Brave Becomes The First Browser to Support IPFS Protocol
Brave is the first browser to support the IPFS protocol, developed as an alternative to the HTTPS protocol that requires central servers. With Brave, all computers that enable IPFS are also temporary servers. It is not as popular as Chrome or Firefox. However, it has a loyal user base. Brave web browser has gained an important feature in the name of “free internet” which has been the subject of much discussion. As of version 1.19.x, Brave became the first web browser to support the HTTPS alternative IPFS communication protocol.
IPFS, which stands for InterPlanetary File System, does not require central servers to receive content, unlike HTTPS, which is today’s most popular communication protocol. This important difference means that possible censorships or server downtime can be avoided. In a sense, we can compare the IPFS protocol to torrent files. Computers are nodes that live in a peer-to-peer network, each distributing copies of content. If it is not possible to access one node, it can be skipped to the other, and content will continue to exist as long as even one node exists. Moreover, since IPFS is not a DNS-based protocol, it is more resistant to attacks or interruptions.
Alternative IPFS Protocol to HTTPS
When you first visit an IPFS address like in the screenshot above, the browser will open the URL over the standard HTTP protocol. But just below the address bar is an info bar asking if you want to use a local node to load the website with IPFS. When you enable IPFS, your browser becomes a temporary host of the content you are viewing. Also, other IPFS nodes can see the requests you make and the content you serve. IPFS is currently only supported on Brave‘s web version. However, the developers state that the Android version of the application will receive the same support.