WWW & Internet File Sharing FrostWire for Windows

FrostWire for Windows FrostWire for Windows 6.8.3 Build 289 for Windows

by FrostWire

Avg. Rating 3.6 (334 votes)

File Details

File Size 30.2 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 47,590
Publisher FrostWire
Homepage FrostWire
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

FrostWire allows any individual to share his/her content to millions of people right from his/her computer without any cost thanks to the BitTorrent P2P network.

FrostWire, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client), is a collaborative effort from hundreds of Open Source and freelance developers from around the world. In late 2005, concerned developers of LimeWire's open source community announced the start of a new project fork "FrostWire" that would protect the developmental source code of the LimeWire client. The developers of FrostWire give high regard and respect to the GNU General Public License and consider it to be the ideal foundation of a creative and free enterprise market. FrostWire has evolved to replace LimeWire's BitTorrent core for that of Vuze, the Azureus BitTorrent Engine, and ultimately to remove the LimeWire's Gnutella core to become a 100% BitTorrent client that is simple to use.

Latest Reviews

dono1216

dono1216 reviewed v6.0.3 on Jan 7, 2015

Went back to version 5.7, for some reason all versions 6.0.x kept crashing every 15-20 minutes.

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.0.0 on Nov 6, 2014

sure I do Tom you must not visit daily

TomA102210

TomA102210 reviewed v5.7.2 on Apr 14, 2014

@someguy. Do you ever have anything positive to say about anything you download from fileforum? How it "tried" to download what you assert it was trying to do is beyond compreshension.

I rate this program a 4 by the way.

martadrab

martadrab reviewed v5.7.1 on Mar 21, 2014

works fine for me

some guy

some guy reviewed v5.3.6 on May 18, 2012

crap tries to instal Real player lol

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v5.3.4 on Mar 27, 2012

It was useful as a Gnutella client, but since Gnutella support has been dropped, it is useless as a Torrent client (one of the worst by the way) and ad-ware to boot.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v5.3.4 on Mar 27, 2012

Updates to this seem to be coming rapid fire lately. It does what i says it will and has a wide range of torrents to chose from.

freesoftpro

freesoftpro reviewed v5.1.5 on Oct 1, 2011

Download Frostwire For Free!

Frostwire is the leading P2P file sharing program. It allows you to download and share thousands of files for free! It works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

I`ve downloaded all my music collection from frostwire and never had any problems. I love

this program!

some guy

some guy reviewed v5.1.5 on Sep 19, 2011

good program on a crap network!

djb247365

djb247365 reviewed v5.0.4 on Jun 24, 2011

For some reason, the last few versions of FrostWire have been crashing my graphics driver. Why? I'm not sure. My drivers are all up to date, so there should be no issue. Until I figure out how to resolve this issue, I'll stay away from FrostWire

Avg. Rating 3.6 (334 votes)
Your Rating
dono1216

dono1216 reviewed v6.0.3 on Jan 7, 2015

Went back to version 5.7, for some reason all versions 6.0.x kept crashing every 15-20 minutes.

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.0.0 on Nov 6, 2014

sure I do Tom you must not visit daily

TomA102210

TomA102210 reviewed v5.7.2 on Apr 14, 2014

@someguy. Do you ever have anything positive to say about anything you download from fileforum? How it "tried" to download what you assert it was trying to do is beyond compreshension.

I rate this program a 4 by the way.

martadrab

martadrab reviewed v5.7.1 on Mar 21, 2014

works fine for me

some guy

some guy reviewed v5.3.6 on May 18, 2012

crap tries to instal Real player lol

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v5.3.4 on Mar 27, 2012

It was useful as a Gnutella client, but since Gnutella support has been dropped, it is useless as a Torrent client (one of the worst by the way) and ad-ware to boot.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v5.3.4 on Mar 27, 2012

Updates to this seem to be coming rapid fire lately. It does what i says it will and has a wide range of torrents to chose from.

freesoftpro

freesoftpro reviewed v5.1.5 on Oct 1, 2011

Download Frostwire For Free!

