MUTE protects your privacy by avoiding
direct connections with your sharing partners in the network.
Most other file sharing programs use direct connections to download
or upload, making your identity available to spies from the RIAA and other
Ants display collectively intelligent behavior when
foraging for food or fighting off predators.
Each ant in the colony acts in a rather simple
way, but together they end up doing something clever, like
discovering the shortest path between their ant hill
and a food source.
MUTE's routing mechanism is inspired by ant behavior.
MUTE is based on research, and experiments show
that it works quite well. MUTE's ant-inspired routing is light-weight,
robust, and adaptive. Results from experiments in real MUTE networks
show that the collective behavior of MUTE nodes quickly finds the shortest
(or fastest) routing path between two nodes on the network.
"The RIAA just started bullying Internet users, but they've been
bullying musicians for decades. By refusing to pay for major label
(RIAA) music, we can usher in a more fair music business and keep the
Internet free (as in freedom)."
Read more at Downhill Battle...
Simple, Anonymous File Sharing
MUTE File Sharing is a peer-to-peer network that provides easy search-and-download functionality while also protecting your privacy.
MUTE File Sharing compiles as a fast, native application for many platforms (no Java, no Python, etc.).
Version 0.5.1 released on April 23, 2007 (change log)
(-) MUTE File Sharing version 0.5.1 has been released. This is a bugfix release that deals with startup connectivity issues. If you've been having trouble connecting to the MUTE network with version 0.5, you should upgrade. For a complete list of changes, see the change log.
(-) MWebCache 0.1.2 has been released. Everyone running a 0.1.1 web cache should upgrade. This release adds some additional checks to block Gnutella nodes from our MUTE-only caches. Download it here.
Confused? See the Quick Start Guide
Download MUTE 0.5.1 now
MUTE is free software (placed in the public domain).
Technical Details -- Credits -- Translators -- Developers
Current list of host caches (updated June 29, 2010)
Edit your MUTE/settings/webHostCaches.ini file to have these caches in it (if you are using MUTE 0.5.1 or later, the latest list should be fetched automatically each time MUTE runs):
You can also run your own host cache.
MUTE File Sharing on Linux:
MUTE File Sharing on Mac OS X:
MUTE File Sharing on Windows:
Text-mode MUTE File Sharing on Linux: