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Limewire is a file sharing client written in Java and available for many platforms (Windows, Macintosh Classic, OS X, and several Unix flavors). Also, Windows clients are available in many languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, etc).

LimeWire is one of the oldest Gnutella clients (it’s been around since late 2000). It is written in Java In September 2001, LimeWire was released as open source software under the GPL. Official development on the client continued, though. The official free version provided for download contains advertising and spyware, but there is a “Pro” version for $9.50 that is ad-free and spyware-free. Numerous free (and legal) clones also exist.

The LimeWire group actively participates in The Gnutella Developer Forum and has played a key role in designing such protocol improvements as HUGE and QRP. LimeWire can be considered one of the most advanced Gnutella clients.

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