Today's web is inefficient and expensive

HTTP downloads files from one computer at a time instead of getting pieces from multiple computers simultaneously. Peer-to-peer IPFS saves big on bandwidth — up to 60% for video — making it possible to efficiently distribute high volumes of data without duplication.

The average lifespan of a web page is 100 days before it's gone forever. It's not good enough for the primary medium of our era to be this fragile. IPFS keeps every version of your files and makes it simple to set up resilient networks for mirroring data.

Today's web is centralized, limiting opportunity

The Internet has turbocharged innovation by being one of the great equalizers in human history — but increasing consolidation of control threatens that progress. IPFS stays true to the original vision of an open, flat web by delivering technology to make that vision a reality.

IPFS powers the creation of diversely resilient networks that enable persistent availability — with or without Internet backbone connectivity. This means better connectivity for the developing world, during natural disasters, or just when you're on flaky coffee shop wi-fi.

Your file, and all of the blocks within it, is given a unique fingerprint called a cryptographic hash.

When you look up a file to view or download, you're asking the network to find the nodes that are storing the content behind that file's hash.

You don't need to remember the hash, though — every file can be found by human-readable names using a decentralized naming system called IPNS.

IPFS can help here and now

No matter what you do with the web, IPFS helps make it better today.


IPFS provides deduplication, high performance, and clustered persistence — empowering you to store the world's information for future generations.

Providing large amounts of data to users? IPFS offers secure, peer-to-peer content delivery — an approach that could save you millions in bandwidth costs.

If you're working with or distributing large data sets, IPFS can help provide fast performance and decentralized archiving.