Courageous browser brings the decentralised web one step closer through IPFS integration

Yolanda Curtis
January 21, 2021

Brave, the privacy-focussed browser, has become the first to incorporate native support for InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol. As opposed to a centrally located server, IPFS is built around a decentralized system of user-operators who hold a portion of the overall data, creating a resilient system of file storage and sharing.

Molly Mackinlay, Project Lead at IPFS said, "Bringing the benefits of the dWeb to courageous users, IPFS' efforts to remove systemic data censorship by corporations and nation-states are now strengthened through the integration with fearless".

Fearless users can now access content on IPFS directly via the ipfs:// URL.


The company will also trial integration of several features and also economic models pertaining to the network utility token of courageous i.e.

IPFS offers a range of benefits over HTTP, such as faster speeds, better security, and more resilience to failure; being based upon a distributed network of nodes. With the update, fearless users will be able to access content from web addresses starting with ipfs:// and will be able to host an IPFS node themselves.

"Integrating IPFS provides fearless users with a significantly enhanced browsing experience, increasing the availability of content, offloading server costs from the content publisher, and improving the overall resilience of the Internet", the company wrote on its blog. One of the more pivotal attributes of IPFS is that web content could be made far more resistant to censorship. Only content that has been hosted on IPFS can be accessed.


As per media release made on January 19, fearless has embedded IPFS in desktop supporting web browser for Linux, Mac OS and Windows, paving way for users to incorporate the covenant in an easy manner.

"Today, Web users across the world are unable to access restricted content, including, for example, parts of Wikipedia in Thailand, over 100,000 blocked websites in Turkey, and critical access to COVID-19 information in China". At the moment, with the launch of version 1.19 of the Brave Browser, it's 24 million monthly active users will be able to directly access IPFS content by resolving URIs that start with 'IPFS://'.

Molly Mackinlay, project lead at IPFS, said: "Bringing the benefits of the dWeb to courageous users, IPFS' efforts to remove systemic data censorship by corporations and nation-states are now strengthened through the integration with fearless".


The latest version of courageous, the browser created by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, providesnative integration with the Inter Planetary File System (IPFS), a decentralised protocol that links machines in a decentralised peer-to-peer fashion.

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