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The first year of ZeroNet

on Feb 01, 2016 · 1 min read

Around 1 year ago the first public version of ZeroNet released. It allows you to create interactive, P2P websites that runs without any server. Since the first version, to extend the possibilities of the network lots of new feature added:


Multi-user sites

It allows the site owner to define per-file permissions, so the users able to post new comments, upvotes, etc. without contacting the site owner. The site owner also has ability to limit user’s files total size or type of uploaded files.

SQL database

The built-in SQLite database engine makes sites load faster and also greatly simplifies the development process. The records synchronized the same, P2P way as any other file.

Domain

OpenProxy support

Browse and interact ZeroNet sites without downloading anything.

Namecoin domains

Easier to remember site addresses using .bit domain names instead of 35 character long addresses. There is also a Chrome plugin that allows your to access ZeroNet sites like any other site on the internet, eg. by typing http://blog.zeronetwork.bit in address bar.

Optional files

Allows the site owner to define files that is only downloaded when the user’s browser requests it. It makes possible to create larger sites (eg. photo galleries) without overload the visitors disk.
Large file (>1MB) hosting support is planned later.

Encrypted connections

To make the network more resilient to surveillance by encrypting the connection between peers using TLS.

AES & ECIES API functions

Makes possible to create end-to-end encrypted data and messages.

Domain

Anonymity with full Tor support

Greatly increase privacy by communicate and host sites using .onion instead of IPv4 addresses.

Newsfeed

Follow your favorite sites in a simple, clean and customizable newsfeed. You can choose what you want to see: new topics/comments/new blog posts.

And many other feature and speedup to make ZeroNet faster and easier to use…

What’s next?

We still committed to make the internet more decentralized and have tons of ideas. Will try to focus on content by creating new sites: Infinetly scalable social site, Github-like project hosting, Marketplace, Image hosting, …

And core enhancements also planned: I2P and IPv6 network, Big file support, Intelligent optional files cache limit, Content deduplication, Private sites, …

Stay tuned for 2016 :)
We believe in
open, free, and uncensored
network and communication.

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cyraxon Apr 26, 2016
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Yes!

arnoldon Apr 26, 2016
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yes, "We believe in open, free, and uncensored network and communication."

b0b0lf0on Apr 25, 2016
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good job!!

nxon Mar 01, 2016
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ow: Any chance that JavaScript might not be required in some future update? JavaScript is very powerful, but it also opens up a lot of security concerns that could be exploited with zero-days or out-dated user software by increasing the attack surface. If it were possible to use most of the sites without it fewer users would be exposed to those risks.
https://nodesecurity.io/advisorieshttps://www.veracode.com/security/javascript-securityhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript#Securityhttps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox/ - Search "JavaScript"
Thanks for adding Tor support. I am hoping someone might get it working on Whonix and Tails as well. That might require more than just tutorials and documentation, as both systems have unique ways of interacting with the Tor network, and running hidden services could be tricky if you don't want to be routing it through an extra layer of three nodes. I look forward to I2P as well.

javascript is one of the key benefits of zeronet. If you want non-interactive sites look elsewhere.

zozonon Feb 07, 2016
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great invention, fun, educational, social, good mission!
congratulations!

(there shall be dark side here but not for this occasion)

riotpulvon Feb 06, 2016
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Hey, many thanks, how much work in this software :D !!

nofishon Feb 06, 2016
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ow: Any chance that JavaScript might not be required in some future update?

The application logic has to be defined some way. You can create your own this client to communicate with the api, but I think running untrusted code is much higher security risk, than running untrusted javascript in the browser.

nippletwisteron Feb 06, 2016
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@ow I am not a developer but you may look here: http://127.0.0.1:43110/Talk.ZeroNetwork.bit/?Topic:3_1NibKcCcidCHue94Rhr7F4Gvu3Lg6FAESp/Integrate+Zeronet+in+Tails+Os
And AFAK they use iframe and ZeroAPI to run JavaScript so it is secure.

owon Feb 06, 2016
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Any chance that JavaScript might not be required in some future update? JavaScript is very powerful, but it also opens up a lot of security concerns that could be exploited with zero-days or out-dated user software by increasing the attack surface. If it were possible to use most of the sites without it fewer users would be exposed to those risks.

https://nodesecurity.io/advisories
https://www.veracode.com/security/javascript-security
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript#Security
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox/ - Search "JavaScript"

Thanks for adding Tor support. I am hoping someone might get it working on Whonix and Tails as well. That might require more than just tutorials and documentation, as both systems have unique ways of interacting with the Tor network, and running hidden services could be tricky if you don't want to be routing it through an extra layer of three nodes. I look forward to I2P as well.

avatarxon Feb 06, 2016
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Amazing work!

idlesongon Feb 04, 2016
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So many features in one year, thanks.

looton Feb 02, 2016
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thx sooo much for zeronet!
i love it!!

ekaterinaon Feb 02, 2016
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Congratulations and a huge thank you for developing this, you rock! I can't even imagine what ZeroNet will look like in another year, because I already love it.

nippletwisteron Feb 02, 2016
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p2p: what's blog platform? it looks cool!@nofish, how to contribute translation of ZeroNet's UI & doc?

It's not actually blog platform, because you can't add comments to it, or I don't know how to do it at least. It's called TiddlyWiki5
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tiddlywiki

p2pon Feb 02, 2016
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nippletwister: I have added translation into russian language here: http://127.0.0.1:43110/1G9s2eptrshvMmXaR1egEnGcbL9WdeQFAa/index.html#%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B9%20%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%20ZeroNet%20%28%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B4%29

what's blog platform? it looks cool!
@nofish, how to contribute translation of ZeroNet's UI & doc?

harrytuttleon Feb 01, 2016
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AwesomeSauce!

nippletwisteron Feb 01, 2016
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Cheers!

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