# Welcome to the IPFS docs

The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a set of composable, peer-to-peer protocols for addressing, routing, and transferring content-addressed data in a decentralized file system. Many popular Web3 projects are built on IPFS - see the ecosystem directory (opens new window) for a list of some of these projects.

# Get started

You can quickly store and retrieve data and interact with the network via a simple GUI app or a standard browser. If you'd rather develop applications, learn how to build IPFS-native apps or use standard HTTP in the Build section.

New to IPFS? Start with the 3-page Basic Concepts.

# Store and retrieve data

Quickly store data and retrieve data, no complex applications or programming required:

# Interact with the network

You can quickly interact the IPFS network using a simple GUI or a standard browser:

  • For a simple, easy-to-use GUI application that bundles an IPFS node, file manager, peer manager, and content explorer, use IPFS Desktop.
  • Interact with the network using any Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and any other Chromium-based web browser using the IPFS Companion browser extension.

# Build

You can build apps that leverage IPFS implementations, or use HTTP instead:

# Using IPFS

Build an IPFS-native app using one of the many IPFS implementations and tools built by and for Web3 users:

# Using HTTP

Connect your Web2 application to the IPFS network using standard HTTP:

# Learn

# Join the IPFS community


Are you developing with IPFS implementations and tools, and looking for technical support from IPFS experts? For the fastest possible assistance and resolution of your support needs, see the guide to getting technical help and support.

IPFS has a bustling community of designers, developers, writers, and activists who are all helping to improve the project. Find out about the events and resources available, and how to get involved in the Community section