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Use Filecoin to store and retrieve data

A powerful and dynamic distributed cloud storage network for your data.

Stacks of books, film, images, journals, disks and folders

Filecoin is for

  • personal files
  • app data
  • company files
  • public datasets
  • private data
  • websites
  • video
  • dapp websites
  • podcast data
  • security archives
  • contract data
  • personal files
  • app data
  • company files
  • public datasets
  • private data
  • websites
  • video
  • dapp websites
  • podcast data
  • security archives
  • contract data
  • Stack of personal papers, folders, and notes
  • iPhone displaying a messaging application
  • Large wooden filing cabinet with many small drawers
  • Rows of neatly arranged library books
  • Blurry, pixelated laptop screen
  • Woman writing HTML with laptop and external monitor
  • Person capturing video of a live concert with mobile phone
  • Image of cartoon cat with wooden sword and shield
  • Man creating a podcast speaking into a microphone
  • Security camera mounted to a building pointing down
  • Man sitting at desk with large monitor writing computer code

The decentralized cloud is here

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    A superior network

    Filecoin combines with IPFS, a peer-to-peer distributed network protocol, to make a more efficient and secure web free from corporate control.
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    Store at hypercompetitive prices

    The Filecoin network achieves staggering economies of scale by allowing anyone to participate as a storage provider and compete for your business.
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    Provable security and authenticity

    Content addressing and cryptographic storage proofs verify data is being stored correctly and securely over time.

Flexibility and scale without compromise

The Filecoin network is made up of a large number of diverse storage providers and developers. This creates a robust and reliable service.

  • Global open-source storage

    Global open-source storage

    A network that’s built and owned by everyone.
  • Customized to your specific needs

    Customized to your specific needs

    Tune strategies to suit your needs in redundancy, retrieval speed, and cost.
  • A developer’s playground

    A developer’s playground

    A rapidly growing ecosystem of tools, libraries, integrations, and providers.

Data stored reliably and securely

Cryptographic proofs guarantee your data remains available and unchanged over time.

  • Proof-of-Spacetime

    Verifies the entirety of a file is being stored, unaltered, over the agreed-upon duration.
  • Proof-of-Replication

    Verifies the agreed-upon number of copies of a file are being stored.
  • Verifiable action

    The global Filecoin blockchain verifies proofs and automatically takes corrective action when needed.

A robust foundation for humanity’s information

Filecoin provides the foundation for critically important public data, such as open access scientific data, creative commons media, historical archives, preservation, and more.

Explore some of the treasured data that will be stored on the Filecoin network below.

The Filecoin network is sponsoring data backup and distribution for archivists, scientists, and other cloud and dataset experts.
Learn more about Filecoin‘s sponsored data program
Historic library with thousands of shelves full of books
Close up of building blueprints
Three library shelves with full of historic looking books
Map spread open on car dashboard
Scientist in labcoat sitting at desk looking through microscope
Close up of machine putting genetic liquid into small containers
Pile of DNA sequencing chips
Modern library with many bookshelves full of books
Birds flying across a pristine beach
Power plant in a field with a large amount of smoke coming out of the plant
Blue sky with clouds


Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia with over 20 billion page views per month. Every day hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world collectively make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to augment the knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia. A copy of Wikipedia’s database will be stored on the Filecoin network, helping to ensure this valuable public data is preserved.


OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world. Contributors include enthusiast mappers, Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals, engineers running the OSM servers, humanitarians mapping disaster-affected areas, and many more. The Filecoin network will store a copy of the full OSM dataset, contributing to map preservation and distribution.


The Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD) is a coalition of investigators seeking to aggregate and harmonize exome and genome sequencing data from a variety of large-scale sequencing projects, and to make summary data available for the wider scientific community. The Filecoin network will store a copy of the v3 short variant data set, which spans 71,702 genomes from unrelated individuals sequenced as part of various disease-specific and population genetic studies.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library in the world and has over 60,000 free eBooks. Thousands of volunteers digitize and diligently proofread the eBooks, adding an average of 50 new books per week. The Filecoin network will store copies of the public domain works digitized by Project Gutenberg – ensuring that much of the world’s great literature is robustly preserved and available to all.


OpenAQ is the world’s first open, real-time and historical air quality platform, aggregating and serving government-measured and research-grade data from multiple sources. The Filecoin network will contribute to the OpenAQ mission of making this data accessible to all, in support of clean air for everyone.

Supply and demand, not corporate pricing departments

A hypercompetitive marketplace for storage

Filecoin reduces the barriers to entry for storage providers and turns cloud storage into a commodity. This allows new entrants to easily compete with entrenched players.

Storage providers compete vigorously for your business, to store your data, and provide flexible options at the best prices.

And it’s all done on a transparent, global marketplace.

Depth graph of the Filecoin market

A storage market visible and fair to everyone.

Filecoin creates an incentivized market to put extra storage to work. With significantly more supply, we meet growing demand while lowering the price of storage.

The missing incentive layer for IPFS

Filecoin adds incentivized, persistent storage to IPFS. IPFS users are able to reliably store their data on Filecoin right from the IPFS network — opening the network up to a world of applications and use cases.

See IPFS apps:
Learn more about IPFS

Potential Filecoin use cases

Other use cases

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    Data exchange

    Users can sell data on the network, facilitating data exchanges and markets.
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    Humanity’s data

    Filecoin will store treasure troves of critically important public data, such as encyclopedias, open access scientific papers, creative commons data sets, historical documents, and literature.
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    Standard blockchain use cases

    Storage for distributed ledgers and applications, supply chains, and more.
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    Filecoin tokens can be used as payment for goods and services and transferred between users.
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    With the ability to store large amounts of data for long periods of time, Filecoin will be the ultimate time-stamping service.
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    Store of value

    Filecoin is a decentralized store of value, backed by something of real utility: a cloud storage service.

Filecoin Community

The Filecoin network is a large community of developers, miners, and users all coming together to collaborate and build something greater than themselves.
Learn more about the Filecoin community
Filecoin is an open-source cloud storage marketplace, protocol, and incentive layer.