New FrostWire 4.21.8

A new FrostWire for Desktop is out with lots and lots of bug fixes that had a long time coming as well as some new policies to better protect you from sharing unwanted files by mistake.

New UI Elements have been added or modified for your convenience and better understanding of the application.

Take a look at the changes on the File Menu, and all the better explained Sharing options for Gnutella files as for Torrent Seeding control.

With the changes done to the File Menu, many new users will easily know how to completly shutdown FrostWire if they want to, no need to right click the FrostWire Icon on the Icon Tray if you want to leave.

We also changed the wording from “Download Torrent/Magnet” to “Open Torrent/Magnet” to better follow the old school tradition of File -> Open across many software applications.

One bug that had a long time coming had to do with choosing your Torrent Data Save Folder path, now you’ll be able to select an external drive if that’s where you choose to save your Torrent Data files, thanks to all the people on the forum that reminded us of these and many other issues.

Now, from the Library you can intuitively find the Sharing Options with a new “Options” button that’ll take you to the Sharing Options of the application. Also, you will be able to see the files downloaded via BitTorrent on the Library Tree Node named “Torrent Saved Files”

Updated Policies

When you go through the configuration Wizard, you will see a clear difference between your “Save Folder” and your “Shared Folder”. You will be able to choose wether or not you want to share gnutella downloads as individual files or not. By default you won’t be sharing finished downloads. Incomplete files will also not be shared by default.

Also, if you decide to not share new finished downloads, all previously shared individual downloads that were on the default Saved folder won’t be shared any more.

Your Torrent Data Folder cannot be shared in Gnutella. This is to avoid any inconsistencies that may arise when a user doesn’t want to seed a torrent. We have tried to make a clear distinction between Gnutella Sharing and BitTorrent Seeding.

You can now choose wether or not you want to seed finished torrents or not. By default you will be seeding torrents but you’ll be able to turn this off during the configuration wizard. We have made this decision so that you’re not catalogued as a “Leech” by torrent trackers and you have the best experience when it comes to using bittorrent.

Spam Results are also now hidden by default. You will know how many results are being hidden by looking at the numbers on your Search Result Tab Title. If you see something like “my keywords (7/234)” on the title, that means that you’re looking at 7 results and 234 Spam results detected and hidden from you for a better experience. You can always display Junk Results by Going to Tools -> Options -> FIlters -> Junk -> Display.

Also, you can now Block malicious hosts right after marking their Search Results as Spam, no need to right click on them after you’ve marked them as Spam, FrostWire will show you the option to block malicious hosts if you haven’t blocked them already.

A lot more coming, stay tuned.

4.21.8 Changelog

frostwire (4.21.8) stable; urgency=high
* Fixes a possible freeze reported by some users when the configuration
wizard is shown.
* Fixes issue when a user changes default Gnutella Save Folder
and unchecks Sharing finished downloads. Individually shared
files from the old Save Folder would still be shared.
Now all individually shared files will be unshared if you uncheck
this setting.
* Now users don’t have to re-start to stop seeding after they’ve changed
their torrent Seeding Configuration. All torrents old and new will stop
seeding as soon as the setting is applied.
* Better wording to explain on which networks files are being shared on,
Gnutella or BitTorrent.
* Changed color of “Sharing Options” gear icon to blue, gray
icon may have seemed as if the button was disabled.
* Added “Sharing Options” gear button on Search Tab. It’s only visible
once a search has been started.
* Added Help Menu options to learn about how to share/unshare files,
torrent seeding, and how to avoid being scammed into paying for

— FrostWire Team Thu, 16 May 2011 17:40:20 -0500

frostwire (4.21.7) stable; urgency=high

* Makes sure cancelling torrents that have finished are not deleted.
* Folders created by torrents that are cancelled during download are deleted to avoid any unwanted file sharing.
* Fixes a bug when migrating from an older version of FrostWire on which previously Saved and individually shared files would still be shared after not sharing finished downloads on the migration wizard.
* Fixes a bug on configuration screens that could make the application freeze for a few seconds before moving towards the next screen.
* Migration wizard will always be shown to make sure users are aware of what they’re sharing.
* Sharing completed files is always set to off by default on the configuration wizard.

