Fission Live

An in-depth look at Fission Live and the accompanying cli tool

Fission Live is the first experience offered through the Fission CLI tool. It makes deploying decentralized websites a breeze and takes care of annoying things like updating DNS and ensuring your content is pinned, so you don't have to!

Check out the Getting Started section to see how the simple interface can help you accomplish some pretty extraordinary things.

Fission CLI

The Fission CLI has the following commands:

  • login

  • register

  • up

  • watch

Details on all of these commands can be seen at any time by running fission --help

Login & Register

Before using Fission services, you need to login. login and register prompt you for user credentials and store them in ~/.fission.yaml.

If you ever need to log into a different account, just delete ~/.fission.yaml and login again.


This is the only command you need to get your content hosted on the decentralized web!

To use up, make sure that you:

  • have an IPFS daemon running in the background (through ipfs-desktop, or in another terminal)

  • are currently in the directory containing the assets you want to deploy

A few things happen when you run fission up:

  • the directory is recursively added to IPFS through your local node (the equivalent of running ipfs add -r ./)

  • Your local node connects to a remote Fission node (the equivalent of running ipfs swarm connect [peerId])

  • A Pin Request is sent to our server which tells the remote Fission node to get and store the requested content directly from your local node

  • a request is sent to our server to update the Domain associated with you account to point to the new content using dnslink

    • This points [username] at our IPFS gateway (

    • And _dnslink.[username] at your uploaded content

    • Note: It may take some time for DNS to propagate. So give it a minute or two if it doesn't load immediately.

But from your perspective, it's just success messages, emojis, and a link to your hosted website 🚀


If you're currently developing your website and want continuous updates to the hosted version, use watch instead of up.

This command does the same thing as up but after uploading your content, it continues watching the current directory for changes. Every time you change a file, it adds the new content to IPFS, pins it to the remote Fission node, and updates DNS.

Using with Gatsby

Fission Live works with any static site, whether you have a single html file, or you're using a static site generator like Gatsby or Jekyll.

Here we'll walk through how to build and deploy a static site using Gatsby, but the process will be the same for any static site.

First, choose a project, and cd into the project directory. For this guide, we'll use so that anyone can follow along, but if you have another site in mind, use that!

$ git clone
$ cd

Install dependencies:

$ yarn

Build the site:

$ yarn build

cd into the build folder

$ cd public

Go interplanetary!

$ fission up
🚀 Now live on the network
👌 QmTurDD2LNBmmrxP2czBmL15415KFoxEXQ8nvJGhLrgJvU
📝 DNS Updated. Check out your site at:

Now copy that link from you terminal to your browser to see your site served live from the decentralized web!