Comparison of file sharing applications

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File sharing is a method of distributing electronically stored information such as computer programs and digital media. Below is a list of file sharing applications.

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Name Network[1] Anonymous P2P link system compatibility Price Platform License Programming language Spyware / Adware Year of last release Extra Information
Acquisition Gnutella, BitTorrent No magnet Nagware/US$17.99 Mac OS X GPL ObjC, Java Template:No (green) 2008 Alternative to LimeWire for Mac users. Uses Cocoa GUI
aMule eDonkey, Kad Network No eD2k Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2008
ANts P2P ANts Yes eD2k Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2008 Proxies other users' IP addresses making it hard to determine who is downloading
Ares Galaxy Ares, BitTorrent No ? Free Microsoft Windows GPL Delphi Template:No (green) 2009
Template:Rh2 | BearShare
(pre v6.0)
Gnutella No eD2k, magnet Free/US$3.29 per month Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:Yes (red) 2005
(original client)
Free version contains third-party advertising in versions previous to Version 6; Since version 6: clone of the commercial iMesh software; does not connect to Gnutella and restricts downloads to media formats.
5.1 Beta has full feature set, no third-party advertising, and no file restrictions.
BitComet BitTorrent, eDonkey, Kad Network[2] No eD2k[2], magnet Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2010 All latest versions are ad free. Compatible with e2DK links through an eMule plugin which provides access to eDonkey & Kad Networks and cross-network sharing capabilities between BitTorrent Network and the other two ones.
Template:Rh2 | BitTornado BitTorrent No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X Open Source Python Template:No (green) 2006
Template:Rh2 | BitTorrent 5 BitTorrent No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X BitTorrent Open Source License Python Template:No (green) 2008 Also known as "Mainline"
BitTorrent 6 BitTorrent No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2008 re-brand of µTorrent
Blubster MP2P No mp2p Free/US$19.95 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:Yes (red) 2008
Cabos Gnutella No magnet Free Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X GPL Java, REALbasic Template:No (green) 2008
DC++ Direct Connect No magnet Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2008 Many modifications exist, for example LinuxDC++
Template:Rh2 | eDonkey2000 eDonkey, Overnet No eD2k Free/US$19.95 Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2005 Discontinued
eMule eDonkey, Kad Network No eD2k Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2009 Supports protocol obfuscation
Template:Rh2 | ExoSee  ? No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:No (green) 2007 ExoSee does not appear to have a business model.
Free Download Manager BitTorrent No metalink Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2009
Freenetʼs FProxy Freenet Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2009 No way to announce the inserted files from within the web interface.
Frost Freenet Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2009
FrostWire Gnutella, BitTorrent No magnet Free Microsoft Windows Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2008 Fork of LimeWire, with no copyrighted-material blocker planned
Template:Rh2 | giFT OpenFT and, with plugins, Ares, Gnutella and FastTrack No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL C Template:No (green) 2004
Template:Rh2 | Gnucleus Gnutella, Gnutella2 No No Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2005
GNUnet GNUnet Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL C Template:No (green) 2008
gtk-gnutella Gnutella No magnet Free Unix-like GPL C Template:No (green) 2008
Template:Rh2 | iMesh
(pre v6.0)
FastTrack, Gnutella, Gnutella2 No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2008
Template:Rh2 | Kazaa FastTrack No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:Yes (red) 2006 Illegal in Australia, adware/spyware
Template:Rh2 | Kazaa Lite FastTrack No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source - Template:No (green) Adware-disabled version of Kazaa (fake versions in circulation)
KCeasy Ares, Gnutella, FastTrack and OpenFT No No Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++, Delphi Template:No (green) 2008 Easy to use. Uses integrated giFT file sharing daemon as back-end
LimeWire Gnutella No magnet Free/US$18.88 Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:Yes (red) 2008 Sued June 2007 for copyright infringement.[citation needed] Connection problems with Zone Alarm on Windows Vista.[citation needed]
Manolito MP2P No mp2p Free/US$19.95 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:Yes (red) 2008
