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Brave is the first browser to support the IPFS protocol, similar to BitTorrent but to decentralize the web

Brave has just released version 1.19 of the browser, and with it comes the integration and support of IPFS for the first time, basically the way we are looking for move towards a decentralized web.

The acronym IPFS refers to "Interplanetary file system"(yes, it's a bit of a laugh but it's very interesting), a protocol and P2P network similar to BitTorrent, to share and store data, and that instead of using localized servers, it is built around a decentralized system where users have a portion of the data and they can serve it, in the same style as how we download torrents.

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That's basically one of Brave's main reasons for embracing this protocol, the fact that it can help creators distribute their content by taking advantage of data replication, and the higher performance that uploading content offers by taking advantage of geographically distributed swarms of the network. .

The other is, of course, the access content that has been censored by either corporations or governments by not depending on the connection to a specific server. With IPFS you can even access content while disconnected from the network as long as we have seen it before.

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IPFS support allows Brave users download content using a hash, that hash is known as the Content Identifier (CID). In this case, unlike HTTPS, there is no specific location for the content.

Each node on the IPFS network is a potential host for the content that is being requested, and if a node does not have the content being requested, the node can retrieve the content of the swarm. Retrieved content is verified locally, eliminating the need to trust the integrity of a third party.


With Brave 1.19 you can access content directly from IPFS by resolving ipfs addresses: // through a gateway or installing a full IPFS node in one click. By installing a full node the user can upload content through the IPFS P2P network, hosted on his own node.

By default, Brave will load the URI that is requested through a public HTTP gateway; however, it will also display an information bar asking if you want to use a local node to resolve IPFS URIs.

If you choose to use a local node, Brave will automatically download the go-ipfs as a component and will direct future traffic through this node. There is no need to manually manage an IPFS node or use an extension. Optionally, you can install the IPFS Companion extension and it will suggest that you use the node managed by Brave.

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