IPFS is a decentralized peer-to-peer network of nodes that, when combined, form one giant data sharing system. Data is distributed on the IPFS network via content addresses instead of centralized servers.
This means that you can find, store, or share data without an intermediary that controls or regulates access to it. The information remains on the system as long as other peers reference it on the network.
What is the Interplanetary File System (IPFS)? IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to make the web more distributed and resilient. It does this by using blockchain technology and peer-to-peer networking.
IPFS could be used to store files on the web, but it can also store data for applications.
IPFS works by connecting users in a P2P network. When users want to download a file, they request it from one of their peers.
That peer then downloads the file from another peer until the file reaches the user. This makes the web more distributed because there is no central server hosting the files.
It also makes the web more resilient because the files are still available from other peers if one peer goes down.