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FrostWire 5.0.7 on Snow Leopard.
Developer(s) The FrostWire Project
Initial release September 2004 (2004-09)
Written in Java
Operating system Windows, OS X, Android, Linux
Platform Cross-platform
Size 23.0 MB
Available in Multi-language
Type Peer-to-peer file sharing
License GNU General Public License, Adware

FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent 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]


  • History 1
    • Gnutella client 1.1
    • Multiprotocol P2P client 1.2
    • BitTorrent client 1.3
  • FrostWire 4 Legacy 2
  • FrostWire for Android 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Gnutella client

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

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

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]

FrostWire 4 Legacy

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).[7][8]

FrostWire for Android

FrostWire (Basic) is a native Android BitTorrent Client.

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • FrostWire Blog
  • FrostWire Changelog
  • FrostWire Android package at the F-Droid repository
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