An uncomplicated method for anyone to view .bit decentralized websites | .bit web surfer - Chrome extension

April 15, 2016 - 9:13 pm  
by Nandi Bear  

You may have heard of the decentralized .bit domain but have you been able to access and view .bit websites in your browser?

.bit decentralized domain names cannot be governed or controlled by ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and as I understand it cannot ordinarily be accessed in Firefox, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Edge) or Chrome.

.bit domains are served by the Namecoin crytocurrency blockchain and cannot be censored or removed by government law enforcement agencies or other parties.

At some point in 2014 a browser plugin or add-on called freespeechme was released for Firefox (and compatible with Windows and Linux) which apparently made it possible to access and view .bit websites. I haven't been able to successfully and effectively use the add-on for Mozilla Firefox but readers are welcome to take a look for themselves: and

The only uncomplicated method that I've ascertained to be effective for browsing .bit domains without downloading and running the Namecoin blockchain, or viewing them through another site's server, is a Chrome extension called .bit web surfer: .bit web surfer

I want to note here that the Chrome extension hasn't been updated for approximately two years (i.e., March 9, 2014).

Read more about the .bit domain at Wikipedia and Namecoin.