New Huge FrostWire + Telluride Release. What we did in 2020, What we’ll do in 2021 and Beyond

  • Our New Huge first FrostWire+Telluride Release
  • What we hope to achieve in 2021
  • What’s been done in 2020
Video Demo: How to backup Instagram Livestreams or videos from hundreds of video sites

Hello friends, if you’re reading this it means you’ve survived 2020 so far. It hasn’t been easy for anybody, but we’re here to keep delivering great free open source software for the world.

Excited for FrostWire 6.8.8 and following releases

We’ve just finished a big desktop release, we’ve fixed every search source, added new ones, brought forth bleeding edge java technology and squashed several pending bugs.

We no longer bundle offers in our installers but more importantly we’ve brought back a feature many of you kept asking for, only now it’s a 100 times better than ever before.

We like to call it “Telluride Cloud Downloader“.

Telluride Logo
Telluride logo, courtesy of @nicole_draw

The Telluride Cloud Video downloader is in an easy to use, stand-alone, command line tool that makes use of youtube-dl library to let a user backup, archive or time-shift their cloud hosted videos.

Usually these video hosting services do not provide a convenient way for content creators to download the content they uploaded (perhaps to make it inconvenient to export user’s libraries to competitors), or there might be content of public interest that could be politically censored by a tyrannical government and it should be archived for journalistic reasons, or the user have to be away from a wireless signal for hours or days and needs to time-shift.

Also, there are hundreds of millions of public domain, creative commons and legally free videos available in these platforms.


Starting with FrostWire 6.8.8 for desktop the installation folder also comes with a telluride executable (in geek-speak: it’s a self-contained python runtime executable and python script that simplifies the use of youtube-dl for FrostWire users)

But don’t worry, you don’t need a command line to use it, all you need to do is open FrostWire and paste the URL of your video. FrostWire tells telluride the URL and reads the response to show you the download options for your video shown the same way as FrostWire search results.

It works with hundreds of sites. It’s very useful for those of us that upload original content to social media websites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, OpenTube, BitChute, DailyMotion, Vimeo and hundreds more.

Backups, Timeshifting, Archival


If you do live broadcasts on Instagram or Twitter, now you can finally download your broadcasts to your computer and easily edit a shorter version of your broadcast, or you can extract clips with the best parts so that you can post to your feed or video channel.


Just copy the link to your live IG broadcast into the FrostWire search box and you will see the available download options.

Twitter/Periscope broadcast backups will be available in future releases.

What’s Next for 2021

Now that this big Telluride ticket for desktop is finally done, we’ll be improving it and enhancing it progressively with further releases, we’ll be adding support for more advanced users that need an easy and powerful internet archiving tool (journalists, librarians, historians), and we’ll be adding a “daemon mode” for the telluride tool so it doesn’t spawn a new process every time you paste a cloud URL on FrostWire.

man wearing Sony PlayStation VR



We want to bring Telluride to Android. We tried several different approaches to put our youtube-dl python wrapper on the Android app and for now we know what not to do, but we have some clever solutions planned.

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JLibtorrent: A swig Java interface for libtorrent by the makers of FrostWire.
Develop libtorrent based apps with the joy of coding in Java.

jlibtorrent 2.0. There’s significant work to be done with our JLibtorrent project, the libtorrent engine Java wrapper that empowers all the bittorrent downloads on FrostWire across all platforms as well as many other bittorrent clients in the network.

The libtorrent project has now released its 2.0 branch and it seems to be very stable, it features new merkelized Bittorrent 2.0 torrents and lots of other new technology that we don’t want FrostWire users to miss-on and which will enable us to build next-gen torrenting features.

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person performing heart hand gesture

We are also working on growing our community, we’re hoping to be able to start modernizing the user interface of our desktop client to be web-based, this will be done with a pilot parallel project, we don’t want to make anybody angry who’s already happy and doesn’t want the battle tested FrostWire user interface to change.

This is a project we had already embarked on around 2018 but things went sideways with Google Play and we had to layoff the entire team back then.

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people walking on street during daytime



Another big and impactful goal is to simplify .torrent publishing and decentralizing .torrent indexes to circumvent all censoring efforts of torrent indices, this is a missing piece of the bittorrent ecosystem we’ve dreamed of building for years and 2021 should be the year to make it happen with your help.

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“Quiet, Private zone”



Starting with 6.8.8 we have stopped monetizing our desktop installers completely. For months we’ve already been offering a bundle free mac installer and windows installer on github and sourceforge, we believe a nag free experience is one of the best incentives for community growth, a clean open-source free software experience supported by you.


What’s been done in 2020

Lastly we wanted to let you know all of what we’ve done this year for Android, Desktop and for our JLibtorrent project.

If you find FrostWire useful, if it’s made your life any better and if it’s within your means, please consider donating to the project for its continued existence and growth in 2021.
If you can’t afford to donate, please share FrostWire with all your friends and continue to share, the more the merrier.


