Skynet is an open protocol for hosting data and web applications on the decentralized web.
Skynet decentralizes "the cloud" so that user and application data is not stored by (and only accessible to) a single, central authority. Instead, data is held in a decentralized manner, allowing it to be:
Available across the globe
On any device
Accessible to any application
And controlled by the user
Skynet matters because information matters. Skynet allows for decentralized, censorship-resistant, highly redundant storage and applications, available around the globe.
You don't pay for your application's storage
You can launch an app with access to a user's data on day one
You won't have to worry about corporations pulling access to their resources
Or, if you're invested in your centralized provider, you can maintain a failover site for when they go down.
You take your data with you, not worrying about corporate oversight
You support developers and content creators by simply accessing their work
You experience a web free of targeted ads
You never have to put your privacy or security at risk
There's a lot more to it, and by the end of this documentation, you'll see why a free and open web demands a platform like Skynet.
Skynet itself is open-source software, meaning it's free to take and use for anyone. This site is operated by Skynet Labs, the primary team behind the technology. Skynet is built on top of the Sia blockchain network, which is also open-source and guided by the Sia Foundation.
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We've got videos showing Skynet apps, developer workshops, and more on our YouTube channel.
Stay up-to-date with major developments and technical articles on the Sia Blog.
We've put together three guides for learning about Skynet: a user guide, a developer guide, and a portal operator guide. The user guide (what you're reading now) focuses on using Skynet, understanding its value, and documenting the technologies that make Skynet work. Additional guides for developers and portal operators are still under construction, but for now, the links at the top of the page point to our best available resources.
If you're new to Skynet, start with Using Skynet and go from there. We suggest developers and portal operators read through the entirety of the Getting Started articles before working through more specific documentation.