Feeds

Swarm feeds cleverly combine single owner chunks into a data structure which enables you to have static addresses for your mutable content. This means that you can signpost your data for other Bees, and then update at will.

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Although it's possible to interact with feeds directly, it can involve a little data juggling and crypto magic. For the easiest route, see the bee-js feeds functionality and swarm-cli, or for the super 1337, share your implementations in other languages in the #develop-on-swarm channel of our Discord Server.

What are Feeds?#

A feed is a collection of Single Owner Chunks with predicatable addresses. This enables creators to upload pointers to data so that consumers of the feed to be able to find the data in swarm using only an etheruem address and topic id.

Creating and Updating a Feed#

In order to edit a feed, you will need to sign your chunks using an Ethereum keypair. For the intrepid, check out the The Book of Swarm on precise details on how to do this. For the rest of us, both bee-js and swarm-cli provide facilities to achieve this using javascript and a node-js powered command line tool respectively.

No More ENS Transaction Charges#

Swarm's feeds provide the ability to update your immutable content in a mutable world. Simply reference your feed's manifest address as the content hash in your ENS domain's resolver, and Bee will automatically provide the latest version of your website.

Use Cases for Feeds#

Feeds are a hugely versatile data structure.

Key Value Store#

Use bee-js to use feeds to store values as a simple key value store in your javascript application. No more need for servers and databases!

Store the History of a File#

Use swarm-cli to store a file at the same location, and update whenever you like without changing the address.