We hope you find value in our work and we’ll try our hardest to earn your contributions, we strongly believe that if we deliver a world class software you find useful, there should be enough users and open source projects out there that care enough to help us keep going with a small donation every month, perhaps the same as buying us, your friends, one cup of coffee every month, ideally without ever needing to tap into the nasty advertising-industry.

FrostWire for Android in 2020

frostwire (6.8.8) stable; urgency=high

  • New Telluride build 6 cloud downloader technology
  • Refreshed welcome screen with search textbox
  • OpenJDK 15 runtime (Windows, MacOS)
  • New TorrentParadise search source
  • New GloTorrents search source
  • Yify search fixed
  • Torrentz2 search fixed
  • MagnetDL search fixed
  • Soundcloud search fixed
  • EZTV search fixed
  • Fixed archive.org broken downloads
  • Fixes false negative NordLynx/NordVPN detection
  • All deprecation warnings fixed along with some optimizations
  • New source renderer icons for 1337x and MagnetDL search sources by Aholicknight
  • dev: built with openjdk 15
  • dev: gradle-6.7 — FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Thu, 18 Nov 2020 09:56:00 -0600

frostwire (6.8.7) stable; urgency=high

  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.10.0 update
  • OpenJDK 14.0.2 update for Windows and macOS
  • lt: improve stat_file() performance on Windows
  • lt: fix issue with loading invalid torrents with only 0-sized files
  • lt: fix to avoid large stack allocations
  • lt: removed deprecated wstring overloads on non-windows systems
  • lt: drop dependency on Unicode’s ConvertUTF code (which had a license incompatible with Debian)
  • lt: fix bugs exposed on big-endian systems
  • lt: fix detection of hard-links not being supported by filesystem
  • lt: fixed resume data regression for seeds with prio 0 files
  • binaries: compiler upgraded from g++-5 to g++-7 — FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:35:00 -0600

frostwire (6.8.6) stable; urgency=high

  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.8.0 update
  • New 1337x search (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789)
  • New iDope search (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789)
  • Fixed Torrentz2 search dates (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789)
  • Fixed SC search
  • Discontinues mplayer video playback, uses os default video player for videos
  • com.google.re2j:re2j:1.3 -> 1.4
  • com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:4.4.1 -> 4.8.1
  • com.h2database:h2:1.4.199 -> 200
  • lt: validate UTF-8 encoding of client version strings from peers
  • lt: don’t time out tracker announces as eagerly while resolving hostnames
  • lt: fix NAT-PMP shutdown issue
  • lt: improve hostname lookup by merging identical lookups
  • lt: fix network route enumeration for large routing tables
  • lt: fixed issue where pop_alerts() could return old, invalid alerts
  • lt: fix issue when receiving have-all message before the metadata
  • lt: don’t leave lingering part files handles open
  • lt: disallow calling add_piece() during checking
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy — FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Sun, 23 Aug 2020 10:45:00 -0600

frostwire (6.8.5) stable; urgency=high

  • New MagnetDL search provider
  • Fixed Torrentz2 search
  • Search improvements
  • New ‘Retry’ transfer for failed magnet/torrent downloads with not enough peers
  • Fixes bug getting source URL from TPB search result
  • Fixes broken Library local file search
  • updated: rej2:1.3, gson:2.8.6, okhttp:4.4.1
  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.7.0 update
  • jlibtorrent upgraded to build with boost 1.73.0
  • jlibtorrent upgraded to openssl 1.1.1g
  • OpenJDK 14 runtime (Windows, Linux), macOS still on OpenJDK 13
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy
  • lt: add set_alert_fd in python binding, to supersede set_alert_notify
  • lt: fix bug in part files > 2 GiB
  • lt: add function to clear the peer list for a torrent
  • lt: fix resume data functions to save/restore more torrent flags
  • lt: limit number of concurrent HTTP announces
  • lt: fix queue position for force_rechecking a torrent that is not auto-managed
  • lt: improve rate-based choker documentation, and minor tweak
  • lt: undeprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters (but refering to devices on our subnet)
  • lt: increase default tracker timeout
  • lt: retry failed socks5 server connections
  • lt: allow UPnP lease duration to be changed after device discovery
  • lt: fix IPv6 address change detection on Windows
  • lt: fix peer timeout logic
  • lt: simplify proxy handling. A proxy now overrides listen_interfaces
  • lt: fix issues when configured to use a non-default choking algorithm
  • lt: fix issue in reading resume data
  • lt: revert NXDOMAIN change from 1.2.4
  • lt: don’t open any listen sockets if listen_interfaces is empty or misconfigured
  • lt: fix bug in auto disk cache size logic
  • lt: fix issue with outgoing_interfaces setting, where bind() would be called twice
  • lt: add build option to disable share-mode
  • lt: support validation of HTTPS trackers
  • lt: deprecate strict super seeding mode
  • lt: make UPnP port-mapping lease duration configurable
  • lt: deprecate the bittyrant choking algorithm
  • lt: add build option to disable streaming — FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:06:00 -0600

