IPFS Routing When Downloading

When I download something from IPFS, does IPFS create a direct connection from me and the other peers, or does it try to follow some paths?

Currently it only creates direct connections. We are working on a relay that will be able to route through willing/routing enabled nodes.

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Are there by any chance plans to hide users’ IP addresses to ensure privacy? Don’t know how that would work, though… maybe similar to a VPN, where all IPFS nodes form a subnet. (?)

Wait… found this old discussion… so it seems possible:

There is also an ongoing effort to support Tor-based transport:

But it will take time to get there in a way safe for users.