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Initial release 28 October 2010; 6 years ago (2010-10-28)
Stable release / 1 August 2015; 22 months ago (2015-08-01)
Repository sourceforge.net/p/wireshare/code-0/ci/master/tree/
Written in Java
Platform Cross-platform
Type Peer-to-peer file sharing
License GNU General Public License


and the successor WireShare 5.6.3 and later: sourceforge.net/projects/wireshare

WireShare (formerly known as LPE or LimeWire Pirate Edition) is a resurrected version of the LimeWire software (a gnutella p2p-network client).[1][2][3] LPE was adapted from LimeWire Basic software to perform similarly to LimeWire Pro, but without the adware, advertising, nor the backdoors present in LimeWire.[1] The Ask toolbar integration was also removed along with dependencies to LimeWire servers and remote settings.[3][4] The software supports Windows, Linux and Mac, and its source code is available on GitHub.[5] Installing on Linux confirms the original LimeWire Basic status from which it was built. MetaPirate originally stated the program was based on the Basic version, despite later media reports.


Two days after LimeWire was shut down by the RIAA, a hacker with the alias of "Meta Pirate" created LimeWire Pirate Edition. Lime Wire LLC has stated that: "We are not behind these efforts. LimeWire does not authorize them. LimeWire is complying with the Court’s October 26, 2010 injunction."[1] The LimeWire team, after being accused by the RIAA of being complicit in the development of LimeWire Pirate Edition,[6] swiftly acted to shut down the Pirate Edition website. A court order was issued to close down the website, and, to remain anonymous, Meta Pirate did not contest the order.[7]


According to its SourceForge website, WireShare is the newest fork of the original LimeWire open source project (a successor of LPE: LimeWire Pirate Edition, which name was dropped for legal reasons). This software is developed to help keep the Gnutella network alive and to maintain a good faith continuation of the original project (without adware or spyware).[8][9]

See also[edit]

  • FrostWire, a former gnutella client, and also a LimeWire fork, that was created in 2004, also with the purpose of removing adware and backdoors.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Humphries, Matthew (9 November 2010). "LimeWire is back as LimeWire Pirate Edition (UPDATED) – Tech Products & Geek News". Geek.com. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Albanesius, Chloe (9 November 2010). "Report: LimeWire 'Resurrected' by Secret Dev Team – News & Opinion". PC Magazine. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b enigmax (9 November 2010). "LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Nate. "Horde of piratical monkeys creates LimeWire: Pirate Edition". Ars Technica. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "metapirate/LimeWire-Pirate-Edition". GitHub. 
  6. ^ Sandoval, Greg (19 November 2010). "RIAA wants revived LimeWire dead and buried". CNET.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ enigmax (19 November 2010). "LimeWire Pirate Edition Site Nuked By "Cheap and Dishonest" RIAA Action". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ bigjx1. "WireShare". SourceForge. 
  9. ^ "WireShare (formerly entitled LimeWire Pirate Edition)". gnutellaforums.com. 
  10. ^ "FrostWire.com Official Site - BitTorrent App, Media Player, Wi-Fi Sharing. 100% Free Download, No subscription required.". FrostWire. 

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