Storage on-ramps and helpers are APIs and services that abstract Filecoin dealmaking into simple, streamlined API calls.
Here’s how they work: Developers use APIs or libraries to send data to storage helpers. Behind the scenes, storage helpers receive the data and handle the underlying processes to store it in a reliable and decentralized storage way by saving it IPFS nodes, making deals with Filecoin storage providers – or both. You can use the same APIs or other tools to retrieve data quickly.
Storage helpers are available for NFTs (non-fungible tokens) or general data. If you are storing NFTs, check out Storing NFTs. For general data, skip to General data storage.
General data storage
Chainsafe Storage API is an underlayer to Chainsafe’s encrypted IPFS & Filecoin file storage system. It offers S3-compatible bucket-style APIs for easy migration of data. As of September 2022, it’s the only storage helper with built-in encryption.
The following tools offer more customization and configuration options. You can choose specific individual storage providers, customized pricing, and more. Note that you may have to manage storage deals individually, including designing your own redundancy plans, keeping track of expiring deals, renewing them, and more.