Bad Bits

The Bad Bits Denylist is a list of hashed CIDs that have been flagged for various reasons (copyright violation, malware, etc). Each entry is sha256() hashed so that it can easily be checked given a plaintext CID, but inconvenient to determine otherwise.

The purpose of this list is to allow IPFS node operators (e.g. someone running a public IPFS gateway) to opt into not hosting previously flagged content.

View the Bad Bits Denylist

The IPFS community Code of Conduct applies to content served over the official public gateways run by Protocol Labs. It does not apply to all IPFS nodes, nor to the IPFS network as a whole.

Reporting #

Please report any violations via email to the group. The IPFS Infra team will handle all reports.

Protocol Labs also has a registered DMCA agent, and a public Google Form for DMCA takedown requests linked from

Frequently Asked Questions #

Why are they called "bad bits"? #

We use the term "bad bits" when discussing topics involving copyright violations, DMCA, GDPR, Code of Conduct, or malware. This is a tactic to facilitate fruitful public discussion of concepts of freedom, censorship, privacy, and safety without slipping into destructive discussion patterns.

I have other questions about IPFS gateways! #

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about gateways in the main IPFS Docs.