Brave Browser Becomes the First Browser to Integrate IPFS Protocol

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Sienna Rowley
Sienna Rowley
Sienna is an editor at Cloud Host News. She is an internet enthusiast, always eager to explore the latest trend in the tech space. She is a modest family woman who loves traveling in her free time.

Brave, a privacy-focused browser, has become the first browser to include native support InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol. IPFS is a lesser-known, P2P (Peer-to-Peer) transport protocol that is meant to operate as a decentralized storage system. In contrast to HTTP or HTTPS protocol, the IPFS protocol enables users to access the censored or decentralized content on the internet. The IPFS integration comes with the latest version of brave desktop version 1.19. This integration will allow desktop users of brave to directly access IPFS URLs without the need to install any additional extension.

The company wrote in its blog about the rollout of IPFS in its latest Brave desktop version 1.19. Once the brave users update it to the latest browser version, they can access decentralized Web content by inserting a URL in the form of ipfs://{content_hash_ID}. The new update introduces native support for IPFS, and no extension will be required to access URLs that start with ipfs://links going forward.

Brian Bondy, CTO, and co-founder of brave stated that they are delighted to present a native IPFS integration with today’s Brave desktop browser release. He additionally stated that the integration of the IPFS open-source network is a huge milestone in making the Web more transparent, decentralized, and resilient.

With the integration of IPFS protocol, Brave browser now supports two decentralized browsing protocol. Earlier in June 2018, they integrated the TOR network and the Onion protocol in the form of a feature called ‘TOR Tabs‘.

Brave which launched its first privacy-focused services in 2016, is now considered to have more than 24 million monthly active users after surpassing the 20 million monthly active users milestone last November.

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