Browser integrates IPFS into desktop version22. Januar 2021
Brave: Browser integrates IPFS into desktop version
The Brave browser has integrated IPFS into its desktop browser for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Brave Browser, a popular blockchain-enabled web browser, has integrated the InterPlanetary File System, or IPFS, to strengthen access to the decentralised web.
According to an announcement on 19 January, Brave has integrated IPFS into its desktop web browser for Windows, macOS and Linux. Users can install the protocol with a few clicks.
IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, more secure and more open. The protocol is intended to complement or Corona Millionaire possibly even replace the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). HTTP is a major client-based protocol used to transmit web pages over a network. In the announcement, Brave pointed out some crucial issues related to HTTP:
„The fundamental protocol of the web today is HTTP. This dictates where performance exists in these applications. HTTP gives publishers complete control over service availability and data access, making end users passive recipients rather than active participants in this relationship.“
Therefore, he said, the integration of IPFS into the Brave browser is a big step towards redefining the existing Internet architecture. In this, individuals instead of publishers take control, Brave said. „IPFS changes this dynamic by enabling direct communication and exchange between users over a cooperative public network,“ the company added.
The first version of the IPFS integration provides basic node functionality
Brave plans to roll out more IPFS implementations in 2021. Among them, IPFS support for Brave’s Android browser is said to be planned. The company also plans to experiment with integrating the features and economic models of the Brave network’s utility tokens, namely Basic Attention Token (BAT) and Filecoin (FIL).
Besides Brave, other companies are also actively experimenting with IPFS. In March 2020, the Opera browser officially enabled native addressing of IPFS in its Android browser. This also introduced support for IPFS as a standard on Android 57.