How to install and run SiaStream

When you download the SiaStream beta, you get a folder with two files in it.

You need to run the siastream file from the command-line. It's not terribly difficult, but if you're not familiar with the command-line you might want to wait for a later release to dive in.

Run ./siastream. The app will launch and open a browser window at localhost:3000. This is where you'll see the SiaStream setup process and Dashboard.

When you run ./siastream, a new folder will be created in your home directory. This new folder contains all the data folders that SiaStream will use. There are two important files, siac and siad.

siad is the process that runs in the background and does all of the work. It should start automatically, but you can also run ./siad if you need to.

siac is a command line tool that is packaged alongside siad and is used to send commands to siad.

Proceed through the setup in your browser window!

Step by step instructions, just in case you need them

Download the SiaStream setup folder.

Open your command-line interface. On Mac and Linux, the app is called Terminal.

Before you type anything, it looks like this - typically showing your user name.

You start with a cd command. This stands for change directory and gets you into the right folder to start running commands.

Type cd <folder path of the SiaStream folder you just downloaded> and press return. If SiaStream is in your Downloads folder, the command would be: cd /Users/<your user name>/Downloads

You can type cd and then drag the folder into the Terminal window to type the path out for you.

I renamed the folder I downloaded to siastream-beta, and I moved it from my downloads folder to my user folder. For me, the command was cd /Users/steve/Downloads/siastream-macos-x64. Once I press return, the next line shows as Steves-MacBook-Pro:siastream-macos-x64 steve$.

Now, run the command ./siastream.

This does a couple things in the background, like creating a brand new folder called siastream in which contains all of the important SiaStream data folders. This is created in your user folder. It also runs the siad process in this new folder. More obviously, it will open a browser window with SiaStream ready to go.

Already using Sia? Keep Sia running in the background to avoid SiaStream having to start a fresh sync, saving time and disk space!

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