MLDonkey BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack, (Gnutella, Gnutella2), Kad No eD2k, magnet, sig2dat Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL OCaml Template:No (green) 2008 Core P2P application, telnet / web-interface / GUI interface, complete and complex remote usage. Sancho GUI makes automatic SSH tunnels. Since version 2.9.0, Gnutella and Gnutella 2 are abandoned and disabled by default. Kad module lacks modern security functions of e.g. eMule. No further active development since 2.9.0, for lack of developers. (The original developers were from France, and it's now illegal to develop P2P software in France. New developers are hard to find, because of the usage of Ocaml as programming language.)
MonoTorrent (client library) BitTorrent No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X MIT/X11 C# Template:No (green) 2008 Requires either Mono Framework or Microsoft .NET Framework to be installed
Template:Rh2 | Morpheus NEOnet, Gnutella, Gnutella2, BitTorrent No No Free/US$19.95 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:No (green) 2007
Template:Rh2 | MUTE MUTE Yes No Donation Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2007
Nodezilla Private Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like partially GPL Java Template:No (green) 2008 the GUI is GPLed, the rest of the application is proprietary
Opera BitTorrent No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2008
Piolet MP2P No mp2p Free/US$19.95 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:Yes (red) 2008
Qbittorrent BitTorrent No No Free Unix-like, Solaris GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2009
Template:Rh2 | RShare RShare Yes No Free Microsoft Windows GPL C# Template:No (green) 2007 eMule-like usability
Template:Rh2 | Share Share Yes No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source Delphi Template:No (green) 2006 Anonymous developer. Attempts to be Winny's successor
Shareaza eDonkey, BitTorrent, Gnutella, Gnutella2 No eD2k, magnet, Piolet/mp2p, Gnutella Free Microsoft Windows GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2009 Utilizes a powerful files library. Maintained by a group of volunteers.
Stealthnet RShare Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL C# Template:No (green) 2009 Evolution of the RShare client with many functions.
Soulseek Soulseek No No Free/Donations for privileges Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:No (green) 2009 Whole album downloads, browse users with folder trees, no multi-source downloads
SymTorrent BitTorrent No No Free Symbian S60 GPL C++ Template:No (green) 2008 Runs om mobile phones with the Symbian operating system
Thaw Freenet Yes No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2008
Transmission BitTorrent No No Free Mac OS X, Unix-like, BeOS MIT C, ObjC Template:No (green) 2009 Lightweight and crossplatform
TrustyFiles eDonkey, Overnet, Gnutella, Gnutella2, FastTrack, BitTorrent No eD2k Free/US$29 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:Yes (red) Has stolen code from Gnucleus, giFT, and avlib[citation needed]; Linux version announced, but never released
µTorrent BitTorrent No magnet Free Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2009 Specifically designed to be very small; entire program runs from a 170KB compressed executable
Vuze
(formerly Azureus)
BitTorrent No (except when using I2P) magnet Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X GPL Java Template:No (green) 2008
Template:Rh2 | Warez P2P iP2P DHT No No Free/US$19.99 Microsoft Windows Closed source  ? Template:No (green) 2007 Developer claims Warez v3.0 beta to be malware-free
WinMX WinMX Peer Network [independent, now user-operated], OpenNAP, chatrooms supported No No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2004 Official development has ceased due to RIAA coercion. Versions 3.53, 3.54 beta 4 and older are available from 3rd parties.
Winny Winny Yes No Free Microsoft Windows Closed source C++ Template:No (green) 2003
Wuala Wuala No No Free Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X Closed source Java Template:No (green) 2009
Name Network Anonymity link system compatibility Price Platform License Programming language Spyware / Adware Year of last release Extra Information
  • Note that several applications had adware or spyware tied in in the past and may have it again in the future. The same goes for clones of open source apps, e.g. eMule. This list attempts to display the current status only.

Notes

  1. According to the 2005 article: Forbes, Top File-Sharing Networks
  2. 2.0 2.1 Compatibility with eDonkey and Kad Networks is achieved through a modded eMule plugin also developed by the Comet team.

See also

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External links

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