What’s Up With eMule These Days? Is The File Sharing Network Slowly Becoming Obsolete?

Chris Hoffman 06-04-2012

emule serversBelieve it or not, eMule is still alive and kicking. These days, file sharing is all about BitTorrent and file-hosting websites 5 Free Browser-Based P2P File Sharing Sites With No Size Limits Read More like RapidShare and the ill-fated MegaUpload Why MegaUpload, And Who's Next? In the middle of some very aggressive anti-SOPA/PIPA protests, the feds managed to prove that they don't need to pass such a bill to pull the plug on a certain internet website. The casualty this... Read More . Many of the older file-sharing applications have long-passed – LimeWire, Kazzaa, AudioGalaxy, Napster – they’re no more. But eMule is still with us. It’s a peer-to-peer file-sharing application that uses eDonkey servers and its own decentralized Kad network.


Unlike many peer-to-peer applications, eMule is an open-source project 8 Ways to Help Open-Source Projects If You're Not a Coder We’ve covered why it’s important to contribute to open-source projects, but what if you’re not a coder? You don't have to learn how to program to help your favorite open-source projects. Many non-programmers volunteer some... Read More and it doesn’t come bundled with any adware or spyware. With an integrated search feature and a shared files directory, eMule represents another era of file sharing.


It may be hard to believe – given all the attention paid to BitTorrent and other file-sharing methods Top 10 Largest File Sharing Websites On The Net Right Now According to Google’s search engine rankings, only 2 of the top 10 most visited file sharing websites are related to BitTorrent. This isn’t to say that torrents aren’t still popular, but five years ago the... Read More – but eMule is still quite popular. When I wrote this article, eMule had received over 761,000 downloads this week and was the 10th most popular download on SourceForge.

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eMule is a Windows-only program, but Mac OS X and Linux users aren’t left out. They can use aMule, which is cross-platform. aMule has a similar interface to eMule and uses some of the same code.

Fake Servers

In 2007, TorrentFreak estimated that as many as 60% of the available eDonkey servers were “fake” or “spy” servers. Fake servers have different motivations – some return results filled with malware What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] Some people call any type of malicious software a "computer virus," but that isn't accurate. Viruses, worms, and trojans are different types of malicious software with different behaviors. In particular, they spread themselves in very... Read More to try and infect your system, while some monitor your eMule usage and may send it to anti-peer-to-peer companies.


Fake servers often return search results full of garbled, nonsensical, or empty files. They won’t display actual, real files – if you’re connected to a fake server, your files won’t show up in other users’ searches.

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eMule’s Kad network does bypass the need for servers, helping with this problem. After eMule finds a few other Kad-supporting clients, it can connect to the Kad network. It’s sort of like DHT in torrent clients.

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Like with other peer-to-peer networks, bad clients can also poison the network with fake files that appear in search results.

Lack Of Updates

eMule was last updated in April 2010 – nearly 2 years ago. While development isn’t completely stalled, future updates will likely only contain minor changes and bug fixes. uTorrent 5 Different uTorrent Add-Ons You Should Try Out The most popular torrent client, uTorrent, has been getting a lot of extra effort put into it to simplify its use while expanding its feature set. I must say that the uTorrent developers have done... Read More and many other BitTorrent clients The 4+ Best BitTorrent Clients To Get The Most Out Of Your Downloads BitTorrent is still a reliable and pretty fast way to download large files. It might not be the best method out there, but sometimes it sure is the easiest. The clients are straightforward enough and... Read More release updates at a comparatively breakneck pace.

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eMule lacks a few features we take for granted in modern peer-to-peer programs. It doesn’t support IPv6 IPv6 & The Coming ARPAgeddon [Technology Explained] Read More , which will likely be important in the future. It also doesn’t support NAT traversal – if you can’t use UPnP or forward ports manually 5 Ways to Increase Your Torrent Download Speed For many people, the distributed peer-to-peer download power of torrents isn’t all it’s made out to be. If you’re feeling drowned in fake files, choking from ISP speed throttling, and sick of being told you’re... Read More , you’ll get a “low ID” which indicates that other clients can’t connect to you. This will reduce your download speed – uTorrent, for example, gets around this with its NAT traversal feature.


