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Shareaza is a peer-to-peer file sharing client running under Microsoft Windows which supports the gnutella, Gnutella2 (G2), eDonkey, BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP network protocols and handles magnet links,[3] ed2k links, and the now deprecated gnutella and Piolet links.[4] It is available in 30 languages.

Shareaza was developed by Michael Stokes[5] until June 1, 2004[5], and is now maintained by a group of volunteers. On June 1, 2004, Shareaza 2.0 was released, along with the source code, under the GNU General Public License (GPL), making it free software. As of October 2010, Shareaza ranks 12th on the SourceForge all-time download statistics.[6] The latest version,, was released on June 13, 2010.




Shareaza can connect to gnutella, G2, eDonkey and BitTorrent. Shareaza hashes its files for all networks, and then distributes those hash values on G2. This allows Shareaza to download one file from several networks at once.[7] When another Shareaza client connected to G2 finds such a file, it is given the hash values for all networks and can search on the other networks with their respective hash values, which increases the number of sources and the download speed of the file. Shareaza also uses its G2 network to find more sources for torrents.

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