1. How do I download the browser?
You can download the Unstoppable Blockchain Browser with this link and then select the Windows or Apple logos based on your specific operating system.
2. What does it mean to run your own IPFS node?
By running an IPFS node you are helping to support the decentralized web and it provides a peer-to-peer network similar to file sharing services like BitTorrent.
3. What is the best way to run a node? Laptop or PC with superior hardware? Does it drain battery?
You don’t require any special hardware to run an IPFS node and battery drain should be minimal. You are also not required to run a node, so if your machine experiences any problems you can turn the IPFS node off.
4. Is there a feature list for the browser?
The browser is open for pull requests. Priorities for features will be based on community interest, ease of development, and community support (i.e. if you love a feature and support it through gitcoin or make your own pull request this will get your request to the front of the line).
5. Can I share links from this browser?
Not directly but you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac) to copy URLs from the address bar like ipfs://coincontroller.crypto/ and send them to your friends that have also downloaded the browser.
6. Does the browser work with traditional URLs?
7. How does the browser find blockchain domains?
Please check this link for details of the various methods available to resolve blockchain domains.
8. Is there a decentralized search engine that works with the browser?
Decentralized search engines are just starting to be released. Check out this IPFS site by Almonit for details on their recently released decentralized search engine.
9. Do domains redirect to IPFS or traditional domain if both are associated with blockchain domains?
Currently the browser will route to the IPFS site. However, if a blockchain domain just has a traditional domain associated with it from the redirect feature the browser does not currently resolve the website. See this guide if you want to redirect to a centralized site.
10. Will a web3 wallet be added?
This is in our plans.
11. Will extensions be added?
Not currently on the roadmap because this support is quite complex and will bloat the size of the browser.
12. What’s the difference between the settings option of Unstoppable.com API and Blockchain API?
With the default Unstoppable.com API the routing for a website is obtained from an optimized lookup which is quicker than a bespoke blockchain lookup provided by the Blockchain API.
13. What’s the difference between the settings option Cloudflare CDN, Infura AP and Directly from IPFS network
CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) such as Clouflare and Infura make for faster browsing of blockchain domains. This is done, in part, by routing via servers closest to your geographical location. The IPFS protocol has a similar, but normally slower for now, geographically targeted feature to route to the website.
14. Will the browser update itself automatically or do we have to do it manually by downloading the latest version?
The browser auto-updates to the latest version.
15. Do you plan on releasing a mobile version?
Not at this time.
16. Is it private? Will there be a privacy mode? VPN?
You can always browse using a VPN by configuring your local settings appropriately to route your traffic requests.
17. Is this browser a temporary solution until popular browsers implement domains or is it something you want to build further on?
The browsers main intention is for developers and early adopters to experiment and build on the decentralized internet. We felt this tool was necessary to make this process easier. We are open sourcing the code and encourage others to build their own browsers or add to our browser on github with a pull request. It’s hard to predict where the community may take the browser.
18. Will it resolve .eth and other blockchain domains?
At the moment it resolves .crypto and .zil blockchain domains. You can also resolve ENS domains if you add .link after the .eth extension. Also you can submit a pull request to the github repo to add additional functionality.