LimeWire
LimeWire 5.5.16
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  • LimeWire has been discontinued
  • Developer
    Lime Wire LLC
LimeWire is a fast P2P file sharing application. Features include:
  • Clean installation, no bundled software.
  • "What's New?" network searches.
  • Cleaner, updated interface with skins.
  • Proxy support.


Limewire Pro available for $21.95 (USD)
What's New
Version 5.5.16:
  • Bug fixes.
  • Update the installer for the LimeWire Toolbar (Powered by Ask) for Windows systems.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Negritude commented on 27 Oct 2010
It's all over. LimeWire is dead:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/27/technology/limewire_court/
[Version 5.5.16]


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Gmax reviewed on 21 Aug 2010
Don't be fooled by this piece of crap. LimeWire is based on an open-sourced p2p engine. Why would you pay someone money to compile free code? Go get FrostWire, it's free and has the same features as LimeWire Pro.
[Version 5.5.14]


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Mac007 commented on 12 May 2010
LimeWire just lost a court case.

http://tinyurl.com/2e22tn8
[Version 5.6.0 beta]

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26cab40 replied on 28 May 2010
I don't really see the point of the court case.
Is there actually any REAL content on Limewire any more ?
All I ever see is a growing list of trojan infected files with every permutation of possible name or what may turn out to be child porn.

It's odd that all successful cases against people sharing files have come from Limewire users, not bittorrent or anything else.
I and many others have suspected for some time that Limewire is now simply an IP collecting service for the RIAA.
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Albabe commented on 22 Apr 2010
I thought LimeWire abandoned PPC Macs?
[Version 5.6.0 beta]


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26cab40 reviewed on 22 Apr 2010
As if by magic...the appearance of a paid Shill..

This application was pointless 3 years ago, now it's just embarrassing.

Mind you, it's still the most effective way of infecting douche's PC's with trojans I spose.
[Version 5.6.0 beta]


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Axolotl5 commented on 12 Mar 2010
Is it more plausible that:

A. This tired old dog of a piracy app still has a large base of rabidly devoted fanboys; who spend time up-rating all the positive reviews and down-rating all the negative ones
-OR-
B. Someone working for the developer has a number of MacUpdate accounts which they are using to do the same.
[Version 5.5.5]

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26cab40 replied on 13 Mar 2010
Yep, nailed it.
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Shotgunweddings replied on 24 Mar 2010
JAKE THE SNAKE you nailed the trolls n the head.

What losers! Must be the same scare mongering morons that created frostwire!
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26cab40 replied on 28 May 2010
JAKE THE SNAKE = Paid Shill
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Axolotl5 reviewed on 08 Mar 2010
If this were a search engine, it would be Lycos. If it were navigation software, it would be Mapquest. If it were a were a comedian it would be Jay Leno. The only way to make Limewire less relevant would be to port it to AmigaOS.
[Version 5.5.5]


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nullmaster commented on 25 Feb 2010
Why do people use this crap? This is truly one of the worst apps I've ever seen in terms of the damage it will cause to your computer. In the decade I've been fixing Macs, this program has sold more copies of Alsoft's DiskWarrior drive repair software than any other I've ever seen. Alsoft probably loves these guys and . I know I would. Aside from its very VERY limited legitimate uses, LimeWire does nothing good for your computer and consistently destroys disk catalogs.

If you use LimeWire, back up your data FREQUENTLY and VERIFY your backups FREQUENTLY. What might be more fun than using LimeWire but still just as problematic is to have random encounters with strangers on the street without protection and afterwards just waving a magnet over your hard drive. Both options are about as smart.
[Version 5.5.3]

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Roaming Nomad replied on 04 Mar 2010
Your point about LimeWire's interface and its core that relies on Java being sub-par. I would have to agree with, LimeWire relying on Java and the interface are both horrible. But I doubt there is any hope of change to either because I don't foresee the developers of LimeWire spending any money to have 3 coding teams rewrite the Unix, Mac and Windows releases from scratch streamlined for each platform using faster and prettier programming language.

Your point about LimeWire having limited LEGAL uses can also be said about almost any software. It could be used for legal or illegal purposes. You can use a Hex editor to look inside files or you can use it to manipulate files to bypass the security in commercial software that requires a license. You could use data recovery or backup software to duplicate your files or you could use it to steal data from someone else's drive or duplicate copyrighted material. I use LimeWire to search for software that is no longer available from the developers or from any shareware service.

