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Austin Fatheree, January 09 2023

File Uploader Pattern - JS, Rust, Motoko - #45

Current Status: Awarded

  • Discussion (01/09/2023)
  • Ratification: (01/09/2023)
  • Open for application: (01/09/2023)
  • Assigned
  • In Review
  • Closed https://github.com/cybrowl/upload-file

Forum Link - Discussion

Bounty Details

  • Bounty Amount: $10,000 USD of ICP at award date.
  • ICDevs.org Bounty Acceleration: For each 1 ICP sent to 88159b4fcc365576856c3d9c12a8d5b0e9614660dd30d507894466dabd58e92b, ICDevs.org will add .25 ICP to this issue and .75 ICP to fund other ICDevs.org initiatives.
  • Project Type: Individual
  • Opened: 01/09/2023
  • Time Commitment: Weeks
  • Project Type: Library
  • Experience Type: Intermediate - Motoko; Intermediate - Rust; Intermediate - JS;


Uploading files to the IC has been difficult up to this point. The root cause of this is that the IC has an ingress limit of 2MB. Therefore, if you need to upload a file, you need a custom integration that chunks the files into 2MB chunks and handles the processing and repeated calling of the IC to get the file into your canister.

This bounty call for the developer to create a best-practices tutorial, motoko implementation, rust implementation, and agent-js handler to simplify this function.

The example canisters should have the following interface:

com_uploader_chunk({bytes : [Nat8], file_id: ?Nat, chunk : Nat}) -> Nat; 

This function should assemble files into a Map of <Nat, [[Nat8]]> or <Nat, Buffer<[Nat8]>]>.

The canister author is free elsewhere to handle the association of the file_id with a file name.

Code elsewhere in the library should be able to retrieve the files in chunked format from this state variable.

The developer should add a function to the dfinity agent that auto handles the uploading of a byte array into this function. Under the hood there is likely much code you can repurpose from https://www.npmjs.com/package/@dfinity/assets. you should adapt this library so that its not as specific for the asset canister and returns/notifies of the file id. The following offers another approach https://github.com/ORIGYN-SA/mintjs/blob/3cba559c5cd20e233aec211651cc42c59f9504d3/src/methods/nft/stage.ts#L83.

Create a package in https://github.com/dfinity/agent-js/tree/main/packages called fileUploader. This should take an actor and an identity. You should be able to pass it a file and await the upload of that file:

let file_id = await fileUploader(actor, bytes);
let result = actor.notify_of_file(file_id, "myfile.txt");

This bounty gives the opportunity to

  • learn about Motoko
  • learn about Rust
  • learn about IC File uploads

To apply for this bounty you should:

  • Include links to previous work writing tutorials and any other open-source contributions(ie. your github).
  • Include a brief overview of how you will complete the task. This can include things like which dependencies you will use, how you will make it self-contained, the sacrifices you would have to make to achieve that, or how you will make it simple. Anything that can convince us you are taking a thoughtful and expert approach to this design.
  • Give an estimated timeline on completing the task.
  • Post your application text to the Bounty Thread

Selection Process

The ICDevs.org developer’s advisors will propose a vote to award the bounty and the Developer Advisors will vote.

Bounty Completion

Please keep your ongoing code in a public repository(fork or branch is ok). Please provide regular (at least weekly) updates. Code commits count as updates if you link to your branch/fork from the bounty thread. We just need to be able to see that you are making progress.

The balance of the bounty will be paid out at completion.

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FYI: General Bounty Process


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Ratification: (01/09/2023)

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Open for application

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In Review

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The award has been given and the bounty is closed.

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