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Original author(s)Juanjo
Stable release3.51 (March 3, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-03-03)) [±]
Written inC#
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS
Size2.8 MB
Available in19 languages[citation needed]
TypePeer-to-peer file sharing

Lphant was a peer-to-peer file sharing client for the Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS operating systems,[1] which supports the eDonkey Network and the BitTorrent protocol.[2] It was available in 19 languages.[3] The name and logo of the original Lphant application has been replicated in a program called "Lphant 6.0" (see Domain Name Acquisition).


Lphant is a multi-network client, capable of searching for files by connecting to ed2k servers or through the emule source exchange and the kad network. Files can be downloaded simultaneously using the ed2k and BitTorrent protocols. Lphant supports various experimental ed2k features such as Protocol obfuscation, endgame althorithm and webcache, some of which are only found in eMule mods. However, some emule modders consider Lphant a leeching application and have therefore created algorithms which emulate their mods to Lphant when connecting to an Lphant client.[4]

Domain Name Acquisition[edit]

On March 9, 2009 Discordia Ltd, a Cyprus-based company,[5] acquired the home page and the advertisement server of the original application, respectively lphant.com and adliveserver.com domains.

Instead of advertisements, current versions of the original application may display a message suggesting to users they should upgrade Lphant by installing an executable package named LphantV6.exe. Installing this package will result in removal of the original application and loss of eDonkey and BitTorrent connectivity.[6][7] Users of the original Lphant application can prevent the display of such messages by blocking the ad.adliveserver.com domain using a hosts file or a firewall.

The web site has been redesigned using the same elephant-like logo of the original application. The similarity of names and graphics may have caused some download services to falsely advertise the eDonkey and BitTorrent connectivity of the original client while providing the non-original program for download.[8][9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Supported operating systems on the original home page". Archived from the original on February 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Lphant description". Chip Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  3. ^ According to Lphant v3.51.
  4. ^ "emulate lphant feature". Sourceforge/ScarAngel. Retrieved 2009-04-10. "Most other clients in the eD2k network prefere sharing with clients of their own kind."
  5. ^ "Software Company Discordia Ltd from Cyprus". software-companies-list.com.
  6. ^ "Discordia Takes Over 'Lphant' P2P Domain". FileShareFreak."it connects neither to BitTorrent nor to eDonkey/Kad but to its own, centralized and filtered network"
  7. ^ "Lphant under the Control of Record Labels". p2pon."we wouldn’t recommend since it doesn’t connect either to BitTorrent or to eDonkey/Kad. Instead, it connects to a centralized network of its own which again means that only a limited file types are allowed, video files can only be 15 minute-long"
  8. ^ "lphant is an eDonkey client". betanews. Despite offering a screenshot of the original application, the provided software is not an eDonkey client as Betanews claim
  9. ^ "compatible with emule/edonkey". Softpedia. The provided software is not compatible with emule/edonkey
  10. ^ "compatible with emule/edonkey protocol". File Cluster. The provided software is not compatible with the ed2k protocol
  11. ^ "compatible with emule/edonkey". download.com. Although Download.com claims to offer the original 3.51 version, the provided link redirects to Discordia's domain which offers the non-original LphantV6.exe client

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