— FrostWire Team Thu, 16 May 2011 17:10:25 -0500

4.21.6 Changelog

frostwire (4.21.6) stable; urgency=high

* Fixes a bug where some Debian systems that didn’t support the Icon Tray would crash on startup.
* Fixes a bug where running FrostWire for the very first time (and later) display Uploads number -1 in the bottom status bar.
* UX improvement Junk & Block. When marking Junk Results UI offers to block malicious hosts that haven’t blocked already.
* Policy update, Incomplete files are not shared by default to avoid sharing files you started downloading and didn’t want.
* Policy update, Finished downloads are not shared by default to avoid confusion between files on Shared folder versus files on Save folder.
* UX improvement, better explanation and option to turn on/off individual sharing of finished downloads (that end up in Saved Folder) during FrostWire setup wizard.
* UX improvement, when user turns off Finished Download sharing those files that were shared as individual files inside the ‘Saved Folder’ will not be shared anymore.
* UX improvement, File menu now has option to Exit FrostWire completely.
* UX improvement, File menu now says “Open Torrent/Magnet” instead of “Download Torrent/Magnet” for clarity.
* Bug Fix: The Torrent Save folder is now considered correctly, now users can set a Torrent Save folder on external drives.
* Bug Fix: Slideshow component had an issue where it would not update correctly the URL of the currently displayed slice if it had issues fetching the image file, this could in turn sometimes cause 100% CPU utilization.

— FrostWire Team Thu, 5 May 2011 11:03:14 -0500

About FrostWire
“FrostWire is a Peer-to-Peer file sharing program for the Gnutella network and BitTorrent protocol. It is built on the Limewire source code, and it is written in the Java programming language. Development of the program has been active since the program was first released in September 2004.” Wikipedia.

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FrostWire “Torrent Joint” v4.20.9 Released – (Now powered by Vuze Technology)

The Internet – Team FrostWire – Last Update July 3rd 2010

The FrostWire team is constantly on top of the P2P & file sharing news striving to keep the application on the edge of technological developments. We have always had a clear vision of where things are headed in our little part of the Internet and we’re proud to be a part of community that can adapt to changes very quickly.

In 2009 we saw a lot of talk about and many changes ocurrying to the most popular torrent tracker websites. We also observed an increase in general usage and understanding of the underlying technology and it’s benefits. Until now, FrostWire used legacy LimeWire technology to support torrent downloads and was able to decently serve our community torrent needs. We thought that decent was not enough.

Now FrostWire’s BitTorrent engine has been entirely replaced and features all the power of a lightweight version of the Azureus BitTorrent Core under the hood.

Not only all the prior issues our users reported with torrents are gone, but downloading torrents with FrostWire is faster than ever. Torrent Bootstrapping has also significantly improved and in some cases the average download speeds are even 3x faster than with our previous torrent technology.

The introduction of gnutella based .torrent file search with our last release clearly stated our direction, a truly decentralized P2P network with the best of the BitTorrent and Gnutella networks.

BitTorrent Magnet Links Support
The new version of FrostWire also supports BitTorrent Magnets, meaning you only need to get special URL (no initial file downloads necessary) and FrostWire will fetch the Torrent Metadata on the P2P network (using the Azureus DHT technology).

.torrents can survive also in Gnutella
Now, not only will .torrent files survive in the Gnutella network, but they will be fully searchable [in gnutella] and ready to aid in BitTorrent downloads may those torrents ever be removed from web based indexing services.

Every member of the file sharing community will be able to share both the .torrent files as well as the actual content files allowing for the BitTorrent traffic to be fully de-centralized, thanks to Gnutella search and the BitTorrent DHT.

Get high on the BitTorrent DHT with FrostWire “Torrent Joint” version 4.20.1 and update your client now.

Other User Experience Updates
If you’re not getting enough search results from your peers, or you are seeing too many spam and fake results, it’s a good idea to Refresh your connections. FrostWire will fetch a list of healthy and recently crawled ultrapeers willing to take more peers.

Our community members repeatedly told us that the percentage indicator for download progress was not enough, so we added a new column that shows the progress of the download in bytes. Thanks for your feedback.

If you speak geek, here’s the changelog.

Version 4.20.9 "Torrent Joint" (August 2010)
- Fixes bug where FrostWire would not try to open exclusively UDP tracked torrents.
- New option -Dultrapeer=1 forces FrostWire to run as Ultrapeer. Only for hackers that build FrostWire.

Version 4.20.8 "Torrent Joint" (August 2010)
- Upgrades search, now powered with results a service
   that indexes thousands of legal torrent files. (formerly known as
- New BitTorrent Connection Settings Available.
- New ability to configure the max. number of active torrent downloads.
- New ability to configure the max. number of peers per torrent.
- New ability to configure the max. number of torrent connections.
- New ability to configure the max. number of torrent uploads.
- Fixes torrent auto resume bug.