Its interface also feels a bit out-of-date and would likely be confusing to many users who are only familiar with torrent clients.


Today’s most popular file-sharing methods – both BitTorrent clients and online file-hosting sites – make you search the Web for .torrent files How to Find Legal Torrents Online: The Best Sources Here are all the best online sources to find legal torrents. With these, you can download lots of content for free! Read More or links to downloads. eMule is more similar to Napster and other old school peer-to-peer applications – it includes a search tab. After connecting to a server on the Servers tab, you can search for files and start downloading them.


This approach may help you find older, rarer files that may not have torrents, but it also has some downsides. Not as many people use eMule and other eDonkey clients, so it may be hard to find some files. And if a file only has a few sources, the file may not be what it claims to be.


While eMule’s interface may feel a little outdated, it does support multiple sources. When you start downloading a file, eMule will download pieces of the file from various users that have the file, so you aren’t just downloading a file from a single user.

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eMule uses a credit system. When you upload to another eMule client, that eMule client remembers you’ve uploaded to them and gives you download priority in the future. This encourages users to upload as well as download.

For more information, check out our free, full guides to file sharing The MakeUseOf Guide to File Sharing Networks Have you ever wondered what are the biggest file sharing networks out there? What are the differences between BitTorrent, Gnutella, eDonkey, Usenet etc.? Read More , BitTorrent The Torrent Guide for Everyone This beginner's guide is a great introduction to peer-to-peer file sharing with BitTorrent. Get started with torrent downloading in a safe and responsible way with our tips here. Read More , and Usenet A New User's Guide To Usenet Heard a lot about Usenet and its file sharing capabilities, but don't have a clue where to get starting using it? This user's guide explains how to use Usenet. Read More .

Do you use eMule, or do you prefer a different file-sharing application? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Bruja
    April 11, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Hi. Happy 2018. I've recently returned to email and share all my files I download from other places there too.
    I still managed to find some more 'obscure' stuff there that I couldn't find on BT.
    I always thought of Emule as 'The European' classy film, whereas BT is your typical Hollywood blockbuster.
    Come back to Emule people. Let's make Emule Great Again. MEGA (lol) ;-p

  2. stts
    July 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I used edonkey/emule for well over a decade. It was great. But the link sites slowly vanished. And the users migrated away. There used to be millions online at any time. Now its like a few hundred thousand. So the speeds just are not there any more. And rare files just dont download. They needed to improve the client so rare files got priority. They never did. Then ShareTheFiles site got issues and lots of the links dont work any more. The collections are mostly shot. There is just no maintenance and they deleted me off the site for complaining. So now Im bittorrent. But they have similar issues. They purposely delete rare links not used for 30 days. Thats lame. And the sites are under NAZI attack. So its getting easier to find what you want on netflix when you want it. And when you point it out on Pirate bay or the other sites, your ignored or your deleted. So the intransigent king mentality is slowly dismantling the usefulness of filesharing. They say stopping filesharing is a wack-a-mole game. But the reality is that it is being stopped. Slowly but surly. And mostly by it own complacency.

  3. Neophyte
    January 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Try NeoLoader. It's a a cross-platform P2P/downloader. It covers both eDonkey2000/Kad (eMule) and Bittorrent networks. It serves also as a downloader from file hoster sites. And finally, it has it's own anonymous P2P network (NeoShare).

    I see it as the ultimate P2P client.

  4. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Biggest problem with eMule is the traffic is markedly distinctive, and ISPs can throttle it even when you're using an anonymous VPN client.

