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Managing Storage with the CidConfig

Every FFS instance can manage how data is stored on IPFS and Filecoin using the CidConfig (details below). The CidConfig is a powerful tool to customize all the details of how you store data on Filecoin, make it available over IPFS, enforce replication, manage expiring deals, and more.

Setting the CidConfig

In every Powergate deployment there are three ways to manage CidConfigs throughout the system.

  1. The FFS instance default CidConfig. This is initially set by the system default CidConfig. It can be modified by the FFS instance owner after creation.
  2. The storage request CidConfig. This will use the FFS instance default, but a custom CidConfig can also be supplied at request time.
  3. A storage update CidConfig. Any CidConfigs attached to existing stored data can be updated with a new CidConfig. The FFS instance will then work to modify the way data is stored to match the new configuration

Get the default CidConfig of an FFS instance

View the current default CidConfig of an FFS instance.

pow ffs config default -t <token>

Set the default CidConfig of an FFS instance

To set the default config to one stored in new-config.json.

pow ffs config set new-config.json -t <token>

Set a custom CidConfig at storage time

You can provide a flag (-c) to include a custom CidConfig for a new storage request. Storage requests without a custom CidConfig will use the instance default storage config.

pow ffs push <cid> -t <token> -c custom-config.json

Get the CidConfig of previously stored data

To pull the CidConfig associated with data already managed by the FFS instance, use the of the stored data.

pow ffs pull <cid> -t <token>

Update the CidConfig of existing data

To update the CidConfig of data already stored and managed by the Powergate with a new config stored in updated-config.json. This command requires the override flag (-o) to confirm that you understand that the command will replace an existing config.

pow ffs push <cid> -t <token> -o -c updated-config.json

CidConfig Details

Here is an example of the default CidConfig.

  // Hot has this desired storing configuration in Hot Storage.
  "Hot": {
    // Enable indicates if Cid data is stored. If true, it will
    // consider further configurations to execute actions.
    "Enabled": true,
    // AllowUnfreeze indicates that if data isn't available in the
    // Hot Storage, it's allowed to be feeded by Cold Storage if
    // available.
    "AllowUnfreeze": false,
    "Ipfs": {
      // AddTimeout is an upper bound on adding data to IPFS node from
      // the network before failing.
      "AddTimeout": 30
  // Cold has desired storing configuration in the Cold Storage.
  "Cold": {
    // Enabled indicates that data will be saved in Cold storage.
    // If is switched from false->true, it will consider the other
    // attributes as the desired state of the data in this Storage.
    "Enabled": true,
    // Filecoin describes the desired Filecoin configuration for a
    // Cid in the Filecoin network.
    "Filecoin": {
        // RepFactor indicates the desired amount of active deals
        // with different miners to store the data. While making deals
        // the other attributes of FilConfig are considered for miner
      // selection.
      "RepFactor": 1,
        // DealDuration indicates the duration to be used when making
      // new deals.
      "DealDuration": 1000,
        // ExcludedMiners is a set of miner addresses won't be ever be
      // selected when making new deals, even if they comply to other
      // filters.
      "ExcludedMiners": null,
        // TrustedMiners is a set of miner addresses which will be
      // forcibly used when making new deals. An empty/nil list
      // disables this feature.
      "TrustedMiners": null,
        // CountryCodes indicates that new deals should select miners
      // on specific countries.
      "CountryCodes": null,
        // Renew indicates deal-renewal configuration.
      "Renew": {
        // Enabled indicates that deal-renewal is enabled for this
        // Cid.
        "Enabled": false,
        // Threshold indicates how many epochs before expiring should
        // trigger deal renewal. e.g: 100 epoch before expiring.
        "Threshold": 0
        // Addr is the wallet address used to store the data in filecoin
      "Addr": "<unique>",
      "MaxPrice": 0
  "Repairable": false