Protocol Labs starts, supports, and grows breakthrough computing projects 

Main Projects

Our projects improve the internet and build more robust foundations for our digital future.

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IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open. IPFS addresses files based on content, not location.

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Filecoin is a decentralized storage network powered by cryptocurrency.

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libp2p is a modular networking stack that lets developers build large, robust p2p networks.



Testground is a platform for testing, benchmarking, and simulating distributed and peer-to-peer systems at scale.

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IPLD is a set of standards and implementations for creating decentralized data structures that are universally addressable and linkable, doing for data what URLs did for HTML web pages.

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Multiformats encode self-describing values to future-proof information systems.

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SourceCred is an open-source community and reputation protocol for open collaboration.

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ProtoSchool makes it easy to get started with decentralized web technologies through interactive tutorials and community learning events.

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Drand is a distributed randomness beacon, providing verifiable, unpredictable and unbiased random numbers as a service.

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Our work spans the entire innovation pipeline, from the earliest research ideation to deploying end-user products.

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Developing cryptographic tools and applications for trustless systems

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Exploring cutting-edge scalable permissionless consensus protocols

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Creating resilient platforms for open collaboration on distributed systems

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We support, grow, and contribute to lots of projects and initiatives. We work on these with other organizations, such as universities, companies, foundations, OSS projects, blockchains, and even DAOs.

ZK Proof

An open-industry academic initiative to mainstream zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography through an inclusive, community-driven standardization process.

The VDF Alliance

Collaboration between the Ethereum, Interchain, and Tezos foundations to design and develop a secure, efficient, and usable hardware implementation of Verifiable Delay Functions (VDFs).

We3 Summit

An event organized around a single rallying call: to build a decentralized web where users control their data, identity, and destiny.

Dweb Camp

DWeb Camp is a place where diverse people can freely exchange ideas about the technologies, laws, markets, and agreements we need to move forward.

Decentralized Web Summit

The Decentralized Web Summit is dedicated to creating the web we want (and the web we deserve).

Offline Camp

Offline Camp explores Offline First patterns for building apps that are resilient in the face of intermittent internet connections, from Progressive Web Apps to decentralized networks and beyond.

Stanford Center for Blockchain Research

The Stanford Center for Blockchain Research explores cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

Stanford Cyber Initiative

Stanford University’s premier center for the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance, and public policy.

The SAFT Project

A forum for the discussion of a compliant framework for token sales with the goal of developing an industry standard that protects the interests of network creators, investors, and users.

Permissive License Stack

An intellectual property strategy to formalize our commitment to open-source development, give employees more input into how their work is made available, and collaborate more freely with other orgs.

Orbit db

OrbitDB is a serverless, distributed, peer-to-peer database that uses IPFS as its data storage and IPFS Pubsub to automatically sync databases with peers.


Dynamicland is a communal computer, designed for agency, not apps, where people can think like whole humans.


Building the future requires working with many others. Here are some of the communities that inspire us to keep pushing forward.

Open Source

Open Source

Open-source values are critical to free societies — especially in the digital age.



Users own and control their data, rather than cede it to central authorities or companies that share it with advertisers, data brokers, and (involuntarily) hackers.



Web3 — the third iteration of the web — is a more open, resilient, trustworthy internet. Web3 platforms include blockchains, decentralized web protocols, and linked data systems.

Offline First

Offline First

Equipping developers with reliable tools and patterns for the uncertainties of an increasingly mobile world.

Remote Work

Remote Work

Remote work environments let companies compile the brightest, most talented workforce from all over the world.



Cryptocurrencies are the future of money: native digital assets that use cryptography to secure financial transactions, and do not rely on central authorities.

User-controlled Encryption

User-controlled Encryption

Human rights depend on humans’ ability to control their digital selves. People must have sole control over the keys to decrypt their most sacred and private information.



Blockchains are cryptosystems for financial transactions, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies. They are key to Web3, and the future of global finance, law, government, and commerce.

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Protocol Labs is a constantly evolving network made up of 450+ projects, companies, and organizations.

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