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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
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Running an MWebCache

What you need

A web server that supports PHP scripts.

NOTE (January 1, 2016)

The download linked below no longer works with modern PHP installations (it uses global varables that no longer exist).

Please take a look at the latest files in CVS here.

vv OUTDATED Stuff Below Here vv

Getting the software

Version 0.1.2 released on April 20, 2007. This release incorporates fixes that will hopefully block all of that unwanted Gnutella traffic in our caches. Everyone who is running a 0.1.1 cache should upgrade it to 0.1.2

You can download MWebCache from the SourceForge mirrors:

DownloadUnix and OSX TAR.GZ archive16 KiBversion 0.1.2
DownloadWindows ZIP archive20 KiBversion 0.1.2


The Readme file included with the software will help you install the script.

Announcing your cache

Please email the URL for your new cache to me (Jason Rohrer) at jcr13 {AT} users {DOT} sf {DOT} net


The script is based on the original GWebCache (for Gnutella) by Hauke Dampfling. Joop Bobeldijk modified GWebCache to make the MUTE-only MWebCache.

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