Billed as the world’s first web-based P2P client, FilesWire is a fully decentralized, P2P filesharing application that works directly from a web browser. There is no client to download, install or configure - so users are able to start searching, downloading and sharing content immediately. FilesWire incorporates the G3 platform (protocol), combined with LimeWire’s popular Gnutella network which ensures that millions of files are always available.

Features include:

  • • Multi-threaded downloads (download up to 20 resources at the same time)
  • • Download Manager (view and manage current downloads)
  • • Integrated Media Player (listen to your downloads direct from the FilesWire application)
  • • Download Preview (preview audio downloads before they are complete)
  • • Cross Browser Support (IE, Firefox and Opera are all supported) - The Java Platform is required, with javascript enabled in the browser.

LimeWire vs. FilesWire:

Users looking for a comparable online LimeWire replacement will be a little disappointed in FilesWire. You won’t be able to sort or filter the search results (yet), or “search more”, but there’s noticeably a lot less spam in the results. Be advised that this is still in beta phase, so additional features may be added at a later date.

We tested FilesWire, and liked our results! Aside from the expected Gnutella junk, we hit many revelant search returns, especially when narrowing in on specific files.

Is FilesWire anonymous? Not by itself, no. As-is, it won’t save you from the RIAA or anyone else snooping in on your traffic. But for fun, we attempted to run FilesWire from behind the cloak of a CGI (web) proxy (i.e. but it didn’t work - due to the fact that Javascript is usually blocked on the host site. However; it will work over a VPN, or through an HTTP (Socks) proxy when configured through the browser settings.

  1. davey Says:

    Oh aye! I’m interested to hear about the impending P4P revolution which is apparently around the corner too.

  2. zig Says:

    I think I’ll stick with LimeWire, basically because using a distant application obviously means you lose control in some way: what if the site goes down, gets overloaded or DDoS’ed? Anyway, LimeWire is so simple to install and use that I don’t see any advantages for the web browser. Besides, what is this G3 protocol? Their own, proprietary network?

    Of note, FilesWire is not the first P2P app to work directly from a web browser. Fusteeno, an open source Gnutella client already does this.

  3. T Says:

    ” But for fun, we attempted to run FilesWire from behind the cloak of a CGI (web) proxy (i.e. but it didn’t work - due to the fact that Javascript is usually blocked on the host site. ”

    it should not, really. The client is a java applet running just like any other software - so works just like Limewire, except it respect browser’s proxy configuration[not sure].

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  5. meeka Says:

    This is fantastic!! you get so many results. I just did a search for micheal jackson and got something in the order of 250 results. the interface looks cool too.

  6. quantic Says:

    fades out for me at last moment. 99% downloaded then nothing. nothing in saved file either.
    anyone help?

  7. Meeka Says:

    “Protection Mode” on windows vista seems to stop the file being saved, If you switch this off or use firefox then you should not have a problem. My pal tried it yesterday on windows xp and it worked perfectly so this seems to be only an issue on windows vista because of the enhanced security controls. Switching “Protection Mode” Off seems to do the trick.

  8. pandaman Says:

    This is a nice little online application, and I would have to agree that there is a lot less spam in the results then Limewire. Good Find!!

  9. ki Says:

    i think that fileswire is great its online i accutaly like files wire better than lime wire with lime wire u get viruse