Frostwire is the leading P2P file sharing program. It allows you to download and share thousands of files for free! It works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

I`ve downloaded all my music collection from frostwire and never had any problems. I love

this program!

some guy

some guy reviewed v5.1.5 on Sep 19, 2011

good program on a crap network!

djb247365

djb247365 reviewed v5.0.4 on Jun 24, 2011

For some reason, the last few versions of FrostWire have been crashing my graphics driver. Why? I'm not sure. My drivers are all up to date, so there should be no issue. Until I figure out how to resolve this issue, I'll stay away from FrostWire

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v4.21.5 on Mar 24, 2011

I removed this program today just after it updated. IMHO all is not well with this program & seems to have a mind of it's own.

Malwarebytes is blocking sites by the dozen with the program just idling. It might be me but if you use Frostwire just take care until you are used to it.

A very polished program however. Just have some anti-malware running.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v4.21.4 on Mar 20, 2011

Beware the spooks are watching you!

However as this program ‘can’ be used for legitimate uses - Highly unlikely but it is theoretically possible.

If used legitimately it's a good program.

P.S. Although frost don't contain spyware just running it drives 'Malwarebytes'/NIS crazy. It blocked about 50 connections in 5 mins - Beware.

119luke

119luke reviewed v4.21.1 on Nov 23, 2010

Asking whether Frostwire is safe and legal is like asking whether a gun is safe and legal. It depends on who handles that. I saw an excellent review on this page. http://computersight.com...-legal-frostwire-review/

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v4.20.8 on Aug 7, 2010

Nice application and it it open source. My main beef is that it is written in java so I can only rate it with two stars.

Dalek

Dalek reviewed v4.20.8 on Aug 6, 2010

I am very glad this program is so popular because it makes it so easy for Movie and Music industry to track people. This just takes the heat off the people doing it the "other" ways. Keep it up frostwire aka limewire :)

dink

dink reviewed v4.20.5 on Apr 15, 2010

It is not wise to use any p2p app like this one. What if the movie or music industry just happen to host a file so you will download it. Then they have your IP address and next thing you know your in court for copyright infringement!! People, Don't use this crap! There are better alternatives!

Dana1

Dana1 reviewed v4.20.3 on Mar 9, 2010

This is a great program and keeps getting better. I have been using Frostwire for a few years now and have yet to download a virus. Just have to pay attention to what yo click on before you download. All I download are mp3's so it works for me. No hijacking or any other side effects that people write about. Best thing, it's open source.

djurbino

djurbino reviewed v4.18.6 on Jan 11, 2010

@WhiteZero: I am not blind. Nor an idiot. I did uncheck them all. And it still hijacked my browser. Hence the warning.

WhiteZero

WhiteZero reviewed v4.18.6 on Jan 11, 2010

@djurbino, only if your blind and didnt uncheck all the Ask boxes.

Landsnes

Landsnes reviewed v4.18.5 on Jan 8, 2010

Very good program!

Works great for me on both Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7 64-bit! I've had no problems and during installation I UNTICKED the adware (i.e. toolbar, homepage, etc.) and none of that was installed. This excellent open source program should replace LimeWire totally in my opinion.

Highly recommended, full score!

djurbino

djurbino reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 28, 2009

Warning - even if you opt out of all the Ask com "extras" - the installer will hijack your browser and set Ask com as your default home page. And who knows what else.

wharke

wharke reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 8, 2009

Good program, but it states it is version 4.18.5 when it s actually 4.18.4 that is downloaded.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 8, 2009

New versions of shareaza 2.5.1 are much safer and better than this...

Dana1

Dana1 reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 8, 2009

I have to say that this is the best P2P program I have ever used. Use it everyday. Works perfect, smooth as glass. It is a shame that MusicGuy is having problems. I can assure him that it is not Frostwire giving him the problems, Maybe there is a doodoo in his computer. Just a great program.

