An introduction to Fission for developers

The Fission CLI and Webnative SDK are developer tools for interacting with Fission services. This section will introduce the technologies used in these tools and describe how they work on your machine and in the broader network.


The Fission CLI and Webnative SDK use the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) for networking and data transfer. IPFS uses peer-to-peer communication to exchange data between peers.

What is IPFS? IPFS is a distributed system for storing and accessing files, websites, applications, and data. If you aren't already familiar with IPFS, you may want to read Protocol Lab's What is IPFS? guide.

In the browser, the Webnative SDK connects with Fission peers to access and update user data. Likewise, the Fission CLI connects with Fission peers to publish websites. In both cases, you can substitute your own peers by running your own Fission server.

Apps that use Webnative communicate with Fission peers through a shared worker provided by the Fission Auth Lobby. You can pass an instance of js-ipfs to Webnative to bring your own peers.

More to come. We are planning to cover more concepts here. Come by our Discord server if you have questions on what we have covered so far.

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