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Freenet is a peer-to-peer network designed to allow the distribution of information over the Internet in an efficient manner, without fear of censorship. It is completely decentralized (there is no person or computer essential to its operation), meaning that Freenet cannot be attacked like centralized peer-to-peer systems such as Napster. Freenet also employs intelligent routing and caching to learn to route requests more efficiently, automatically mirror popular data, make network flooding almost impossible, and move data to where it is in greatest demand.

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Recent releases

  •  24 Apr 2008 20:27

    Release Notes: A complete ground-up rewrite, implementation of a "darknet" mode for added security, a friendly installer, and a multitude of other improvements.

    •  29 Jan 2008 19:05

      Release Notes: The user is no longer required to find other users to connect to, if this is difficult. Many bugs have been fixed, and a lot of work has been done on usability and resource consumption.

      •  25 Apr 2006 00:23

        Release Notes: This release operates over UDP rather than TCP. It can transparently operate through firewalls. The core architecture and algorithm have been redesigned for simplicity and efficiency. A new and even simpler API allowing the rapid development of third party software that interacts with Freenet has been added.

        •  21 Jul 2003 09:19

          Release Notes: This release fixes a major vulnerability in the HTML filter.

          •  17 Jul 2003 15:22

            Release Notes: New features include NIO technology that brings improved performance while using less CPU and system resources. Individual nodes are now more efficient, and the speed and routing of the entire network were significantly improved. Probabilistic caching was implemented, which further improves routing and lets Freenet store and find more data. Some user interface improvements were made. More improvements were made for downloads of large files. The Heisenbug and tons of other bugs were fixed.

            Recent comments

            10 Apr 2002 13:45 sanity

            No longer applies
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            11 Apr 2000 02:35 blanu

            Key Index Server
            If you want to find out what others are inserting into Freenet, use the -keyindex option with the request client to get the list of keys registered with a particular Key Index Server. You can add a key to the list by using the -keyindex option with the insert client. You can also add and view keys manually from a key index server with your web browser. This is just a cheap hack to make it easy for beta testers to find keys to request.

            There is a list of public key index servers at


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