Arweave Manifests: How to get your NFT Project, Static Website, or dApp onto Arweave

What is a Manifest and Why is it Important?

Definition: Arweave manifests allow you to take a group of transactions IDs for data that lives on Arweave and reference them with a single transaction, followed by a friendlier path name.

What are the benefits of Arweave Manifests? 

  • Host a static site, and manage it with friendly path names
  • Organize NFT collection with one transaction ID for multiple (1000s) transactions
  • Host a dApp (Decentralized App) on Arweave

ArFS (Arweave File System): The Power Behind Manifests 

ArFS is the core technology layer that the ArDrive team built which allows a mutable (changing) hierarchical file system on the immutable (unchanging) Arweave protocol. 

  • Allows us to upload, download, and browse data via drives, files, and folders 
  • Allows metadata tagged to the file to be changed

ArFS is the perfect pairing for manifests as it gives users the ability to get data organized the way they want it, create a drive structure, and use a common transaction ID.

Preparation: Before you create a Manifest

Preparation: Before you create a Manifest you must upload the files you want into your manifest onto ArDrive

To upload files onto ArDrive:

  1. Create a Drive on ArDrive
  2. Add/upload a folder to that Drive
  3. Upload your files that you want as part of your manifest to this folder 

All of these actions can be preformed by pressing the +NEW button in the top left corner of your ArDrive dashboard.

Here is our full tutorial on how to create drives, folders, and upload files.

How to Make a Manifest Using the Web App

End goal: One common transaction ID, followed by each file name, as we have uploaded it onto ArDrive 


…rather than opaque Arweave transaction IDs that ordinarily reference your data:

  1. Go into the folder that has the files you want to create into a manifest
  2. Hit the +NEW button and then click Create Manifest
  1. You will then be prompted to give your Manifest a name
  1. Choose the Target Folder that you want to create a manifest from
  2. You will be asked to pay for the manifest – most manifest will cost less than a penny!

Pro Tip: It will chose index.html if it exists, otherwise it will arbitrarily choose the first file found 

After the manifest is created in a few minutes you will now have a common transaction ID for all of your files with a friendly name  

Final Results:

  1. We’ve taken a set of TX IDs
  2. We’ve placed them in a common TX ID (manifest ID)
  3. We’ve used the files’ ‘friendly names’ to access them at common base

How to make a CLI Manifest

How to make your own app using ARFS and Arweave Manifests

The ArDrive Command Line Interface (CLI) was intended for use for power users with advanced workflows and resource efficiency in mind: bulk uploaders, those with large storage demand, game developers, NFT creators etc.  

The CLI gives extra utility out of the manifest.

Here is what you will need to get started with the CLI to use manifests:

  1. Install Yarn 2 to manage dependencies and initiate workflows
  2. Start the CLI with: yarn ardrive

Our whole CLI documentation can be found on our github account

The relevant commands for manifests on the CLI are:

  1. yarn adrive list-all drives - w demo-wallet (wallet) 
  2. Gives us our driveID and rootfolderID
  3. yarn adrive list-folder -f "rootfoolderID"
  4. yarn create manifest -f (folder ID) -n “what you want to name the manifest” -w (wallet address)

Pro Tip: enter - yarn ardive to list all of the commands you can preform

Pro Tip 2: yarn ardrive create manifest -h , which is the help flag this will show all the options we have when we create a manifest

Pro Tip 3: Use the --dry-run flag to see a preview of the manifest file before you upload it to Arweave.

Results: will show manifest with transaction and each of those transaction with a friendly name at the end


This level of manifests use requires coding abilities, and we have the resources to help!

For deeper integrations with the ArDrive platform, use the ArDrive Core (Node) library’s configurable and intuitive class interfaces directly within your application.

Fun Fact: ArDrive price calculator is an app that was built using manifests. 




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