This technology didn’t just pop up overnight! In this section we’ll cover the background of decentralized storage from torrents until now, and go through some basics terminology to get you up to speed.
Using IPFS in the Browser
Visit try-ipfs.theblockchaininstitute.org to explore IPFS from your browser. No download required!
Using the IPFS Command Line
In this module, we cover how to set up your own IPFS node, and how to push and pull files from the network. We’ll also go over the addressing structure and get you caught up on the background of this technology.
State of the Industry
IPFS is just the beginning - in this module we'll catch you up on the developments currently affecting the space, and cover the various cryptocurrencies and tokens that have proposed incentive models for peer to peer storage.
The primary system employed by storage providers in the modern era is to use HTTP and HTTPS GET and POST requests to pull and place records in servers. While this system has functioned relatively well until now, it has a number of dangerous vulnerabilities derived from its centralized structure.
In particular, when HTTP calls are routed, they use the central domain service to request files by their relation to a particular URL. As a result, all files on the network must belong to a particular domain and must be hosted on a particular connected device.
In contrast to centralized architecture, IPFS uses purely peer to peer transfer of data. Each file is hosted across a network of connected nodes which each participate independently of each other. Because there’s no central owner, it’s very hard to censor this network or prohibit access to a file. Additionally, because files are spread across all of the nodes, so no single node will ever have control of or access to all copies of a particular file.
In the next section, we’ll get you started using the IPFS browser to explore the network.