# Build

Filecoin is for the builders. If you are excited about the potential of leveraging the Filecoin protocol and decentralized storage network to build game-changing applications, you've come to the right place.

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Use one of the community built tools and services to get started. Take a look now →

# Get started

There are several options to start integrating with Filecoin. Here are some guides to get you started:

  • Build with Glif-nodes, for users looking for an endpoint to submit messages to the chain. Standalone Lotus, with optional Powergate, are also available).
  • Build with Lotus, for users looking to interact with their own, local Lotus nodes.
  • Build with Powergate, for users wanting to combine IPFS (fast retrieval) and Filecoin (backup) with full control of both.
  • Build with Textile buckets, for users looking for simple IPFS storage with Filecoin-based archival, with encryption and shared buckets support.
  • Store and retrieve data directly with a Lotus node by following this tutorial series.

# Filecoin-backed storage providers

The following products provide storage solutions that are backed up by the Filecoin network and potentially integrate IPFS as a hot-data layer (FPS).

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We plan to update this list regularly as new providers are announced and their features expand.

Name Description IPFS Pinning API (opens new window) support
Pinata (opens new window) IPFS pinning service, with Filecoin coming soon. No
Textile Buckets (opens new window) A hosted service that allows development teams to build software projects end-to-end on a decentralized DB and storage stack. No

For more information about the benefits and the architecture of Filecoin-backed Pinning Services, check the FPS page.

# Hosted nodes

Hosted node providers take care of running Filecoin node software for you so that you can focus on integrating and building on top of it.

Name Description IPFS Pinning API (opens new window) support
Glif Nodes Glif Nodes are hosted Lotus instances accessible via the Lotus JSON-RPC API endpoint. No
Hosted Powergate The Textile team offers hosted Powergate instances. Read the announcement here (opens new window). No

# Developer references

The following documentation links can help you start building on Filecoin:

Name Description
Building on Lotus Lotus nodes provide JSON-RPC API with JWT-token-based authorization.
Powergate Powergate is a multitiered storage solution that stores data with IPFS and Filecoin.
Local devnet Learn how to deploy a Filecoin network fully contained on your own computer.

# Additional resources