Handshake is a naming protocol that’s backward-compatible with the existing DNS system. It does not replace the DNS protocol, but instead expands the root zone file where TLD ownership information is stored and the root servers with a distributed and decentralized blockchain-based system, which nobody controls and anybody can use. This allows the root zone to be uncensorable, permissionless, and free of gatekeepers like ICANN.
Every peer in the Handshake network cryptographically validates and manages the root zone, which also removes the need for the Certificate Authority system (CAs) entirely. Names are logged on the Handshake blockchain, which is essentially one big distributed zone file that anyone has the right to add an entry in.
Skynet is built to support Handshake domains. Skynet Web Portals participate in the Handshake network, and users and developers can place entries on their Handshake DNS to tell portals where to resolve a Handshake domain name on Skynet.
The URL used to access HNS names on Skynet is
[hns-name].hns.[portal-domain]/ . Community members will often reference this as
[hns-name].hns/. So, for example, a portal-specific URL for
skyfeed.hns/ is http://skyfeed.hns.siasky.net/.
For buying HNS tokens and bidding on a domain name, Namebase.io is the easiest place to get started.
Once you have a domain, we support pointing to either a skylink or a registry entry. For either, you will need to edit your DNS TXT record. Be sure to set the Blockchain DNS records and not the Nambebase nameserver record. Only the Blockchain DNS record is fully decentralized and supported by Skynet.
Pointing to a skylink? Use
Pointing to a registry entry that points to a skylink? Use