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    Ares Alternatives for Mac

    Ares is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 ten of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Ares are Nicotine+, BitTorrent, FrostWire and WireShare.

    Ares is mainly a Torrent Client but alternatives to it may also be Video Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ares.
    This page was last updated Jul 9, 2020
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    Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio,...
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    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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      Nicotine+ is a graphical client for the Soulseek peer-to-peer network.


    2. BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer program developed by Bram Cohen and BitTorrent, Inc. used for uploading and downloading files via the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent was the first client written for the protocol.
    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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      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 almost 7 years ago

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    4. WireShare is a fork of the original LimeWire open source project.


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      MuWire is an easy to use file-sharing program which offers anonymity using I2P technology.
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      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.

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

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      [NOTE: new Mac version and Windows beta version 3.5 were released in December 2019]
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      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.

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

    5. Acqlite is Gnutella file sharing program based on LimeWire, Acquisition and Cabos. It is free software and contains no spyware or adware. It provides a simple interface, multiple language support, and iTunes + iPod integration.
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