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Editors' Review


Many of us have used peer-to-peer file-sharing programs that allow us to connect to networks with thousands of other users, sharing music, movies, and more. What if you could take that same concept and shrink it down so that the only people on the network were the ones you invited? Retroshare allows you to do just that. This simple program lets users create private file-sharing networks for the easy transfer of files between friends, family, or co-workers--and no one else.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive, with its major features represented by graphical buttons. Adding other people to the network isn't as easy as some other programs make it--Retroshare users must exchange XPGP certificates and enter them manually--but the process isn't too difficult. Users then simply select the folders that they want to share, and other users can browse through them and download files at their leisure. The program has an array of cool features, including built-in chat, messaging, and forums, all of which are as secure as the file-sharing. We were a little confused by the News Feed button; we thought perhaps that Retroshare had an RSS reader, but there didn't seem to be any way to add new feeds, and this feature wasn't addressed at all in the brief Help file. Other than that, though, we found the program to be easy to use and quite efficient for sharing files with other trusted users.

Retroshare is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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2 stars

"Not worth it as it is"

July 19, 2013  |  By waaaaaat

2013-07-19 07:36:25  |  By waaaaaat

 |  Version: Retroshare 0.5.4e


File sharing functionality usable.


-Offline orivate messages unusable. From what I experienced private messages to your friends are only sent directly (when both peers are online), totally disappointing.
-Mail unusable. In the mail functionality it seems that if the sender deletes the mail all recipients get that mail deleted.
-Forum unusable. In the forum functionality Thread titles are not editable in any circumstance.


Creators should deliver something other than filesharing that actually works on P2P and perhaps put less thought in the about box.

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5 stars

"Very promising"

January 19, 2008  |  By anonislis

2008-01-19 11:13:30  |  By anonislis

 |  Version: Retroshare 3.50.b


Easy to use, nice interface, SERVERLESS!!!! (can work on a local network), secured, I definitely like


Software currently in developpement, so, some features might still be missing, but promising

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5 stars

"I have 10 buddies on my list now, cool stuff !"

August 22, 2006  |  By openyourmind

2006-08-22 07:27:12  |  By openyourmind

 |  Version: CyberSpace p2p Instant Messenger with Filesharing build 124


and everything is encrypted, as well filesharing! cool stuff for an Instant Messenger.


this version not accepting edonkey links at the moment.

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5 stars

"very good buddylist filesharing and without servers"

August 22, 2006  |  By surrender

2006-08-22 03:30:28  |  By surrender

 |  Version: CyberSpace p2p Instant Messenger with Filesharing build 124


easy to use, good graphic, share files to your buddies

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Full Specifications

Publisher Retroshare
Publisher web site
Release Date August 22, 2014
Date Added August 22, 2014
Version 0.5.5c
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements GPG4Win v1.1.4
Download Information
File Size 14.02MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 33,785
Downloads Last Week 24
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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