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FrostWire6.8.5

22 June 2020

Open-Source BitTorrent search tool.

Overview

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 from the search engines' Web servers. Its search power will not depend upon a central entity.

FrostWire is also capable of downloading directly from cloud sources [YouTube, Soundcloud], has a full file library and file player built in. There's also an Android app that can transfer files easily [on Wi-Fi] between their Macs and their phones using the FrostWire application.

Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in FrostWire

Version 6.8.5:
General:
  • New MagnetDL search provider
  • Fixed Torrentz2 search
  • Search improvements
  • New 'Retry' transfer for failed magnet/torrent downloads with not enough peers
  • Fixes bug getting source URL from TPB search result
  • Fixes broken Library local file search
  • Updated: rej2:1.3, gson:2.8.6, okhttp:4.4.1
  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.7.0 update
  • Jlibtorrent upgraded to build with boost 1.73.0
  • Jlibtorrent upgraded to openssl 1.1.1g
  • OpenJDK 14 runtime (Windows, Linux), macOS still on OpenJDK 13
LT:
  • Fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • Always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy
  • Add set_alert_fd in python binding, to supersede set_alert_notify
  • Fix bug in part files > 2 GiB
  • Add function to clear the peer list for a torrent
  • Fix resume data functions to save/restore more torrent flags
  • Limit number of concurrent HTTP announces
  • Fix queue position for force_rechecking a torrent that is not auto-managed
  • Improve rate-based choker documentation, and minor tweak
  • Undeprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters (but refering to devices on our subnet)
  • Increase default tracker timeout
  • Retry failed socks5 server connections
  • Allow UPnP lease duration to be changed after device discovery
  • Fix IPv6 address change detection on Windows
  • Fix peer timeout logic
  • Simplify proxy handling. A proxy now overrides listen_interfaces
  • Fix issues when configured to use a non-default choking algorithm
  • Fix issue in reading resume data
  • Revert NXDOMAIN change from 1.2.4
  • Don't open any listen sockets if listen_interfaces is empty or misconfigured
  • Fix bug in auto disk cache size logic
  • Fix issue with outgoing_interfaces setting, where bind() would be called twice
  • Add build option to disable share-mode
  • Support validation of HTTPS trackers
  • Deprecate strict super seeding mode
  • Make UPnP port-mapping lease duration configurable
  • Deprecate the bittyrant choking algorithm
  • Add build option to disable streaming

