Documenting Blobs with Metalink Files on October 9, 2017

There are many blobs around the web, with different organizations and teams publishing artifacts through different channels and with varying security. Often a single project will have many dependencies from multiple different sources, and developers need to know specifics about where to download blobs and how to verify them. I started looking for a solution to help unify the way I was both consuming and sharing blobs across my own projects. Eventually I found my way to something called “metalink” files, and it has become a very useful method for managing blobs (and resources) in my projects.