ipfs-search makes daily elasticsearch snapshots of the indexed data.

We are currently experimenting with automated publishing of these daily snapshots over IPFS. This should allow anyone to inspect our index and/or to fork or mirror our service. As of the time of writing (April 5, 2020) the full index is about 425 GB.


We are running an ipfs-cluster, automating the process of pinning the latest updates. The easiest way to do this, is throuhg ipfs-cluster-follow:

  1. Run a local IPFS Node.

  2. Download for your platform and extract the archive.

  3. Run: ipfs-cluster-follow ipfs-search run --init

Now ipfs-cluster-follow should download the cluster configuration, connect to other nodes and start pinning the latest snapshot, automatically updating every night.

Manual pinning

The daily snapshots, for now, are published to:

To pin the snapshots: ipfs pin add /ipns/12D3KooWKDDboo2aQzFxpHB7BXUUXudMr81ccC4d28eQPAfrgWQi

To automatically resume the pinning when interrupted you can use the following command:

while [ 1 ]; do ipfs pin add --progress /ipns/12D3KooWKDDboo2aQzFxpHB7BXUUXudMr81ccC4d28eQPAfrgWQi; sleep 60; done


It should be possible to load the snapshots directly through a (local) IPFS gateway into Elasticsearch, although this has not yet been tested and it is most certainly advisable to pin the dataset as per the instructions above.

In order to load the snapshots, first make sure you’re running a compatible (or equal) version of Elasticsearch and that there is enough disk space available (twice the current size of the index, so ~ 1TB as of the time of writing).

The steps are as follows:

  1. Run an IPFS Node

  2. Pin the index snapshot (as per instructions above)

  3. Run Elasticsearch 5.x

  4. Register the local IPFS gateway as a readonly Elasticsearch snapshot repository through the URL http://localhost:8080/ipns/12D3KooWKDDboo2aQzFxpHB7BXUUXudMr81ccC4d28eQPAfrgWQi/backup/ (assuming your local IPFS gateway is running on localhost:8080)

  5. List available snapshots with curl -X GET "localhost:9200/_snapshot/<repo_name>/_all?pretty", testing your prior configuration

  6. Restore the snapshot of your choice: curl -X POST "localhost:9200/_snapshot/<repo_name>/<snapshot_id>/_restore?pretty"

  7. Wait… now…

  8. Query away! You now run an exact copy of the index!

Snapshot data license

CC-BY-SA 4.0