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67 Reviews of FrostWire

0.5
scornelius68
15 May 2015
Version: 6.1.0

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I have been using Frostwire for years and have been happy, However, I launched Frostwire this morning and it notified me that there was an update available. So I clicked update and it proceeded to download the App which was about 50mb. (Twice as large as the normal download) I then was prompted to run the installer which I did. Al of a sudden I was notified by Drive Genius that there was am addition to my startup items and that Mackeeper had been installed. Also a larger window opened up and wanted to perform a MacKeeper scan. I removed the software immediately and will no longer use Frostwire again. Any software that installing MacKeeper without asking for permission is deplorable. Be aware of the update to new version feature.
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nlsges-1
15 July 2020
Version: 6.8.5
it opens and crashes since june previously used for past seven years
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scornelius68
15 May 2015
Version: 6.1.0
I have been using Frostwire for years and have been happy, However, I launched Frostwire this morning and it notified me that there was an update available. So I clicked update and it proceeded to download the App which was about 50mb. (Twice as large as the normal download) I then was prompted to run the installer which I did. Al of a sudden I was notified by Drive Genius that there was am addition to my startup items and that Mackeeper had been installed. Also a larger window opened up and wanted to perform a MacKeeper scan. I removed the software immediately and will no longer use Frostwire again. Any software that installing MacKeeper without asking for permission is deplorable. Be aware of the update to new version feature.
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Michael-Vilain
11 May 2015
Version: 6.1.0
Google Chrome now flags this site as a MALWARE provider. I emailed the developer and they were very defensive about it. "We've always had adware inside the app. It's just Google is saying we're distributing it." Personally, it's a lot cleaner than Vuze. I downloaded 6.1 anyway, despite the Chrome warning.
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Aargl
19 January 2015
Version: 6.0.2
MU> Current version is 6.0.4 I've just installed it so I can't see anything new except the installer also installs something called ZipCloud, which I've already trashed ;-) and changes your default Safari page to Yahoo...
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Aargl
13 January 2015
Version: 6.0.2
MU> Current version is 6.0.3 Globally works ok but ratios reset themselves sometimes on quit. Also still crashing on quit, occasionally.
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BradMacPro
12 November 2014
Version: 6.0
Requirements are not correct. Frostwire 5.7.4 was the last for OS X 10.6.8. You can still download this release here: http://mac.filehorse.com/download-frostwire/4236/
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Zicola
11 November 2014
Version: 6.0
Plantage au démarrage de la version 6.0 sous OS 10.6.8
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Aargl
11 October 2014
Version: 5.7.7
The "crash on quit" bug has returned with version 5.7.7, the trick I mentioned in my last post is still working. ;-)
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WDS
03 October 2014
Version: 5.7.7
This latest version, 5.7.7, launches, but then immediately crashes under Snow Leopard 10.6.8. The last version which ran fairly reliably under Snow Leopard was 5.7.4. Color me disappointed.
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WDS
13 August 2014
Version: 5.7.5
Crashed on launch under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 ...
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Aargl
28 November 2013
Version: 5.6.8
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! ;-)
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PinkyDinky
25 September 2013
Version: 5.6.5
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.
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0.5
iPoopStore
21 June 2013
Version: 5.6.1
Utter garbage and still slow and clunky using java.
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2.5
Macs-Pain
10 March 2013
Version: 5.5.5
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.
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iTruth
19 September 2012
Version: 5.4.0
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!
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anonymous-dingo-653
27 March 2012
Version: 5.3.4
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).
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Naoh
25 August 2011
Version: 5.1.4
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.
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0.5
LizBo
25 August 2011
Version: 5.1.4
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.
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iPhonePhobia
07 August 2011
Version: 5.0.8
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 !!!!
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Libertyforall1776
27 July 2011
Version: 5.0.8
Where does it say on frostwire.com that 5.0.8 is a beta? This is the main download linked -- clearly not a beta...
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binniebabi
07 June 2011
Version: 4.21.7
i downloaded frostwire and i dont know why but it pulls up and it tells me to go to my java preferances but i dont know what do from there. someone please help i have a Mac 10.5.8
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Sgginc