frostwire (6.8.4) stable; urgency=high

  • OpenJDK 13 runtime (windows,mac)
  • Soundcloud search and downloads fixed
  • LimeTorrents search and downloads fixed
  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.3.0 update
  • jlibtorrent updated to boost 1.72.0
  • jlibtorrent upgraded openssl to 1.1.1d
  • lt:fix erroneous event=completed tracker announce when checking files
  • lt:promote errors in parsing listen_interfaces to post listen_failed_alert
  • lt:fix bug in protocol encryption/obfuscation
  • lt:fix buffer overflow in SOCKS5 UDP logic
  • lt:fix issue of rapid calls to file_priority() clobbering each other
  • lt:clear tracker errors on success
  • lt:optimize setting with unlimited unchoke slots
  • lt:fixed restoring of trackers, comment, creation date and created-by in resume data
  • lt:fix handling of torrents with too large pieces
  • lt:fixed division by zero in anti-leech choker
  • lt:fixed bug in torrent_info::swap — FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Thu, 30 Jan 2020 19:30:45 -0600

Telluride in 2020

build 6 – nov/18/2020

  • python: youtube-dl 2020.11.18
  • python: pyinstaller 4.0
  • Smaller build, down 2.4MB

build 5 – nov/13/2020

  • python: youtube-dl 2020.11.12
  • lint cleanups

build 4 – nov/03/2020

  • python: youtube-dl 2020.11.1
  • python: pycryptodome 3.9.9

build 3 – oct/20/2020

  • configure.sh to setup and upgrade all build dependencies for windows, macos, linux
  • build.sh builds telluride binaries for windows, macos, linux
  • -a, –audio-only option flag to convert to mp3 if ffmpeg avaiable. strips video data from .webm if not
  • -m, –meta-only option flag to print JSON with meta data about video found in URL
  • Added Apache License 2.0
  • python: pip 20.2.4
  • python: youtube-dl 2020.9.20
  • python: pycryptodome 3.9.8
  • python: pyinstaller 4.0
  • python: pylint 2.6.0

FrostWire for Android in 2020

FrostWire 2.2.5 build 665 – NOV/18/2020

  • New: TorrentParadise search source
  • New: GloTorrents search source
  • New: Firebase Crash Analytics support
  • Yify search fixed
  • Torrentz2 search fixed
  • MagnetDL search fixed
  • Soundcloud search fixed
  • EZTV search fixed
  • Fixed archive.org connection dropped/timeout error
  • Privacy updates
  • com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads 19.4.0 -> 19.5.0
  • com.mopub:mopub-sdk-banner:5.12.0 -> 5.14.0
  • com.applovin:applovin-sdk:9.13.1 -> 9.14.5
  • com.mopub.mediation:applovin:9.13.1.0 -> 9.14.3.0
  • material 1.3.0-alpha02 -> 1.3.0-alpha03
  • browser 1.3.0-alpha05 -> 1.3.0->alpha06
  • exifinterface 1.2.0 -> 1.3.1
  • play-services 19.3.0 -> 19.4.0
  • core-ktx 1.3.1 -> 1.3.2
  • com.android.tools.build:gradle:4.0.1 -> 4.1.0
  • gradle wrapper update 6.1.1->6.6.1

FrostWire 2.2.4 build 654 – SEP/24/2020

  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.10.0 update
  • Fixes bug where frostclick promo slide would render twice
  • dev: buildToolsVersion ‘29.0.2’ -> ‘29.0.3’ (@TacoTheDank)
  • Archive search Json parsing deprecation fix (@TacoTheDank)
  • com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:4.8.1 -> 4.9.0
  • lt: improve stat_file() performance on Windows
  • lt: fix issue with loading invalid torrents with only 0-sized files
  • lt: fix to avoid large stack allocations
  • lt: add macro TORRENT_CXX11_ABI for clients building with C++14 against
    libtorrent build with C++11
  • lt: removed deprecated wstring overloads on non-windows systems
  • lt: drop dependency on Unicode’s ConvertUTF code (which had a license
    incompatible with Debian)
  • lt: fix bugs exposed on big-endian systems`
  • lt: fix detection of hard-links not being supported by filesystem
  • lt: fixed resume data regression for seeds with prio 0 files
  • binaries: compiler upgraded from g++-5 to g++-7
  • reverted to com.mopub:mopub-sdk-banner:5.12.0 (mopub 5.13.1 very unstable)

FrostWire 2.2.3 build 649 – AUG/23/2020

  • jlibtorrent 1.2.7.0 -> 1.2.8.0 update
  • com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:4.4.1 -> 4.8.1
  • com.mopub:mopub-sdk-banner:5.12.0 -> 5.13.1
  • androidx.browser:browser:1.3.0-alpha04 -> 1.3.0-alpha05
  • com.google.re2j:re2j:1.3 -> 1.4
  • com.google.android.material:material:1.3.0-alpha01 -> 1.3.0-alpha02
  • com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:19.2.0 -> 19.3.0
  • com.applovin:applovin-sdk:9.12.6 -> 9.13.1
  • com.unity3d.ads:unity-ads:3.4.2 -> 3.4.6
  • 1337 search fixed
  • SC search fixed

