Public IPFS node on AWS Ligthsail

I am running into the following problem setting up a IPFS node on an AWS Lightsail instance.

The steps:

(1) Launch a ubuntu 16.4 instance, download and install go-ipfs.

(2) Edit the config file to change the IP from to

"API": "/ip4/",
"Gateway": "/ip4/"

(3) Open port 8080 and 5001 from the AWS control panel.

(4) Start ipfs daemon

Initializing daemon...
go-ipfs version: 0.4.20-
Repo version: 7
System version: 386/linux
Golang version: go1.12.4
Swarm listening on /ip4/
Swarm listening on /ip4/
Swarm listening on /ip6/::1/tcp/4001
Swarm listening on /p2p-circuit
Swarm announcing /ip4/
Swarm announcing /ip6/::1/tcp/4001
API server listening on /ip4/
Gateway (readonly) server listening on /ip4/
Daemon is ready

I can now access IPFS content from [PUBLIC IP]:8080/ipfs/Qm....

Great! But what I am actually looking to do is access the API over port 5001.

Trying this from a node app running on my local machine like so:

const ipfs = ipfsAPI({ host: '[PUBLIC IP]', port: '5001' })

I get this error:

 { Error: connect ETIMEDOUT [PUBLIC IP]:5001
    at TCPConnectWrap.afterConnect [as oncomplete] (net.js:1161:14)
  errno: 'ETIMEDOUT',
  code: 'ETIMEDOUT',
  syscall: 'connect',
  address: '[PUBLIC IP]',
  port: 5001 }

Any idea what I am doing wrong here? Is there some additional config I need to do to make the API accessible remotely?

Grateful for any help!

That really should work but please don’t open up the API to the world like that. It’s not designed to be a public interface.

However, to debug, try running curl http://YOUR_IP:5001/version.

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Thanks a lot for the reply @stebalien! It is a temporary arrangement to troubleshoot some issues I am having with the infura API…

Oddly enough the request to http://YOUR_IP:5001/version times out.

curl http://YOUR_IP:8080/version return the version though:

Client Version: go-ipfs/0.4.20/
Protocol Version: ipfs/0.1.0

Could you run sudo lsof -P -n -iTCP:5001 on the machine running IPFS to make sure it’s listening on

It seems to:

ipfs    23776 ubuntu   18u  IPv4 4628148      0t0  TCP *:5001 (LISTEN)