You say that LimeWire keeps damaging your drive and you are a technician. I've used LimeWire on and off for many years and this would be a first.
You have either got to be the worst technician with over a decade of inexperience or you haven't been properly trained and whomever was your instructor should be a psychic counselor instead. Any decently trained technician knows the rules of thumb with all repairs; follow through on the process of elimination , was it a single issue or multiple factors, was it software or hardware related or both, was it an isolated, a reoccurring or intermittent issues. And most importantly can the problem be reproduced if needed.

Jumping to conclusions without sound logic or fully executing the process of elimination and throughly going through the checklist are bad traits for any technician. Here is where your reasoning falls apart. Java manipulates files and folders through calls to the OS. Knowing that already lays to waste your theory and would already mean that neither Java or LimeWire would be at fault for damaged drives. That would leave other avenues to be looking at like; bad sectors, drive partition corruption, a corrupted Finder, a corrupted OS or hardware failure.

I have been fixing Mac's for 3 decades , not 1, and LimeWire has yet to ever damage any of my Mac's or client's hard drives.

I would suggest taking a closer at the hard disk's health more often and the OS it is running on. 10.3 and 10.2 were quite reliable and can run quite smoothly for years. 10.4 I found had a bad habit of corrupting itself especially after crashes and kernel panics. 10.5 runs smoothly for many months or years until a rare combination of events corrupts it too. To the point, re-installing the OS with the original installers using the archive and install option is the only method to fix the corrupted OS after it has been determined the hard disk is healthy. For 10.6 I cannot comment on considering it is too new nor have I encountered any clients brave enough to upgrade in fear of down-time and lost production. And 10.6 already has the archive and install option set automatically in case someone needs to reinstall the OS.

Good luck.
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nullmaster replied on 04 Mar 2010
I know a few people who have used LimeWire without issue for years. Those folks are FAR fewer in number than the count of those I've had with nightmares due to this application.

The conclusion that I've drawn is that machines with LimeWire and severe catalog corruption do not experience recurrent symptoms after a zero out of the hard disk and cessation of the use of the LimeWire application. In the vast majority of cases (5-10 machines per week, for years) there is not a hardware malfunction that can be reproduced with any available diagnostic tool.

Sure, there are machines with LimeWire that were running the good old IBM 75GXP disks, or the MacBooks with the disks prone to failure now covered by Apple for a free replacement, even out of warranty. However, when a machine is perfectly functional after a low level wipe of the drive and running a restart loop and memtest or Apple's hardware test for days, it's usually pretty clear what the cause of the issues is.

Also, I've not seen any issues like this on the Windows version of LimeWire, though my exposure to it is significantly less than that of the Mac version. I see rare incidences of catalog issues with folks running Acquisition, and a few more with folks who run FrostWire and Vuze. LimeWire is the primary discernible culprit.

If you use LimeWire and it works for you without destroying your drive, then go for it. I will not let it touch any of my personal machines EVER, and I'll continue to fix my customers' computers by backing up the data, wiping the drive,and suggesting they do not run this application in the future.
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nullmaster replied on 05 Mar 2010
I never spoke of LimeWire's interface, nor its reliance on Java as a matter of discussion or a cause of any of the problems it has. I also didn't say that it corrupted my drive, as a technician or otherwise. I'm not a fan of Java by any stretch, but I do not believe it is relevant to the conversation. Thanks for bringing up the straw men, though.

Hundreds of folks have brought me their computers looking for a resolution to their disk catalog problems, and a lot of "repair shops" take a look and simply say the hard disk is failing once they see invalid extents or keys out of order in Disk Utility. Others like you, sir, may suggest an archive/install as the solution which is exactly the WRONG thing to do, especially if the customer lacks a backup of their data. A decent Mac technician knows that disk catalog issues aren't fixed by an archive/install, since you're just writing data back to a disk that doesn't know where to store information properly. Just what someone doesn't need is a MORE corrupted operating system than they got into the situation with.

I'm not saying that disk corruption isn't caused by other things like frequent hard shutdowns, bad RAM, failing disks, or pinched data cables. Assuming a hardware failure is cavalier and profit driven. With a proper backup, zeroing out a hard disk and reinstalling an operating system takes a few hours and can be done at home with little cost to the customer. Getting a computer repaired is rarely convenient for the owner of the computer, so getting a proper diagnosis through thorough testing and isolation is key.
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26cab40 reviewed on 20 Feb 2010
I wouldn't be surprised if the people paying for development of Limewire was actually the RIAA.
[Version 5.5.2]

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+101
26cab40 replied on 28 May 2010
JAKE THE SNAKE = Paid Shill
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Tas50 commented on 09 Feb 2010
Limewire uses Gnutella that is not server based. Torrents on the other hand use tracker servers.
[Version 5.5.0]


