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. Released under the GNU General Public License, FrostWire is free software.
The project was started in September 2005 by members of the LimeWire open source
community, after LimeWire's distributor considered placing "blocking
" code, which it was developing in response to RIAA
pressure and the threat of legal action, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court
's decision in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd.
When eventually activated, the code could block its users from sharing licensed files. FrostWire was first released in October 2005
Starting from version 126.96.36.199, Public Service Announcements can be found on the Community Chat tab.
As with LimeWire, FrostWire is in Java
, and therefore is capable of supporting multiple platforms
. While LimeWire is available in both free and paid versions, FrostWire is released only as a free version. The FrostWire program includes all of the functionalities of LimeWire's free version, as well as a few features of LimeWire Pro's payment based upgrades. FrostWire also provides a chatroom
, which is absent in LimeWire. FrostWire's interface is nearly identical to that of LimeWire's, since it is based on the same code base. However, the color scheme is slightly different. As in LimeWire, FrostWire's skin may be changed to a variety of different colors and shapes.
Frostwire, similar to LimeWire Pro, connects to 5 ultrapeers. The Non-pro version of LimeWire only connects to 3. This means that both Limewire Pro and Frostwire have potentially faster download speeds and broader search results.