FrostWire 2.2.2 build 646 – AUG/01/2020

  • Considerably faster app startup
  • .apk size reduced 2.1MB
  • New 1337x (LeetX) search (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789 for his contribution)
  • New iDope search (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789 for his contribution)
  • Fixed Torrentz2 search dates (thanks to @HimanshuSharma789 for his contribution)
  • Multiple crash fixes on My Music (Player)
  • Settings screen now includes links to official reddit, twitter, facebook, discord chat, blog, rate us
  • jlibtorrent 1.2.7.0 recompiled with Android NDK r21d
  • com.google.android.material:material:1.2.0-alpha06 -> 1.3.0-alpha01
  • com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.6.3 -> 4.0.1
  • gradle-5.6.4 -> gradle-6.1.1
  • androidx.browser:browser:1.3.0-alpha01 -> 1.3.0-alpha04
  • com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:19.1.0 -> 19.2.0
  • com.android.billingclient:billing:2.2.0 -> 3.0.0

FrostWire 2.2.1 build 642 – JUN/17/2020

  • jlibtorrent/libtorrent 1.2.7.0 update
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1g update
  • dev: jlibtorrent build with boost 1.73.0
  • Fixes bug getting source URL from TPB search result
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy
  • lt: add set_alert_fd in python binding, to supersede set_alert_notify
  • lt: fix bug in part files > 2 GiB
  • lt: add function to clear the peer list for a torrent
  • lt: fix resume data functions to save/restore more torrent flags
  • lt: limit number of concurrent HTTP announces
  • lt: fix queue position for force_rechecking a torrent that is not auto-managed
  • lt: improve rate-based choker documentation, and minor tweak
  • lt: undeprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters (but refering to devices on our subnet)
  • lt: increase default tracker timeout
  • lt: retry failed socks5 server connections
  • lt: allow UPnP lease duration to be changed after device discovery
  • lt: fix IPv6 address change detection on Windows
  • lt: fix peer timeout logic
  • lt: simplify proxy handling. A proxy now overrides listen_interfaces
  • lt: fix issues when configured to use a non-default choking algorithm
  • lt: fix issue in reading resume data
  • lt: revert NXDOMAIN change from 1.2.4
  • lt: don’t open any listen sockets if listen_interfaces is empty or misconfigured
  • lt: fix bug in auto disk cache size logic
  • lt: fix issue with outgoing_interfaces setting, where bind() would be called twice
  • lt: add build option to disable share-mode
  • lt: support validation of HTTPS trackers
  • lt: deprecate strict super seeding mode
  • lt: make UPnP port-mapping lease duration configurable
  • lt: deprecate the bittyrant choking algorithm
  • lt: add build option to disable streaming

FrostWire 2.1.10 build 640 – JUN/04/2020

  • Less interstitial ads
  • Fixes Torrentz2 search
  • Fixes music playback bug on Android 5.x (Lollypop)
  • Fixes bug where playing a Unity Video Reward didn’t pause ads
  • Fixes bug getting source URL from TPB search result
  • com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:3.14.0 -> 4.4.1
  • com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:18.3.0 -> 19.1.0
  • com.android.billingclient:billing:2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
  • dev: com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.6.1->3.6.3
  • androidx.preference:preference:1.1.1
  • com.google.android.material:material:1.2.0-alpha06
  • androidx.exifinterface:exifinterface:1.2.0
  • com.applovin:applovin-sdk:9.12.6
  • com.mopub.mediation:applovin:9.12.5.0
  • com.mopub:mopub-sdk-*:5.12.0

FrostWire 2.1.9 build 637 – MAR/05/2020

  • Album art display bug fixed
  • No more annoying 300×250 ad over album art on Music Player
  • New MagnetDL search
  • Issues with search results not being displayed fixed
  • MusicPlaybackService rewritten
  • Continuous playback issues fixed
  • Repeat mode and shuffle mode issues fixed
  • Save to Playlist issue fixed
  • New Global Sequential Downloads Torrent Setting. Disabled by default
  • Transfer details file list and peer list no longer flicker when updated
  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.3
  • libtorrent 1.2.3.0 update
  • com.google.android.material:material:1.2.0-alpha04->1.2.0-alpha05 update
  • com.google.code.gson:gson:2.8.5 -> 2.8.6 update
  • boost 1.72.0 build
  • openssl 1.1.1d
  • Android NDK 21
  • R8 code minification enabled to build .apk
  • UX: New ‘Retry Download’ action for failed magnet downloads
  • UX: No more annoying ever-present Android notification, only during active transfers or music playback
  • UX: Torrent search results now show how old they are
  • EngineService and MusicPlaybackService are no longer ran as foreground services following newer android guidelines
  • Considerable CPU usage reduction through thread invocation throttling frees resources for better search and download experience
  • Removed experimental haptic feedback feature
  • Multiple crashes fixed
  • Music player and notifications framework update
  • MusicPlaybackService lifecycle rewrite
  • SoundCloud search/downloads fixed
  • LimeTorrents search/downloads fixed
  • Fixes crash searching for music in My Music screens
  • Fixes issue media scanning finished download files
  • androidx browser 1.3.0-alpha01
  • applovin and mopub mediation 9.11.4
  • mopub 5.11.0 update
  • com.unity3d.ads:unity-ads:3.4.2 update
  • lt:fix erroneous event=completed tracker announce when checking files
  • lt:promote errors in parsing listen_interfaces to post listen_failed_alert
  • lt:fix bug in protocol encryption/obfuscation
  • lt:fix buffer overflow in SOCKS5 UDP logic
  • lt:fix issue of rapid calls to file_priority() clobbering each other
  • lt:clear tracker errors on success
  • lt:optimize setting with unlimited unchoke slots
  • lt:fixed restoring of trackers, comment, creation date and created-by in resume data
  • lt:fix handling of torrents with too large pieces
  • lt:fixed division by zero in anti-leech choker
  • lt:fixed bug in torrent_info::swap