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 8, 2009

good program on a crap lime wire network

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v4.18.5 on Dec 8, 2009

It may work but it is like putting a fishing hook out over the internet. When it is able to take a list of desirables and grab exactly what I want (with no errors) & no intervention I'll try it again.

MusicGuy

MusicGuy reviewed v4.18.1 on Sep 9, 2009

Guys on here have been way too generous to that crap called FrostWire.

I tried to contact the developer after my upteenth crash in one day on the system.

Anytime you browse someone with a lot of files be prepared to see that ship sink!

FrostWire will crash 100% of the time! That you can take to the bank!

How am I supposed to know whether the guy you are browsing has 100, 1,000 or 100,000 files?

You never know. If you don't browse doesn't that defeat the purpose of sharing??

I also don't get why I need to browse someone to find stuff that is important to my search. Shouldn't it just be displayed? Most of time I wouldn't browse if the content was shown, not hidden!

Not the loads of porn and fake files, I tried a few yrs ago to filter it out.

But it doesn't work. You will be blacklisting sources which you actually want.

It's all a freakin game it's like going to gamble and almost never winning.

Maybe it's free, but I'd rather pay a million dollars then go thru the stress and uncertainty

of dealing with this and my time goes wasted. Not only that but you get to accumulate

almost as many files that you download in incomplete files. No sugarcoating it

I waste 3 gigs and over 3,000 files right now for the sources that either

sign off or get the crash like I do. Sometimes you may never see the uploader's files

ever again.

The service is a crapshoot at best. No one simplifies any of this. Updates normally

are much worse than versions a few years ago. I found out that several companies

on purpose plant fatal errors in the code so no one uses the outdated software!

I tried to be nice but my mom said don't sugar coat things when you feel strongly about something.

I could not apologize to the guy because I was right. Yes the truth hurts!

I thought Frost was like the covering on the unhealthy cereal my mom wouldn't let me eat as a kid.

Her words you shouldn't eat that sugar frosted crap in my house!

I wonder if that's how they FrostWire got its name, its not sugar coated, but it is crap. You can't

sugar coat it anyway you try!

About the only good thing I can say is that Gnutella aka LimeWire and Frostwire have certain music promo stuff

I can't get on the torrent sites or I would never open FrostWire or LimeWire ever again!

Appropriate rating, hmmm thats a good one, can I give a mark of -1, minus one? lol

I would give both -2 if not for my promo cd I can find on Frost/LimeWire.

Zarggg

Zarggg reviewed v4.17.2 on Dec 2, 2008

Very good program. The .torrent association bug was a killer bug that almost made me uninstall forever, so I'm glad to see this is (supposedly) fixed now.

frankwick

frankwick reviewed v4.17.2 on Dec 2, 2008

As far as P2P, this client is one of the best. Its roots are in Limewire without the adware/spyware. I don't like many Java based apps, but this is a good client. It's very stable and not updated often.

radiomaffia

radiomaffia reviewed v4.17.1 on Nov 10, 2008

Peer2peer is something of the old days. Consider your self to use uTorrent with Bit Che searchtool or dive into newsgroups with News Bin Pro or Surfino Newsreader. There is to many rubbish on peer2peer and 50% of the times you will not find what you are looking for or it is a virus, corrupted file or low quality, only handy to download one specific MP3 so now and then but that's about it

BK553

BK553 reviewed v4.17.0 on Jul 16, 2008

Cabos FTW!

egg83

egg83 reviewed v4.17.0 on Jul 14, 2008

Let's face it. It is pretty good for music, that is, music that is fairly recent and popular. As for other types of files (i.e. software), this is not the best software to use. Will be a lot of fake files that are usually viruses or trojans or the like. Limewire networks for file sharing is an idea that has come and gone.....

