, and other use-cases.

This library provides access to an underlying go-textile node's REST API, adding various simplified APIs to support in-browser and programmatic desktop access. For the most part, the API would mimic the command-line and/or mobile APIs of go-textile, with some browser-specific enhancements.


js-http-client is available on npmjs.com under the @textile scope. Install it using your favorite package manager:

yarn add @textile/js-http-client
# npm i @textile/js-http-client


// Import the main Textile client
const { Textile } = require("@textile/js-http-client");

// Create an instance of the client using the default options
const textile = new Textile();

// Or, create an instance specifying your custom Textile node API connection
const textile = new Textile({
  url: "",
  port: 40602,

// Get your local Textile account's contact info
const contact = await textile.account.contact();
console.log(`My display name is '${contact.name}'`);
// > My display name is 'clyde'.

// Get your Textile node's address
const address = await textile.profile.address();
console.log(`My node's address is '${address}'`);
// > My node's address is 'P69vwxHTh1p5...'

// Get a paginated list of files
const files = await textile.files.list()
console.log("files", files.items);

For more detailed examples of usage, peruse the examples folder and see the live docs.