1.7.5b 09 Apr 2005

Share legal-live music.


Developer website: The Furthur Network

FurthurNet is to be used only for the sharing of legal-live music from our approved band list. Any musician that allows the non-commercial taping and trading of their live performances are allowed on the Furthur Network. This would include bands like the Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dave Matthews Band and many other up and coming and other well known bands. No Commercial gain will be sought by this Network, either through advertising, offering digital files for download or by any other means. All participants in this digital exchange acknowledge and respect the copyrights of the performers, writers and publishers of the music.

Second, The Furthur Network is a purely a volunteer project which utilizes open source code freely available at sourceforge.com. As long as "kind folks" continue to jump on the bus, the Furthur Network will never go away, because there are no significant costs involved with continuing.

Third, the Furthur Network and the application, "FurthurNet" is not FTP or an FTP replacement. FTP speeds are just not possible with FurthurNet due to it's inherent design and resource usage. The speed in which you download at depends on a couple of different factors.

What's New

Version 1.7.5b:
  • Added an installation wizard to help first time users
  • Added font and color selection and other enhancements to chat, and fixed several display bugs
  • Fixed several bugs that prevented filesets from completing/sharing when the user upgrades to JRE 1.5
  • Changed the way that Furthur reports band-name only search results -- it will now report all active shares that match the search, even if the user hosting the files has no open slots (i.e., the download will not start immediately)
  • Improved the connection/disconnection code so that users won't appear as "ghosts," or be added incorrectly to the "peak uploaders" column as often
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Furthur from automatically reconnecting to the network if the user's Internet connection went dead
  • Revamped the help dialogs and error messages, added tooltips, and generally make the user interface more helpful
  • Re-arranged the preferences panel and added code to automatically find flac and metaflac, or to prompt the user to download the flac binaries, and added a check to prevent selecting FlacFrontend by mistake
  • Added column headings and other labels for using the client's features
  • Moved OS X menus to the client instead of on the system menu bar due to bugs with Apple's JRE that will hopefully be corrected by the next release


Mac OS X 10.2 or later, Java Runtime Environment 1.4.2 or later, FLAC.


Current Version (1.x)


Version Downloads
Utilities / Network
09 Apr 2005
OS X / PPC 32