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BearShare is a file sharing program that lets you, your friends, and everyone in the world share files. Built on Gnutella technology, it provides a simple, easy to use interface combined with a powerful connection and search engine that puts thousands of different files in easy reach. It is designed to let you share files with everyone on the Internet, and download files that other people are sharing. Works with all types of files, and lets you search for files that contain specific words or phrases.

This is the ad and spyware-free version of BearShare with added support for Magnet links and a streamlined interface for enhanced searches. BearShare gives you access to countless types of digital media and other files that are made available by other users plus some special professional and independent content providers. Above all, its completely free for download!

BearShare Lite removes the bundled software contained in regular versions of BearShare and is a cleaner, simpler user experience.

Some of the Bearshare Lite features are:

  • Ease of use – just install, run, and search
  • Advanced search filtering
  • Multiple searches
  • Swarm downloads from multiple hosts help you get files faster
  • Unique "ultrapeer" technology reduces bandwidth requirements for most users
  • Integrated IRCHighway chat Browse host feature that will work through firewalls
  • Bitzi metadata lookup
  • Connects to the network using GWebCache, a distributed connection system
  • Support for Magnet links that allow you to click on web page links that access Gnutella. 
Review by Jared Moya

BearShare Lite has an average rating 3.0 out of 5 based on 13 user ratings.


I want the old version of bearshare 5.2.5 . I do not understand why I cant fully connect. The host light blinks red & if I finally do get lucky their is only 1 Ultrapeer tht I connect to. 1 their are hundreds of millions of peopl out their on the internet who have & share. I think a company should allow the versions they made new or old connect & use their service. I don't like, yes i have tried them, I will update to version 8 to try it but it is gonna be complicated. different kinds of icons mean different things> I GOT SO TIRED OF DOWNLOADING MUSIC THAT I COULD PLAY ON COMPUTER BUT WASN'T ALLOWED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE WITH!!!!! I am disapointed to say I am thinking of checking into other peer to peer programs!


William Tolliver
William Tolliver

I want the old version of bearshare 5.2.5 Why cant I get it. Im not going to buy the BS6 what ever. All I want is the site for BS 252 Thak you

Gaynell Sherman
Gaynell Sherman

After using bearshare 5.2.5 version for years, I am unable to connect to this site. I have a red light flashing in upper right hand corner of program. even when i tried to uninstall the program , it won't allow me to. I want this version back, because it worked so well for me. Please respond. I'm in need, because i get my music from bearshare and I DJ online. I do not commit any wrong doings. All I do is use this program for self purposes only. Please respond ~~~ Thank you .


I still prefer using uTorrent for downloading files and sharing it.

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