Version 4.20.7 "Torrent Joint" (July 2010)
- Improves torrent search dramatically.
- Upgrades to protect search results from spam.
- Source packaged (.dsc) for Debian/Ubuntu.

Version 4.20.6 "Torrent Joint" (April 2010)
- Upgrades Azureus Core to version - Thanks to the Vuze/Azureus team for their hard work.

Version 4.20.5 "Torrent Joint" (March, April 2010)
- Fixes audio player issues. Now all MP3s should support skipping and gain control.
- Fixes bug on status bar speed meter. Now BitTorrent uploads speeds are added up and shown correctly in it.
- Fixes High CPU usage bug while loading hostiles ip list.
- Fixes a bug on MacOSX on which FrostWire would only start downloading a .torrent only if FrostWire was already running.
- The FrostWire windows installer will now clean FrostWire Desktop shortcuts if uninstalled.

Version 4.20.4 "Torrent Joint" (March 2010)
- Fixes connectivity issues for Mac version.

Version 4.20.3 "Torrent Joint" (March 2010)
- Fixes a bug where files couldn't be dragged out of the Library.
- Fixes a bug where opening a magnet link would freeze the UI while it was being fetched in the DHT.
- Fixes a bug where magnet links that were dropped on FrostWire wouldn't start downloading.

Version 4.20.2 "Torrent Joint" (HotFix)
- Fixes a bug on torrent resume.
- Installer sizes reduced over 58%

Version 4.20.1 "Torrent Joint" (February 2010)
- Major Upgrade: BitTorrent Engine replaced for a lightweight version of the Azureus BitTorrent core.
  FrostWire has become a far superior BitTorrent client starting version 4.20.x now supporting:
        - Trackerless Torrents (via Azureus DHT)
        - Improved Magnet link support (BTIH Magnet Links)
        - SuperSeeding
        - +100% Faster Torrent Connection Bootstraping  (No more "More Sources Needed" for .torrents that failed before)
        - +100% Faster Torrent Downloads in some occasions than 4.18.x
        - Transport Encryption capabilities
        - Improved UPnP implementation
- New Feature: The Download Manager now has a new column showing the amount of bytes downloaded per download.
- Update: The "Refresh Connections" Tool is now available even if you are Turbo Charged.
- Fixes a bug where Crash Reports would show an old version number. 

Screenshot of FrostWire “Torrent Joint” v4.20 – Click to enlarge

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Would you donate part of your p2p bandwidth to proxy Google searches to China?

It’s come to our attention the situation between China and Google recently. A snappy business developer would probably be on standby to setup several web proxy sites to let Chinese users access Google and make money on advertisement. However, Web Proxies can also be hunted down by Chinese authorities and all of that traffic can easily be blocked as well.

This made us think that this would be an excellent use of the FrostWire P2P network, a network that virtually can’t be shutdown due to it’s decentralized nature.

FrostWire users outside China have unrestricted access to Google, FrostWire could implement a “P2P Google Search” to proxy keyword searches coming from China to Google servers and back.

It would be very hard if not impossible to filter this traffic which could come from nameless ip addresses from all over the world. Even if they would ban in China to avoid the installation of our client in China, Chinese users could still download FrostWire from thousands of mirrors and from the p2p network itself.

If the Chinese government were to completely ban all DNS requests to all Google domains, would you be willing to donate a part of your FrostWire P2P bandwidth to proxy Google Search Requests?

Hopefully China and Google will be able to resolve their issues and this won’t be necessary, but options will exist to keep offering a free internet to everybody in the planet.

About FrostWire
FrostWire is a peer-to-peer file sharing program for the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols. FrostWire is written in Java, and is a fork of LimeWire, another popular Gnutella client from which it was originally born. Released under the GNU General Public License, FrostWire is free software.

FrostWire’s BitTorrent engine is powered by Vuze (Azureus) Technology

FrostWire “Arctic Shield” Released

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The newest FrostWire release “Arctic Shield” (version 4.18.5) has arrived.

By the request of our users the latest version adds some serious connection and anti-spam improvements.

FrostWire “Arctic Shield” is by far the most significant update of 2009 and we strongly recommend this update.

