New FrostWire 5.7.5 for your desktop, now Java8 powered.

Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

FrostWire 5.7.5 runs on Java 8, expect a faster and improved FrostWire overall.

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We’ve upgraded our mp4 parsing libraries, this should solve some possible errors at the end of some media downloads.

We’ve also improved the quality of our cloud search results specially for music and video files.

Changelog

frostwire (5.7.5) stable; urgency=high

  * Improved mp4 parser.

  * Improved cloud search results.

  * Now FrostWire runs with Java8 technology.

  * Fixes player control layout issues when resizing the main window.

  * Fixes soundcloud url track/set downloads.

  * Fixes possible cloud download errors.

 

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 BitTorrent support. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and FrostWire is only a BitTorrent client. Development of the program has been active since the program was first released in September 2004.

New FrostWire for Android 1.3.6 (build 147)

Download FrostWire-1.3.6-build147.apk (7.9 Mb)

10250205_792365370793267_2915252593289746104_nThis release improves audio and video search results from cloud sources, it also solves some download issues and includes Chinese translation.

Other than that, now you can help translate FrostWire, go to the About screen and look for the button to help translate FrostWire right from your Android device. Help needed.

 

Changelog

FrostWire 1.3.6 - AUGUST/12/2014
- Improved cloud search results.
- Transcommu community based translation tool integrated.
- Chinese translation update.

About FrostWire for Android

FrostWire is a native BitTorrent & Cloud file downloader for your Android phone or tablet.

With built in file search, music player, media browser and local Wi-Fi sharing you won’t need to leave the app to download, play and share files.

FEATURES:
– Built in torrent & cloud search.
– One-tap download.
– Easily filter search results by file type: Music, Video, Images, Applications, Documents, Torrents.
– No artificial limitations on simultaneous downloads.
– No limitations on upload/download speeds.
– Wi-Fi only mode available, save money on your data plan.
– Extensive download management options.
– Built in media browser (rename and delete your files from within the app)
– Built in audio player with gesture support (control your player when driving or running without looking at your phone)
– Easy File Sharing on Local Wi-Fi between all devices running FrostWire (transfer files wirelessly from Desktop to your phone and back or between mobile devices)
– Integration with FrostWire for Desktop (Windows, Mac & Linux Devices) -http://www.frostwire.com/downloads
– UPnP and NAT-PMP support
– Local Peer Discovery.
– Select Storage Location.
– Kindle HD Compatible.
– It’s Open Source, join us at http://github.com/frostwire/frostwire-android

New FrostWire for Android 1.3.4 (build 145) released

Download FrostWire for Android 1.3.4 build 145 .apk
Install FrostWire for Android 1.3.4 via Google Play

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This new FrostWire release enables newer KitKat devices to make use of the SD Card.

Lots of important updates, better handling of large uploads, more updates on the music player, updated translations for Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese; crashes and freezes fixed.

Changelog FrostWire 1.3.4 – JULY/20/2014

- Large torrent downloads start a lot faster. Prevents possible

   freezing (ANR) on some devices.

- Restored SD Card writing capabilities under new Android rules.

   WARNING: All files stored to the application’s SD Card folder

   will be lost in the event of uninstalling. This is a problem

   for every application on Android, not by our design.

   Make sure to backup or sync files saved to the SD Card.

- Doesn’t prefer external storage as the app install path.

- Opens Music Player window when playing a song from My Music.

- Moved vuze settings files to primary external private folder.

- Updated Preferences screen, setting groups now in separate sub-screens.

- Cleans up empty .torrent placeholder files when single torrent file download complete.

- Translation updates for Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese.

Test FrostWire for Android 1.3.4 (build 144) – SD Card storage available for +KitKat

Download FrostWire for Android 1.3.4 build 144

SD CARD STORAGE SUPPORT BACK FOR DEVICES RUNNING KitKat and newer.

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Changelog – FrostWire 1.3.4 – JULY/17/2014

 – Large torrent downloads start a lot faster. Prevents possible

   freezing (ANR) on some devices.

 – Restored SD Card writing capabilities under new Android rules.

   WARNING: All files stored to the application’s SD Card folder

   will be lost in the event of uninstalling. This is a problem

   for every application on Android, not by our design.

   Make sure to backup or sync files saved to the SD Card.

