Protocol Labs

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Protocol Labs is an open-source research, development, and deployment laboratory that builds protocols, tools, and services to radically improve the internet. Protocol Labs aims to make human existence orders of magnitude better through technology, through projects such as IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and many more. The R&D lab creates software systems that tackle significant challenges, aiming to solve them with new technology breakthroughs, great user experience design, and an open-source approach to creation. Protocol Labs is focused on providing a data-locality aware, secure network stack for distributed applications, and a model for ambient and network-efficient storage. The systems are based on protocols like Git, DHTs, BitTorrent, Bitcoin, and SFS.


  • 200K Unique peers on the IPFS network

  • 2M Unique IPDS users/week

  • ≈125TB IPFS Gateway traffic/week

  • 8.4 EiB+ Filecoin capacity


  • IPFS - A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open.

  • Filecoin - A decentralized storage network powered by cryptocurrency.

  • libp2p - A modular networking stack that lets developers build large, robust p2p networks.

  • Testground - A platform for testing, benchmarking, and simulating distributed and peer-to-peer systems at scale.

  • IPLD - Creates data structures that are universally addressable and linkable, doing for data what URLs did for HTML web pages.

  • Multiformats - Encode self-describing values for future-proof information systems.

  • SourceCred - An open-source community and reputation protocol for open collaboration.

  • ProtoSchool - Decentralized web technologies through interactive tutorials and community learning events.

  • Drand - A distributed randomness beacon, providing verifiable, unpredictable and unbiased random numbers as a service.