A Unique Web3 Database


Sid Gandhi

May 1, 2023



The world of decentralized databases is rapidly evolving, with numerous projects vying for attention and adoption. Among these projects, Polybase has emerged as a unique and compelling solution. In a recent conversation, Sid from Polybase discussed the key advantages that set Polybase apart from other database solutions, such as Ceramic and Tableland. In this blog post, we'll explore these advantages and why Polybase is gaining traction in the decentralized tech stack.

Provability and Permissioning

One of the standout features of Polybase is its use of zero-knowledge proof cryptography. This technology ensures that data stored in the database adheres to a specific set of rules defined by Polylang functions which are akin to smart contracts. As a result, both reads and writes to the database are permissioned according to these rules, providing a high level of security and integrity.

Flexibility and Token Gating

Polybase offers granular permissioning based on different data columns, allowing for a highly flexible system. For example, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) can use its native token to grant permissionless access to certain database tables. This flexibility is especially valuable for organizations with changing membership and dynamic access requirements.

User Sovereignty

Polybase empowers users to take control of their data. Data can be encrypted with the user's public key, and users can selectively grant permission to applications to access their data. Additionally, users can have the ability to delete their data whenever they want, ensuring a high level of data sovereignty.

Collaboration and Security

Polybase enables secure collaboration between parties, even competitors. An example given is a network of lenders sharing data about loans to reduce underwriting risk. By using cryptographically secure methods, Polybase unlocks new possibilities for collaboration and value creation.


Polybase will operate on a permissionless, peer-to-peer network where any node can provide storage and verify proofs. This architecture ensures decentralization and provability, making Polybase a robust solution for decentralized applications.

Ease of Use

Developers don't want to manage their own infrastructure. By providing a seamless experience for developers to create and use collections, Polybase allows them to easily launch databases on a decentralized network without the hassle of managing infrastructure.

Broad Compatibility

Polybase chain agnostic, making it versatile and compatible with a wide range of blockchain networks and use cases. This broad compatibility opens up numerous possibilities for integration and adoption.


Polybase is a standout player in the world of decentralized databases, offering provability, flexibility, user sovereignty, secure collaboration, decentralization, ease of use, and broad compatibility. As Polybase continues to grow and expand into web2 and web3, it is poised to become a key player in the data management landscape.