Ares Alternatives for Linux

    Ares is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is RetroShare, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Ares and nine of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Ares are Nicotine+ (Free, Open Source), FrostWire (Free, Open Source), Fopnu (Free) and WireShare (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 9, 2020

    1. RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and...
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    2. Nicotine+ is a graphical client for the Soulseek peer-to-peer file sharing network. Nicotine+ aims to be a pleasant, Free and Open Source (FOSS) alternative to the official Soulseek client, providing additional functionality while keeping current with the Soulseek protocol.
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    3. FrostWire is a free, open source P2P BitTorrent file sharing application & cloud file downloader in one. It's a fork of LimeWire .

      Bundleware

      As reported on VirusTotal, the installer contains Opencandy. Be careful during installation. https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/60a309e91ba1039c3527053867e0e210ff2e18628a01acc264d82430e6436889/analysis/

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      FrostWire vs Ares opinions
      Most users think FrostWire is a great alternative to Ares.
      Currently, frostWire is a BitTorrent client and not more a Gnutella client. Some files are indeed extracted from YouTube videos, not from P2P clients.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Fopnu is P2P File Sharing System. 100% Free, Simple and Easy to Use. Contains NO Spyware and NO Ads. Fully decentralized network. All shared files are indexed locally.
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    4. WireShare is a fork of the original LimeWire open source project. Features Ease of use. Just install, run, and search. Ability to search by artist, title, genre, or other meta-information.
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    5. MLDonkey is an open source, multi-protocol, peer-to-peer file sharing application that runs as a back-end server application on many platforms.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 3.1.5, released in March 2014, can be still downloded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Quazaa is a cross platform multi-network peer-to-peer file-sharing client based on Shareaza which will support Gnutella2, Ares, eDonkey2000, HTTP, FTP, and BitTorrent.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, released in October 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    6. MuWire is an easy to use file-sharing program which offers anonymity using I2P technology.
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    7. The Owner-Free Filing system has often been described as the first brightnet; A distributed system where no one breaks the law, so no one need hide in the dark.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.19.34, released in January 2010, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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