Peer-to-peer web hosting

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Peer-to-peer web hosting is using peer-to-peer networking to distribute access to webpages.[1] This is differentiated from the client–server model which involves the distribution of Web data between dedicated web servers and user-end client computers. P2P web hosting may take the form of P2P web caches and content delivery networks like Dijjer and Coral Cache which allow users to hold copies of data from single web pages and distribute the caches with other users for faster access during peak traffic.[citation needed]


Name First release date Anonymous Fast Per file edit rights Per file read rights Offline compatible[2] FOSS implementation Notes
Freenet 2000 Yes No No No Yes Yes
Osiris 2010 Yes Yes No No Yes No
IPFS 2014  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes Based on the blockchain
Maelstrom 2014 No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Project seems suspended since 2015[3]
ZeroNet 2015 No,
unless used via Tor/I2P[4]
Yes Yes No Yes Yes DHT

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  1. ^ "Peer-To-Peer File Sharing". Active Web Hosting. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Can the hosted web site be used (browsed) by the users even if the owner has shut down his node (the computer that hosted it first).
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  4. ^ I2P is not yet supported as of 2016-02