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Meeseeks App


The Meeseeks App Bootstrap is a static file designed to safely verify and serve IPFS content fetched from an IPFS API gateway, while preserving CORS and other Cross-Origin Policy protections that modern browsers implement.

Quick Start

Install Meeseeks CLI

/home/ricmoo> npm install -g meeseeks-cli

Publishing via multihash

/home/ricmoo> echo "<html>One fish, Two fish...</html>" > test.html
/home/ricmoo> meeseeks publish test.html
Publishing:  test.html (35 bytes)
  Hash: QmWGC4PvneSHrPFRQ11aaaE4mac3aZJNqdKzLaytAs3XDn

You can use to see your new page.

Linking with ENS

/home/ricmoo> meeseeks link fishbowl.eth QmWGC4PvneSHrPFRQ11aaaE4mac3aZJNqdKzLaytAs3XDn --account wallet.json
Password (0x18C6045651826824FEBBD39d8560584078d1b247):
Decrypting... 100%
Account #0: 0x18C6045651826824FEBBD39d8560584078d1b247
Linking:  fishbowl.eth  =>  QmWGC4PvneSHrPFRQ11aaaE4mac3aZJNqdKzLaytAs3XDn
  To:           0x5FfC014343cd971B7eb70732021E26C35B744cc4
  Gas Price:    3.0 gwei
  gas Limit:    500000
  Nonce:        549
  Data:         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
  Value:        0.0 ether
Sign and Trasmit? [y/n/a] y
Sent Transaction:
   Hash:        0x3a5614987a92542b30af135a72917c3b1bbf87fd2a3cfe9b1bdfdec61820a328

And visit

The Problem

The security provided from browsers is based (in large) by placing all pages on a given domain name in the same bucket. So, for example, when you visit, all pages served from have access to the cookies, window.localStorage and the ability to load other content from

Currently, many distributed Ethereum apps (dapps) and other simple one-page web applications publish their content on IPFS and link to or This means that an application running on separate multihashes, share the same local storage, for example.

How does Meeseeks work

The Meeseeks App Bootstrap is a simple 5kb static file, which can be served from a CDN. We provide an instance on *, which can be used to access IPFS directly by a base32 hash, or by an ENS name. For example:


Base32 Hash:

The Process:

  1. Convert the domain name to either an ENS name or a multihash
  2. If it is an ENS name, resolve the text key to a multihash
  3. Fetch the multihash node and follow all links, stitching together the data, verifying the hash of each block
  4. Using, replace the current page DOM context with the HMTL downloaded from IPFS


This was an entry from the 2018 #cryptolife Status Hackathon in Prague, in which it won first for the Infrastructure Track.

The version in this repository has been largely refactored and rewritten from the version submitted, bringing down the size from 1.9MB to 5kb over-the-wire.


Why do you use base32 hashes for the multihash?! Why not base58? Why not hex? Something normal?

Unforunately, the two obvious choices to be standard are technically impossible. A Base58 encoded string may contain both lower-case and upper-case characters, and domain names MUST be lower-case. On the other side of standard-encodings, the hex encoding would put a multihash in at 64 bytes, and SSL certificates have a hard-limit of 63 bytes per label. Of the available options, base32 seemed like the least non-standard we could use.

That said, we prefix all base32 hashes with 0xg, since an ENS name should not start with 0x and the g provides us a version byte, so we can extend the 0x space in the future.

Can I just host the bootstrap myself? On my own domain?

Absolutely! And you should feel free to do so. This will enable you to serve IPFS content from your own CDN on your own domain, safely, since all multihash contents are verified before being served.

For now you will need to tweak the code a bit in the index.html, but we will provide better directions and make it easier in the non-distant future.

But I have to trust your CDN?

Yes, that's true. We highly recommend you host your own instnace on a domain you own for production. See the answer to the previous question.

That said, if you currently use or, you are trusting their gateway, since the cntent is not being verified by the browser.


Unfortunately, also not supported by SSL. We will have a useful solution in the near future to make this easier to use for anyone that does not own a top-level ENS name.


We consider this a stop-gap. In the future, we would love to see ipfs:// supported natively in the browser, at which time cross-origin policies can simply be applied to the multihash.



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