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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 unscrupulous organizations.

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)."
--Holmes Wilson
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.).


(-) 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.

[Older News]
Version 0.5.1 released on April 23, 2007 (change log)
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.

Various External Links and Services
Niels Sandholt Busch has released a MUTE client for KDE users:

Tobias Hansen has set up a MUTE forum and information page:

Markus Speckmeier has set up a MUTE Wiki and Forum:
http://www.planetpeer.de/wiki/index.php --- http://board.planetpeer.de

We are now running an official SourceForge-based mailing list, and the Yahoo-based list is now defunct. To subscribe, see the List Info Page.

People are discussing MUTE via IRC on irc.efnet.net:

People are discussing MUTE via Invisible IRC:

Mathias Muller has set up a web-based system for exchanging MUTE file hashes:
If you want to look for a file that has the hash:
simply type this in the search box:

MUTE uses sha1 hashes. To make hashes of your own files on Windows, download this tool (run from a command window). On Unix-like systems (such as GNU/Linux and MacOS X), you may already have an sha1sum tool installed by default. If not, you can compile sha1sum from source by downloading this package.
MUTE info for Italian users:
[Website] [Forum]


MUTE File Sharing on Linux:

MUTE File Sharing on Mac OS X:

MUTE File Sharing on Windows:

Text-mode MUTE File Sharing on Linux:

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