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Initial releaseSeptember 2004; 15 years ago
Stable release6.7.1 (build 268) (July 24, 2018; 13 months ago)[±]
Preview releaseNone [±]
Written inJava
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Android, Linux
Size23.0 MB
TypePeer-to-peer file sharing
LicenseGNU General Public License

FrostWire is a Free and open-sourceBitTorrent client first released in September 2004, as a fork of LimeWire. It was initially very similar to LimeWire in appearance and functionality, but over time developers added more features, including support for the BitTorrent protocol. In version 5, support for the Gnutella network was dropped entirely, and FrostWire became a BitTorrent-only client.[1]

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FrostWire, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client), is a collaborative, open-source project licensed under the GNU General Public License. In late 2005, concerned developers of LimeWire's open source community announced the start of a new project fork 'FrostWire' that would protect the developmental source code of the LimeWire client. FrostWire has evolved to replace LimeWire's BitTorrent core for that of Vuze, the Azureus BitTorrent Engine, and ultimately to remove the LimeWire's Gnutella core to become a 100% BitTorrent client.

Gnutella client[edit]

The project was started in September 2004 after LimeWire's distributor considered adding 'blocking' code in response to RIAA pressure.[2] The RIAA threatened legal action against several peer-to-peer developers including LimeWire[2] as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd..[3]

The second beta release of FrostWire was available in the last quarter of 2005.[4][5]

Multiprotocol P2P client[edit]

Since version 4.20.x, FrostWire was able to handle torrent files and featured a new junk filter. Also, in version 4.21.x support was added for most Android devices.

BitTorrent client[edit]

Since version 5.0 (2011), FrostWire relaunched itself as a BitTorrent application, so those using the Gnutella network either have to use version 4, or switch to another client altogether.[6]

Preview before download[edit]

Since version 6.0, FrostWire adds preview files before download.

Adware and malware[edit]

Since around 2008 some members of the FrostWire community began to notice the distribution of the optional toolbar in the Windows installers.[7] On September 9, 2015 the official knowledge base claimed that FrostWire no longer distributes the toolbar, and provided instructions on how to remove it.[8] Around 2019, Frostwire has been noted to install other adware and malware, such as the browser hijacker WebDiscover.

FrostWire 4 Legacy[edit]

Software based in the original FrostWire source (gnutella enabled) still exists, for example WireShare, a gnutella client that forked from the original FrostWire/LimeWire source in 2010, with the purpose of keeping the Gnutella network alive and to maintain a continuation of the original project (without adware, spyware and backdoors).[9][10]

FrostWire for Android[edit]

FrostWire/FrostWire Plus for Android (also known as FrostWire Downloader) is a native Android-based BitTorrent client, with additional support for downloading videos and music from YouTube. The application is based on the P2P BitTorrent network, with support for downloading music, movies, applications, as well as other content. The application also has support for downloading music from the cloud-based service SoundCloud, and includes a featured Music Library & Music Player. The most recent version, 2.1.3, was made available on March 30th, 2018.


Features present in FrostWire include:

  • True In-App Search (Cloud Downloader + BitTorrent Client). FrostWire currently directly searches the following sources: YouTube, SoundCloud,, (finishing and list all). Results matching user's keywords are shown inside the app, separated into tabs by file type (Audio, Video, ....). If there are too many search results present, user can then filter the results by (keyword, size...)
  • Magnet link support
  • IPv6 support
  • VPN Drop protection (optional)
  • Create and seed a torrent
  • Preview Files from Cloud Sources (YouTube / SoundCloud) can be fully previewed/streamed before downloading files from the BitTorrent Network can be consumed as soon as a sufficient amount of fist chunks is downloaded
  • Media Library with Playlist Support
  • Audio Player
  • Video Player (desktop only)
  • Lyrics display support if lyrics are included in mp3 files (Desktop only)
  • Localized for 20+ languages
  • Multiplatform: Android, Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Jlibtorrent: A swig Java interface for libtorrent is by FrostWire developers.
  • Media Browser on Android.

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Share Big Files. Official Website 100% Free Download'. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-10-27.Cite web requires website= (help)
  2. ^ abThomas Mennecke (September 30, 2005). 'FrostWire Prepares for Gnutella's Future'. Retrieved November 24, 2009.Cite news requires newspaper= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: publisher= (help)
  3. ^Mark Hefflinger (September 22, 2005). 'File-Sharing Firms May Be Heeding Cease-and-Desist Letters'. Digital Media Wire, Inc. Retrieved October 15, 2009.Cite news requires newspaper= (help)
  4. ^Thomas Mennecke (October 12, 2005). 'FrostWire Beta Released'. Retrieved October 15, 2009.Cite web requires website= (help)
  5. ^John Newton (October 14, 2005). 'FrostWire Beta Online'. MP3 Newswire. Retrieved November 24, 2009.Cite news requires newspaper= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: publisher= (help)
  6. ^'FrostWire 'Kills' Gnutella to Go All BitTorrent'. TorrentFreak. June 27, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
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  9. ^bigjx1. 'WireShare'. SourceForge.
  10. ^'WireShare (formerly entitled LimeWire Pirate Edition)'.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to FrostWire.
  • Official website
  • FrostWire Android package at the F-Droid repository
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Developer(s)Phex Development Team
Initial releaseApril, 2001
Stable release3.4.2.116 (February 1, 2009; 10 years ago)[±]
Written inJava
PlatformJava SE
Available inEnglish, Dutch, German, French, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese.[1]
TypePeer-to-peer file sharing
LicenseGNU General Public License

Phex is a peer-to-peer file sharing client for the gnutella network, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, so Phex is free software. Phex is based on Java SE 5.0 or later.


