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.