ArDrive, a permanent storage alternative for sustainable NFTs?

With the advent of NFTs, property has gone digital. The blockchain has truly revolutionized the digital world, allowing artists and creators to sell their works on the internet. However, its use is accompanied by several questions from potential buyers. It mainly concerns the sustainability of their storage on the Blockchain (technology for storing encrypted information). ArDrive offers a solution with the Arweave project.

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What does the use of NFTs mean?

NFTs can be defined as media files. Each of these tokens has specific characteristics that are unique and that make it unique. Secured by the blockchain, they can only be manipulated, deleted, edited or copied and pasted through the latter.

Using NFT today offers many advantages. First, they can be used to uniquely represent different types of digital media. It ranges from code to art, including memes, lyrics, games, gifs, music, and videos. In addition, these encrypted files avoid the use of intermediaries. Makers can therefore directly market their works with the best possible added value.

NFTs and the problem of storage with ArDrive

NFTs offer clear advantages, thanks to their level of security and their practicality. However, they are not always stored securely. Buyers have no guarantee about their durability on the Blockchain. In other words, no one can really know whether an NFT will still be accessible twenty years from now.

In concrete terms, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the functioning of the underlying surcharge of the NFTs. This, in turn, will determine the proper functioning of these non-fungible (non-replaceable) tokens. Otherwise they just disappear. However, most NFTs are archived on temporary storage systems. For a large number of these works, the risk that they will one day evaporate into thin air is very real.

ArDrive: the solution

ArDrive is a permanent, secure and always available data storage application. It has its own protocol, ARFS, which is valued for its strength. In particular, it allows you to take advantage of customizable metadata about files at the Arweave network level. Can be queried by any application that integrates Arweave GQL, it is a flexible and standardized way to define them for NFTs. It also supports versioning and parent/child inheritance, with JSON metadata rules and properties.

Thanks to Arweave Manifests, any user can organize their NFT collection in a simplified way:

  • Arweave Transaction Matching
  • Referencing NFT images with a unique Arweave transaction ID
  • Referencing your content with the names chosen in your Drive
  • Nicer URLs…


The most specific and revolutionary feature of ArDrive is that it is permanent. Thanks to its performance and features, NFT enthusiasts don’t have to worry about storing their tokens. This publisher even plans to offer these users the ability to coiner directly on its platform. They may also become interchangeable on other platforms (PERSONAL WEBSITES, OpenSea, KOII, etc.). In the information age, our data has become a valuable asset. In addition to NFTs, ArDrive provides reliable, long-term storage of all our files and information.

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