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v4.17.0 on Jul 14, 2008

I always opt out of installing toolbars/spyware by not installing the main program in the first place.
I was interested, even downloaded it but then read about the toolbar and then simply just deleted this program.
That's unfortunate but I do not support spyware directly or indirectly period.

Papa Lazarou

Papa Lazarou reviewed v4.13.5 on Mar 18, 2008

Limewire standard is just as fast [and no toolbar] , there is absoluteley no reason to use this antique , torrents are the way forward - get UTorrent or BitTorrent instead.

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v4.13.4 on Dec 21, 2007

I haven't used this in over a year (or any other Gnutella client because the Gnutella network is clogged with too much garbage) but my nephews and all his friends use it because it's probably one of the easiest P2P applications to use. You load a client, it connects, type what you're looking for and download. Small wonder 1 in 3 PCs have Gnutella (Limewire) installed. The authors' website admit that this latest release comes bundled with ASK toolbar but insist it is an optional install:

http://www.frostwire.com/forum

Here is some more information on the ASK toolbar and it's methods for re-directing web traffic:

http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/ask-toolbars/

You be the judge.

allthebestnamesgone

allthebestnamesgone reviewed v4.13.4 on Dec 20, 2007

I would normally rate this at 5 stars but the sneaky double tickbox for the ASK toolbar means I'm going to dock it 4 stars.

hayls106

hayls106 reviewed v4.13.3 on Dec 6, 2007

Limewire has previously given me a virus and so i'm unsure about downloading this program
Any recommendations for the best free music downloader? preferably ones that don't contain al the adds, pop-ups and viruses

asloane

asloane reviewed v4.13.3 on Sep 26, 2007

FrostWire lower rating because
INSTALLED ASK TOOLBAR WITHOUT PERMISSION!!
(IAC ask.com) even when option was unchecked
and poor column layout

Otherwise looks good and has useful features but I am a n00b with these P2P clients and have only looked at KCEASY which seemed to have less features but better laid out descriptive columns

RWW

RWW reviewed v4.13.3 on Sep 10, 2007

Still my main sharing choice. Word to the wise...it now wants to install Ask toolbar. Unclick BOTH choice boxes at install and will let you install without it.

Zarggg

Zarggg reviewed v4.13.2 on Aug 2, 2007

@echohead:

Wrong, Cabos does use Java. As soon as I opened it, my firewall yelled at me about inbound connections coming to javaw.exe.

As to FrostWire, I think this will still be my choice for time to come.

Fr@nKy

[email protected] reviewed v4.13.2 on Aug 2, 2007

I don't like Gnutella but from time to time to have a client for it is handy so from all I've seen this is the most close to LimeWire, the de facto standard, (it's based on it) without so much crap!

christ999

christ999 reviewed v4.13.2 on Jul 31, 2007

ok better than limewire

but i like kceasy that you can download automatically filters

another good client is phex

allthebestnamesgone

allthebestnamesgone reviewed v4.13.2 on Jul 31, 2007

Why the low ratings? It's a mystery to me .....

echohead

echohead reviewed v4.13.2 on Jul 30, 2007

...really? they still make this? really?

use CABOS. google it. its faster, smaller, and doesnt use java.

y0himba

y0himba reviewed v4.13.1.7 on May 29, 2007

Granted, support for JAVA 1.6 is needed, but this will work with 1.6 alone. When. Let it start to download the JAVA components, then cancel the download, and it will warn you and take you to a page to grab 1.5...close the page. Install completes normally, and it runs.

Zarggg

Zarggg reviewed v4.13.1.7 on May 29, 2007

It's funny that you would say that, since FrostWire and LimeWire are based on the same source code. (LimeWire _is_ an Open Source project.)

