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Packaging a Skapp with Rift and deploying it to Skynet#

Let's turn your App into a Skapp!#

This tutorial will show you how to use Rift to set up a resolver skylink, package your web app for Homescreen, and deploy it to Skynet.

  • (Optional) Log into your Skynet Portal. This will ensure your web app will stay pinned in the future. You can use https://siasky.net and sign up for a free account to pin up to 100GB worth of data. We will be using the siasky.net Portal for the rest of the tutorial, but please replace .siasky.net in the links if you are using a different Portal.

  • Visit https://riftapp.hns.siasky.net/#/dns.

  • Make sure you are logged into your MySky account (top right button).

  • Click the Add DNS Record button.

  • Enter a name for your app and a skylink. This is temporary.

You can use the following skylink as a placeholder:

RAAsjQh2n1AMdesCr9wLYa73VqmzqmgVJ75ookOGyHDiDA

  • Save.

  • Take note of the resolver skylink you have created. It will point to the target skylink of your choice.

2. Packaging your app for Homescreen and Skynet#

  • Follow the instructions here to configure your Manifest file:

https://docs.siasky.net/integrations/homescreen/adding-homescreen-support-to-an-app#3-configure-your-manifest-file.

The skylink for the Manifest file is the resolver skylink you created in the previous step.

Once your Manifest file is configured, your web app is ready to be deployed.

3. Deploying your app to Skynet#

Index.html has to be present in the root of the folder.

When the upload completes, you will obtain your target skylink. Take note of it.

We will now point the resolver skylink you created in step 1 to this target skylink.

  • Go to https://riftapp.hns.siasky.net/#/dns and click on the entry you created in the first step.

  • Update the target skylink to the skylink you obtained at the end of the previous step.

  • Save.

  • Voilà! Your web app is now packaged and ready for Homescreen.

Now, let's make clickable media for users to easily add your app to Homescreen.

  • The following link will take users directly to Homescreen and prompt them to add your application.

https://homescreen.hns.siasky.net/#/skylink/[skylink]

  • Replace [skylink] with the resolver skylink you created in step 1.

  • Make sure everything works and looks nice in Homescreen, so try visiting the link yourself!

  • Ta-da! You can now share this link with users.

  • You can also follow these instructions to make an Add to Homescreen button for your website or github page:

https://docs.siasky.net/integrations/homescreen/adding-homescreen-support-to-an-app#4-add-the-homescreen-button-on-your-projects-readme

6. You're done!#

You have now packaged your web app for Homescreen and deployed it to Skynet.

Users are now able to add your web app to Homescreen and stay up to date.

If you update your web app, simply update the target skylink in Rift.

Have fun deploying your apps to Skynet!

Written by: Napster, Last Edit: September 21, 2021