06 May 2011
Version: 4.21.6
About Frostwire shows version 1.0.
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SickTeddyBear
30 March 2011
Version: 4.21.5
FYI, the program no longer works with PPC machines. The last PPC compatible version was 4.21.1. You can download it here: http://dl.frostwire.com/frostwire/
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Holypoly
30 March 2011
Version: 4.21.5
New in 4.21.5: * New setting to turn off automatic installer downloads. * New setting to limit the speed of BitTorrent downloads. * New Galician flag added. * UX improvements when creating new folders on the Phones and Tablets UI. * Fixes bug when dropping files on an Android device that hasn’t been selected. * UX change. FrostWire will now seed torrents that have not been removed from it’s download manager. Completed torrents now will appear as “Completed/Seeding” * UX change. Default save location folder in Windows Vista and Windows7 is now the user’s default “~Downloads/FrostWire” folder. * UX improvements when showing FrostClick overlays. No more flickering. Overlays are now shown in an animated slideshow. More than 2 artists can now be promoted. * Fixes bug when copying .apk files from Android device to desktop computer. * Fixes bug when saving torrents to it’s default Save location if that folder has been deleted. * Fixes bug on which removed Torrent downloads would reappear. * Updated Mojito DHT integration. Mojito DHT is now active. * Upgraded anti-spam mechanisms. * Removed all remnant code related to LimeWire Store. * Cleanup to use a single logging library. * Fixes newly introduced bug where it would not recursively share the files in a folder. Thanks File_Girl71. * Fixes newly introduced bug where it wouldn’t correctly display the title of a file on the Playlist. * Fixes issue where it would not kill torrent uploads until the next restart. * Fixes NPE on HttpFetcher.fetch()
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prLab
29 March 2011
Version: 4.21.5
This program does have uses. If you use just the torrent search, all sorts of possibilites are there.
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Blueshead50
16 December 2010
Version: 4.21.2
I also like to beat a dead dog.. Which this app is..
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Crazy-Larrry
30 September 2010
Version: 4.21.1
Garbage is as garbage gets. Ripoff of Limewire and a sad attempt at it too.
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Bruceg
30 August 2010
Version: 4.20.9
Crashes on startup on Dual 1.25 Ghz G4 PPC running OS X 10.5.8.
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SickTeddyBear
23 August 2010
Version: 4.20.7
4.20.9 has been released.
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26cab40
04 July 2010
Version: 4.20.7
. Entire network is choked with Virii, trojans and kiddie porn.
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Talaatharb
23 June 2010
Version: 4.20.6
on first run still needs to be run from applications folder on your statup disk. at least after that it can be moved to another disk and can be run from there. nice, at last.
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SickTeddyBear
12 May 2010
Version: 4.20.6
I'm a former Limewire Pro user, who switched to Frostwire when I got tired of paying for the privilege of faster downloads, and who was still using a PPC machine, which Limewire had abandoned. Frostwire has never let me down. While torrents are more efficient for larger downloads of entire albums, when all you want to to hear is that one catchy or obscure song (particularly those that are often out of print), Frostwire is the way to go. And for those who are wondering, yes, I buy my music legally from various sources, including iTunes, Amazon, and cool record stores like Amoeba and Rasputin. I use Frostwire as more of a preview service or listening station, so that I can hear certain songs in their entirety first and determine whether I want to buy them. Even with the growth of streaming services such as Grooveshark, there are still things you can find via the p2p networks like Gnutella that can't be found elsewhere. That's why Frostwire is still a valuable tool for me. Also, to the people who have been trashing Frostwire as useless in comparison to torrents, make note of this entry on the Frostwire blog, in regards to the 4.20.6 release: http://frostwire.wordpress.com "Now FrostWire's BitTorrent engine has been entirely replaced and features all the power of a lightweight version of the Azureus BitTorrent Core under the hood. Not only all the prior issues our users reported with torrents are gone, but downloading torrents with FrostWire is faster than ever. Torrent Bootstrapping has also significantly improved and in some cases the average download speeds are even 3x faster than with our previous torrent technology. The introduction of gnutella based .torrent file search with our last release clearly stated our direction, a truly decentralized P2P network with the best of the BitTorrent and Gnutella networks."
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Roaming-Nomad
15 April 2010
Version: 4.20.5
Garbage peddled by scare mongerers So what ever happen to all the lies that Frostwire claimed would destroy Limewire and the reason they split off the from Limewire project to make this copycat second rate software? Frostwire has always been and always will be a pale imitation of Limewire! Long live Gnutella. Oh wait, the network is virtually dead and filled with fakes and virus. Long live P2P. Oh wait, that's no good either because your IP can be seen and you can be sued for copyright infringement. I think it time to put to rest all these P2P programs that openly broadcast IP addresses. Big brother is watching very closely!