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v4.13.1.7 on May 29, 2007

i'll stick to limewire

buzzyboop

buzzyboop reviewed v4.13.1.7 on May 29, 2007

Does not work with Java 1.6, only 1.5. I won't have both in my system.

the FIRSTcastaway

the FIRSTcastaway reviewed v4.13.1.6 on Apr 30, 2007

so far i have only found one con to frostwire but it is a HUGE one (unless something is wrong with my settings or something)
after a little while frostwire begins to chew up processor % like a starving hound,
at first it's pretty normal 5-20% up and down, no biggie.
but in about half an hour or so it's up to 60-90%
( and with an athlon fx-60 dual core that's a LOT!!!!!!!.... of processor power!)
i've tried sniffing around java settings,frostwire settings, but it still does it.
if i turn it off and back on it will be reasonable for a while but then creep back up
to idiotic levels of processor use again.
any ideas?

Notreallyhere

Notreallyhere reviewed v4.13.1.5 on Jan 23, 2007

always the best. Turbo connection to the network for free.

williamflinn

williamflinn reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Dec 4, 2006

something has gone wrong with Frostwire , for the last few days it will start but gets no further than starting connection . All the goole queries will confirm that there is a problem , I think it is connected with Java but that is just a guess . I'll keep with shareaza until its fixed

hellrazor238

hellrazor238 reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Nov 24, 2006

great i use this and limewire pro

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on May 5, 2006

O my my my ... You guys know lime is open and this program pretty much is the same due to that . This is lime but minus the junk . If you want an even more stripped down version than go for ''cabos'' ...

Otherwise , This is a fantastic , clean alternative ..

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Apr 21, 2006

Geez, it's the same interface as LimeWire!! The looks, the toolbars, the buttons, it's also made with Java, its interface is a ripoff, much less its engine and core application!! It even sounds like LimeWire damn!

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Mar 14, 2006

Didn't work at all.

ramday

ramday reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Mar 14, 2006

RE: Just made this my default file sharing program. Will not start, wonder if it because I have installed latest Java?

I have the same problem with the lastest Limewire beta and I also have the lastest java installed. I was looking to use this as an alternative but I guess now I shouldn't bother.

kezra35

kezra35 reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Mar 13, 2006

RTFW before you start to bash...

"FrostWire is a fork of the very popular LimeWire Gnutella client. The purpose of FrostWire is to keep and maintain the freedoms that LimeWire LLC may be forced to withdraw.

LimeWire LLC has been considering an alternative path to keep them out of any legal situations they could be forced into. From what we understand, LimeWire LLC intends to implement a DRM filtering technology into their client. If LimeWire ever decides to implements this DRM technology, we will be prepared to remove it from our code and distribute the client under our own branding. However, we will continue supporting the LimeWire client development and do not wish to make fundamental or drastic changes to the LimeWire core itself. FrostWire will not break with LimeWire's design philosophy. We will always do our best to maintain a strong relationship with the LimeWire Development Team.

FrostWire, although very much like LimeWire, will never offer a paid version or a subscription service for the download or use of the FrostWire application. FrostWire is a not-for-profit project. We will never bundle our software with any type of adware, spyware, malware or collect any personal or private data. FrostWire will always remain free as in both price and freedom."

Das mod

Das mod reviewed v4.10.9 Beta on Mar 13, 2006

been using it for quite some time already .... way faster that lamewire .....

jp122182

jp122182 reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Mar 1, 2006

Yeah it is a rip off of limewire, but it downloads and runs faster

sirred2000

sirred2000 reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Mar 1, 2006

The file is a ripoff of limewire and should not be used

RWW

RWW reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 18, 2006

Just made this my default file sharing program. Will not start, wonder if it because I have installed latest Java? Cannot install 1.5 Java unless you take the old off. If anyone knows.......

ucforces

ucforces reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 10, 2006

I am not using this software, but this is from the Frostwire site :

FrostWire is a fork/spin-off of the LimeWire client. The purpose of this fork is because of the company, LimeWire LLC, and its standing position that may soon filter content on the Gnutella network from within the LimeWire client.

y0himba

y0himba reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 1, 2006

This is an excellent, fast, feature full clone of Limewire Pro. Almost exactly like it. I cannot see paying for software that accesses a free network to download files that are offered for free. The goal was freedom of sharing, and to try and make money off that is pathetic, immoral, and a travesty. Kudos to the authors of Frostwarie and keep up the great work, this is incredible.

