Editor’s Note: The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a peer-to-peer file system composed of thousands of computers around the world, each of which stores files on behalf of the network. It is one of many emerging distributed storage systems that allow data to be replicated in different, geographically dispersed storage devices. It is an especially interesting technology when considered through the lens of usage with blockchain technology to provide secure file sharing and storage.
Extract from an article by Andy Parker
Today we’re excited to introduce Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway, an easy way to access content from the InterPlanetary File System that doesn’t require installing and running any special software on your computer. We hope that our gateway, hosted at cloudflare-ipfs.com, will serve as the platform for many new highly-reliable and security-enhanced web applications. The IPFS Gateway is the first product to be released as part of our Distributed Web Gateway project, which will eventually encompass all of our efforts to support new distributed web technologies.
This post will provide a brief introduction to IPFS. We’ve also written an accompanying blog post describing what we’ve built on top of our gateway, as well as documentation on how to serve your own content through our gateway with your own custom hostname.