HTTP Alternatives

    HTTP is described as 'application protocol for distributed, collaborative, and hypermedia information systems.[1] HTTP is the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web' and is an app in the File Sharing category. There are nine alternatives to HTTP for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Self-Hosted solutions and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is IPFS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like HTTP are ZeroNet (Free, Open Source), Freenet (Free, Open Source), Hypercore Protocol (Free, Open Source) and Solid (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 10, 2021

    1. IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the web. It is like a single bittorrent swarm, exchanging git objects. IPFS provides an interface as simple as the HTTP web, but with permanence built in.
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    2. ZeroNet uses cryptography (Bitcoin library) and BitTorrent DHT (centralized trackers) to build a distributed censorship-resistant network.
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    3. Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      • JavaScript
      Hypercore Protocol is a peer-to-peer data network built on the Hypercore logs. Hypercores are signed, append-only logs. They're like lightweight blockchains without the consensus algorithm.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized Web applications based on Linked Data principles.
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    4. This project was created in order to support a new internet. One that is more open, free, and censorship-resistant in comparison to the old internet.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Self-Hosted
      • Linux Mobile
      Named Data Networking (NDN) is an architectural realization of the broad Information Centric Networking (ICN) vision that enables communications by named, secured data at the network layer.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      The Internet Gopher protocol is designed for distributed document search and retrieval. This document describes the protocol, lists some of the implementations currently available, and has an overview of how to implement new client and server applications.
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    5. Gemini is a new application-level internet protocol for the distribution of arbitrary files, with some special consideration for serving a lightweight hypertext format which facilitates linking between files.
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