InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)

IPFS is the InterPlanetary File System.

As mentioned in the Colophon, this site is published to IPFS using the Fission Github Action. The action builds the static representation from the Markdown source using Jekyll, calculates a top level CID hash aka Content IDentitifier, updates the DNSLink for the domain, and has the Fission server cache a copy.

You can see that the DNSLink for the domain using this DNS checker, which in turn is just an alias to a Fission app, which has the actual hash You can take the CID that you find there, of the form bafybeicxxtumkkha75i26livxe5a3iqklqfo42d7qytk2f4ob37bs3jpqa and plug that in anywhere that understands IPFS and get the contents of that cyberboats page.

You can peek at the IPFS file system underneath, by linking to one of the annual blog folders, like 2020 blog posts Since we're browsing in there, we can also get the CID for the cyberboats blog post, and plug it into any other gateway, like the Web3Storage one: 2

InterPlanetary Naming Service (IPNS) can use a name that points to IPFS hashes. This website you're browsing now is already being served over Fission's IPFS Gateway. If you're running Brave, it can cache and browse sites, so you'd actually be able to browse it through localhost.

Since we already looked at Web3Storage, let's browse via IPNS using their gateway. You'll see redirect to

  1. DNS Records is a great service! An online DNS checker / explorer. It also does social previews in things like Slack or Discord chat, so a great way to just type in a link and get the results in the preview 

  2. Yeah, this is unstyled, because it's trying to fetch a CSS file that is no longer referenced correctly. I could hardcode it to use the full path, but then it will point to a different version of the stylesheet. To figure out! 

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