Click one of the rows below to learn more about using the ArDrive App.
The first thing to know about using ArDrive is that the big red +NEW button in the top left corner is your best friend.
The +NEW button is the control center of the app, where you will be able to do four main things:
- Create New Folders
- Create New Drives
- Attach New Drives
- Upload Files
Let’s go over each of these:
Create New Drives
ArDrive is built around “Drives” - permanent digital storage containers. Drives are like a hard drives on the permaweb where you can put all kinds of files - audio, video, photo, code - and group them in folders to your heart’s content.
To get started with ArDrive, you’ll first want to create a Drive.
Hit the +NEW button and a drop downlist will appear with our four options.
Select “New Drive”
A pop screen will appear that gives you the option to name your Drive and to select whether it is public or private.
We will go over this again, but it is important that you know if you select ‘private’ then only you will have access to that Drive. If you select public you are giving access to all files in the Drive to everyone forever. An automatic URL will be created for this Drive and this URL cannot be deleted.
When you create a new Drive, the default is for it to be private. Be careful! If you accidentally publish your information to a public Drive there is no delete button.
Go ahead and create a Drive. For an example, I may create one called Photos.
As you will notice once you create the Drive it will now appear on the list under personal Drives.
After you select the Drive you can now add folders or upload files to it.
Create New Folder
At this point you can upload any file you want to your Drive, but it's probably best to keep your Drive tidy by creating a few folders.
Click on the +NEW button and choose “New Folder”. In our example ‘Photos’ Drive I could create a few different folders such as “Summer Vacation 2019” or “1st Birthday”.
Once you create a new folder it will appear under the Drive that you have assigned it to. If a folder ever fails to appear or goes missing, click the circle icon to refresh your Drive and it should appear.
Select the folder that you have created, and it will take you another level down into that folder.
From here, you can upload files or create more folders within the Drive. You can always navigate easily through your Drive by clicking on the folder names that now appear as bread crumbs in the top navigation.
Now that you have created your Drive and added a folder you are ready to upload a file.
Click into the Drive and then the folder where you want to upload your file.
Now click on the +NEW button and select Upload Files(s)
ArDrive will now allow you to select from the files(s) on your desktop.
Select which file you want and press UPLOAD
ArDrive will then calculate the cost of the file(s) you want to upload to the permaweb. A pop up screen will appear that will confirm the file(s) you have selected, the size of each file, and the one-time cost.
You will now have the ability to cancel the transaction at no cost or upload the file for the cost indicated. The cost of the file(s) is represented in AR (Arweave token).
The price can fluctuate based on the computing power available to the Arweave network at any one time. A general guide to costs in US Dollars is as follows:
- 1 MB = .0025 AR
- 4 MB = .01 AR
- 1 GB = 2.5 AR
To check current pricing, see the Arweave Fee Calculator.
What file sizes can I upload?
At this time, we do not recommend file uploads larger than 1.5 GB. Also note that our calculation of file size may be slightly larger than the file size listed on your computer given the unique way that data is handled on the permaweb and how your file is encrypted.
How long does it take to upload?
Decentralized, permanent data storage doesn’t happen in an instant. You may need to wait around a minute for a 10 MB file to be uploaded. Larger files (1 GB) can take an hour or more to fully upload.
⚠ Caution: Do not exit from the screen until the spinning wheel has stopped. If you exit the browser before it has stopped your file will not be uploaded. You will not be charged if a file does not fully upload, but any progress towards uploading your file will be lost.
Attach or Share a Drive
Attach Drive and Sharing Drives are two sides of the same coin. Attach Drive is about receiving a drive that someone is sharing with you, and each Drive that you create is given an ID that lets you share that Drive with anyone of your choosing.
Find your Drive ID
Let’s start out with how to find your ID to share a Drive.
To get your ID to Share Drive is simple.
Click on the Drive you want to share with a friend.
After you click on the Drive an ⓘ symbol will appear at the top right of ArDrive. Press on the ⓘ symbol and a pop-up box to the right will appear to the right.
