InterPlanetary File System

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The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a Global Namespace connecting all computing devices.[1]


  • IPFS was first deployed in 2015 and grew by word-of-mouth as a replacement to HTTP for static content.
  • It allows users to host content as well as to search for it.
  • If users do not wish to host content, they can access IPFS by a public gateway.


  • the [Sidetree] protocol uses IPFS to insure that Identifiers are unique.


  1. Klint Finley, The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web (2016-06-20) Wired (magazine)