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IPFS is described as 'global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines 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' and is a very popular anonymizing network in the file sharing category. There are more than 50 alternatives to IPFS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is ZeroNet, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like IPFS are I2P, Freenet, SyncTrayzor and Snowflake Tor.

IPFS alternatives are mainly Cloud Storage Services but may also be File Sync Tools or Anonymizing Networks. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of IPFS.
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  1. ZeroNet icon

    ZeroNet

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • gevent
    • Self-Hosted
    • NameCoin
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    25 alternatives to ZeroNet 

    ZeroNet uses cryptography (Bitcoin library) and BitTorrent DHT (centralized trackers) to build a distributed censorship-resistant network.

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    Discontinued

    The last release is from September 2019.

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    ZeroNet vs IPFS opinions
    Almost everyone thinks ZeroNet is a great alternative to IPFS.
    Ornataweaver

    IPFS is a very useful technology. ZeroNet is an active decentralized web, with gorgeous interface.

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    Ornataweaver

    This is an active decentralized web with gorgeous interface!

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  2. I2P icon

    I2P

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    40 alternatives to I2P 

    The I2P network provides strong privacy protections for communication over the Internet. Many activities that would risk your privacy on the public Internet can be conducted anonymously inside I2P.

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    1.  DecentralizedI2P is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    lionking420

    I2P is more about anonymity, whereas IPFS isnt inherently build for that use-case. I2P is a darkweb of sorts, ipfs is more about file sharing.

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  3. Freenet icon

    Freenet

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    50 alternatives to Freenet 

    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. Freenet is decentralised to make it less vulnerable to attack, and if used in...

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    1.  DecentralizedFreenet is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeFreenet doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  4. SyncTrayzor icon

    SyncTrayzor

    • Windows
    • Syncthing
    40 alternatives to SyncTrayzor 

    SyncTrayzor is a wrapper for Syncthing which allows Syncthing's window to be hidden in the tray area. SyncTrayzor has a built-in web browser to manage Syncthing without opening your browser. SyncTrayzor can be configured to automatically start at PC startup.

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    1.  PortableSyncTrayzor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Selective SynchronizationSyncTrayzor allows you to pick which files are synced between the server and your devices.
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    Snowflake Tor

    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    209 alternatives to Snowflake Tor 

    Snowflake is a system to defeat internet censorship. People who are censored can use Snowflake to access the internet. Their connection goes through Snowflake proxies, which are run by volunteers.

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    1.  Privacy focusedSnowflake Tor is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  DecentralizedSnowflake Tor is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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  6. Spideroak One Backup  icon

    Spideroak One Backup

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    162 alternatives to Spideroak One Backup  

    SpiderOak provides an easy, secure and consolidated online backup, storage, access, sharing & sync tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian & Fedora). SpiderOak offers a different approach to online backup, synchronization, and sharing.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionSpideroak One Backup has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Encrypted BackupSpideroak One Backup uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    3.  File VersioningSpideroak One Backup has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    4.  Incremental BackupSpideroak One Backup supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
    5.  Works OfflineSpideroak One Backup can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    6.  Unlimited storageSpideroak One Backup offers a solution with unlimited cloud storage.
    7.  Selective SynchronizationSpideroak One Backup allows you to pick which files are synced between the server and your devices.
    8.  Automatic BackupSpideroak One Backup will automatically back up your data periodically.
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    Beaker browser

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • JavaScript
    • Dat
    6 alternatives to Beaker browser 

    Beaker is a an experimental peer-to-peer web browser based on Hyper protocol. It's licensed MIT, and supports plugins for adding new protocols and Web APIs.

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    1.  DecentralizedBeaker browser is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeBeaker browser doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    Discontinued

    No updates for 2 years, no access to Hyper websites, can't run normal like a browser, not safe.

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    Pydio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    77 alternatives to Pydio 

    Pydio is the mature alternative to Dropbox and Box.com, to build your own box, on your own servers.

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    Secure login
    Nice UX
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    GNUnet

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    • Linux
    • BSD
    52 alternatives to GNUnet 

    GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. A first service implemented on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing.

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    1.  DecentralizedGNUnet is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    Besides command line tools, GNUnet provides a graphical user interface: gnunet-gtk. Here are some screenshots of gnunet-gtk and its features and ports.
    Search and download page with thumbnails (Windows XP, standard theme).
  10. Unison File Synchronizer icon

    Unison File Synchronizer

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    51 alternatives to Unison File Synchronizer 

    Unison is a file-synchronization tool for POSIX-compliant systems (e.g. *BSD and GNU/Linux), macOS and Windows, with the caveat that the platform must be supported by OCaml. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or diffe.

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    1.  Command line interfaceUnison File Synchronizer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  DecentralizedUnison File Synchronizer is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  Works OfflineUnison File Synchronizer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Selective SynchronizationUnison File Synchronizer allows you to pick which files are synced between the server and your devices.
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