LimeWire for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.5.16
  • 3.8
  • (19893)

Softonic review

Joe Wainer
Joe WainerUpdated 2 years ago

The world's fastest P2P file-sharing application, updated

Limewire is no longer available, due to a court-ordered injunction requiring it to cease all operations.

Limewire is a very popular peer to peer filesharing application. Users of the latest release will notice the radical redesign, bringing it aesthetically up to date.

Like Vuze before it, LimeWire appears to be encouraging legal downloads with the LimeWire Store. The library is so far a little limited compared to competitor download stores, but we expect this will expand.

Otherwise it's business as usual on LimeWire, but with a much simplified and cleaner interface. Because it's a new release, there are still some bugs, but the basic file sharing functions as well as ever. The new design makes scanning your search results much easier, and downloading files is totally intuitive.

The built-in player is still unintrusive and useful for checking audio and video files, but no more. LimeWire goes out of its way to check you are aware of the legal implications of illegal filesharing, on installation you have to agree not to infringe copyright, and if you download a file for which LimeWire can't find a license you will be warned and can stop or continue at your discretion.

The Friends function has been much improved. You can sign in with your Gmail, Jabber or LiveJournal accounts, and share files between any of your friends there who are also on LimeWire. This is much easier than tapping out IP addresses, and if enough of your friends use LimeWire, it could become great community sharing tool.

LimeWire searches remain within the P2P network, but you can open torrent files with it, and it functions very well as a torrent download client. This is not the most advertised feature of LimeWire, which may a way of keeping legal challenges at bay, but it's a shame that you can't search for torrents within the program.

The official release of LimeWire 5.0 makes for a much improved P2P experience.

Performance EnhancementsUpdater optimizationsUpdate the installer for the LimeWire Toolbar (Powered by Ask) for Windows systems.Bug fixes.


  • Performance EnhancementsUpdater optimizationsUpdate the installer for the LimeWire Toolbar (Powered by Ask) for Windows systems.Bug fixes.


  • Clean, attractive new design
  • Easy to manage sharing
  • Connect with friends easily
  • LimeWire Store
  • Fast search and downloads
  • Support for torrents


  • A few bugs
  • Go-Pro pop up at start up

Older versions

Also available in other platforms

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LimeWire for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.5.16
  • 3.8
  • (19893)

User reviews about LimeWire

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    it the best it just amazing people should just use this more often

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Great music in this program that can't find any where else..
    you find alot of good music that you would find in any other programs or sits and t More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    windows media player.
    this is very useful program.i like, because i love music and i take it for free.Lightning fast
    Simple to use
    Bea More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Apple and Sony killed the LIMEWIRE site.
    You can thank Apple ( vested interest in killing Limewire ) and the main player Sony Music and then th More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Limewire Good.....Govt.suck.
    many time ago i heard abt limewire and i want i on my pc but when i saw a injuction copy notice my mind divert cour More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Yea right!.
    I bought & PAID FOR Limewire Pro in 2008. Now they don't even know who I am. Funny isn't it? They get the money and then bend More


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