In the pop-up box the details of the Drive will appear including the ‘Drive ID’. The Drive ID is a string of 36 characters (letters, numbers and hyphens) that you can now send to a friend that will allow them to add the Drive to their ArDrive account.
Attach a Drive
Attach Drives is the way to receive a public or private Drive that has been shared with you.
Go to the control center of ArDrive - click the +New button and one of the 4 options will appear including ‘Attach Drive’
Click on Attach Drive and a popup box will appear at the center of your screen.
The pop up will have a place for you to put the Drive ID - the long 36 string of numbers, letters and hyphens - that your friend shared with you and a box that allows you to name the Drive. You can choose any name you wish for this Drive. It doesn’t have to be the same name that the original creator used.
Once you press ‘attach’ the Drive will appear under a ‘Shared Drives’ heading in the left side menu.
⚠ Caution: We currently do not offer the ability to unattach a Drive, but this feature is under development.
Create a Public Drive
ArDrive is built around “Drives” - permanent digital storage containers. Public Drives are a unique and powerful feature of ArDrive. Public Drives allow you to make any content public to the whole internet.
The files that you make public will each be given a unique URL that is searchable on the internet.
As there is no delete button with ArDrive, any files that you make public will always be undeletable and public - we cannot stress this enough!
Creating a Public Drive is as easy as creating a Private Drive.
Start by visiting our old friend the +NEW button.
Click on New Drive
A pop up window will appear in the center of the page. The default setting for any new drive is private. Find the drop down box that allows you to select and make the drive Public. Once you name the Drive and press create you have a new public Drive.
To obtain the URL of any file in your public drive, click on the file and a number of icons will appear at the top right of the Drive.
Click on the ‘preview’ icon (the square with a diagonal arrow in the middle). This will give you an online preview of the file you have publicly uploaded. On that preview page, the long web address in your browser (containing dozens of random-looking characters) is the permanent URL for this file and can be shared.
Each Drive that is public on your account will be labeled with an icon of a folder with a person on it. Each private Drive will be labeled with only a plain folder.
Renaming a File
To rename a file, click on and highlight the file you want to be renamed.
At the top right of ArDrive, click on the icon that looks like a pencil.
Clicking the icon will bring up a ‘Rename File’ window with the current name of the File displayed in the text box.
At this point you can rename the file to a name that works better for you.
Simply click the ‘Rename’ button below and the file get its new name.
Move a File to Another Folder
To move a file to another folder, first click on and highlight the file you want moved.
Next, press the icon at the top right of the app that looks like a folder with an arrow on the inside.
This will bring up a window titled ‘Move File’ which has all of the Folders you have created within that Drive. Select the folder or subfolder where you’d like to move the file, then click the ‘Move Here’ button at the bottom right.
A window will pop up showing that the ArDrive is executing your request, and when it disappears (usually in a second or less) then the file has been successfully moved.
Share Individual Files
Download a File
Click on and highlight the file you want to be downloaded.
In the list of icons at the top right of ArDrive the download icon is the one with the arrow pointing downwards.
Click on the download icon and the file will download to your operating system.
During the download process we remove any permaweb encoding and encryption - so feel free to use or share it as you would any other file.
★ Note that there is no additional charge to download, preview or share your file.
All of the files that you put onto your public Drive will be given a URL that can be searched and shared as any other web address.
To locate the full URL address and get a preview click on and highlight a file within your public folder.
In the icon list at the top, a square with a diagonal arrow will appear second from the left - this is the public preview button.
When you click the public preview button, a new tab in your browser will open with the chosen file now as a web page. The web address for the file will be located in the web address box of your browser. You’ll see a long web address with arweave.net in the center. It may look like jibberish, but it works forever as a permaweb URL.
Once you have this unique URL you can share it with others, embed it on a website or bookmark it in your browser as a record of your public permaweb files.
★ Note that there is no additional charge to download, preview or share your file.