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Xunlei 7
Developer(s) Thunder Networking Technologies (a.k.a. Xunlei Networking Technologies)
Stable release (Windows) 2.4.0 (Mac OS X) 1.3 (Android) (21 November 2013; 16 months ago (2013-11-21) (Windows) 27 February 2014; 12 months ago (2014-02-27) (Mac OS X) 23 August 2012; 2 years ago (2012-08-23) (Android)) [±][1]
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android
Size 22.3 MB[1]
Available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English with a language pack
Type Peer-to-peer file sharing
License Closed source adware
Alexa rank Increase 1,026 (November 2014)[2]
Website xunlei.com

Xunlei (Chinese: 迅雷; pinyin: Xùn Léi; literally: "thunderbolt") is a download manager and Peer-to-peer software developed by Thunder Networking Technologies (Chinese: 迅雷网络技术有限公司, formerly Sandai Technologies), supporting HTTP, FTP, eDonkey, and BitTorrent protocols. As of 2010, it was the most commonly used BitTorrent client in the world.[3] On 24 June 2014, it went public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, raising just shy of $88 million.[4]


The Xunlei download manager, generally called Xunlei, is the flagship product of Xunlei Corporation, which also supports Xunlei Kankan, a video-on-demand website, and other desktop software.


Through Xunlei, users can access a large portion of the files available on the Internet. Features in Xunlei includes a built-in browser, changeable skins, cloud storage, "offline" downloading, hi-speed downloading (only available for members), email service and more.

Xunlei is accompanied by a family of products including Xunlei 5, Mac Xunlei, Xunlei Mini, and Web Xunlei. As adware, Xunlei products feature banner advertisements, which can be disabled if logged in as a user (in the latest version).

Xunlei Kankan[edit]

Xunlei Kankan, also known as Kankan, is a video-on-demand service with a web interface as well as a client application. Xunlei Kankan is also available on mobile platforms including Android and iOS (including iPhone and Kankan HD for iPad).


Along with Xunlei 7 and Kankan, the company also produces software such as a gaming client, a graphics editor, game "accelerator", software manager, and a web photo viewer.

Concerns and criticisms[edit]

File sharing[edit]

Xunlei is different from P2P tools in that it does not support active file sharing. While copyright advocates view Xunlei as a P2P tool that facilitates copyright violation, P2P advocates criticize Xunlei as a leech with much more downloading than uploading. Many pure P2P tools have blocked Xunlei, although this trend weakened after Xunlei began balancing the number of downloads and uploads.

Experience[whose? clarification needed] has shown that Xunlei version refuses to upload any data for a torrent that has only two leechers (i.e. when the only seeder is offline). All Chinese ISPs limit BitTorrent bandwidth[citation needed], as a result the Chinese users can't upload as the rest of the world[citation needed]. Furthermore, the client sequentially requests pieces[citation needed], which goes against the distributive nature of P2P.

Direct linking[edit]

Direct linking, or leeching, concerns many site owners, who may feel that the practice benefits Xunlei at their sites' expense. In 2006, Huajun, the leading download site in China, started blocking Xunlei along with many other downloading sites.

User agent imitation[edit]

Since many websites recognized and blocked Xunlei via user agent (UA) string, Xunlei began to use common browsers' UA as camouflage. The default UA is: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) However if Xunlei determines it is blocked from a website, it will automatically change UA to imitate other browsers, such as: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729)


Xunlei shares files by default without additional notifications after installation. While Xunlei argues that this behavior is a common convention and that users can disable it, some users are still worried, since Xunlei's sharing policy is unclear. Investigations[by whom?] have revealed that Xunlei only shares files downloaded through Xunlei.[citation needed] Moving or renaming files may automatically disable sharing.[clarification needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Check Update [Check for updates], 粤 Guangdong 
  2. ^ "xunlei.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Van Der Sar, Ernesto. "Thunder Blasts uTorrent's Market Share Away". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 15 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Xunlei IPO on Nasdaq raises $88m". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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