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LimeWire Pirate Edition: Guide to Using the LimeWire Alternative

LimeWire Pirate Edition: Guide to Using the LimeWire Alternative

How to use LimeWire Pirate Edition, the popular alternative to the official LimeWire version for Windows, Mac, and Linux .

Ever since back in 2010 when US District Judge Kimba Wood issued an injunction ordering LimeWire to disable the “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality” of the famed file-sharing program users have been looking for an alternative to download content. Many most likely switched to BitTorrent, but some quit file-sharing altogether because they just couldn’t find an alternative that was similarly easy-to-use as LimeWire.

What these people, and sometimes others forget, is that LimeWire is still around, it’s just been modified to live on without the need for LimeWire LLC’s servers. Soon after the demise of the official version a secret team of developers brought LimeWire back to life with LimeWire Pirate Edition.

A hacker by the name of Meta Pirate turned the injunction upside down by releasing LimeWire Pirate Edition whereby “all dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free.” The move didn’t please LimeWire or the RIAA, but it did please its millions of loyal fans.

LimeWire Pirate Edition is just as easy-to-use as the official version, and still offers the same features and functionality that users have come to expect. I’lll run through the setup guide and show you how to use it so that if you haven’t returned LimeWire or are thinking of trying it out fr the first time you’ll know how to use and what to expect. I’ll even show you a few tips and tricks for keeping safe along the way.

 

1. Download and Install LimeWire Pirate Edition (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

2. Choose File Association, Run at Startup

If you’re using another BitTorrent program you’ll probably want to deselect the first box, and launching programs at system startup isn’t usually a good idea.

3. Turn Off Adding to Public Shared List

This is very important. You never, ever, ever want to share files with others, at least not copyrighted files, and you certainly don’t want to automatically add files you download to your “Public Shared” list for others to download from you.

4. Connection Difficulties?

Some might have difficulty connecting to the Gnutella network. There’s a rundown here of what steps you can take to remedy the problem, but it boils down to installing a fresh gnutella.net file (Windows | Mac).

5. Safety

Click on “Public Shared” to see what you’re sharing with the rest of the world. Sharing copyrighted material with others is known as illegal distribution and is precisely what runs afoul of the law. It’s okay to download copyrighted material, but it’s not okay to distribute it to others without copyright holder permission. So if you don’t want to get nasty letters from the RIAA and MPAA make sure that this list is always empty.

You might also wnat to consider using a VPN service like VyprVPN. A VPN is a virtual private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear while surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.

6. Finding Content

This is the easy and fun part. Enter the name of what you’re looking for in the search query box and hit “Enter.” In the example below I look for a copy of Radiohead’s song “Creep.”

To get more info on an item just select the “i” button to the right of the song. This way you can make sure it’s what you’re looking for. Click on an item once you have found what you want. Notice how in the left panel you can also narrow the search by album, artist, and category. Do you want a video of the song or an .MP3?

The first time you try to download something without a copyright license it’ll ask you to confirm your choice. Select “yes” and check “Do not warn me again.” Your download should soon begin afterwards.

Do you on plan on using LimeWire Pirate Edition or are you already comfortable with an alternative like BitTorrent?

Stay tuned.

[email protected] | @jaredmoya

 

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
NemNem
NemNem

The software still works and works with Windows 8.  There is a fix for using the program with Java 7. For Windows Vista and later, the program should be set to 'Run as Administrator'. For some odd reason this improves ability for the program to connect. ie: right-click the installer and choose Run as Admin. or do the same to the installed program.

 

Be aware at some point in future the software will be repackaged and distributed under the name WireShare.

HeyLbert
HeyLbert

Is this version of Limewire still works?

Blueyes121705
Blueyes121705

Does anyone know if this will work with windows 8

 

NemNem
NemNem

For anybody using LimeWire for the first time, ignore the message on LimeWire's main window saying you are not connected to the internet. The reason is the weblink the main window previously connected to is no longer active.

 

What IS important is the connection bar bottom-left of LimeWire's main screen. For LimeWire Pirate Edition, if this shows blue then you are fully connected, if it shows green bars you are partially connected. If it shows grey bars, you are not connected to the network.

 

Example image showing this http://www.gnutellaforums.com/attachments/windows/5947d1341041364-lw-still-works-fine-version-5-5-10-but-do-not-attempt-use-later-version-lpe-no-connection-message.gif

wolfapache
wolfapache

I am having connecting problem but when I went to the Gnutella Forms I was shocked to find out that my ip was banned where as I am visiting it the first time and have done nothing .... is it because of my country location ? Can someone help to resolve connection issue please ?

limeman
limeman

having issues trying to run it on Win 7 64x says java isnt installed i have java 6 installed well it says it is and also 7 but its dont say its installed??

