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Brave Browser, a common blockchain-enabled web browser, has built-in native support for the InterPlanetary File System, or IPFS, to improve connectivity to the decentralized web.
According to a Jan. 19 announcement, Brave has integrated IPFS into its desktop web browser for Windows, macOS and Linux, enabling users to install the protocol in a couple of clicks.
IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol intended to make the network quicker, more stable and more accessible. The protocol is meant to compliment or perhaps even substitute the Hypertext Transmission Protocol, or HTTP, which is a major client-based protocol used to transfer web pages across the network. In the announcement, Brave listed a variety of core concerns linked to HTTP:
“The underlying protocol of the web today is HTTP, which dictates where power exists in those applications. HTTP puts publishers in complete control of service availability and data access, making end users passive receivers instead of having agency in the relationship.”
As such, IPFS integration with Brave’s browser is a huge move towards redefining the current internet infrastructure, placing people in charge instead of publishers, Brave said. “IPFS is changing this dynamic by enabling direct communication and sharing between users over a cooperative public network,” the company said.
The initial introduction of native support for IPFS offers basic node capabilities, and Brave aims to launch further IPFS implementations in 2021, including the extension of IPFS support to Brave’s Android browser. The firm would also play with combining the functionality and economic models of the Courageous network utility token, Simple Attention Token (BAT) and Filecoin (FIL).
Brave is not the only company actively experimenting with IPFS. In March 2020, Opera browser officially released IPFS native addressing in their Android browser, introducing default support for IPFS on Android 57.