Continue reading “FrostWire “Arctic Shield” Released”

Tip: Block Spam better with hostiles.txt

By Aaron.Walkhouse

This is an expanded list for protection against malware, spammers and other abusers of gnutella. It is compiled from many sources, including the lists from BlueTack Internet Security Systems and my own scans of the network for defective nodes, over a dozen types of trojan, the top ten worms and about a dozen classes of spam. It was started in 2004 for BearShare, then LimeWire started using it in 2006 and FrostWire acquired the capability soon afterwards.

It has grown to fit the task over the past 5 years and has become effective against all kinds of hazards while
enhancing performance (despite it’s size) due to steadily improving intelligence on every kind of threat on Gnutella. It now averages 400,000 rules, effectively blocking everything but us.

Needless to say, this makes for a large list. It tend to cut the noise level down so you can get
some searching done without having to wade through mountains of trash. Now it’s just hills. 🙂

How to use the list:

  1. Download the list
  2. Unzip the file and copy the file “hostiles.txt” to your FrostWire settings directory. (Replace any hostiles.txt if you had any since the lists are often updated)
  3. Start/Restart FrostWire

Where’s the FrostWire Settings Folder?

In Windows it could be on any of these two locations:

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_NAME\Application Data\FrostWire
C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_NAME\.frostWire

In Vista:


In Mac OSX


In Linux


Once you’ve done this, you’ll hardly see any fake search results, and your FrostWire will consume less bandwidth from incoming unwanted queries

Tip: Block Spammers

If you are getting to many fake results, maybe you need to block a bunch of nasty hosts out there and use the “Mark as Junk” feature a little bit more. Here’s an updated list of Blocked IPs.

With a text editor open “frostwire.props”

Windows users:


Mac Users:


Linux Users:


Look for “BLACK_LISTED_IP_ADDRESSES”, if you can’t find it, just paste the following list. If you already got some in there, copy the list of IPs and append at the end of your existing list (right after putting a “;” at the end of your existing list). It should all end up on a single line (no \n)


The next version FrostWire will update this list automatically for you, for now, you’ll have to hack away a little bit your frostwire.props file and restart FrostWire.

Photography licensed under Creative Commons by ianlloyd

FrostWire 4.17.0 Released


Official FrostWire 4.17.0 Download link

After 6 months of work, a completely new fork from the LimeWire code base has come to fruition, FrostWire 4.17.0 features over a year’s worth of core and user interface upgrades made to the original LimeWire client, now included in FrostWire along all the previous work done over FrostWire 4.13.x.

Among the most important updates:

  • Upgrades on our update notification system, capability for featured content and recommendations
  • Updated Playlist (drag & drop support, and Playlist rearrange options)
  • New Media Player with volume and seek controls (Plays mp3, ogg and wav)
  • Support for private torrents
  • Greater control over your Shared files
  • Add Magnets to Open Dialog
  • Improvements in bootstrapping
  • Warn When Too Many Files Shared
  • Make Ultrapeers ignore partial results
  • Mojito DHT capable (still not active for 4.17.0)
  • More translations to be available for the community on Many improvements for Spanish, and Italian and Chinese have been finally been added among others
  • Reduce query traffic by knowing firewalled state; implement leafs informing ups of firewall status.
  • Recognize flv as a video extension.
  • Enable removal from playlist via the ‘Delete’ or ‘Backspace’ key.
  • (Bittorrent) Extended BEncoding to support rational numbers.
  • Add support for alternate location lookup for BitTorrents.
  • Use less memory for large number of leaf connections.
  • General Save folder improvements.
  • Smoother Icon Tray Icons for Linux and Windows
  • FrostWire now runs under Java SE 6 on Mac OS X (however SE6 is temperamental; it exhibits some strange connection issues). More integration with the MacOSX dock and other components
  • Speedup Magnet/Torrents at startup.
  • Add partial search results.
  • Exclude magnet downloads from being purged after 7 days.
  • Incremental search on the Settings window
  • Default setting tweaks for users with high speed connections (T1,T3) to make the most out of their bandwith

Faster than ever

Here’s a full screenshot of the new speeds achieved with FrostWire 4.17.0 when downloading torrents.

FrostWire 4.17.0 is a major milestone on the project road map, many new innovations are to come after this release, stay tuned.

About FrostWire
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world. In late 2005, concerned developers of LimeWire’s open source community announced the start of a new project fork “FrostWire” that would protect the developmental source code of the LimeWire client and any improvements to the Gnutella protocol design. The developers of FrostWire give high regard and respect to the GNU General Public License and consider it to be the ideal foundation of a creative and free enterprise market.

Download FrostWire 4.17.0 from the official website

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