Download File Search - Best Software & Apps

  • MP3 Rocket

    7.3.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    LimeWire-based file sharing network

    7
    2978 votes
    • PROS: Skinnable, Tabbed interface, Easily-accessible content
    • CONS: Limewire clone, Results not always accurate, App can be unstable
  • FrostWire

    6.7.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Search Download and Listen to Music in one for Free

    7
    1655 votes
    • PROS: Thanks to their history of developing hugely popular BitTorrent clients like LimeWire the developers have managed to create an app that mixes powerful downloading and a new focus on the user experience. FrostWire is the one-stop shop for all music and vi, Simple to use
    • CONS: Fast downloading, Nice additional features
  • Everything

    1.4.1.895

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful local search tool with remote access to indexed contents

    8
    304 votes
    • PROS: Incredibly fast when indexing and searching, Very light on resources
    • CONS: You can't filter contents to be indexed, There are no security measures to enter the HTTP server
  • Windows File Explorer

    Beta 0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Alternative To The Functions And Settings You Have On Windows Now

    7
    95 votes
    • PROS: The preview function on the bottom left is far bigger than standard Windows preview, It is tiny change but it may allow you to streamline your sorting and filing process, The search function may be improved (which is amazing for Windows 10)
    • CONS: Getting it to work on some Windows 10 devices is tricky, Some of the functions are not part of Windows 7 and Windows 10, Such a minor change may be unimportant to some people
  • qBittorrent

    4.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Easy, feature-rich BitTorrent client

    8
    409 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to set up and use, Built-in search engine, Torrent creator, Web interface
    • CONS: Search engine requires the installation of a special plug-in
  • BitTorrent

    7.4.3 build 43797

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    The original Bittorrent client

    6
    459 votes
    • PROS: Simple interface, Search box integrated into client, Works with official bittorrent website, Free
    • CONS: Non-customizable interface, Limited download statistics, Downloading doesn't work very well
  • eMule

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    eMule is a P2P download manager

    9
    25 votes
    • PROS: It uses its own method of file sharing, You may use torrents with it, The GUI is easy to understand
    • CONS: Each update will fix and create a bug, eMule torrents are not popular enough yet to be worthwhile, The social media functions are fairly redundant outside of academia
  • FileZilla

    3.36.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Awesome free FTP client

    8
    1149 votes
    • PROS: Fast and efficient, Handles large transfers, Secure, Remote file search, Filters
    • CONS: Can't schedule transfers
  • aMule

    2.3.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    All-platform eMule P2P client

    6
    630 votes
    • PROS: Easy-to-use search facility, No spyware or adv, Lots of features for tracking download stats
    • CONS: Downloads are slow for new users
  • Torrent Search

    0.11.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free (GPL) Downloading program for Windows

    5
    17 votes
    • Google Desktop

      5.9.1005.12335

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Info when you want it, right on your desktop

      7
      1255 votes
      • PROS: Search results in web page format, Large choice of gadgets, Can cross index from multiple machines, Share panel items with friends
      • CONS: First time indexing is long, Intrusive, No logical “OR” or substring search support
    • DocFetcher

      1.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Search for specific text inside documents

      7
      17 votes
      • PROS: Fast indexing, Support for many formats
      • CONS: PDF doesn't work properly
    • Skytorrents

      1.0

      License
      free
      Platform
      Web Apps

      Private and Free Torrent-Focused Search Engine for Personal Use

      10
      4 votes
      • PROS: An effective method to privately download torrent files., No download is required to access this peer-to-peer sharing network.
      • CONS: Any emails not employing a PGP key will automatically be discarded., As this software is still in its beta testing stage, bugs will likely be present.
    • Allmyapps

      1.5.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Windows app manager

      7
      132 votes
      • PROS: Save all your apps to the cloud, Search for and locate new apps, Update new apps directly from your desktop
      • CONS: Occasionally crashes
    • UltraFileSearch Lite

      4.3.0.15183

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      UltraFileSearch Lite

      8
      20 votes
      • eMule Plus

        1.2e

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Connect to the eDonkey2000 P2P network and share files with others

        8
        5035 votes
        • PROS: Very easy to use, Produces many search hits, No adware or spyware
        • CONS: Not updated very often, No significant benefits over the original
      • VideoCacheView

        2.38

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Extract videos from the browser cache and save them to the hard drive

        7
        135 votes
        • PROS: Works with Internet Explorer and Firefox, Supports all video formats
        • CONS: Bear in mind that not all videos are stored in cache, Browser must be close before extracting latest videos
      • Torrent Harvester

        b 0.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Search for torrents and many other file types

        8
        93 votes
        • SearchMyFiles

          2.06

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Feature rich freeware alternative to Windows search

          6
          14 votes
          • PROS: Lots of search options, Free, No installation necessary
          • CONS: Searching big drives can take time
        • Morpheus

          Basic 5.5.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Veteran P2P client

          7
          602 votes
          • PROS: Auto antivirus scan, Access to all P2P networks, Supports UDP transfers, Sync downloaded files to iTunes, Search and listen to podcasts, Parental control, Integrated browser
          • CONS: Crowded interface (ads), Podcast downloading is clunky
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