Accessing the SpookySwap App
In keeping in line with our commitment to decentralization SpookySwap is hosted on IPFS and we offer several different official links that offers redundancy in case any one goes down:
Note* This list is not exhaustive, there are many different ways to acccess SpookySwap because it relies on IPFS (InterPlanatary File System)
But what is IPFS?
Inter-Planetary File System is a decentralized network of shared content, a decentralized network where peers are connected and share files i.e. “a peer to peer hypermedia.”
But why is IPFS good?
Supports a resilient internet. If someone attacks Wikipedia's web servers or an engineer at Wikipedia makes a big mistake that causes their servers to catch fire, you can still get the same webpages from somewhere else. Makes it harder to censor content. Because files on IPFS can come from many places, it's harder for anyone (whether they're states, corporations, or someone else) to block things. Can speed up the web when you're far away or disconnected. If you can retrieve a file from someone nearby instead of hundreds or thousands of miles away, you can often get it faster. This makes SpookySwap effectively immune to DDOS attacks!
Besides the above URL's, there is another way to access SpookySwap that we recommend, as its even safer from attacks and it helps SpookySwap be faster for everyone, including yourself!
Running IPFS directly (The Fastest and Recommended Way to Access SpookySwap)
Step 1: Installing IPFS Desktop
- 2.Find the link ending in .exe for the latest version of IPFS Desktop:
- 3.Run the .exe file to start the installation.
- 4.Select whether you want to install the application for just yourself or all users on the computer. Click Next:
- 5.Select the install location for the application. The default location is usually fine. Click Next:
- 6.Wait for the installation to finish and click Finish:
- 7.Click the Windows Start button and scroll or search to find “IPFS Desktop”. Right-click it, select More, and then select Open file location. This opens the location where the shortcut to the app is saved.
- 8.With the file location open, press the Windows logo key + R, type shell:startup, then select OK. This opens the Startup folder. Copy and paste the shortcut to the app from the file location to the Startup folder.
- 2.Open the ipfs-desktop.dmg file.
- 3.Drag the IPFS icon into the Applications folder:
- 4.Open your Applications folder and open the IPFS Desktop application.
- 5.You may get a warning saying IPFS Desktop.app can't be opened. Click Show in Finder:
- 6.Find IPFS Desktop.app in your Applications folder.
- 7.Hold down the control key, click IPFS Desktop.app, and click Open:
- 8.Click Open in the new window:
- 9.You can now find an IPFS icon in the status bar:
The IPFS Desktop application has finished installing.
Step 2: Installing IPFS companion browser plugin
Add the plugin to your browser, there is no configuration necessary.
You should see the URL automatically become https://spooky.fi.ipns.localhost:8080/#/ [editor note: this should not be a hyperlink in the article]