Thank you for your review
Email me when discounted: 
FrostWire performs a smart search upon the most relevant torrent search results that come from BitTorrent search engines, meaning it remembers every file contained by every torrent it scans, increasing greatly the odds of finding what you are looking for, super-fast.

As FrostWire fetches search results from the search engines, it uses these results to crawl the Azureus DHT to learn about the contents indexed by these torrents. FrostWire will not use the bandwidth of the search engines in this process; it will only use the torrent info hash to perform DHT queries, meaning .torrent files are fetched only from the DHT, not more...

What's New

Version 5.7.4:
  • Fixes issues with YouTube downloads.
  • Recovered ability to download SoundCloud URLs.
  • Can download entire SoundCloud playlists from playlist URL.
  • Fixed broken Torrents.fm search.
  • Updated Gson library, included the sources into our repo.


  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Java 1.6 or later

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

FrostWire User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!

Most Helpful Reviews...

MacUpdate most helpful reviews user icon

I think I am first here to give it 5 stars! But oh well! I am not a super savvy torrent person, but I get the concept. My objective is to download what I want, the easiest & fastest way possible.

I like that FrostWire let's me more...

4 people found this review helpful
Version 5.6.5
MacUpdate most helpful reviews user icon
from iPoopStore

Utter garbage and still slow and clunky using java.

3 people found this review helpful
Version 5.6.1
Sort by: Time | Smiles
Aargl Member IconReview+353

Well it's far from being perfect, but I could find some rare old stuff not re-released on CD, thanks to it!
Browsing Youtube and extracting the audio for you is definitely a great feature!
Bad things: weird behaviour if you resize the window, and crashes on quit.
Actually, I seem to have found a little trick to avoid crash on quit: close the main window first then quit! ;-)

Reply3 replies
Version 5.6.8
Upright Bassist

I am about to close its window the first time, so thanks for the warning, Aargl! ;-) — But to test it, I will just quit without closing the window first. To me, it quited just fine, displaying a “Gotta Go? Just Go Mobile” message. Huh? ;-) Whatever.

BTW, its window, as well as the whole UI *smells* like a port (Java, actually), not a *real* Mac App, in look and feel. Not nice, but I won't spent days, more like, minutes, in this mess... ;-)

I did not find what I was looking for, found something else instead (an Arte.tv Youtube video, actually, viewed in web preview), which I liked somehow —
but watching from inside the App does not work properly: the (mp4) video is garbled in the internal player, despite the downloaded file (this time a Youtube Video “War made easy - wenn Präsidenten lügen” about lying presidents) plays just fine in MPlayerX. So that's a bug! I e-mailed that, along with a shot of that window, to their support.


Hi Felix!
A pity you don't live nearby cos' I need a bassist! :-D
As for Frostwire, it sure depends on the OS (I've tested it on 10.6.8).

Upright Bassist

That's cool! And it's just one ocean to swim, no big deal… ;-) What kinda music is that?

Back to “Frosty” again, it's a wonderful tool to “search (some) video/audio sites, plus the torrent world” (whatever that may be, I am just beginning to get to know my way around there…).

For actually using it to load torrent-ed stuff (Youtube worked) — hm, I wasn't lucky, it just stayed at 0% progress.

Workaround for me is
• clicking the circled “i” icon (details button),
• in the web page containing info about the torrent
• I click the “Download Torrent File” link,
• then I use that torrent file
• with Transmission.

Transmission is a beautiful, amazingly fast Torrent App… It displays which parts of the file are processed in a horizontal bar graph — absolutely cool! Did I tell it's amazingly fast? And beautiful? ;-)
Oh, and it shows the current (amazingly fast! ;-) transmission speed on its (beautiful! ;-) icon in the dock, as well as in the (Cmd-Tab) app switcher. It's simply much more Mac-like, despite its Java-Underpinnings…
It does not facilitate search or help with Youtube or Soundcloud downloads, like FrostWire does.
This is FrostWire's strength, so I'll kepp it, mostly as a fast and convenient Searcher and Streaming download helper.

