First thing to do is navitage to your ipfs's config directlroy. On most systems, it's located in a
.ipfs directory which is located in your home directory. You can navigate to there using:
cd cd .ipfs
If it is located elsewhere, just navigate to that specific folder. Next you'll want to create a
swarm.key file. This will hold the private key for our swarm.
The key should look something like the following(not that is not a live key).
/key/swarm/psk/1.0.0/ /base16/ 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111
Use you text editor of choice and save it into the
swarm.key file. I like nano.
With nano I can paste using Command+V on mac + termius. Use what works with your tools to paste. Then I can save using
Control + O, Control + X.
Now we need the boostrap node. If our booststrap node's was
/ip6/2001:db8::1/tcp/4001/p2p/12D3KooWA8HDYEvVAZvVBzGS1gy6UMPaB7iDCRiofwTuAm78rbxe we'd use something like the following:
ipfs bootstrap add /ip6/2001:db8::1/tcp/4001/p2p/12D3KooWA8HDYEvVAZvVBzGS1gy6UMPaB7iDCRiofwTuAm78rbxe
You can do this multiple times if you have more than 1 boostrap node. More is better in this situation.
Then all we have to do is start up the IPFS node. I generally do this using
pm2. For me its as simple as running the following:
pm2 start "ipfs daemon" --name ipfs
Then give it a few seconds to see if it was able to connect to the boostrap node. If you are able to, then you are all good and connected.