Getting Started With Tardigrade

June 2, 2020

Tardigrade is accessible for developers of all levels, and you can get the hang of it in an afternoon. If you're accustomed to working in the command line it will be even faster. You should start with the tutorial "How to Upload your First Object with Tardigrade" (see the embedded video at the bottom of this post). Once you have some data in the cloud, check out our bindings and connectors in the language of your choice, to interact with the data you're storing.

Getting Answers

It's always helpful to have references. We've assembled a collection of resources, so you can choose the format you prefer.

The Forum - Our forum is full of community members who are actively using the platform and are happy to share expertise. It's moderated by myself, Alexey, Bre, Dylan, and Knowledge. There is also an on-call engineer devoted to our team, for any matters requiring escalation.

Tutorials - Our Storj Labs YouTube channel has a growing collection of tutorials and deep dives. We deliver community-oriented content every Thursday, cross-published to the forum.

Documentation - Good documentation is crucial to a happy developer experience. Our documentation is ever-evolving and frequently updated.

Support - Looking for direct support? Head over to the support channel.

Bugs or other issues - To report bugs, or other issues please reach out to

Exploring Tardigrade

Tardigrade is extremely easy for developers to get started with, and the learning curve is not steep. The first steps occur in the browser, after which you're free to do everything else via the command line. (The reason for that is security—since end-to-end encryption is baked-in by default we never expose or even see your keys.) Once you've created an API key, you can switch to your choice of command line tools, on any OS. Our documentation offers samples or Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Getting up to speed with Uplink CLI is a quick process. If you're accustomed to AWS already, it will feel very familiar—even the commands are the same.

I've attached a short 5-minute video tutorial to demonstrate the process of creating a project and API key, and then uploading objects into a bucket.

For help creating a bucket, click here.

For Uplink CLI for MacOS, Windows, or Linux click here.

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