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Bezierboy
05 April 2010
Version: 4.20.4
This version works fine on my 10.6.3 MacBookPro. As far as the usefulness of it: Yes, there are much better programs for Bittorrent (Transmission, uTorrent, Vuze). But for Gnutella this is a very good program, one I find better than Phex, Cabos or Acqlite, and I've spent time using them all. Gnutella is still useful for finding smaller individual files, and can be used safely if one is careful-leaving outgoing shares on 24/7 with no firewall or IP filtering is unwise, and don't download executables. Most virus results are obvious (size, name, extension) and will only infect a PC anyway. I rate it strictly for its usefulness connecting to and downloading from Gnutella. That it does quite well for me, even behind a firewall.
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Talaatharb
14 March 2010
Version: 4.20.3
This is for version 4.20.3 and 4.20.4: first run requires to run from startup disk; the 2nd run is possible from a non-boot disk, but fails with an internal error. PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE modify your code such that frostwire can be run from a non-system/non-boot diks but from everywhere!
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Shadymac
14 March 2010
Version: 4.20.3
I don't see what the fuss is all about? I have used Frostwire on a mac for a year now without any issues or problems. I have used Tranmissions but find it overhyped and useless compared to the speeds I am getting out of Frostwire! The interface is something that is off putting and not so mac like. But so far frostwire has managed to download torrents, and every other thing that I needed it to do quite successfully.
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26cab40
05 March 2010
Version: 4.20.3
Rubbish. The only people using this these days are the RIAA, collecting data on the idiots that use it, and idiot spammers and bot spreaders. Put in ANY search term you like, you will find a file approx' 6kb containing a trojan or exploit. If you want to get caught filesharing, this is the app to do it with. Almost all of the high profile cases where oxygen thieves are being sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars by the RIAA or whoever, were caught on this system. I would warrant that the anti-filesharing & copyright lobbies are actually happy people are still using this turkey, as it provides a steady supply of fresh meat for the music industry scare machine.
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Castle-Rose
03 March 2010
Version: 4.20.2
The latest FW 4.20.2 does not work on a PPC G4 using OS X 10.4.11. Where can i down grade to an older version?
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Big-Mac-XXL
20 February 2010
Version: 4.20.1
But really. What good is this clumsy app for today? The Gnutella network is dead for years, nothing can be found there anymore. And for torrents we've got the great and lean and fast Transmission and uTorrent apps on the Mac instead of this Java behemoth FrostWire/LimeWire. And even BitTorrent is slowly dying, everybody is going to upload websites like Rapidshare these days.
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Bezierboy
14 January 2010
Version: 4.18.6
I just upgraded from 10.5.8 Leopard to 10.6.2 Snow Leopard. FrostWire 4.18.6 crashes with some sort of Java error on 10.5.8 but runs on 10.6.2 fine. Obviously, these folks aren't testing their software on 10.5 Leopard systems any more.
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Bezierboy
28 November 2009
Version: 4.18.5
No problems whatsoever with version 4.18.5 on my OS X 10.5.8 Leopard system, and I've heard this version is fine on Snow Leopard as well. So ignore my ranting about version 4.18.4 :) Gets the job done, full of features, easy to use, and I've run it for hours with no crashes. All the other file-sharing programs I've tried are either unstable, minimal and lacking features, don't get many results, or have become so dated they barely run correctly.
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Bezierboy
09 November 2009
Version: 4.18.4
You can still get 4.18.3 at http://sourceforge.net/projects/frostwire/files/ Works fine in 10.5.8 for me. Next time I won't overwrite the old version with new right away :-)
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Bezierboy
08 November 2009
Version: 4.18.4
Will not run on my 10.5.8 MacBook. Deleted prefs, ran in 32 bit mode, put in Applications folder, still locks up on launch. Anyone else? Any reports from 10.6 users?
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Talaatharb
22 September 2009
Version: 4.18.3
Still only runs from aapplication folder. please fix this!
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Talaatharb
09 August 2009
Version: 4.18.1
The erroneous behaviour from version 4.17 is back: "Only runs from the applications folder..."
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Kp-gores
10 April 2009
Version: 4.17.2
Only runs from the applications folder which is a major pain in the butt. Tried to contact authors or register in the forum: doesnt work. :-( besides that: nice replacement for limewire.
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Igreg
23 September 2008
Version: 4.17
I do not know if I want to use this anymore. I am afraid of the new setup window, it looks like it wants to take control of files on my computer. I decided not to complete the setup and may delete it entirely.
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Holypoly
29 April 2007
Version: 4.13.1.7
