New FrostWire 6.8.3 (desktop) UPDATE available now – macOS Catalina compatible 29.5 MB
frostwire-6.8.3.dmg 37 MB
frostwire-6.8.3.amd64.deb 5.63 MB
frostwire-6.8.3.amd64.rpm 7.17 MB
frostwire-6.8.3.amd64.tar.gz 12.2 MB

This release prepares FrostWire for the next generation of desktop of operating systems. We spent all summer re-building all of our native (C/C++) components for 64-bit architectures and newer libraries for FrostWire to keep running as efficiently as possible for years to come in Windows and Mac.


On this last iteration we worked for several weeks to rebuild one of our most important components, the media player. FrostWire now has a custom build of MPlayer 1.4.0 which recently got a most expected major update, along with a new ffmpeg 4.2 build and updated openssl encryption which is used every time you play media via https streams. In addition we’ve included other streaming protocols that allow our MPlayer build to do streaming of live content (this feature is not yet available through our user interface, but it might be)

We’ve also fixed a bug that was hunting us for years, we’ve rebuilt and simplified our Mac launcher program, in the past a bug would not let the application be launched unless you had installed Java 6 on your mac, an old legacy version of Java that wasn’t really necessary to run FrostWire since FrostWire comes with its own Java runtime (Currently Java 12, another big update we did this summer)(


frostwire (6.8.3) stable; urgency=high
* Mac, Windows: new mplayer 1.4.0 build with ffmpeg 4.2 and openssl-1.1.c
* Mac: launcher fixes bug that required legacy Java to be present in the system

— FrostWire Team Thu, 4 Oct 2019 10:24:50 -0600

Photo by Matheus Queiroz

FrostWire is a Free and open-source BitTorrent client first released in September 2004, as a fork of LimeWire. It was initially very similar to LimeWire in appearance and functionality, but over time developers added more features, including support for the BitTorrent protocol. In version 5, support for the Gnutella network was dropped entirely, and FrostWire became a BitTorrent-only client.

8 thoughts on “New FrostWire 6.8.3 (desktop) UPDATE available now – macOS Catalina compatible

  1. Just installed the latest Frostwire 6.8.2. Tried to open it and got the message I need Java 6. I tried tp update java and it updated to Java 8. Frostwire will not work. Sends me to find Java 6????

  2. What is the latest, please. Tell me the creation date and time. When I launch, I get an invitation to update – to the same 6.8.3, with a later creation date (2019-10-14).

    Also, regardless of which issue I run, it won’t quit on command. I must force quit. Mac OS 10.14.6

    Thanks for Frostwire. I’ve been with you for years.

    1. Hey Brian,

      Our latest public release is this one:
      Released on October 14, 2019

      Try completely removing it and install the installer on the link above, you shouldn’t be getting any more update messages,
      that’s the same one I’m running, just ran it now and I don’t get update messages.

      I’m about to release a new one either tonight or tomorrow with search engine fixes.

      Thank you for being with us for years!

  3. When I try to download a torrent, it will go up in the download speed, then it goes down and stops downloading. I have tried everything in my settings and have been having issues with my IPVanish software, but I don’t know if that is the problem or if the new version of frostwire is the problem. I was having this problem with the 6.8.0 version. anyone have similar problems? Frostwire website has no help page so I do not know who to turn to for help.

  4. I love Frostwire. However, with the install of Catalina on my MacBook Pro, Frostwire 6.8.3 crashes instantly. Twice.

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