Access Handshake names

A walkthrough for resolving Handshake domains

Handshake names live on the Handshake blockchain, which most browsers do not yet support. While we're waiting for browsers to catch-up, below are numerous ways you can still access Handshake names in your browser.

This video covers levels 1 through 3

Level 1 - Gateway

HNS↗TO

Use the HNS.to gateway to access Handshake names without installing anything or changing your DNS settings — try using it to search "welcome.nb/" or any of these Handshake sites. You can also make searches directly by adding "hns.to/" in front of Handshake domains like "hns.to/welcome.nb/".

HNS.to is a project developed solely by Namer @nijynot/.

Level 2 - Browser extension

LinkFrame

Install the LinkFrame extension to access Handshake names directly in your Chrome browser's search bar — try using it to search "welcome.nb/" or any of these Handshake sites.

LinkFrame is a project developed solely by Namer @linkframe/.

Resolvr

Install the Resolvr add-on to access Handshake names directly in your Firefox browser's search bar — try using it to search "welcome.nb/" or any of these Handshake sites.

Resolvr is a project developed solely by Namer @codecrafting.

Level 3 - DNS

NextDNS

"NextDNS protects you from all kinds of security threats, blocks ads and trackers on websites and in apps and provides a safe and supervised Internet for kids — on all devices and on all networks."

  1. Visit nextdns.io and click "Try it now"

  2. Scroll down to the Setup Guide and pick any one of the given options (e.g. Private DNS, App, Ipv4) for your device, and follow the relevant guide provided by NextDNS

  3. Once your device is connected to NextDNS (confirm with green button at top of the setup page), visit the "Settings" tab on the NextDNS website and turn on "Resolve Handshake domains"

  4. Visit our Handshake welcome page at http://welcome.nb/!

Level 4 - SPV light client

For the more technically savvy, you can run your own SPV node with HNSD to trustlessly resolve Handshake names without running a full-node.

Handshake is the only naming blockchain with a lightweight recursive DNS resolver, which you can easily embed into browsers, apps, and devices. A recursive DNS resolver is a piece of software that can recursively resolve domain names to IP addresses. The light client can trustlessly resolve Handshake names using only 10mb of memory and virtually zero CPU. It’s the most secure way to use Handshake because it doesn’t require trusting any third party resolvers that can inspect your DNS traffic.