I still don't get what kovri actually is.

Can anyone provide an easy explanation?

I looked at YouTube for videos, but couldn't find any. Also other links didn't help.

Does anyone know a picture which explains it easily?

I don't know if I want to donate to this project because I really don't understand the benefit.

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From the project's FAQ:

What is Kovri?

Kovri is a secure, private, untraceable C++ router implementation of the I2P anonymous network. What was once a fork of i2pd, Kovri has become a unique, actively-developed, community-driven C++ I2P implementation with many improvements, security enhancements, and new features over its predecessor.

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

  • It sounds like it might be a separate network from I2P, since it is referred to as another implementation of it. Is that understanding correct?
    – user141
    Oct 11, 2016 at 23:20
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    @user141 it uses the same network. The main difference is that Kovri is written in the much more performant and portable C++ whereas i2pd is written in Java, and as explained above it also has some extra features and fixes. Oct 11, 2016 at 23:26

Kovri is a project that will allow the Monero network - or part of it anyway - to be transmitted over I2P. Perhaps the answer to this question will illuminate you a bit.

How will the implementation of Kovri work from a user perspective?


The normal I2P router (that lets you connect to and use the I2P network) is written in Java. Kovri is a project to create an I2P router in C++ so that it works with Monero.

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