What is Hyperledger?

Hyperledger is an open source community focused on developing a suite of stable frameworks, tools and libraries for enterprise-grade blockchain deployments. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, and includes leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. Built under technical governance and open collaboration, individual developers, service and solution providers, government associations, corporate members and end users are all invited to participate in the development and promotion of these game-changing technologies.

Similar to The Linux Foundation, Hyperledger has a modular approach to hosting projects. The Hyperledger greenhouse hosts developing business blockchain projects from Hyperledger Labs (seed) to stable code ready for production (fruition). All are invited to contribute to the greenhouse; collectively advancing industry goals of distributed ledger and smart contracts.

Why enterprise-grade blockchain technologies?

Permissioned blockchains differ from what you’ll find in Bitcoin or Ethereum. Most enterprise blockchain applications rely upon real world trust relationships, wherein the goal is to set up a set of participants in an ecosystem with the needed insurance that the boundaries are flexible enough to bring in more participants in the future. Participants on a permissioned network are known to one another, and therefore have an intrinsic interest in participating in the consensus making process. This community of participants want to share data with a greater degree of security. Without needing to run proof of work mechanisms, they can resolve more immediate problems than on a public cryptocurrency blockchain. Blockchains can be used to record promises, trades, transactions or simply items we never want to disappear. Mirrored exactly across all nodes in a given network, it allows everyone in an ecosystem to keep a copy of the common system of record. Nothing can ever be erased or edited. All businesses participating in a commercial ecosystem need a ledger to contain a record of transactions. It is vitally important to know that your copy of the ledger is identical to others’ in the network.

Hyperledger Goals

Create enterprise grade, open source, distributed ledger frameworks and code bases to support business transactions

Provide neutral, open, and community-driven infrastructure supported by technical and business governance

Build technical communities to develop blockchain and shared ledger POCs, use cases, field trails and deployments

Educate the public about the market opportunity for blockchain technology

Promote our community of communities taking a toolkit approach with many platforms and frameworks

Short Hyperledger History

Hyperledger launched in 2016 with a technical and organizational governance structure and 30 founding corporate members. Initially, the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee welcomed two business blockchain framework codebases into incubation: Hyperledger Fabric, a codebase combining work by Digital Asset, libconsensus from Blockstream and OpenBlockchain from IBM; and Hyperledger Sawtooth, developed at Intel’s incubation group. Of the 70+ open source organizations the Linux Foundation has launched, Hyperledger holds the distinction as the fastest growing.

Additional Resources to Learn More

The Hyperledger Vision

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Hyperledger Overview

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An Introduction to Hyperledger

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Hyperledger Datasheet

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