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 1, 2006

Blackhold8764: You dope...do you read at all? Frostwire IS limewire...code for code.

The purpose of Frostwire is to offer Limewire with the illegal-content filtering feature removed...a feature no one needs or asks for.

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 1, 2006

I'd personally say this is a LimeWire ripoff

JaapB

JaapB reviewed v4.10.5 Beta on Feb 1, 2006

As far as I can see FrostWire = LimeWire. When you run it in Dutch (like I do) it even calls itself LimeWire. The only difference i did find was that it didn't ask te be upgraded to "pro" .

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Jan 31, 2006

I am a cabos user but frostwire looks like a great alternative to limewire...It has everything lime has but better..

Arnvid

Arnvid reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 30, 2005

I must say that I find the arguments against FrostWire / LimeWire a tiny bit odd. This is open source, and even Firefox was developed from the source built in Mozilla, that again was built on Netscape open source. As Rick1488 explain below, this is not against LimeWire - but a development built on some different concepts compared with the LimeWire development. That LimeWire eventually will come with a PRO version and FrostWire is absolutely a different concept. From my testing of FrostWire I find it very good compared to most alternatives around and have no problem giving FrostWire a yellow five rating.

outofcoffee

outofcoffee reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 30, 2005

shockme17, Limewire *is* open source. You can download the code yourself and develop it, much as the FrostWire devs did if you like.

Aires

Aires reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 30, 2005

I'm fed up with apps for Windows that look like they should be on the Mac. I don't like LimeWire and I don't even like AquaLime. I'm sure this is a very good app for what it does but get rid of Java already. And anyway don't you guys know there's already Cabos?

Rick1488

Rick1488 reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 29, 2005

To tweakerxp

FrostWire and LimeWire
The FrostWire Team does its best to maintain good relationship with the LimeWire project. The FrostWire Team, all of whom are still members of the LimeWire open-source community, disagrees with LimeWire's decision to consider filtering content on the Gnutella network (LimeWire has not implemented this type of DRM technology into their client as of yet). However, we will continue supporting the LimeWire client development and do not wish to make fundamental or drastic changes to the LimeWire core itself. FrostWire will not break with LimeWire's design philosophy.

FrostWire, unlike LimeWire, will never offer a PRO version. The FrostWire project will always remain strictly non-profit without any bundled software, including advertisements, spyware, adware, malware or any code outside the scope of the general network that will transmit private information. FrostWire will always remain Free as in both price and freedom.

tweakerxp

tweakerxp reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 29, 2005

This is such a rip off LimeWire it's not even funny. The interface is almost an exact replica. Even more funny is how LimeWire won't launch when FrostWire is open because it thinks It’s already open. Too funny!

shockme17

shockme17 reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 29, 2005

ok.. so this is basically.. an open source limewire?

enough with the java apps.. they use up too many resources.. i understand that it makes it easier to make cross platform apps, but it uses too many resources.

midiaa

midiaa reviewed v4.10.0 Beta on Dec 29, 2005

Beauty
Lots of configuration options.
Easy to change cool skins.
Lotsa advanced statistics makes it geeky.
Speedy searches and good download interface.
I like the "Monitor" -- incoming searches and upload activities.

Beast
Takes a little long to start up. hmm Java.
FrostWire Media player doesn't work unless you right-click on the audio file in the interface and select "Launch".
Typical Java heaviness.
Skins selector should probably be within Tools...Options box.

It's a neat program that's already well developed and ready for more tweaks. Very usable.

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