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InterPlanetary File System

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InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system.[2] Similar to a torrent, IPFS allows users to not only receive but host content. As opposed to a centrally located server IPFS is built around a decentralized system of user-operators who hold a portion of the overall data, creating a resilient system of file storage and sharing.

InterPlanetary File System
Original author(s)Juan Benet and Protocol Labs
Developer(s)Protocol Labs
Stable release
0.4.19 / 1 March 2019; 4 months ago (2019-03-01)
Written inProtocol implementations: Go (reference implementation), JavaScript, C,[1] Python
Client libraries: Go, Java, JavaScript, Python, Scala, Haskell, Swift, Common Lisp, Rust, Ruby, PHP, C#, Erlang
Operating systemFreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows
Available inGo, JavaScript, Python
TypeProtocol, distributed file system, content delivery network
LicenseMIT license

IPFS is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. IPFS could be seen as a single BitTorrent swarm, exchanging objects within one Git repository. In other words, IPFS provides a high-throughput, content-addressed block storage model, with content-addressed hyperlinks.[3]

The filesystem can be accessed in a variety of ways, including via FUSE and over HTTP.[3]

The Wikipedia logo has an IPFS hash with the following code: QmRW3V9znzFW9M5FYbitSEvd5dQrPWGvPvgQD6LM22Tv8D. It can be accessed with that hash over HTTP by a public gateway or a local IPFS instance

Notable usersEdit


  1. ^ Agorise (23 October 2017). "c-ipfs: IPFS implementation in C. Why C? Think Bitshares' Stealth backups, OpenWrt routers (decentralize the internet/meshnet!), Android TV, decentralized Media, decentralized websites, decent." Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ Finley, Klint (20 June 2016). "The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web". Wired.
  3. ^ a b Allison, Ian (13 October 2016). "Juan Benet of IPFS talks about Filecoin". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ Balcell, Marta Poblet (5 October 2017). "Inside Catalonia's cypherpunk referendum". Eureka Street.
  5. ^ Hill, Paul (30 September 2017). "Catalan referendum app removed from Google Play Store". Neowin. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. ^ Dale, Brady (10 May 2017). "Turkey Can't Block This Copy of Wikipedia". Observer Media. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ Johnson, Steven (16 January 2018). "Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Cloudflare goes InterPlanetary - Introducing Cloudflare's IPFS Gateway". The Cloudflare Blog. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  9. ^ "End-to-End Integrity with IPFS". The Cloudflare Blog. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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