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Filecoin is a peer-to-peer network that allows anyone to store and
retrieve data on the internet. Built-in economic incentives ensure that
files are stored and retrieved reliably and continuously for however
long a user specifies.
Filecoin Virtual Machine
The Filecoin Virtual Machine is here, allowing developers to build
applications and smart-contracts that utilize the Filecoin storage
network! Find out how you can leverage the worlds fastest growing
Looking For Lotus?
Lotus is the reference implementation of the Filecoin protocol, developed and maintained by Protocol Labs. It allows users to participate in the Filecoin network, by enabling them to earn the FIL token, provide storage, and retrieve stored files.
Choose your own adventure
Learn the basics
Want to understand the fundamental concepts of Filecoin, but aren't
sure where to start? The Basics section is the perfect place to
begin your journey!
Build with Filecoin
Eager to build on top of the Filecoin network but aren't sure how to
begin? Head over to the Developers section to find examples and
guides to help build your project!
Become a provider
Starting up a provider node on the Filecoin network can be a
daunting task. Head over to the Provider section to find out
everything you need to know.
Want to store large amount of data on the Filecoin network? There
are plenty of storage options that you can choose from! Check out
the Store section for more information!