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Use Cases

Explore the many ways your project or business can leverage Ceramic's decentralized data streaming platform. Ceramic is a general-purpose protocol, so this list is definitely non-exhaustive; it's meant to serve as a starting point for ideation. The use cases on this list are not mutually exclusive and many Ceramic integrations will make use of more than one.

Decentralized identity

Build secure applications using decentralized identities and portable, user-controlled data storage. Ceramic is home to IDX which provides a robust, flexible, and standards-based decentralized identity system that can serve as the cornerstone of any Web3 application. Building with IDX allows users to control their identities and data in a manner independent from any single application or platform, while allowing developers to build data-rich applications without the liability of custodying user data on a centralized server or the poor user experience of forcing users to recreate the same data on every application. Identities are based on W3C standards and can be used with wallets from many different blockchains and Web3 platforms.

  • Decentralized identifiers (DIDs)
  • Aggregated and cross-chain identities
  • Web3: Connect wallets from any L1 or L2 protocol
  • Web2: Link social accounts from any platform
  • User profiles
  • Social graphs
  • Data storage
  • Reputation systems

Decentralized databases

Replace your database backend or local storage and store/host all of your content in mutable, decentralized streams.

  • User data and user-generated content
  • User activity and history
  • Application data
  • Application state and other cookie-like content
  • Cross-device local storage

Evolutionary files

Store editable, version-controlled files, documents, and other media on IPFS that maintains a tamper-proof and auditable history without needing external services to compute state changes, enforce permissions, or keep track of changing CIDs. Also make these files publicly available and discoverable over a global network.

  • Mutable NFT files
  • JSON documents
  • JSON schemas
  • Arbitrary metadata
  • Verifiable credentials

Multi-user applications

Leverage the unique features and properties of Ceramic to create permissionless social networks where content is decentralized and owned by users instead of platforms.

  • Social media
  • Community platforms
  • Governance forums

Decentralized publications

Publish and host content on a decentralized, censorship-resistant platform where data can be made globally available, authorship can be verified, links never rot, and each piece of content can be updated by its creator while still maintaining a tamper-proof audit trail of changes.

  • Blogging platforms
  • News media and publications

Cross-application data sharing

On Ceramic, all data is published to the open web where it's easy to share verifiable information between different organizations and applications in real-time without worrying about correctness or dealing with centralized servers and one-off API integrations.

  • Cross-application data
  • Cross-organizational data
  • Enterprise system of record (SOR)

Semantic web

Link multiple streams together to form a graph of relationships between verifiable data objects that can each individually evolve without breaking the graph.

Remixable content

Fork and remix any streams on the network into entirely new creations. No permission needed.