IPFS Weekly’s Q2 2020 Recap Issue

by Jenn Turner on 2020-07-07

Welcome to the IPFS Weekly!

A quick look back at what we accomplished together in the InterPlanetary File System galaxy and beyond! 🚀

April, a time for new beginnings 🛳

The IPFS Mobile Design Research project kicks off – an initiative to research existing P2P protocol use in mobile apps, and create an informed and research-backed set of design guidelines and best-practices for IPFS.

ProtoSchool explores the Async Iterables returned by js-ipfs 0.41

js-ipfs 0.42.0 is released, bringing automated publish of RCs, updated Docker containers, and more.

We introduced the IPFS Grants Platform 💻 ➡️ 💰

The IPFS Distributions website got a fun IPFS rebrand.

New updates to go-ipfs

Our largest upgrade to IPFS yet happened with go-ipfs 0.5! And, we hosted a launch meetup with community members to share our many updates!

Textile announced Powergate, developing tools to get folks building on IPFS and Filecoin!

Ethereum hosted its site on IPFS.

Unstoppable Domains launches Opera support.

Brave Launches Origin-Powered Store, built on IPFS.

FISSION shares how they experimented with HLS Video Streaming and IPFS.

May, gathering together (kind of) 😁

Textile launches The Hub, a collection of libraries and services connecting and extending IPFS, libp2p, and Filecoin.

We take some significant steps to improve the IPFS Developer experience.

Almonit releases an introduction to Dwebsites, entirely built on IPFS.

js-ipfs 0.44.0 is released, adding cancellable requests and a new browser datastore!

OrbitDB releases v0.24 with support for both go-ipfs 0.5 and js-ipfs 0.44.

Launching Testground

We launched Testground v0.5, a platform for testing, benchmarking, and simulating distributed and p2p systems at scale. Designed to be multilingual and runtime-agnostic, scaling from 2 to 10k instances.

We hosted the IPFS Pinning Summit, bringing together pinning services, infra providers, and the curious for two days of talks and workshops.

We took a deep dive into the road to the new DHT.

Oh, hello! Gossipsub v1.1 launches, bringing a scalable, extensible, and hardened P2P pubsub router protocol into the mix.

Project Lead Molly Mackinlay was a guest on the Zero Knowledge Podcast to talk about go-ipfs 0.5 and more.

An engineer from Wikipedia begins to explore hosting on IPFS. 🕵️

Fleek announced the Fleek Storage SDK, which stores web assets on IPFS through a simple drag-and-drop interface.

The first completely virtual Distributed Camp 2020 took place!

June, improving on improvements 🛠

js-ipfs 0.46.0 is released with new faster bitswap and go-ipfs 0.5 compatibility.

The libp2p project gives a 2020 update and begins the search for a new team lead!

Activists create a repository to accumulate and contextualize evidence of police brutality during the 2020 George Floyd protests, hosted on IPFS. Additionally, Police Accountability Now’s PAN Protocol is an anonymous, censorship-resistant database of police misconduct complaints, also built on Ethereum and IPFS.

Textile released the Buckets JS library.

Jim Kosem shares the new IPFS Mobile Design Guidelines, based on research conducted earlier in the quarter. Go download the pdf!

IPFS and ION

ION, launched by Microsoft, has been under development for over a year, and is an instance implementation of Sidetree that runs on the Bitcoin blockchain. And it stores transaction data on IPFS.

We held a virtual June meetup, but if you missed it, catch up on all the videos on our YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe to catch new content.

Decentralized Off the Shelf released research on the 7 Maxims where the decentralization movement can improve.


So many IPFS GUI improvements were made this quarter, but don’t take my word for, watch this 2 minute video instead.

IPFS Africa hosts a virtual community meetup for the Nairobi IPFS community.

And, keeping with how this quarter began, go-ipfs 0.6.0 is launched. QUIC, Noise, Peering and more!

Also new this quarter…

Fluence Labs released the results of the Decentralized Developer 2020 report, revealing that IPFS and Ethereum are by far leaders used to create DWeb apps.

Galacteek releases their browser

3Box launches 3ID Connect

AvionDB launches

Pinata shares how to create a Vox File for Cryptovoxels

Ready Layer One brought the community together

Keep up the great work team! We can’t wait to see what happens in the next few months. 🎉

Missed a meetup? We got you 😊

Great reads from Q2 👇

Using IPFS + FileCoin for decentralised storage with Powergate by Samikshan Bairagya

Publishing my Website on IPFS by Justin Poliachik

How I built an IPFS crawler with libp2p by Alfonso de la Rocha

As Covid-19 Tracing Raises Spying Fears, Blockchain Comes To Rescue by Suprita Anupam

3 Quorum Bounty Winners from ETHDenver 2020 (used IPFS to win!) by Matt Wright

Coming up next

So what’s next for IPFS? 🤔

If the first half of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected! For now, we’re looking forward to implementing some pinning improvements, adding support for TypeScript, and providing even more opportunities to bring everyone all together. Stay tuned!

If you’d like to get involved, check out our contribution guidelines and come to IPFS Office Hours to get pointers on where to start!

Take care of yourselves and each other. ❤️

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