JLibtorrent in 2020

1.2.11.0 (In Progress…)

1.2.10.0

  • libtorrent 1.2.10 update (70f1de3f7ec4012aaea420ff150ef0135d397706)
  • lt: improve stat_file() performance on Windows
  • lt: fix issue with loading invalid torrents with only 0-sized files
  • lt: fix to avoid large stack allocations
  • lt: add macro TORRENT_CXX11_ABI for clients building with C++14 against
    libtorrent build with C++11
  • lt: removed deprecated wstring overloads on non-windows systems
  • lt: drop dependency on Unicode’s ConvertUTF code (which had a license
    incompatible with Debian)
  • lt: fix bugs exposed on big-endian systems
  • lt: fix detection of hard-links not being supported by filesystem
  • lt: fixed resume data regression for seeds with prio 0 files
  • binaries: compiler upgraded from g++-5 to g++-7

1.2.8.0

  • add router.utorrent.com to list of DHT bootstrap nodes
  • Android builds with new NDK r21d
  • lt: validate UTF-8 encoding of client version strings from peers
  • lt: don’t time out tracker announces as eagerly while resolving hostnames
  • lt: fix NAT-PMP shutdown issue
  • lt: improve hostname lookup by merging identical lookups
  • lt: fix network route enumeration for large routing tables
  • lt: fixed issue where pop_alerts() could return old, invalid alerts
  • lt: fix issue when receiving have-all message before the metadata
  • lt: don’t leave lingering part files handles open
  • lt: disallow calling add_piece() during checking
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy

1.2.7.0

  • libtorrent 1.2.7 update (ce0a85f783bec37484776a37fe3662279091ecc5)
  • upgraded to boost 1.73.0
  • upgraded to openssl 1.1.1g
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy
  • lt: add set_alert_fd in python binding, to supersede set_alert_notify
  • lt: fix bug in part files > 2 GiB
  • lt: add function to clear the peer list for a torrent
  • lt: fix resume data functions to save/restore more torrent flags
  • lt: limit number of concurrent HTTP announces
  • lt: fix queue position for force_rechecking a torrent that is not auto-managed
  • lt: improve rate-based choker documentation, and minor tweak
  • lt: undeprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters (but refering to devices on our subnet)
  • lt: increase default tracker timeout
  • lt: retry failed socks5 server connections
  • lt: allow UPnP lease duration to be changed after device discovery
  • lt: fix IPv6 address change detection on Windows
  • lt: fix peer timeout logic
  • lt: simplify proxy handling. A proxy now overrides listen_interfaces
  • lt: fix issues when configured to use a non-default choking algorithm
  • lt: fix issue in reading resume data
  • lt: revert NXDOMAIN change from 1.2.4
  • lt: don’t open any listen sockets if listen_interfaces is empty or misconfigured
  • lt: fix bug in auto disk cache size logic
  • lt: fix issue with outgoing_interfaces setting, where bind() would be called twice
  • lt: add build option to disable share-mode
  • lt: support validation of HTTPS trackers
  • lt: deprecate strict super seeding mode
  • lt: make UPnP port-mapping lease duration configurable
  • lt: deprecate the bittyrant choking algorithm
  • lt: add build option to disable streaming

1.2.6.0

  • There was no 1.2.6 release, we waited and jumped all the way to 1.2.7.0

1.2.5.0

  • libtorrent 1.2.5 update (0f337b9ce7a1b0fc87f48843933b1c5c4dd5a9ec)
  • New SettingsPack::dhtUploadRate(), SettingsPack::dhtUploadRate(int)
  • lt:announce port=1 instead of port=0, when there is no listen port
  • lt:fix LSD over IPv6
  • lt:support TCP_NOTSENT_LOWAT on Linux
  • lt:fix correct interface binding of local service discovery multicast
  • lt:fix issue with knowing which interfaces to announce to trackers and DHT
  • lt:undeprecate settings_pack::dht_upload_rate_limit

