MLDonkey is a multi-platform and freely distributed eDonkey client, a P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file-sharing application. It provides users with both a server (daemon) and graphical user interface (GUI).
Supports several large P2P (Peer-to-Peer) networks
Currently, the application supports several large P2P networks, including Overnet, BitTorrent, Fasttrack (Kazaa, Imesh, Grobster), Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire, etc), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Soulseek, Opennap, and Direct-Connect (DC++).
It seems to be the first ever open source application that could access the eDonkey peer-to-peer file sharing network, as a eDonkey2000 clone. It officially supports the Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, MorphOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Numerous graphical user interfaces exist for MLDonkey
Several user interfaces are available for this project, including web-based, native GUIs, Telnet based and basic Wap front-ends. The most simple and effective appears to be the Telnet interface accessible through the command-line (telnet 127.0.0.1 4000) or via the Putty application.
While the Wap interface is extremely simple and provides users only with very basic functionality, such as current download and upload speed, current running downloads, as well as pause, resume, and cancel functions, the web-based interface can be easily accessed with any modern web browser through http://firstname.lastname@example.org:4080.
MLdonkey comes by default with a GTK interface. However, there are many open source or commercial GUI (Graphical User Interfaces) front-ends available, including Sancho, KMLdonkey, G2Gui, CocoDonkey, xDonkey, mlMac, Nulu GUI ML, MLdonkeyWatch, phpEselGui, saman, Platero, Alemula, Zuul, JMoule, Web-GMUI, and Rmldonkey.
All the aforementioned MLdonkey interfaces can be used both remotely and locally. Furthermore, it allows users to easily enable or disable P2P networks, perform parallel searches on all enabled peer-to-peer networks, as well as to download files concurrently from multiple clients.
Summing up, MLdonkey is a very powerful and popular P2P client that runs on most operating systems, supports a wide range of peer-to-peer networks, and comes with a plethora of user interfaces.