Orebro
Orebro

I would like to use this service, as limewire IS the best I have yet seen. When I have 'spare minutes' I shall d/l and get involved once more.

NemNem
NemNem

5. Public Safety: No sharing. huh! ?  How do you think the Gnutella network survives except via sharing and especially via partial file-sharing. If nobody was sharing files, there would be no files to download, except perhaps spam.  It is the 'no sharing' at any cost advice that helps to destroy sharing networks, breeding new 'freeloaders', which in effect helps the organisations trying to close file-sharing networks down. LimeWire 4 was a far superior program to LimeWire 5 which is buggy and lacks so many tools LimeWire 4 had.  A large percentage of LimeWire 4's code was by gnutella community code contributors. Whereas version 5 was only by the LimeWire devs who seemed to struggle on their own. IMHO

 

(accidentally replied to odb & Jared instead of main topic.)

Darren
Darren

I can't seem to get limewire open it say "LimeWire needs the Java Runtime Environment 6.0 or above" in which i already download and install and i am still getting that error. What should i do ?

ejonesss
ejonesss

every search came up showing xxx and sex in the results.did someone taint one of the gnutella.net files?

ejonesss
ejonesss

why am i getting porn links in the searches?

odb
odb

is the link to the software fucked up?

NemNem
NemNem

 @Blueyes121705 Reports I have seen are that it works fine in Windows 8. But for some odd reason you need to install or update the 32-bit Java last or there are problems.

And install the Java set to Run as Admin.

NemNem
NemNem

 @wolfapache Use the Gnutella Forum's 'Contact Us' link and send an email message to one of the administrators of the Gnutella forums explaining your problem and giving them your ip address. There's several sites you can use to find out your ip address but this is a good one http://whatismyipaddress.com/

 

Chances are your ip address was previously used by a multi-forum spammer and was banned for that reason.

 

BTW if you are using Windows 7 or later, you should install Java with the Java installer set to 'Run as Administrator', otherwise this will contribute to connection problems.

NemNem
NemNem

You need to go to the Java Control panel and set Java 6 as the default or active java version and disable Java 7.  Unfortunately LW will not run with Java 7 at present.

It's worse for Windows XP and earlier, you cannot have Java 7 installed at all for LPE to run.

 

This issue only affects all LW 5 versions including LPE, but does not affect LW 4.

 

NemNem
NemNem

You need to uninstall Java 7 and install Java 6 instead. Or if using WIndows 7, go to the Java control panel and choose Java 6.0 as the default Java.

Java installer should be set to run as admin. for vista and windows 7.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

? Porn links in the LPE program? I didnt see any. Kind of jealous :PNo, I dont understand how there can be porn links in it. Its been stripped down to nothing. All the searches I made came up clean as a whistle.Screenshots please? [email protected]

TheBlackWolf128
TheBlackWolf128

 @NemNem

I have windows 7 and I dont know how to get to the java control panel to choose java 6.0 as my default. How do I get there? 

ejonesss
ejonesss

i did the replacement and it still did so maybe some domain/ip poisoning going on

NemNem
NemNem

5. Public Safety: No sharing. huh! ?  How do you think the Gnutella network survives except via sharing and especially via partial file-sharing. If nobody was sharing files, there would be no files to download, except perhaps spam.  It is the 'no sharing' at any cost advice that helps to destroy sharing networks, breeding new 'freeloaders', which in effect helps the organisations trying to close file-sharing networks down.

 

LimeWire 4 was a far superior program to LimeWire 5 which is buggy and lacks so many tools LimeWire 4 had.  A large percentage of LimeWire 4's code was by gnutella community code contributors. Whereas version 5 was only by the LimeWire devs who seemed to struggle on their own. IMHO

Johnenewt1
Johnenewt1

@NemNemI am also getting that same error message on my brand new Windows 8 computer.  I installed Java 7.0 successfully (tried 32 and 64-bit versions one at a time), re-booted, but every version of Limewire I install says "limewire needs the runtime environment 6.0 or above".  I even ran the CCleaner program and cleaned the registry.  What else can I do? 

NemNem
NemNem

 @TheBlackWolf128  @NemNem Go to the Start Menu, then find the Control Panel to the right side of the Start menu. Then find the control panel called Java and open it. Then click on the Java tab, you will see the versions of Java installed. Check or uncheck the boxes to the right to enable or disable that version of Java under the user tab.

 

There is a way to get LimeWire running with Java 7, but it might not work for everyone. But it's the only solution found so far. One side-effect has been found though. In that we cannot change the download location.

 

http://www.gnutellaforums.com/connection-problems/98945-limewire-5-6-2-pirate-edition-java-1-7-a-4.html#post368753

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Weird. works fine for me as u can tell from the images above. shoot me a screenshot [email protected]



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