1.2.4.0

  • libtorrent 1.2.4 update (ad83b1c0eb293b63c69f7879ca6ba2381369f77f)
  • Java source compatibility upgraded from 1.7 to 1.8
  • lt:fix binding TCP and UDP sockets to the same port, when specifying port 0
  • lt:fix announce_to_all_trackers and announce_to_all_tiers behavior
  • lt:fix suggest_read_cache setting
  • lt:back-off tracker hostname looksups resulting in NXDOMAIN
  • lt:lower SOCKS5 UDP keepalive timeout
  • lt:fix external IP voting for multi-homed DHT nodes
  • lt:deprecate broadcast_lsd setting. Just use multicast
  • lt:deprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters setting
  • lt:don’t attempt sending event=stopped if event=start never succeeded
  • lt:make sure &key= stays consistent between different source IPs (as mandated by BEP7)
  • lt:fix binding sockets to outgoing interface
  • lt:add new socks5_alert to trouble shoot SOCKS5 proxies

FrostWire 6.8.7 for Windows, macOS and Linux (tag 3 friends)

Featuring jlibtorrent/libtorrent 1.2.10.0 and OpenJDK 14.0.2

Bundle-free Windows installer
frostwire-6.8.7.windows.github.exe 39.1 MB

Bundle-free macOS installer
frostwire-6.8.7.dmg 46.6 MB

Linux packages
frostwire-6.8.7.amd64.deb 14.5 MB
frostwire-6.8.7.amd64.rpm 15.7 MB

Other operating systems (OpenJDK 11+ required)
frostwire-6.8.7.amd64.tar.gz 15.1 MB


CHANGELOG

frostwire (6.8.7) stable; urgency=high

  • New jlibtorrent 1.2.10.0 update
  • OpenJDK 14.0.2 update for Windows and macOS
  • lt: improve stat_file() performance on Windows
  • lt: fix issue with loading invalid torrents with only 0-sized files
  • lt: fix to avoid large stack allocations
  • lt: removed deprecated wstring overloads on non-windows systems
  • lt: drop dependency on Unicode’s ConvertUTF code (which had a license incompatible with Debian)
  • lt: fix bugs exposed on big-endian systems
  • lt: fix detection of hard-links not being supported by filesystem
  • lt: fixed resume data regression for seeds with prio 0 files
  • binaries: compiler upgraded from g++-5 to g++-7

— FrostWire Team contact@frostwire.com Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:35:00 -0600

New FrostWire 2.2.1 with libtorrent/jlibtorrent 1.2.7 is the fastest version ever

Download it now
frostwire-android-release-2.2.1-b641-plus.apk 19.3 MB

We went from jlibtorrent 1.2.3.0 onto 1.2.7.0 because we weren’t happy with how stable 1.2.4, 1.2.5 and 1.2.6 were, however the libtorrent 1.2.7 engine starts the downloads almost immediatly for decently seeded torrents and we’ve seen speeds above 7Mb/s on our testing environment.

Below the list of fixes, most coming from the libtorrent project.

FrostWire 2.2.1 build 641 – JUN/17/2020

  • jlibtorrent/libtorrent 1.2.7.0 update
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1g update
  • dev: jlibtorrent build with boost 1.73.0
  • Fixes bug getting source URL from TPB search result
  • lt: fix incorrect filename truncation at multi-byte character
  • lt: always announce listen port 1 when using a proxy
  • lt: add set_alert_fd in python binding, to supersede set_alert_notify
  • lt: fix bug in part files > 2 GiB
  • lt: add function to clear the peer list for a torrent
  • lt: fix resume data functions to save/restore more torrent flags
  • lt: limit number of concurrent HTTP announces
  • lt: fix queue position for force_rechecking a torrent that is not auto-managed
  • lt: improve rate-based choker documentation, and minor tweak
  • lt: undeprecate upnp_ignore_nonrouters (but refering to devices on our subnet)
  • lt: increase default tracker timeout
  • lt: retry failed socks5 server connections
  • lt: allow UPnP lease duration to be changed after device discovery
  • lt: fix IPv6 address change detection on Windows
  • lt: fix peer timeout logic
  • lt: simplify proxy handling. A proxy now overrides listen_interfaces
  • lt: fix issues when configured to use a non-default choking algorithm
  • lt: fix issue in reading resume data
  • lt: revert NXDOMAIN change from 1.2.4
  • lt: don’t open any listen sockets if listen_interfaces is empty or misconfigured
  • lt: fix bug in auto disk cache size logic
  • lt: fix issue with outgoing_interfaces setting, where bind() would be called twice
  • lt: add build option to disable share-mode
  • lt: support validation of HTTPS trackers
  • lt: deprecate strict super seeding mode
  • lt: make UPnP port-mapping lease duration configurable
  • lt: deprecate the bittyrant choking algorithm
  • lt: add build option to disable streaming

Image credit to Marc-Olivier Jodoin
Royalty free image via Unsplash.com

FrostWire, Alternative to BitTorrent

As you probably know, According to TrustedReviews and many other news sources BitTorrent has been sold to Justin Sun and his blockchain startup Tron.