PinkyDinky Member IconReview+4

I think I am first here to give it 5 stars! But oh well! I am not a super savvy torrent person, but I get the concept. My objective is to download what I want, the easiest & fastest way possible.

I like that FrostWire let's me download just a few files from a big torrent.

I like that I can download from YouTube and Soundcloud too!

I like that I first get to search and then narrow down my search results by audio or video or torrent.

I like that all my music goes directly to iTunes, although I do find myself using the FrostWire player more often [still little buggy]
I don't like the chat - feels like something I would use in high school 10 years ago!

I don't like that the software closes for a long time. But I guess these are not a big deal.

Reply1 reply
Version 5.6.5

I think got exactly how I feel about it! I do use it to transfer files to my Android phone. Easiest way I found with no cables! Crashes for me when I close it too sometimes... but it's free and it works...

iPoopStore Member IconReview+134

Utter garbage and still slow and clunky using java.

Reply0 replies
Version 5.6.1
Macs-Pain Member IconReview+31

Why do I ALWAYS have to use the setup assistant with every update? This sucks.
With version 5.5.5 the assistant can not be completed, so the whole app can't be used.

Reply0 replies
Version 5.5.5
iTruth Member IconComment+247

Wow, I didn't know people were still using bittorrent. There are far better ways to get whatever movie or file you want without the risk of being sued and without relying on the snail slow speeds of seeding. There isn't a single Bluray movie I don't have access to without using this old, slow & insecure torrent protocol. Am I bragging? You betcha!

Reply7 replies
Version 5.4.0

so what are these far better ways?


Bittorrent is still widely used, and works very well. But this wasn't a bittorrent client to start with, and was a Limewire clone.

Both were a gnutella network client, but that has been pretty much abandoned.





Think it's a bit like rule #1 of Fight Club...


Your triple-negative sentence syntax makes it sound like you do rely on torrents -- actually it makes it impossible to tell what you're saying for sure, besides the fact that you're bragging.


This torrent client is banned at any good torrent sites. The crap sites don't care and they also don't care about quality or content either.


Not only do you have to pay for Usenet access when torrents are free, have fun with takedown notices, spam, garbage, and corrupted or incomplete files/archives. The same reasons I stopped using Usenet years ago, before these youngsters started thinking (incorrectly) that it was cool.


@Timta2, you got it right! Usenet was fun back in the 90s. But remember downloading stuff that was in like 99 chunks, and then having to join them etc.? It was mostly god for photos and stuff. It's gone the way of the Dodo, like AOL! ;) So has LimeWire/FrostWire.

JCH2 Member IconReview+392

It's fine for what it does, but without encryption control, stay away from this thing. Use Vuse (with manually forcing it off public channels) or Transmission (with full encryption and manually searched torrents).

Reply0 replies
Version 5.3.4
Naoh Member IconComment+133

I seem to remember LimeWire and FrostWire both being Gnutella clients.

I guess it makes sense to become BitTorrent clients, as that is the only peer-to-peer file sharing system with any kind of claim to having a legitimate purpose.

Reply0 replies
Version 5.1.4
LizBo Member IconReview+108

I wonder how long this will last. With LimeWire's fate sealed by the courts for copyright infringement I hope Frostwire, xtorrent and Acquisition are all next on the USA hit list for similar fates. None of these three copycats deserve to be around.

Reply0 replies
Version 5.1.4
iPhonePhobia Member IconReview+14

I don't like
-Chatroom I just wanna download torrent
-ForstWire Theme It's look like I use Windows
-Loading ForstWire is too slow
-Forst Advertising

I don't like Forstwire !!!!

Reply0 replies
Version 5.0.8
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

Where does it say on frostwire.com that 5.0.8 is a beta? This is the main download linked -- clearly not a beta...

Reply1 reply
Version 5.0.8

Thanks for pointing that, I've updated the listing to reflect that this is indeed a stable release.

user icon+2
Version 5.6.9
user icon+0
Version 5.6.3
user icon+0
Version 5.1.5
user icon+
Version 4.21.2
> 3 26


Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 206,118
Version Downloads 862
License Free
Date 27 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install FrostWire with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated. Play video...