Handshake (HNS)
Handshake (HNS)

Handshake (HNS)

Handshake (HNS) is an entirely community-run blockchain that decentralizes Internet domains.

Handshake names

Handshake names are decentralized top-level domains.

Top-level domains

Before Handshake, it was only possible to rent subdomains from top-level domains like ".com".


With Handshake, anyone can now own top-level domains along with unlimited subdomains.


Before Handshake, domains lived on the centralized servers of top-level domain owners who were controlled by ICANN. These domains could be easily censored and seized by many parties.


With Handshake, domains now live on a decentralized blockchain controlled by no one. These names are uncensorable and cannot be seized by anyone.

2 ways to access Handshake domains in any browser

Use HNS.to to access namebase/ via namebase.hns.to. Use HDNS to directly access namebase/.

Learn more

Check out the Namer Community's resources for a deeper dive into Handshake.