 – Doesn’t prefer external storage as the app install path.

 – Opens Music Player window when playing a song from My Music.

 – Moved vuze settings files to primary external private folder.

 – Updated Preferences screen, setting groups now in separate sub-screens.

 – Cleans up empty .torrent placeholder files when single torrent file download complete.

MacOSX Yosemite compatible FrostWire 5.7.4 (.dmg) installer.

We’ve finally solved the incompatibility issues with MacOSX Yosemite, we didn’t want to wait for FrostWire 5.7.5 to be finished to give you the chance to use FrostWire today on Yosemite.

Download MacOSX Yosemite Compatible FrostWire 5.7.4

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One great plus, is that now FrostWire is Retina-display compatible, so no more visual torture for those of you with retina display when using FrostWire.

 

SD Card storage coming back to FrostWire for Android, but there’s a caveat.

Some Android phones are SD Card capable, and this storage extensibility is one of the key attractive features why people use Android and not iOS.

However, as of Android KitKat (4.4) Google removed the possibility for developers to be able to write files anywhere on the SD Card, instead they can now write to a specific location, and all the files written in it are deleted when the application is uninstalled by the user.

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The only two logical reasons we can understand Google did this are the following:

1. Cleanliness. Apps leaving a lot of app specific files in the SD card and not being able to clean up on uninstall (as Android does not notify the app that’s being uninstalled of such an important event)

2. Security. Apps being able to write on each other’s folders, which is unsafe and which can lead to other apps breaking.

Now developers can still write to the SD card, but only into a specific Private folder designated for each app, however there is one big caveat, when an app is removed, that private folder is removed and all files in it are lost forever.

but what about apps that need to leave files behind even after being unsintalled?
yeah, apps like photo apps, video apps, downloader apps like FrostWire…

Oh, for that you gotta use the “public folders” in the phone’s internal memory (which by some odd historical reasons they call “external storage”, which is very confusing) which runs out pretty quickly as every other app needs to do the same.

We’ve tried to exhaust every possible option to write files on the SD card on a location that won’t be deleted, but it’s really impossible to do so (and even though we could do it with a  hack, it wouldn’t work on all Android devices)

Google has removed an important freedom, instead of giving developers a persistent app related public location on the SD card that would survive after uninstalling, or to at least leave things the way they were before the KitKat update and add a new ON_UNINSTALL Intent for apps to have a chance to cleanup before being uninstalled.

SD Card Storage is Coming Back as a best effort solution.

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We’ve decided to bring SD Card Storage back as an advanced option, it does not make sense to have a downloader application on a phone/tablet with lots of secondary storage and not use it.

We think many users are probably uninstalling FrostWire because they think “it takes too much space” even though this is not our intention, things are this way because Google decided it that way, a-la Apple.

In our next release,  you will be able to change the default storage location into your SD Card, but you will be warned and reminded of the risks you face by doing so, remember to synchronize your FrostWire downloaded files outside of your device, or to make a backup of the files before uninstaling FrostWire, which we hope you won’t have to as we’re working hard to give you the best downloader app in the world.

This is the best we can do at the moment, we hope Google changes its mind, we think these policies reflect poor judgement and decision making on their part, as they are continuosly removing important freedoms that make Android such an attractive platform in the first place.

Gubatron
Lead Developer

New FrostWire 5.7.4 for Windows, Mac and Linux

Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

5.7-is-here

We highly recommend you upgrade your FrostWire to 5.7.4

We’ve fixed issues that would break YouTube downloads, and prevent Torrents.fm search results from appearing.

We’ve also brought back the ability to download soundcloud urls, and included soundcloud playlist downloads if you enter a soundcloud track or playlist url on the search box.

frostwire (5.7.4) stable; urgency=high
  * Fixes issues with youtube downloads.
  * Recovered ability to download soundcloud urls.
  * Can download entire soundcloud playlists from playlist url.
  * Fixed broken Torrents.fm search.
  * Updated Gson library, included the sources into our repo.
        
 -- FrostWire Team   Thu, 26 June 2014 15:44:35 -0500

To MacOSX Yosemite users: We are still working to make FrostWire Yosemite compatible, we’ve found some binary issues that we need to resolve, we hope to have FrostWire ready for you on our next release 5.7.5.