How to upload files in Sia-UI

When you upload files on the Sia network, you become a renter. You upload files to other users who have made their space available, called hosts. We use the term renter because Sia creates contracts with other hosts:

  • to store an amount of data (whatever you upload)
  • for a certain period of time (13 weeks by default, and it auto-renews)
  • for a certain amount of money (the market dictates the prices)

But the only thing that you need to set when you start uploading is your Allowance, or how much money you're willing to spend on storage. Having an allowance makes sure that your storage costs are predictable, and won't exceed an amount you're comfortable with.

Sia marketplace prices can vary, but in general it costs about $2 to store 1 TB of files on Sia per month.

Don't have any Siacoins yet? You can get some from a preferred exchange, or make an address so a friend can send you some.

Go to the Files tab in Sia-UI. Click Setup Allowance.

Enter in the amount of Siacoin you'd like to spend for storage. Sia-UI will estimate how much storage you'll get for your money. Click OK.

Now you might have to wait a minute. Sia is busy - it's forming contracts with hosts to get ready for all your data.

This process usually takes about 10-15 minutes. When it's done, you'll see Sia-UI's file manager ready to go. That Contracts Active number will slowly tick up to about 50.

If you take a look at the right side of this window, you'll notice some icons. These allow you to create a folder on Sia, upload a file, download a file, or delete a file.

In this example, we're uploading a file called Draco.png, and we see another .zip that's already in the cloud.

That's it! Your files are on Sia - the most secure, affordable decentralized cloud network in the world.

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