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MUTE logo.png
MUTE logo
Developer(s)Jason Rohrer
Initial release2003
Final release
0.5.1b [1] / May 27, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-05-27)
Written inC++ (MinGW)
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformWindows, Linux, Mac OS X
Available inEnglish, french
TypeFile sharing, Anonymous peer to peer
LicensePublic domain

The MUTE Network (or MUTE-net) is an unmaintained peer-to-peer file sharing network developed with anonymity in mind.

The MUTE client is open source software released under the Public domain and includes support for the Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows computer operating systems.

All MUTE compatible clients use RSA encryption to exchange keys, and AES (128 bits) to encrypt stream data.[2]

The design of the MUTE network is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.[3]

History of MUTE[edit]

MUTE was developed by Jason Rohrer using a routing algorithm based on ant colony optimization.[4]

In the same period of time (mid 2000s), MUTE was competed by the software 'AntsP2P'.[5]

Software compatible with the network MUTE[edit]

Software name OS First release year Last update year Comments
Calypso[6] Windows, Linux 2010 2010 (v0.24) Had the project to fork the source code of Kommute.[7]
Last version (v0.24) can not find peers automatically anymore (as of 2016), only manually by adding peers IPs.
Kommute[8] Windows, Linux 2006 2010 (v0.24)
Mute[9] Windows, OSX, Linux 2003[10] 2009 (v0.5.1b) The very first client, has a basic GUI.
Mute MFC[11] Windows, Linux 2005 2005 (v0.0.7) Had the goal to have a better graphical user interface.
NapShare[12] Windows, Linux 2001 2006[13] Automatable
Screenshot of the software Kommute (2010) tab connections.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CVS Info for project mute-net".
  2. ^ "MUTE: Simple, Anonymous File Sharing".
  3. ^ "MUTE: Simple, Anonymous File Sharing".
  4. ^ "Covering tracks: New privacy hope for P2P". CNET News. February 24, 2004.
  5. ^ "ANts P2P".
  6. ^ "Calypso Anonymous Filesharing".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2011-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ " Kommute : anonymous P2P - a MUTE Client". Archived from the original on 6 April 2009.
  9. ^ "MUTE: Simple, Anonymous File Sharing".
  10. ^ "MUTE - Browse /MUTE File Sharing at".
  11. ^ "MFC MUTE". SourceForge.
  12. ^ "NapShare at SourceForge".
  13. ^ "NapShare - Browse /NapShare V2.2.4/NapShare V2.2.4 at".

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