Skip to content

Quick Start

Get introduced to the Everywhere Computer’s core concepts while using the every cli to write and run custom functions on your local machine:

Terminal window
npm i -g @everywhere-computer/every-cli

Run Your First Function

Clone down our custom TypeScript functions repo. In the src/functions directory you’ll find four very basic functions:

  1. add.ts - adds two numbers together
  2. concat.ts - concatenates two strings
  3. hello.ts - a simple hello ${world}
  4. message-and-number.ts - concatenates together a string and a number

Boot Up The Everywhere Computer

Let’s begin with hello.ts. From the root directory of the repository run:

Terminal window
every dev src/functions/hello.ts

This should produce an output like the following in your terminal:

Terminal window
IPFS is running at
Functions parsed and compiled
Homestar is running at
Control Panel is running at
Starting cloudflared tunnel to
... a QR code ...

Everything is now ready to run your function:

  1. The function has been compiled to WebAssembly (Wasm) which is the Everywhere Computer’s native format.
  2. A local Homestar node is running — these are what power the Everything Computer.
  3. A local instance of the Control Panel is running so that we can interact with our local Homestar node.
  4. A Cloudflare tunnel has been opened, enabling your function to be called over the public internet via an HTTP Gateway.

Run hello From The Control Panel

Visit your local Control Panel at You should see the following interface:

The Control Panel

Enter a name and hit the “Run” button. You should see your first result!

You may have noticed it took a moment to compile the result. Because of the Everywhere Computer’s memoization, that result is now cached. If you hit run again, it should be nearly instantaneous — we skipped straight to the result.

Run hello From Your Phone

Take out your phone and scan the QR code from your terminal. This will open the Cloudflare tunnel on your device.

Append hello?name=Gary to the url (eg. https://YOUR-TUNNEL-URL/hello?name=test). Because of the content type of the response, your browser will likely download (or prompt you to download) a text file that reads “Hello Gary”.

Congrats! You’ve just run the Everywhere Computer over the internet.

Write A Multi-Function Workflow

When you called that first sample function, it was wrapped with the input you proved as a task and executed as part of a workflow: a sequence of functions that define compute jobs to be run on the Everywhere Computer. Just to repeat:

  1. A Function: The code you’ve written that accepts inputs and returns an output
  2. A Task: Function + a specific set of Inputs
  3. A Workflow: Multiple tasks run in sequence

Workflows can be big. They can be small. They can run in isolation. They can be composed together.

Let’s construct a two task workflow to test this out. To do this, we’ll instruct the cli to compile both the hello and concat functions:

Terminal window
every dev src/functions/hello.ts src/functions/concat.ts

A Multi-Function Workflow

Next Steps

For additional instructions on local development with the every cli — including writing custom functions in TypeScript and Rust — check out Every CLI Usage.