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A multi-platform and free Gnutella client that supports Torrent and Magnet links

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FrostWire is an open source and cross-platform application that allow users to share large files and folders at faster download speeds over the Internet, with other people. It is compatible with the BitTorrent network, and allows users to download Magnet links.

Features at a glance

Key features include user-friendly online chat rooms, support for Internet radio stations, skins, Apple iTunes support, as well as a media library and audio player. Being an open source software, FrostWire includes no spyware and no adware. Guaranteed!

It is inspired by the well known LimeWire application and has been designed from the ground up to support search inside cloud and .torrent files, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) service, playback of audio and video files using the MPlayer software, as well as local file sharing and streaming via Wi-Fi/HTTP.

In addition, the program allows users to send downloaded audio files to the iTunes music player application in order to play them. Also, the integrated video player component will let you to playback downloaded video files.

Under the hood

Under the hood, we can report that the application is written entirely in the Java programming language and supports the GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Android, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. It runs on either 64-bit or 32-bit hardware platforms.

On Linux, the application is available for download as DEB files for the Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as binary and source archives that can be used on any Linux-based operating system, as long as you have the Java Runtime Environment installed, at least 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended) and an Internet connection.

Bottom line

All in all, FrostWire is a decent P2P (Peer-to-Peer) application that lets users to download torrent and magnet files from the BitTorrent network, no matter the operating system they use. It offers a beautiful, familiar and modern graphical user interface that looks the same on all supported platforms.

FrostWire was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 14th, 2015
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