What is Hyperledger Fabric?

The flexible blockchain framework behind the IBM Blockchain Platform is helping innovators ignite a global business transformation.

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What is Hyperledger Fabric?

Hyperledger Fabric, an open source project from the Linux Foundation, is the modular blockchain framework and de facto standard for enterprise blockchain platforms. Intended as a foundation for developing enterprise-grade applications and industry solutions, the open, modular architecture uses plug-and-play components to accommodate a wide range of use cases.

With more than 120,000 contributing organizations and more than 15,000 engineer contributors working together, Hyperledger Fabric offers a unique approach to consensus that enables performance at scale while also preserving the data privacy enterprises demand.


How Hyperledger Fabric works

Hyperledger Fabric is an open, proven, enterprise-grade, distributed ledger platform. It has advanced privacy controls so only the data you want shared gets shared among the “permissioned” (known) network participants.

Smart contracts document the business processes you want to automate with self-executing terms between the parties written into lines of code. The code and the agreements contained therein exist across the distributed, decentralized blockchain network. Transactions are trackable and irreversible, creating trust between organizations. This enables businesses to make more informed decisions quicker — saving time, reducing costs, and reducing risks.


Benefits of Hyperledger Fabric

Permissioned network

Establish decentralized trust in a network of known participants rather than an open network of anonymous participants.

Confidential transactions

Expose only the data you want to share to the parties you want to share it with.

Pluggable architecture

Tailor the blockchain to industry needs with a pluggable architecture rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Easy to get started

Program smart contracts in the languages your team works in today, instead of learning custom languages and architectures.


Why Hyperledger Fabric is the framework under the IBM Blockchain Platform

IBM recommends businesses not build a production blockchain solution using just the free open source. IBM (and other vendors) offer commercial distributions that include tools and support.

The IBM Blockchain Platform is IBM’s commercial distribution of Hyperledger Fabric, which includes full 24x7x365 support of the open-source solution with service level agreements (SLAs). It comes with the most advanced set of productivity tools for building, governing and operating your blockchain solution.


Hyperledger Fabric is an open source blockchain for business

Innovators in a wide range of industries — finance, banking, healthcare, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology — are creating open, standardized, enterprise-grade blockchain frameworks and code bases using Hyperledger Fabric to produce tangible business results.

  • Companies part of Hyperledger: 148
  • Lines of Code: 18.4 Million 

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