Phex supports most of the recent features of the gnutella network.[2][3] Additionally it enables the creation of private networks over the internet,[4] has a powerful search result filter,[5] shows client country flags, and can export the list of shared files into multiple formats, some of which can also be read out and downloaded directly by another Phex.

Version also supports Tiger Tree hashes for uploads and downloads, providing full protection against poisoned downloads. Together with Swarming, segmented file transfer,[6] and the Download Mesh[7] this makes downloads as efficient and safe as BitTorrent downloads, yet completely decentralized by design.


Best Gnutella Client

FURI was an early gnutella client written by William W. Wong and released under the GNU General Public License. The software was notable at the time of its release for being written entirely in Java. The software was capable of running on Java 1.1 as long as the user downloaded external Swing libraries. If these libraries were unavailable, Java 1.2 was required.

Officially, the program never left Beta status. The author eventually stopped maintaining the software, resulting in users migrating to other clients like LimeWire. The last update to the software was on May 1, 2000.[8]

In April 2001 Konrad Haenel forked the rarely updated gnutella client FURI to form Phex. While he participated in the Phex project initially, he left in late 2001. The project member Gregor K. continued to develop Phex and is the lead developer today.

Early versions of Phex were released simply as a java jar file, limiting their ease of use on some platforms such as the Mac OS. MacPhex was an alternative version made available on the Phex website and supported by macXster. It wrapped Phex in a double click-able application and occasionally added small additional features unique to the Mac OS.

Anonymous Phex[edit]

Since 2006, an anonymous version of Phex has been available: I2Phex, which uses the I2p network to hide the IP address of the users of this gnutella client. The future roadmap is to integrate the I2Phex code into one of the next Phex versions.[9]

Rather than use the public IP network, I2Phex uses encrypted tunnels through the I2p privacy/encryption network.

Traffic is mixed with other network traffic (see mix network) through a garlic routing system, making it difficult for outside observers to identify originators or the recipients of a file through traffic analysis.

Gnutella Clients That Still Work

Anonymous networks have been remiss to host file sharing protocols due to bandwidth considerations. Often only searching (or tracking for BitTorrent) are supported.[10] Nodes within the garlic routing system could refuse to route file sharing traffic. This makes inbound and outbound connections easier to locate. Outbound traffic is unencrypted so associating it with the inbound node will break the anonymity.

LimeWire, FrostWire, gtk-gnutella, and Phex all support the use of TLS to encrypt traffic between nodes. TLS is not anonymous like I2P, however, it does prevent ISPs from filtering gnutella content and makes it more difficult to trace traffic.

Phex with Tor[edit]

It is possible to use Phex with SOCKS5 proxy. Using that feature it is possible to route gnutella traffic via Tor and then to Phex. This is possible by using SOCKS5 cascading proxy to Tor client.

Academic studies[edit]

Various academic studies are based on Phex:

  • Ruffo, Giancarlo (2006). 'A Decentralized Recommendation System Based on Self-organizing Partnerships'(PDF). Università di Torino.Cite web requires website= (help)
  • Kampffmeyer, Holger (2006). 'EPITELLA: Improving the Gnutella Search Algorithm through Epidemic Spreading Models for Complex Networks'(PDF). University College London.Cite web requires website= (help)
  • Makosiej, Przemyslaw (2004). 'Measurement Study of Shared Content and User Request Structure in Peer-to-Peer Gnutella Network'. University of Rostock.Cite web requires website= (help)
  • Natalia, Stakhanova (2003). 'A reputation-based trust management in peer-to-peer network systems'(PDF). Iowa State University.Cite web requires website= (help)

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Translate and Localize Phex'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  2. ^'Phex Feature comparison'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  3. ^'The Gnutella network explained'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  4. ^'Private Networks with Phex'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  5. ^'Search Result Filter System'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  6. ^'Swarming and Partial File Sharing explained'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  7. ^'The Download Mesh explained'.Cite web requires website= (help)
  8. ^'Archived copy'. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-08-31.Cite uses deprecated parameter deadurl= (help); Cite web requires website= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^I2Phex Roadmap
  10. ^'Tor and BitTorrent'.Cite web requires website= (help)

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Phex.
  • Official : web site, Wiki, Forum
  • Project page at
  • Gnutella web caches where to find peers IPs
  • Code quality and contributor statistics at Ohloh
  • (in German)Interview in (2007)
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