What are the best Soulseek alternatives in 2020?

    Soulseek is described as '® is a unique ad-free, spyware free, and just plain free file sharing application. One of the things that makes Soulseek® unique is our community and community-related features' and is a well-known app in the File Sharing category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Soulseek for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and BSD. The best alternative is RetroShare, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Soulseek are Nicotine+ (Free, Open Source), eMule (Free, Open Source), BitTorrent (Freemium) and Shareaza (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 2, 2021
    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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      Almost everyone thinks RetroShare is a great alternative to Soulseek.
    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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      Nicotine+ vs Soulseek opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Nicotine+ is a great alternative to Soulseek.
      Tested on linux. Soulseek client. Works even better than the Soulseek versions on windows imo.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      selios An actual alternative to the Soulseek _client_, using the same protocol. It's open source, and much more modern and feature-rich than the original one.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      hboetes It's simply the best SLSK client, well maintained and very slick.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

    3. eMule is a free peer-to-peer file sharing application for Microsoft Windows. Connects to the eDonkey network and the Kad network. The official website is no longer updated, but the forum is still active and new versions are frequently released by the community.
    4. 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.
    5. Shareaza is the most luxurious and sophisticated file sharing system you'll find. It can harness the power of up to four separate peer-to-peer networks, including EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Shareaza's native network, Gnutella2.
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    6. DC++ is an open source client for Windows for the Direct Connect protocol.
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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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    7. P2P Filesharing and BitTorrent client. Polished dev fork of Shareaza supporting Gnutella (LimeWire), G2 (Shareaza), eDonkey2000 (eMule), and more networks. Highly customizable, skinnable, and translatable with 30 languages.
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    8. MLDonkey is an open source, multi-protocol, peer-to-peer file sharing application that runs as a back-end server application on many platforms.


      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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    9. 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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