IPFS File Store

Build an App With IPFS Storage the Easy Way

Kaleido simplifies blockchain development, making it easy to build apps that leverage IPFS's censorship resistant file sharing.

What it

IPFS File Store


What it is

An Introduction to IPFS Decentralized Storage

Historically, storage has been centralized. The crash of a single server or a malicious attack could cut off access to files. The InterPlanetary FileSystem (IPFS) aims to change that.

IPFS decentralizes content storage on the web by breaking large files into shards and distributing those shards across a network. Because complete files and every shard are marked with a unique hash, IPFS storage safely handles large amounts of data.

IPFS works well for information that needs to be public. Say you want to create a database of carbon certificates, it allows us to make these readily available to all. But we can also use IPFS to keep information private. Say we need a place to store the metadata for our NFTs, we can encrypt this information before uploading it to the network.

The highly scalable nature of IPFS and the ability to create private, permissioned clusters make it a go-to solution for enterprises building blockchain-backed solutions.

Simplified Sharing

Clean and simple experience allows you to securely upload, retrieve, and view files.

Censorship Resistant

Data sharding and peer-to-peer file storage techniques eliminate the ability to unilaterally alter or delete files.

Retrieve What You Want

Identify pieces of an uploaded file and access only those pieces that are relevant for you.

Hyperledger Fabric at a glance


Built for permissioned networks


Data isolation and strict governance enabled by Hyperledger Fabric certificate authority

Transaction Flow

Unique Execute-Order-Commit endorsement model where transactions are initially executed on a set of peers while ordering service handles packaging and delivery.

Consensus Algorithms

Consensus protocols such as Solo, Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT), Raft or Kafka (to be able to use several ordering nodes) can be plugged in.

Smart Contract Language

Go, Java, Node.js

What Is Hyperledger Fabric?

Since launching in 2015, Hyperledger Fabric has been a top choice for enterprises looking to build apps on permissioned blockchain networks. The modular architecture is capable of powering large-scale applications that require enterprise-grade data security.

The ability to protect certain details of peer transactions has made Hyperledger Fabric a go-to protocol for industries like financial services, supply chains, and the insurance industry. It works for complex use cases that involve personally identifiable information and proprietary business data.

Hyperledger Fabric is one of the many protocol choices available on Kaleido. With a full suite of plug and play services, flexible cloud deployment options, and powerful APIs, Kaleido is the easiest way to run a Fabric network anywhere.

Benefits of Hyperledger Fabric

Hyperledger Fabric is an open source project designed to handle enterprise-grade use cases. A key differentiator is its quick transaction throughput. Developers choose to build applications with Hyperledger Fabric because of its modularity. It’s flexible, allowing for more innovation and optimization regardless of industry. Other benefits include scalability and security, key pillars of any enterprise application.

Better performance

One click is all it takes to deploy Ethereum nodes in the Unlike other private networks that require every peer to execute transactions and maintain a full ledger, Hyperledger Fabric allows for more delineation of roles among members

Open source

Part of the Hyperledger project of the Linux Foundation, the architecture of Hyperledger Fabric allows for scale and performance

Permissioned network

Developers can build subnets or channels to keep certain transactions and data private while maintaining a shared ledger

How it works

How it Works

What Makes IPFS Safe

We talked about how nodes leverage a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol to handle large amounts of data off-chain. This peer-to-peer file sharing technique removes the possibility of censorship or unilateral deletion because no single party owns or controls the data once it has been uploaded to the network.

In fact, if a user chooses to “pin content” a file to one or more of their IPFS nodes, the file will always be available for themselves and the entirety of the network to retrieve. The act of pinning, while not strictly necessary, is a strategic tactic that permanently preserves a file so that the network does not run the risk of losing critical blocks as nodes go offline and/or perform database cleanups.

Web3 Use Cases
Run Better on Kaleido

Hyperledger Fabric is a private blockchain that allows developers to create subnets, or channels, meaning that certain proprietary or personal information can remain confidential. This makes Fabric a protocol of choice for industries like financial services, insurance, and supply chain management.

Supply Chains

Hyperledger Fabric networks can increase transparency and traceability of transactions within the network. This transparency can be used to monitor real-time location data, limit fraud and counterfeit goods, and track ESG efforts.

Digital Assets

Complex multi-party business networks built on Fabric can easily tokenize assets, transact instantly, share data, and eliminate cumbersome paperwork as financial business flows are automated.


Moving insurance transactions to blockchain can eliminate fraud, automate claim processing, and digitize legacy systems. Hyperledger Fabric also allows stakeholders to automate Know Your Customer (KYC) processes via smart contracts.
Why Kaleido

Everything You Need to Build Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Networks & Digital Assets

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Kaleido's platform is different because it has everything businesses need to create complete blockchain solutions. With just a few clicks, you can create a blockchain network, deploy it globally, set up governance, and include additional services.
Kaleido's platform is different because it has everything businesses need to create complete blockchain solutions. With just a few clicks, you can create a blockchain network, deploy it globally, set up governance, and include additional services. The Kaleido console comes with a simple IPFS user interface that empowers you to upload and download content from a local node.

Blazing Fast Deployment, Speed, and Scale

Deploy Production-Ready Blockchain Networks and Digital Assets in Minutes
Amazingly Low Cost Per Transaction
Multi-Party, Cross-Cloud, and Multi-Region Support
Built-In High Availability and Disaster Recovery
400+ APIs and 40+ Services to Accelerate Development

No Lock-in and Open Source Technologies

Support for Multiple Blockchain Protocols
Enterprise Integrations and Marketplace
Customizable Decentralization Options
Actively Leading New Standards and Technologies

Proven Enterprise Platform and Expertise

ISO and SOC2 Certified
SLAs and  24/7 Support
On-Chain and Off-Chain Services
Secure Key Management
Built-In Monitoring and Smart Contract Management
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FAQs About the Interplanetary File System

Where are IPFS files stored?

When you upload a file, the piece of content is broken up into shards and those shards are distributed. There is a hash for the original piece of content and each shard has a hash. The IPFS hash is the way you request the piece of content. An IPFS node or IPFS gateway allows you to upload and download files to the network. The network is the distributed web’s version of a server, in a sense.

Is IPFS a blockchain?

IPFS is not a blockchain, so there’s no guarantee of data availability. To make IPFS files more available you can run your own node, pay for a pinning service, or use an IPFS API like the one available for Kaleido. Content addressing solves some problems related to centralized, location-based storage—essentially removing single points of failure—but data stored on IPFS demands a secure way to upload, retrieve, and view files to make distributed storage work. That’s where the IPFS gateway comes in. Kaleido makes it easy to access IPFS content, manage content identifiers, and maintain high performance on your network.

Is using IPFS free?

Storing data on the blockchain can be expensive. That’s why more developers are turning to solutions like IPFS. A distributed file system built by Protocol Labs, the client is available to anyone and free. You can store any type of files on it, but you need a node to access it. Kaleido can help you set up a gateway to access the storage and purchase storage. You can read more about how Kaleido helps you store large amounts of data with the click of a button on our IPFS docs here.