Access Handshake names

A walkthrough for resolving Handshake domains

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

Level 0

Level 0 methods require trusting a central party to resolve Handshake for you, are not private because they can see which domains you're visiting, are insecure because they can MITM attack you, and requires appending something to every Handshake domain.

HNS↗TO is a proxy gateway created by nijynot/ that you can use to access Handshake domains without installing anything or changing your DNS settings.

Try visiting welcome.nb/ by appending at the end of the domain:

Alternatives to

If is down, you can use an alternative like costanzo/'s

Level 1

Level 1 methods require trusting a central party to resolve Handshake for you, are not private because they can see which domains you're visiting, are less insecure than Level 0 methods because they aren't proxy gateways, and no longer require appending something to every Handshake domain.


HNSDoH is a public DNS resolver created by Nathan.Woodburn/ that uses DNS over HTTPS to resolve Handshake. It has very little downtime compared to other public resolvers.

HDNS is a public DNS resolver created by namebase/ that enables any device to access Handshake domains on any browser.

Point your DNS to and to resolve Handshake.

Bob Extension

Bob Extension is a Chrome extension created by kyokan/ that currently uses for resolving Handshake names directly in your Chrome browser's search bar — try using it to search "http://welcome.nb/".


easyhandshake is a server created by pinheadmz/ that you can use to resolve Handshake using DoH.


"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 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 2

Level 2 methods no longer require trusting a central party because you're accessing the Handshake blockchain directly, are private because you're recursively resolving domains locally, and are more secure than Level 1 methods because they support DANE.


Fingertip is an all-in-one open source resolver created by Impervious that sets up your browser for DANE and resolves Handshake trustlessly. Comes with HNSD light client installed.

Level 3

Level 3 methods are for developers who want to access Handshake directly without relying on 3rd party software.

HNSD (SPV node)

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.

HSD (full node)

Run HSD locally to access Handshake in the most decentralized, private, and secure way.

HSD on Raspberry Pi

Install HSD on Raspberry Pi so any device connected to your home wi-fi can resolve Handshake names.

HSD on Linux

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