FrostWire
FrostWire
6.8.4

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FrostWire

6.8.4
04 February 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 6.8.4:
  • OpenJDK 13 runtime (windows,mac)
  • Soundcloud search and downloads fixed
  • LimeTorrents search and downloads fixed
  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.3.0 update
  • jlibtorrent updated to boost 1.72.0
  • jlibtorrent upgraded openssl to 1.1.1d
  • lt:fix erroneous event=completed tracker announce when checking files
  • lt:promote errors in parsing listen_interfaces to post listen_failed_alert
  • lt:fix bug in protocol encryption/obfuscation
  • lt:fix buffer overflow in SOCKS5 UDP logic
  • lt:fix issue of rapid calls to file_priority() clobbering each other
  • lt:clear tracker errors on success
  • lt:optimize setting with unlimited unchoke slots
  • lt:fixed restoring of trackers, comment, creation date and created-by in resume data
  • lt:fix handling of torrents with too large pieces
  • lt:fixed division by zero in anti-leech choker
  • lt:fixed bug in torrent_info::swap

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scornelius68
15 May 2015

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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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Version 6.1.0
scornelius68
15 May 2015
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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Version 6.1.0
Michael-Vilain
11 May 2015
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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Version 6.1.0
Aargl
19 January 2015
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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Version 6.0.2
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
27 April 2015
Thanks Aargl. I've verified that ZipCloud is still being FORCE installed, WITHOUT the user's consent, with FrostWire v6.0.8. That FrostWire is now an adware vector is despicable. The installer is going to be investigated further and written up as potentially dangerous at Mac security blogs, including my own.
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Aargl
13 January 2015
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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Version 6.0.2
BradMacPro
12 November 2014
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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Version 6.0
1 answer(s)
desmei007
desmei007
11 January 2015
THANK YOU. I have been so frustrated with the last couple of "updates". This was really helpful.
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Zicola
11 November 2014
Plantage au démarrage de la version 6.0 sous OS 10.6.8
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Version 6.0
Aargl
11 October 2014
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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Version 5.7.7
WDS
03 October 2014
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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Version 5.7.7
WDS
13 August 2014
Crashed on launch under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 ...
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Version 5.7.5
2 answer(s)
blm
blm
05 September 2014
Same here. I even downloaded it again to make sure I had the latest, because the app doesn't report it's actual version number in Get Info, it just says 5.7. Off to find an older version...
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Zicola
Zicola
02 October 2014
Pareil pour moi plantage à l'ouverture en 10.6.8
Version 5.7.7 (Get Info, il dit seulement 5,7.)
Poubelle !!
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Aargl
28 November 2013
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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Version 5.6.8
3 answer(s)
Upright-Bassist
Upright-Bassist
08 March 2014
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.
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Aargl
Aargl
08 March 2014
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).
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Upright-Bassist
Upright-Bassist
10 March 2014
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.
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