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Web address
Slogan Cloud Storage for Everyone
Commercial? Yes[1]
Type of site Online backup service
Registration Required
Available in English
Owner Mediafire Team
Launched March 21, 2006 (8 years ago) (2006-03-21)
Alexa rank negative increase 163 (April 2014)[2]

MediaFire is a free file and image hosting web site that started in 2005 and is located in Shenandoah, Texas, United States. The domain attracted almost 60 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a study.[3]


As of July 2012, features of MediaFire include up to 50 GB of storage (starting at 10 GB then increased by as much as 40 GB if various activities like sharing on Facebook and Twitter are done).[4] MediaFire provides users with the ability to create image galleries from folders of images and view and share common document, presentation, and spreadsheet file types inside the web browser. MediaFire's free account service does not require download activity in order to preserve files, and is thus often suitable as a temporary or secondary backup solution although MediaFire does not officially support free data warehousing (long-term storage for inactive accounts).[5]

MediaFire Professional and Business accounts offer long-term storage in addition to several other add-on features. For recipients of files MediaFire does not enforce waiting times for downloads, limit simultaneous downloading, or set bandwidth limits, though it limits downloading of some filetypes if uploaded by a free account.[6] However, it requires cookies to be enabled and a CAPTCHA if you download a file then re-download it.

Professional and Business Accounts[edit]

MediaFire rebranded its premium services as MediaFire "Professional" and "Business". While MediaFire's free account remained the same, these two new account types kept all of the features of MediaPro and added additional collaboration and small business focused services including multi-user account management, custom subdomains, custom branding, secure redundant backups, and detailed download statistics and security logs.[7]


PC Magazine named MediaFire both one of the "Top 100 Undiscovered websites"[8] and a "Top Website of 2008".[9] It has also been reviewed favorably by CNET[10] and Lifehacker. Lifehacker praised the site not only for the usefulness of the service but also for its use of an unlimited upload size for users.[11]

Terms of Service, Violations, and Enforcement[edit]

Anyone using MediaFire Services must comply with the MediaFire Agreement and Privacy Policy. Any users not in compliance, including business entities, may be removed and banned from MediaFire without prior notice. MediaFire reserves the right to terminate access to any and/or all parts of its services at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability, and cooperates with lawful action when necessary.[5]

MediaFire additionally employs a variety of processes and automatic mechanisms to avert violations of their Terms of Services (revised on January 17, 2013), which result in:

  • Blocked websites
  • Account suspension
  • File suspension
  • Account termination
  • Report of activities to proper authorities

The site's privacy policy claims the company "may disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to: conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on us; protect and defend the rights or property of MediaFire, or visitors of MediaFire; identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties; co-operate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities."[12][when?]

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