The chat window takes years to load with this new version, and the chat option can't be turned off - it loads even if the corresponding box in "Community Chat..." is unchecked. Deleting the .plist file doesn't help. Version 4.13.1.6 didn't have this problem.
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Rocksounder
21 April 2007
Version: 4.13.1.7
The best place I have found for reviews of Macintosh software. I've been relying on "descriptions." rather than reviews, and on reviews published in magazines. It is refreshing the reactions of those who actively use the programs.
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Zorga
19 April 2007
Version: 4.13.1.7
Processor. Hog. Downloading a couple items and it uses easily 50-70% of processor. Dual G5 2.7 2GB Ram 10.4.7
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Anf2res
13 April 2007
Version: 4.13.1.7
Although the requires for FrostWire 4.13.1.7 are stated as OS 10.3 and Java 1.4 and later, this version will not load on my computer running OS 10.3.9 and Jave 1.4.2. Any comments?
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Madsenj
12 March 2007
Version: 4.13.1.6
Better than LimeWire b/c it does not nag you to register, otherwise it is exactly the same.
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Septimus
21 January 2007
Version: 4.13.1.5
ALTERNATIVE LimeWire client??? It's the best Gnutella client out there! I love it! Just my 2 cents....
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Tobes
21 January 2007
Version: 4.13.1
This seems to be hit and miss with people but personally I think it ROCKS! Fast, solid, tops, well done developers!
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Doug-S-
28 December 2006
Version: 4.13.1
I'm rather disappointed with this app. I thought it would be a viable alternative to Limewire and it's really not. I have a MacBook Pro, 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and it was using up 112% of my CPU! It was taking more processor power than Photoshop and almost as much RAM! On top of that, it keeps detecting an non-existant firewall and dropping all downloads to 0 KBps. I don't know what the benefit of this app is to Limewire but as it is I just don't see one.
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Doc-Renaud
09 December 2006
Version: 4.13.1
I've always had great success with Frostwire, That I prefere to Limewire for numerous reason. No problem with it, really. Always get what I want, that is not the case with other P2P app.
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Inuyashathegreat
23 November 2006
Version: 4.10.9
I could get an amazing connection of 0%. No firewall, with DSL, and OS 10.3.9
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Mauc
24 February 2006
Version: 4.10.9
I really like this application .. its exactly the same as LimeWire .. and as far as I see .. it uses less CPU resources! and .. 0 publicity ( get pro things etc ... ) ..nice app!
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Virtualruffy
18 January 2006
Version: 4.10.3-1
If you are using Limewire and then run this program and choose to go back to Limewire then your incomplete downloads are lost. I saw nothing better about this and was extremely annoyed to find out it messed up the incomplete downloads. I see nothing better about this versus Limewire. AVOID
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Holypoly
27 December 2005
Version: 4.10.0
The new version seems to suffer from a huge memory leak (I mean HUGE).
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Anonymous
19 October 2005
Version: 4.9.34beta
Why we have a lot of gnutella clients (Acqlite, Cabos, Acquisition, Limewire, etc.) and none for the faster gnutella2 network?
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Anonymous
19 October 2005
Version: 4.9.34beta
Nice idea, I'm glad they remember that the gnutella project is a public thing, not private (or based on stolen code *cough* *cough* Aquisition)
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Anonymous
14 October 2005
Version: 4.9.33beta
I've given it a go and it picked up my incompleted Lwire downloads and resumed them so that confirms it's Lwire in a different guise.However, BE WARNED: If you start this up and have incomplete LW downloads, and then decide you don't like it and switch back to LW, LW will not be able to resume your incomplete downloads. Then if you think your stuck with Frostwire, because you've opened LW after trying Frostwire, Frostwire won't be able to resume them either. Put simply, even though it's the same program it seems to corupt or break its link to incomplete downloads if you open one then the other, then the other again. Confused. Give this a go after completing current Lwire downloads.
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Anonymous
14 October 2005
Version: 4.9.33beta
Why bother? Use Acqlite, Cabos, Acquisition or anything but Lamewire and it's sidekick Frosty the goofball...they both pretty much suck the same way.
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Anonymous
14 October 2005
Version: 4.9.33beta
well, its the same exact thing as limewire. i downloaded it expecting maybe some sort of GUI improvement, but nope, its exactly the same. sorry, its no improvement over Limewire, so ill be sticking with that for now. throw on a new GUI, then maybe ill switch.
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Anonymous
14 October 2005
Version: 4.9.33beta
Where'd this come from. Why is it 4.9.33 all of a sudden. Is this just Limewire dressed up to look like something else to avoid detection by the RIAA police.
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Anonymous
13 October 2005
Version: 4.9.33beta
It's basically limewire with frost. I couldn't tell the difference between the two.
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