Brave, First Browser With Native Support for IPFS Protocol

Brave IPFS Protocol

Privacy-focused Brave became the first web browser to implement native support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) Protocol. Read more about IPFS here.

IPFS, a peer-to-peer protocol meant for accessing decentralized or censored content, quite similar to BitTorrent. IPFS was released in 2015 This new feature is now available with Brave 1.19 without the need for browser extensions.

This news comes as the second decentralized browsing protocol that Brave now supports after integrating the Tor network and the Onion protocol in June 2018 via the “New private window with Tor” feature.

Users who want to access any of this IPFS content will be able to do so by entering an URL in the form of ipfs://[content-hash-ID].

Through this protocol, users can download content that is hosted across thousands if not hundreds of systems which can be public IPFS gateways or private IPFS nodes instead of a central server. Brave would then access this data via the nearest node via the specific URL.

Brave 1.19+ users can also install their own private IPFS node with one click and help contribute to hosting some of the content they’ve downloaded to view.

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One advantage of the IPFS protocol is that users under the rule of oppressive governments can now use Brave’s new IPFS support to go around national firewalls and access content available via IPFS that might be blocked inside their country for political reasons.

One major website that has already implemented IPFS versions is Wikipedia. Check out this post to learn more.