Brave Adds Integrated IPFS

Posted on January 19, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Web browsers with 13 Comments

In a bid to make the web faster, safer, and more open, Brave has integrated IPFS capabilities into its Chromium-based web browser.

We’re thrilled to be the first browser to offer a native IPFS integration with today’s Brave desktop browser release,” Brave CTO Brian Bondy said in a prepared statement. “Providing Brave’s 1 million+ verified content creators with the power to seamlessly serve content to millions of new users across the globe via a new and secure protocol, IPFS gives users a solution to the problem of centralized servers creating a central point of failure for content access. IPFS’ innovative content addressing uses Content Identifiers (CIDs) to form an address based on the content itself as opposed to locating data based on the address of a server. Integrating the IPFS open-source network is a key milestone in making the Web more transparent, decentralized, and resilient.”

IPFS, which stands for “interplanetary file system,” is described as a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open. It provides a cryptographic hash to each file and removes duplications across the network. So each time you download a file, the link for that download points to a human-readable version of that hash, and not to a specific URL.

Brave’s 24 million desktop users can now access IPFS-hosted content directly from the address bar or by or installing a full IPFS node. “When installing a full node, this will allow Brave users to load content over IPFS’ p2p network, hosted on their own node,” Brave notes. “Integrating IPFS provides Brave users with a significantly enhanced browsing experience, increasing the availability of content, offloading server costs from the content publisher, and improving the overall resilience of the Internet.”

You can learn more in this YouTube video. You can download Brave from the Brave website.

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