Working with Collections

A collection in Estuary can be thought of as a bucket of CIDs put together. Collections are used to organize files and other types of data uploaded to Estuary. There is no restriction about the type of data that can be held in a collection, provided it's pinned on, or in other words, uploaded to Estuary, and that it has a CID.

Creating a collection

Before being able to use a collection, it needs to be created. Here's how to do it using curl:

curl -X POST -d '{ "name": "My super nice new collection", "description": "This collection holds only the best content" }' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY"

Obs: If you're running your own Estuary node, you will need to change to your own address such as https://localhost:3004

Upon success, Estuary returns the created collection:

  "createdAt": "2022-02-23T16:20:50.518337618-03:00",
  "uuid": "28d923b5-2561-43ee-8ab3-fb42088666f2",
  "name": "My super nice new collection",
  "description": "this collection holds only the best content",
  "userId": 1

We're specially interested in the uuid field here, which is the unique identifier we will use to add data to that collection in the following section.

Adding a file to a collection

There are multiple ways to add data to a collection. Here we will explore two endpoints: /collections/fs/add and /content/add-ipfs.

Let's first add a file (file1.txt) to estuary using the /content/add endpoint in order to get its contentID:

curl -X POST -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY" -H "Accept: application/json" -H "Content-Type: multipart/form-data" -F "data=@/tmp/file1.txt"

  "cid": "bafkqadlumvzxi2lom4qgm2lmmufa",
  "estuaryId": 10,
  "providers": [

Obs: There are two ways files are referenced in estuary: cids and estuaryIDs. A cid is an IPFS hash, this file's cid is bafkqadlumvzxi2lom4qgm2lmmufa. This hash is separate from a file's estuaryID (which can also be called contentID, contID, id, or requestID). An estuaryID is not a hash, but merely a number. This file's estuaryID is: 10 (your estuaryIDs will likely be several digits longer).

Now that we've obtained our file's estuaryID and cid, we can add it to our collections with either identifier.

/content/add-ipfs (adding by cid)

We can use the /content/add-ipfs endpoint to add CIDs to estuary and also put them in a collection at the same API call. Using this endpoint we must specify the content by CID (in the root field):

curl -X POST -d '{ "filename": "file1.txt", "root": "bafkqadlumvzxi2lom4qgm2lmmufa", "coluuid": "28d923b5-2561-43ee-8ab3-fb42088666f2", "dir": "/test-dir" }' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY"

Notice we also specified a field dir. In the next section we will explore another feature of collections: collection directory paths.

/collections/fs/add (adding by estuaryID)

Let's add the same file using its estuaryID (which is 10), using the /collections/fs/add endpoint.

curl -X POST '' -H 'accept: application/json' -H 'Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY'

Obs: Notice we used the uuid of the collection we created earlier (28d923b5-2561-43ee-8ab3-fb42088666f2) to identify the collection we want to upload content to.

Collection directory paths

Besides having several collections to organize data, users can also further organize content inside collections using directory paths. Directory paths are filesystem-like paths such as /this/is/a/path/to/a/file. To create a path, we just need to put a file inside it using the dir field. Let's take the example used in the last section:

curl -X POST -d '{ "filename": "file1.txt", "root": "bafkqadlumvzxi2lom4qgm2lmmufa", "coluuid": "28d923b5-2561-43ee-8ab3-fb42088666f2", "dir": "/test-dir" }' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY"

Since the dir for file1.txt is /test-dir/file1.txt, the path /test-dir/ inside that collection gets created, and we can list only the contents of that path:

curl -X GET -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY" ""
    "name": "file1.txt",
    "type": "directory",
    "size": 20,
    "contId": 10,
    "cid": "bafkqadlumvzxi2lom4qgm2lmmufa"

Listing the contents of a collection

In order to list all the contents of a collection, even the ones that don't have a directory path set, we can use the GET method on /collections/YOUR_COLLECTION_UUID:

curl -X GET -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY"

Deleting a collection

You can use the GET method on the /collections/ endpoint to view all collections you have created. If you want to delete a previously created collection, you can do so with the following curl:

curl -X DELETE<coluuid> -H "Authorization: Bearer REPLACE_ME_WITH_API_KEY"

where the query parameter coluuid is the uuid of the collection you are trying to delete.