Dedicated Gateways are the fastest way to fetch content from IPFS, and are the ideal tool when building decentralized applications. When you create a Pinata account, you’ll automatically have a Dedicated Gateway created for you! To see it, simply visit the Gateways Page.

The gateway domains are randomly generated and might look something like this:

Viewing Content Through Your Gateway

To view content through your gateway, grab the CID of the file you’d like to view and add it to your gateway URL, like so:

Simple as that!

Restricted vs Open

All Pinata Dedicated Gateways are restricted by default. This mean they will only serve CIDs that are pinned to your account, which keeps your gateway safe from abuse by outside actors who may want to use it for themselves.

If you plan to upload content to your own account then use your gateway to fetch it, you shouldn’t have to touch a thing and it will work as expected! However, lets say you’re building a marketplace and you need to fetch content outside your account. In that case, you will want to use Gateway Access Controls. Adding one of these will allow you to access CIDs from the public IPFS network, but it has to meet that access control condition, like a Gateway API Key or Host Origin requirement. Be sure to read our docs on Gateway Access Controls to learn more.

The only way to open a Dedicated Gateway and allow any CID to go through is to add a Gateway Access Control

If you’re a developer building an app to index the blockchain, it’s likely you’ll encounter several IPFS URL formats that might not be ideal to work with:


Pinata provides a tool designed to assist you in scenarios like this. It can take IPFS urls, whether they are the protocol standard (ipfs://) or another gateway (, and turn them into your specified Dedicated Gateway. Check it out with the link below!

Adding a Custom Domain

Pinata also allows you to create a custom domain for your Dedicated Gateway. Simply visit the Gateways Page, click the menu button on the right side of your gateway, then click Add Custom Domain. You’ll need to own the domain you want to use. When you enter your domain, you will be prompted to enter DNS information through your registrar.

Billing and Usage

When it comes to using a Dedicated Gateway, there are a few metrics Pinata uses for billing.

BandwidthBandwidth is the amount of data that is being going through your Gateway. For instance, if you have a 10MB file go through your gateway 100 times, that would be 1GB of bandwidth used for the month.
RequestsA request is anytime content is queried through the gateway, so if you run wget in your terminal, that would be one request. Or if you had someone visit your app that uses the gateway on the client side, each time the website requests content from IPFS using the gateway, that’s a request.

Both of these metrics reset on a monthly basis based on your billing cycle.

If you’re using a Dedicated Gateway for your NFT project, be sure to check out this guide on how you should do that.

If you have any questions in regards to billing, please don’t hesitate to reach out via our chat in the bottom right of our app or email us!