LimeWire

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 9923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.6
  • Total Downloads:
    207,092,975
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 28, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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From its start as a post-Napster clone to its leading role as the quintessential Gnutella client, LimeWire is the highest-profile P2P application. Version 5 re-envisions LimeWire for a Web 2.0 world, with an emphasis on sharing with friends, square buttons with rounded corners, and overall a cleaner interface.

Two search bars and two sidebars cap off the redesign. The uppermost search bar is the global search that scans what everybody is sharing over the P2P network, while the secondary one on the right searches your library. The sidebars are set up in a similar way. Both are on the left, with the outer one offering three options: your library, the global P2P network, and your friends. Click on My Library and your inner sidebar shows your collection of music, movies, and documents. The P2P Network option shows what you're uploading and downloading, while the Friends option lets you share your library specifically with your Google/Jabber contacts, which you can import. Search results can be presented in both the new Web 2.0-style that surfaces just the most relevant information, with an Information button to dive deeper or the "classic" spreadsheet view.

The Advanced Tools feature is also new, which lets power users drill down and get highly specific information about who they're connected to, similar to what's available from torrent clients. This data includes IP addresses, bandwidth, the program being used and its version. The new features and overall functionality make this by far the most mature version of LimeWire to date. Despite the typical performance flaws found in all file-sharing clients, this latest version continues to offer solid performance and good looks across the board.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 79 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 14
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 9923 votes

    • 5 star 4138
    • 4 star 2843
    • 3 star 1016
    • 2 star 472
    • 1 star 1454
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2 stars

"Had this yrs. ago, now it doesn't work???!"

February 17, 2010  |  By ter22

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

None-yet...

Cons

Can not get the thing to work, can somebody tell me what I possibly could have done wrong? Just downloaded it, but the music searching, nothing will search...

Summary

Does anybody know what if anything else I should have downloaded? I am just not getting this, it worked so fast and easy a few yrs. ago... Now, I get the screen , and that's it! any suggestions?

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5 stars

"best p2p out there"

February 17, 2010  |  By brandon143106

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

everything

Cons

i dont get paid to use it

Summary

easy to use, fast downloads, lots of stuff to choose from, what else could you ask for

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4 stars

"works really good"

February 16, 2010  |  By pac41858

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

A little confusing to set up but after that very good

Cons

a little difficult to set-up

Summary

works good and is easy too use after setup

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2 stars

"Doesn't work properly."

February 16, 2010  |  By woodybassmanturner

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

I've used it for several weeks and it's yet to work properly.

Cons

I've had to re-install three times and it's asking me to re-install again.

Summary

I'm going to un-install and leave it alone. I had used earlier versions and they worked fine.

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1 stars

"Warning Spyware magnet"

February 16, 2010  |  By glbacon01

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

Limewire is a good program for finding the songs you like and is easy to use

Cons

There is a question of legality and every time my kids used limewire I spent hours removing the malware/viruses/trogan horses/etc. even though I have AVG and malwarebytes installed.

Summary

Pay the price per song and download legally so you don't expose your computer to such great threats. I have been in the IT field for over 20 years and it just isn't worth the time for "free" downloads.

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3 stars

"Simple interface, but lacking certain features"

February 15, 2010  |  By zhh_li

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

Powerful automation features, easy and quick search, great peer-finding abilities

Cons

Not very customizable. Very few choices as to connection, transfer, or even the user interface. Hogs processing.

Summary

Overall, a good, simple to use, and useful bit-torrent client. However, it lacks in one major feature: customization. Limewire doesn't give you much choice as to how it looks, or how it transfers data between peers. I would have liked to see features such as plug-in support and the option to access more advances features such as bind to IP, socket size, and auto-adjustment of download and upload caps.

If you are a beginning user who would just be happy to download torrents at a reasonable speed, then this is for you. Limewire has few bugs, and a clean interface to navigate. However, if you are someone who wants to get the most out of your connection, then try another client. One of the major problems facing Limewire is the fact that it also has a paid version, almost completely eliminating all possible support for plug-ins. If you want to properly configure your bittorrent application and get the fastest speed, then try Vuze, which has more advanced settings.

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4 stars

"very user friendly and can find almost everything"

February 15, 2010  |  By patsfan1281NE

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

I enjoy being able to find most everything I want and mostly good quality. Easy to use and the price is right!

Cons

Some songs are listed with wrong title or artist, you have to be careful. Occasionally the download just won't work no matter what

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5 stars

"I absolutely love Limewire! Awesome!"

February 14, 2010  |  By crump212

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

Fast downloads, good search results, easy to use

Cons

keeps prompting to go pro, if I wanted pro, I'd subscribe to it

Summary

I love limewire. I can find anything and everything I need. It's a good file sharing system, with an adequate search engine and good speed. I would definitely recommend it to someone else to use.

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5 stars

"amazing i have never used this before"

February 14, 2010  |  By nicolechrisp

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

very helpful in finding old songs that i have not heard of in years

Cons

nothing it is great

Summary

its fabulous runs smooth and easy for me to navigate through

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5 stars

"LimeWire is great"

February 13, 2010  |  By danielhpopp

 |  Version: LimeWire 5.4.6

Pros

Easy to use, great with downloads

Cons

Hogs System CPU

Summary

LimeWire is a Java application and Java always takes more than it's fair share of the CPU. I run Linux 8.10 and I was surprised that Limewire was available for it. Have had Limewire for about two months and it has amazed me how smoothly it runs, but you still have to watch out for them dangerous Trojan Horses, They can tear a computer apart like it was paper.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.6
Version 5.4.6 updates interface for smoother navigation and includes Faster BitTorrent downloads.
General
Publisher LimeWire
Publisher web site http://www.limewire.com/
Release Date December 28, 2009
Date Added December 28, 2009
Version 5.4.6
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
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Popularity
Total Downloads 207,092,975
Downloads Last Week 11
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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