FrostWire 5.0.7 on Snow Leopard.
|Developer(s)||The FrostWire Project|
|Initial release||September 2004|
|Stable release||6.1.2 (June 24, 2015[±])|
|Preview release||None [±]|
|Operating system||Windows, OS X, Android, Linux|
|Type||Peer-to-peer file sharing|
|License||GNU General Public License|
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.
The project was started in September 2004 after LimeWire's distributor considered adding "blocking" code in response to RIAA pressure. The RIAA threatened legal action against several peer-to-peer developers including LimeWire as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd..
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.
Since version 5.0, 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.
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).
FrostWire for Android
FrostWire (Basic) is a native Android BitTorrent Client.
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- "WireShare (formerly entitled LimeWire Pirate Edition)". gnutellaforums.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to FrostWire.|
- Official website
- FrostWire Blog
- FrostWire Changelog
- FrostWire at the Google Play store
- FrostWire Android package at the F-Droid repository