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FrostWire for Mac

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Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 89 votes

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Editors' Review


FrostWire is a free, open-source Gnutella client and a fork of the LimeWire source code (and as such, it functions exactly the same). When you search for a file using FrostWire, you get results from LimeWire and vice versa.

However, the user experience differs in two ways. One is that the code is actually based on LimeWire Pro, the paid version of the popular P2P client, so users don't have to worry about simultaneous download restrictions, and they won't get bombarded by ads. Also, befitting the name, the interface has changed from green to blue and has been slightly improved. Tabs have rounded corners, and there are two additions, as well. Connections monitors your outgoing and incoming connections by host name, but also provides bandwidth information, the vendor and version being used, and more.

While some people have experienced faster download times with FrostWire compared with its parent, others have not. FrostWire and LimeWire are practically indistinguishable, although the lack of ads is a big plus.

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User Reviews

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4 stars

"Fast, reliable, and an asset to find good, rare stuff."

August 26, 2011  |  By Gwen_Dibley

 |  Version: FrostWire 5.0.8


Unlike other software of this ilk, I get many results fast and they are usually 90% relevant to what I was looking for. Uploads are really fast.


Well, none really. I am knocking off a star for the simple fact that 10% of my search results are crud/spam. Not sure this can ever be solved by anyone, but it does force me to double check what I'm uploading before doing so.


The bottom line is that my taste in music is erratic and sometimes I simply have to hear a song or album or I won't be able to sleep. I know downloading music is sketchy, but Frostwire is a really great resource to scratch an itch that is hard to reach. I don't use it often, but when I do there is no BS. And let's face it, some movies simply won't be shown in the US (ie A Serbian Film) and Frostwire is a great resource for this.

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1 stars

"No where near what CNET's review says anymore..."

August 23, 2011  |  By Aleonardis1

 |  Version: FrostWire 5.0.8


Nothing at all. (Honestly.)




I might be over exaggerating, but, this is seriously the worst update for any software I've ever had in my computing life. Frostwire should rename the software to bittorent because thats all this is. The review on your site now says the word gnutella in it. Well it's nowhere to be seen in this new software. Fix your review.

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Full Specifications

Publisher FrostWire
Publisher web site http://www.frostwire.com
Release Date August 01, 2011
Date Added August 01, 2011
Version 5.0.8
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5/Intel
Additional Requirements
  • Java 1.6
  • Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name External File
    Total Downloads 1,698,878
    Downloads Last Week 243
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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