Bootstrapping without Reseed Servers¶
In some cases I2P's default reseed servers (servers used to fill I2P router's netdb with initial peers) are blocked.
i2pd has a unique feature that allows it to bootstrap off of any I2P router that is participating in the DHT, they are called floodfill routers and have the router capacity
f in their router info.
- obtain a
router.infofile of a floodfill router out of band, save to
/tmp/floodfill.router.infoor some other path
i2pd --reseed.floodfill=/tmp/floodfill.router.infoand if that router is online you'll be able to bootstrap into the network from just that routers
- The floodfill must be trustworthy, it could give you all colluding peers if it's a baddie.
- DO NOT use a random floodfill unless you don't care about high security and just want to test out this feature.
- Java I2P routers seem to dislike this feature (sometimes) and may back off exponentially