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.
No trust necessary
No single company or organization controls available storage capacity and the pricing for storing and retrieving files. Instead, the Filecoin storage network facilitates open markets for storing and retrieving files that anyone with access to the internet can participate in. It uses its native cryptocurrency (FIL) to facilitate these transactions.
Looking for Lotus? Head to lotus.filecoin.io →
Lotus is the reference implementation for the Filecoin network. It is written in Go, and is maintained by the Protocol Labs team. At the start of 2022, the Protocol Labs docs team moved all the Lotus documentation to its own repository and its own website. This way, folks like yourself can easily segment the documentation you need. This is the place for conceptual Filecoin related content, while lotus.filecoin.io is where you'll find installation instructions and guides for running a Lotus node.