“BitTorrent has been sold to the founder of cryptocurrency TRON, who reportedly wants to use the acquisition to “legitimise” the blockchain startup’s reputation.” -TrustedReviews

 

Due to this, and because no one knows with certainty what will happen with BitTorrent, you will be wondering what is the best alternative. You came to the right place. FrostWire is one of the few fully independent, fully featured open source alternatives. FrostWire is a free, fully featured BitTorrent Client and Cloud downloader with a built-in Music Library designed for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

FrostWire allows you to find & download any file from the distributed peer-to-peer BitTorrent Network – music, movies, apps, ebooks, images. Any file – no matter how big or small!
In addition, FrostWire is also a cloud downloader – fetching results and able to download files from cloud based sources such as Archive.org, SoundCloud.com and YouTube.

You just enter a keyword and search, then pick a file from search results and download the file with one tap. Yes. It is that easy!

So, what are you waiting for? Download FrostWire for free today!

Get FrostWire Plus 2.0.4. build 523!

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It’s the best time of the week! We invite you to get our latest release of FrostWire Plus for Android. We have optimized the app to work faster and more stable.

Changelog

FrostWire 2.0.4 build 523 - APR/21/2018
 - New jlibtorrent 1.2.0.18-RC2 (reverting to 1.2.0.17 while bugs are fixed)
 - Library updates: gms 15.0.0, re2j 1.2
 - Translations updated, Hungarian
 - Music player clean up and optimizations
 - Advanced Transfer Piece viewer rendering optimizations

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire is a free, 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 and a full blown media player.

Get FrostWire Plus 2.0.2. build 515!

Happy Friday! If you have not yet updated, we recommend to download the new version of FrostWire Plus for Android! A lot of bugs fixed, VPN detection working better, and torrent search engines working again!

Changelog

FrostWire 2.0.2 build 515 – MAR/26/2018
– Application startup is faster
– Faster YT downloads
– Zooqle search fixes
– TorrentDownloads search fixes
– LimeTorrents search fixes
– Library updates: jlibtorrent 1.2.0.17, applovin 7.8.5, ogury 2.2.8, mopub 4.20.0, okhttp 3.10.0, gson 2.8.2, gradle 4.6, support libraries 27.1.0
– When audio files are deleted from “My Files” they’re now cleared from “Recents” in “My Music”
– Bug where deleted .torrent files would reappear fixed
– Translations updated, Urdu update
– Loads of Crash and Freeze fixes
– VPN detection and offering updates
– Notifications work again on Android 8.0

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire is a free, 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 and a full blown media player.

Get FrostWire Plus 2.0.2. build 491!

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Happy Monday! We’re glad to announce this pre-release  of FrostWire Plus for Android. This new version includes several fixes related to search results.

On the other hand, remember that with FrostWire 2.0 you can now:

  • check the transfer status of your torrent in a cleaner interface with more info
  • check the details of your torrent transfer and access/copy its hash and a magnet link
  • check the storage path for each torrent transfer separately
  • set download and upload speeds for each transfer separately (especially useful if you want to prioritize downloads)
  • add and remove trackers to each torrent transfer
  • check which peers you are connected to
  • watch the torrent pieces come together in real time (surprisingly mesmerizing!)

Changelog

FrostWire 2.0.2 build 491 - FEB/12/2018
 - Zooqle search fixes
 - TorrentDownloads search fixes
 - LimeTorrents search fixes
 - Library updates: jlibtorrent 1.2.0.17-RC1, applovin 7.8.2, ogury 2.2.8

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire is a free, 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 and a full blown media player.

How to tell to your Antivirus to allow FrostWire?

Have you tried to install FrosWire and your antivirus didn’t allow it? In this article we will explain you how to fix that! It’s important to know that FrostWire installer downloaded directly from our website (www.frostwire.com) or via automatic update doesn’t contain any trojans or viruses. 

When for some reason your antivirus flags FrostWire, here are the steps you can follow to allow your Antivirus let FrostWire run. We have done the step by step tutorials for AVG and Webroot, but the steps necessary should be similar for any antivirus on the market.


NORTON

  • Follow these steps to tell Norton you want to allow FrostWire installation if you are on a Mac PC:
    Allow FrostWire on Mac

If you have a Windows PC check the article below. Go to the section called ‘Exclude files or folders from scan’ under ‘What to do after you submit a false positive’. Make sure to apply the steps when installing FrostWire. You don’t have to report a ‘false positive’ since this will take more time to solve the issue, only in case the exception option doesn’t work:
Allow FrostWire on Windows

AVG

1. Download FrostWire installer from FrostWire.com and once the AVG launches an alert when trying to install FrostWire, select the option to “Allow” the app.

