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The IPFS web browsers integration group

Informal group working on improving IPFS presence in web browsers

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Our goal is to facilitate native support for IPFS and other decentralized protocols in web browsers in order to benefit ....

  • Browser users: Browser extensions and native-included IPFS alike expose IPFS features in a robust and intuitive way
  • Web developers: Web developers can enjoy a smooth experience working with IPFS in browser contexts
  • Browser vendors: Browser developers are empowered to meet the requirements of the distributed web

Contents

Current projects

IPFS Companion browser extension

IPFS Companion is a browser extension that simplifies access to IPFS resources and adds browser support for the IPFS protocol. It runs in Firefox (desktop and Android) and Chromium-based browsers including Chrome or Brave. Check out all of IPFS Companion's features and install it today!

Firefox | Firefox for Android Chrome | Brave | Opera | Edge
Install From AMO
Install from Chrome Store

Notable past web extension experiments

IPFS and the JavaScript ecosystem

At present, in order to interact with IPFS in a web browser, you must either bundle js-ipfs-core (a full IPFS node in JavaScript) with your client-side application, or use the js-ipfs-http-client HTTP RPC API client library to connect to an external daemon running on a local or remote machine.

How to address IPFS on the web

How to run own HTTP Gateway

Use the latest Kubo daemon and follow gateway recipes.

How to implement HTTP Gateway

See specification and implementer notes at ipfs/specs/http-gateways.

DNSLink

DNSLink enables you to map a domain name to an IPFS address (CID or IPNS libp2p-key) by means of a DNS TXT record.

  • Read the DNSLink guide for details, including how to set it up on your own website
  • See details on DNSLink in IPFS Companion to see additional benefits of using IPFS Companion with DNSLink support

Collaborations

W3C

Protocol Labs is a W3C Member. Current focus is to watch, learn, and participate in WebExtensions Community Group.

IPFS and Igalia collaborate on dweb in browsers

In 2020 IPFS and Igalia started a collaboration that continues to this day. Read more: https://blog.ipfs.tech/2021-01-15-ipfs-and-igalia-collaborate-on-dweb-in-browsers/

The most notable highlights (chronological order):

Brave

Brave v1.19 has integrated IPFS into their desktop web browser for Windows, macOS and Linux. When Brave detects an address which is an HTTP gateway URL to IPFS content or a native IPFS address such as ipfs:// or ipns:// it will prompt the user to install and enable the native IPFS node, or to use an HTTP gateway. Diagnostic UI can be found at brave://ipfs, we suggest enabling IPFS Companion for the best experience

TLDR integration status:

  • Initial release (v1.19) is focused on daemon orchestration and on URI support (read blogs and press)
  • Demo: Opening ipfs://{cid} will trigger install prompt for go-ipfs managed by Brave itself.
  • For the best experience enable IPFS Companion and switch it to IPFS Node Type "Provided by Brave". When Companion is enabled all IPFS resources will be resolved by the local node.

Opera

Opera for Android 57 introduced support for resolving ipfs:// or ipns:// via a customizable gateway.
Read more: https://blog.ipfs.tech/2020-03-30-ipfs-in-opera-for-android/

Get involved!

Contribute to an issue

Contributions to our work are more than welcome! Every IPFS Project repo makes use of the project-wide global issue labeling scheme. Good labels to look for are ...

  • help wanted
  • good first issue
  • and there are even occasional bounty labels for issues with rewards as part of the IPFS Bounty Board!

If you see an issue that catches your eye, leave a comment so we know you're interested, and we'll go from there!

We're an open project and a friendly group, so please be nice and read the contributing guidelines when you're ready to jump in.

Discuss

For the sake of async communication, archiving, and searchability, we encourage browser-related technical discussions to happen in the context of GitHub issue comments whenever practical.

If you want to ask support question, or just chat informally to learn and brainstorm, feel free to join chat community in #lobby:ipfs.io or discussion forum at https://discuss.ipfs.io

Improve docs

https://docs.ipfs.io is backed by the repo at https://awesomeopensource.com/project/ipfs/ipfs-docs – any help in improving docs related to browsers (or not) is appreciated!

Improve specs

Proof-read ipfs/specs and fill an issue for: (1) outdated specs (2) missing specs (3) bits that are confusing and need to be clarified.

Resources

If you're looking for endeavors related to IPFS browser integration work, these resources may be helpful.

  • IPFS in Brave Browser: TLDR explanation how Brave supports IPFS out of the box (either as local node, or by delegating to a public gateway of user's choice)
  • IPFS Companion: Harness the power of your local IPFS daemon directly inside your favorite Chromium or Firefox browser, enabling support for ipfs:// addresses, automatic IPFS gateway loading of websites and file paths, easy IPFS file import and sharing, and more
  • IPFS Web UI: The IPFS dashboard shipped with the IPFS daemon or IPFS Desktop
  • js-ipfs-core: Core IPFS implementation in JavaScript for use in browser (without Nodejs daemon parts)
  • HTTP Gateway API docs - implementation-agnostic interface for trusted and trustless data retrieval
  • HTTP RPC API docs: Guide to the RPC over HTTP API exposed when a Kubo IPFS node (go-ipfs) is running as a daemon; allows you to control the node and run the same commands you can from the command line
  • IPFS GUI group - The other half of the IPFS Web Browsers & GUI Working Group, dedicated to creating and implementing standards and patterns for IPFS that are simple, accessible, reusable, and beautiful


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