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Connecting to testnet Swarm network

What is the RIF Storage testnet

The RIF Storage testnet allows developers and end-users to get a feeling with how it is to interact with a decentralized storage protocol. For now, RIF Storage is integrated with Swarm. On top of this, we are also integrating with IPFS (more to be announced soon!) and we are developing the specifications for the gateways, marketplaces and pinning services A crucial difference between the testnet, just launched by us, and the official Swarm testnet is the usage of the RIF Token to incentivize bandwidth accounting in the RIF Storage testnet. Ultimately, the vision of both Swarm and RIF is to support multiple currencies under the same network, but until that vision becomes a reality we want to give developers in the RIF ecosystem the opportunity to try out the user experience of RIF Storage, using the RIF (test) token.


Be one of the first to interact with the Swarm testnet and download a special surprise!


TLDR; RIF Storage is operating a gateway service, so you can interact with Swarm without running the software yourself. Please navigate here and verify that you can upload a file and download it from there.


  • Swarm
    • Local node connects to the testnet bootnode
  • RSKj
    • Local instance of the RSKj blockchain described below
  • RNS
    • Used as an alternative to content hashes, similar to ENS but for RSK domains.

Download Swarm

  • Get the latest release of Swarm here (any release above 0.5.5, checksum: 0f3debd195b01505e59d246515dd57b5). Note: Edge binaries are only available for Linux.

  • Unpack the binaries (e.g. tar -xvf swarm-.(...)tar.gz)

  • Make the binary executable: cd into the swarm folder and execute chmod +x swarm

Fund your Rootstock (RSK) account:

Since the RIF Storage network is incentivized, you will need both tRIF and tRBTC to interact with the network. tRIF to pay for your bandwidth costs in the network (the proceedings will go to the nodes hosting and forwarding the files your request) and tRBTC to pay for the transaction costs in Rootstock (RSK).

Get the coins on any address via the faucets:

Make note of the address that has the coins, you need it for the next step.

Start the RSKj daemon

To interact with Swarm, you need a connection to a blockchain backend.

  • Use the public node of rsk
  • Run your own RSKj Node

Please head to the RSKj WIKI and follow the steps to install, compile and run an Rootstock (RSK) node locally. Be sure to switch to the RSK TestNet (instructions to switch here).

It will take some time for your node to synchronize with the network (+- 8 hours). You can verify that you are synched by requesting the current blockheight of your node: curl -H"Content-type: application/json" -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_blockNumber","params":[],"id":1}' and comparing the answer to the blockheight mentioned at the official explorer.

Start Swarm

Do not attempt this step without a fully synched RSKj node!

Run the command: ./swarm --swap --swap-chequebook-factory 0x7EFa429447180c491aD1BB0b481D90534B74A3f6 --bzznetworkid 5 --bzzaccount <your account here> --swap-backend-url http://localhost:4444 --ws --wsaddr= --bootnodes enode://846c424961adc146d54861bdf1eb6015e6908b689fd12d01c61307fffc848c22e514f5c898dc9243fbb17aa80750b556772599d84fe86a4b715f40ebc4c049bf@ --wsapi=accounting,bzz,swap,admin --wsport 8546 --wsorigins='*' --tracing --rns-api=99a12be4C89CbF6CFD11d1F2c029904a7B644368@


To upload a file, run: ./swarm up <name_of_file> from your command line. After completion, you will get the swarm hash reference to your file Alternatively, navigate to http://localhost:8500 in your browser and use the graphical user interface to upload your file.


To download a file, run: curl http://localhost:8500/bzz:/<swarm_hash_or_RNS>/<file_name> from the command line. Alternatively, navigate to http://localhost:8500 in your browser and use the graphical user interface, or paste http://localhost:8500/bzz:/<swarm_hash_or_RNS>/<file_name> directly in the address bar of your browser.


We promised you a surprise at the beginning of this tutorial... If you have come this far, please download the file with hash 9c8335dbcdadb5c853fa82177afbca3f3b26ade6763eb3c99dbfec7ad3e95823 (or RNS: anthem.rsk) and name Bitcoin_Anthem_Oflow_Show.mp3. Enjoy listening! Bitcoin Anthem

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