FrostWire
FrostWire 5.7.1
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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
What's New
Version 5.7.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Java 1.6 or later



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FrostWire User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Aargl reviewed on 28 Nov 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! ;-)
[Version 5.6.8]

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Upright Bassist replied on 08 Mar 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 replied on 08 Mar 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 replied on 10 Mar 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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PinkyDinky reviewed on 25 Sep 2013
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]
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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.
[Version 5.6.5]

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MalinaJ6283 replied on 11 Dec 2013
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...
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iPoopStore reviewed on 20 Jun 2013
Utter garbage and still slow and clunky using java.
[Version 5.6.1]


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Macs-Pain reviewed on 10 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 5.5.5]


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iTruth commented on 19 Sep 2012
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!
[Version 5.4.0]

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rich1bklyn replied on 30 Nov 2012
so what are these far better ways?
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RavenNevermore replied on 30 Nov 2012
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.
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Rasputinsrevengereloadet replied on 12 Dec 2012
Usenet?
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bbw7 replied on 02 Mar 2013
@rich1bklyn,

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

@Call-Me-Yo-Daddy,

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.
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iPoopStore replied on 20 Jun 2013
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.
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Timta2 replied on 05 Jul 2013
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.
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RavenNevermore replied on 05 Jul 2013
@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.
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JCH2 reviewed on 27 Mar 2012
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).
[Version 5.3.4]


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Naoh commented on 25 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 5.1.4]


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LizBo reviewed on 24 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 5.1.4]


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iPhonePhobia reviewed on 07 Aug 2011
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 !!!!
[Version 5.0.8]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 27 Jul 2011
Where does it say on frostwire.com that 5.0.8 is a beta? This is the main download linked -- clearly not a beta...
[Version 5.0.8]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 04 Aug 2011
Thanks for pointing that, I've updated the listing to reflect that this is indeed a stable release.
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Sgginc had trouble on 06 May 2011
About Frostwire shows version 1.0.
[Version 4.21.6]


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Bruceg had trouble on 30 Aug 2010
Crashes on startup on Dual 1.25 Ghz G4 PPC running OS X 10.5.8.
[Version 4.20.9]


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Castle Rose had trouble on 02 Mar 2010
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?
[Version 4.20.2]

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I(pod)mac commented on 06 Mar 2010
You can find older versions here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/frostwire/files/
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Bezierboy had trouble on 14 Jan 2010
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.
[Version 4.18.6]


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Bezierboy had trouble on 08 Nov 2009
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?
[Version 4.18.4]

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Bezierboy commented on 09 Nov 2009
Working now. Just redownload fixed version. Thanks to developer for quick fix.
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Holypoly had trouble on 29 Apr 2007
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.
[Version 4.13.1.7]

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castle rose replied on 21 Aug 2008
I don't know what computer your running FW on but it works fine for my w/o any problems. I'm using an old G4 Cube and chat opens fine, and closes correctly. Maybe the problem is that you don't have your ports and firewall setup correctly. What ever your problems are it's not the programs fault. FrostWire heeps getting better and better for me. Keep up the good work guys!

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MalinaJ6283 rated on 11 Dec 2013

[Version 5.6.9]



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RONIN427 rated on 26 Sep 2013

[Version 5.6.5]



Joser147 rated on 14 Aug 2013

[Version 5.6.3]



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Sir-Sixty-Nine rated on 24 May 2012

[Version 5.3.6]



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Quiiick rated on 19 Apr 2012

[Version 5.3.5]



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Yoshinatsu rated on 20 Feb 2012

[Version 5.2.10]



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Koukoish rated on 27 Dec 2011

[Version 5.2.10]



Alexdlaird rated on 04 Oct 2011

[Version 5.1.5]



Nooneknowme rated on 21 Jan 2011

[Version 4.21.2]


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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.


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