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fuhayer had trouble on 11 Jul 2009
does not work under Snow Leopard though it is 5.2.5 beta must be written to run under snow too.
[Version 5.2.5]


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Dougster had trouble on 08 Jan 2009
For some odd reason, when I open this installation on my Intel iMac an error message appears telling me this version of LW is for Classic Mac. Help,somebody,please.
[Version 5.0.4b]


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Woofspup had trouble on 17 Apr 2005
If my instructions for setting the Firwall in OS X do not solve the Limewire launch problem - then what you have is a incomplete JAVA installation. This is NOT a Limewire problem! It is an Apple problem which can be easily fixed. Here is the fix for that (you will need the Panther Installer disc for this!):

Repairing an Incomplete Java Installation
1. From the Finder, navigate to /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Resources/
Move the version.plist file to the Trash.

2. An authentication dialog may appear. Enter an administrator username and password.

3. Insert the Mac OS X v10.3 Install Disc 1 CD while current Panther install is running (do not start from the installer disc - just place it in CD-ROM drive only)

4. If a new Finder window opens presenting the installer, close it.

5. From the pull down menu, choose the option: Open a new Finder window

6. Navigate to Mac OS X Install Disc 1 and then this path: /System/Installation/Packages/ and double-click the file called Java.pkg.

7. Follow the instructions on the installer.

Following these steps should force an installation of the proper Java version onto the system, restoring proper behavior. It will work everytime. Fell free to write me if you have problems with this procedure.
jw
[Version 4.8.1]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Apr 2005
I tryied that but nothing is working. Thank's anyway for your help.
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Anonymous commented on 18 Apr 2005
I found the way to fix it.

Download Security update 2005-002 (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later.

http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/
securityupdate2005002macosx1034orlater.html

Once you restart after intalling the update the limewire functions perfectly.
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Anonymous commented on 20 Apr 2005
I erased the "version.plist" from my computer but now I put the Panther installer Cd and I can't find the java folder. The only thing I see is the icons for the general installation. HELP!!
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Woofspup had trouble on 17 Apr 2005
Those of you who did not bother to go to Limewire's site to read about the work around for 10.3.9 and the new Apple Security update posted last week, here it is. (See below). You must do this, in order for Limewire to work under Apple's new security update:

OS X 10.3.9 FIREWALL:
To open the OS X firewall for Gnutella access, please do the following:
1. open up 'System Preferences'
2. Open 'Sharing' folder.
3. Select the 'Firewall' tab
4. Select 'New...' button on right hand side
5. From the 'Port Name' drop down box, select 'Gnutella/LimeWire'
6. Select 'OK'
7. Restart your LimeWire application.
[Version 4.8.1]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Apr 2005
I'm trying to to what you wrote but for a reason i ignore Gnutella/LimeWire doesnt appear in that drop down menu. It only appears in the Allow Box. What i tryed that didn't work was to enter in the port name Other the port number and the name.
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Dylan.H had trouble on 11 Mar 2005
Well, I was super exited about installing the latest version of Limewire, because I have been a faithfull user for a long time. To my dismay, right after I installed and launched it, it had a 'Fatal Error'. On the progress bar it said it was trying to contact hosts or something, then when I tried to search for something, it force quit itself, the fatal error message came up again, and when I tried reopening it, the grey 'can't find' question mark came up, and when I looked in the Limewire folder, all that remained were the 'Limewire At Launch' script and maybe 1 or 2 other folders, but the application itself had completely dissapeared, as well as a few other folders. I see this as extremely odd, and wonder how an application could...delete itself... Any comments would be great. Thanks
[Version 4.8.1]


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Sebriel /X had trouble on 11 Mar 2005
Im sick to receive again another version... I can´t finish to download an update,, and a new one is posted to download!!!!,, why don´t you do it once every 2 months,,, i mean,, c´mon ,, not every week!!
[Version 4.8.1]

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Anonymous commented on 11 Mar 2005
No one is forcing you to continuously download the updates. If what you have works fine for you, so be it... It is not like the program is disabled because a new build is released. Use your head...
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Ro2 had trouble on 07 Feb 2004
how odd..the meter looks nice.but..lime says there isn't a active internet connetion ..while there is...works great on os9...but really want it to work with X...is there anyone else with the same dilemma..?
[Version 3.8.0]



Abn0038 rated on 06 Mar 2011

[Version 5.5.16]



Nooneknowme rated on 21 Jan 2011

[Version 5.5.16]


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