You then should see the following screen saying the file has been successfully added to the exception list:

 

 

2. If you get more than one alert when trying to install FrostWire then a list of files could be displayed as follow:

To add these files to the list of exceptions you must check the address where the file is saved by selecting the file with the red “x” symbol and clicking on “View details”

3. Adding more exceptions: Now that you have the route where the file is saved go to the right top Options menu on the main screen of AVG

Once there, go to Advanced settings… > Exceptions > Add exception and select the exception type Application or File so you will be able to browse your file and add the address where the file is located.

The files added to the AVG exceptions shouldn’t block the installation of your app again.

Webroot

1. Download FrostWire installer from FrostWire.com. Do not clean up the frostwire-setup.exe file when Webroot wants to Clean it, this is the FrostWire installer, not a virus or threat.
 
2. Your antivirus blocks FrostWire from installing, so you must add an exception, to do it select the PC Security icon on the Webroot screen and select the label to Block/Allow Files. Then tap on “Add File” to select the installer frostwire-6.0.x.windows.coc.premium.exe  and click “Allow.”
3. When you open the Installer yet again, Webroot will show you another alert saying the file is trying to connect to the Internet. In this case select the option “Allow Always” – that will allow FrostWire to install and run properly.
4. If Webroot launches more alerts about treats such as the file ocsetuphlp.dll, then you will have to add that file to the exceptions too. To do it, check the address Webroot is indicating where the folder is located. If this is a Windows “hide” folder then do this:
  • Click on Start > My Computer.
  • On that window click on Tools > Folder Options
  • Then, click on the View tab at the top of the window.
  • Under Advanced Settings, locate Hidden files and folders. Select Show hidden files and folders just below that.
  • Click on OK.
  • Hidden files will now be shown.

5. Now you can see where the file marked as a threat is located and do the same you did with the installer, select the PC Security icon on the Webroot screen and select the label to Block/Allow Files. Next tap on “Add File” to select the file C:\……\ocsetuphlp.dll and click the option “AllowAfter you have completed the steps, try to open the FrostWire installer again – it should install and run with no issues.

If your antivirus is marking FrostWire as Trojan, the steps to allow it are the same.

MAJOR RELEASE: FrostWire Plus 2.0. for Android

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The year is almost over but we are still working! To end 2017 we have decided to release FrostWire 2.0. FrostWire 2.0. for Android is a major release of our app. We created a new details screens for BitTorrent transfers. You will love it! You will notice that it’s so relaxing to see how a Bittorrent swarm downloads the file pieces into our new Piece Hive view.

The new transfer detail screen for BitTorrent transfers has several tabs! The first tab is Files. On Files, you can see what files are included in the torrent.

You can play each file.

On the tab Pieces you can see how each piece of the torrent is downloaded. Also you can see the download and upload speed of the file, the number of pieces, and the piece size. You will be fascinated to see the download process of each torrent! No other app does this!

On the tab Status you can see what is the condition of the torrent at that moment. You can see the download percentage, the time it takes for it to download, how much has been downloaded and how much has been uploaded, what is the number of peers and seeds, the time of activity. It is a very detailed and complete information like no other torrent client!

On the Details tab you can see where the torrent is being downloaded, the total size, the number of  files, you can see the speed limit the hash number (unique for each torrent! greater security), the magnet link, and when the torrent was created.

On the Trackers tab you can see the list of trackers of the torrent file, and you can also add other trackers. Very simple, very useful, very powerful!

Finally, on the Peers tab you can see the number of peers of the torrent and details about from each of them.

On the other hand, now when you share a track that you are enjoying on social media, Frostwire will automatically attach a screenshot of thw music player. You can always delete the attachment from your social media post if you don’t want to include it. This is very useful if you want people to know what you are listening. For example, you can share it on Instagram, Facebook, etc!

Even more, FrostWire 2.0. is faster than the previous version of the app.

Changelog

FrostWire 2.0.0 build 485 – DEC/25/2017
– New Transfer Detail screens for BitTorrent transfers.
– New Share current track with FrostWire Player screenshot attachment
– Faster startup
– Library updates: jlibtorrent 1.2.0.15, gms 11.6.2, mopub 4.19.0, flexbox 0.3.1, applovin 7.6.2, presage 2.2.7
– Translations update

What is FrostWire?

FrostWire is a free, 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 and a full blown media player.

Listen to FrostWire FrostClick Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 6!

That’s right! 2017 is almost over! We’ve had another amazing ride this year and we are so happy to announce FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Volume 6. The tracks on this year’s mixtape all come from free-to-download, Creative Commons licensed albums, so if you like what you hear, pls make sure to support the artists and spread the word. What are you waiting for? Download the torrent now!

Tracks:
1. Magnolia Soul by Who Seth Power
2. Mind Frame from Computer Love by Melissa B
3. Cool Kids (produced by iLL Brown) from The Early EP by Billy Early
4. With You from Summer of Joe by Joe Playo
5. To The Shore from Electric Soul Magic Vol. 2 by Joe Marson
6. New Gods (feat. M. Dean, & C. Rydning) from Lesser Restoration by Toussaint Morrison

If you have a music band, remember that you can share your music on FrostClick!