    I love eMule but it's getting harder and harder to actually make use of it... there are dozens to hundreds of sources for what I want but I'm getting DLs at rates in the sub-1k/s range.

  5. Anonymous
    September 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    For finding programs Torrents are great. However there are too few academic pdf's to be found there. For these I used to turn to Emule. But that was years ago. Now every server "appears to be dead". It's a pity. I miss you Emule!

  6. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I'm using eMule only on my VPS, because speeds are too slow to keep my home PC on for 24/7, but yeah I'm still using it only because there are files that have never been on torrents or DC++ , old TV shows, etc..

  7. P2P expert
    May 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    eMule is the best!

    • John
      January 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

      it is now Jan 2018. Would you know how to install emule50a on windows10.
      When i do it every server is dead , and TCP test fails.Dont know how to proceed.
      Thanks for you reply.

  8. joe bloggs
    May 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Did you know you can get traced to your home with bit torrents and torrents,a fine or even a prison sentence for illegally downloading stuff,emule is the best as they can't trace you when you just use kad,severs are crap,they are like a telephone exchange,traceable,not good,emule kad goes straight from client to you.
    Anyway,it's all illegal so you get what you get no matter how quick or long it all takes.Simple,it's not rocket sience.Bye.

  9. jimmy james
    April 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Article published 6 Apr 2012. now April 2015 From above "Unlike many peer-to-peer applications, eMule is an open-source project and it doesn’t come bundled with any adware or spyware. With an integrated search feature and a shared files directory, eMule represents another era of file sharing."
    I rarely download programs from sources I don't know, but stupid me....
    Emule now (4-2015) is loaded with adware, spyware and other unwanted nasties. Especially Dragol search engine. I'm having a hell of a time getting rid of it an a weather app that also tagged along. I'm not very cpu savvy but I should have checked into Emule first.

    • Jorax
      April 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Where did you get your copy of eMule? What the heck is Dragol search Engine?

      eMule v0.50a downloaded from the official eMule source has no Dragol search engine, or any spyware/malware included with it to this day. Try getting it from, instead of whatever site you used.

      As far as fake servers, and cops tracking what you're sharing, that's what the IP filter in eMule is all about, try, and you won't be connecting to fake servers, or downloading from MPAA spy sources. And using obfuscation should keep your ISP from getting involved and throttling your connection.

      No eMule community? Files not being what they claim to be? Try an eMule hash site out: such as TVUnderground, ShareTheFiles, PhantomP2P, or any of a dozen others, which complements eMule quite nicely, generally offering free registration, and at most asking for your donation to keep the site going if you find the site useful.

      When it comes to the eMule network being dead, as of April 2015, it is still very much alive and kicking. If you want files that were around over a year ago, eMule, coupled with plenty of patience, will get you most any file you're looking for (and if you want something released in the last 2 weeks, there are usually plenty of sources just like any BT, and you can often get it in 24 hours or less).

  10. Ventsislav Atanasov
    October 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I've been using emule since it got out but I also use torrents since the BT was invented and I can't think of not having one of them - they complete each other so well.

  11. Has
    September 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I've been using eMule (and previously eDonkey2000) for more than 10 years.

    So my summary is:

    eMule is The Real p2p, for patient people interested in true sharing (give something to others & get something from them). And for those who download a few things they really need.

    Torrent is the new way of "sharing", which means: Downloading TBs of things a lot faster, to make your 300MB connection good. It doesn't mind if you delete all that stuff two days later. You have to hurry, leech before seeds die.

    I like sharing.

  12. Dingo
    September 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Be very careful using E-mule.
    I know for sure that the cops are tracking what you share....................
    and will come knocking if they don't like it!

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

      That goes for everything online, if it's bad enough.

    • aga
      November 7, 2019 at 11:21 am

      So what. I have my drives encrypted with TrueCrypt, good luck in breaking it hahah. No access = no proof

  13. GOSH
    September 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    It is imposible to compate torrent and ed2k.
    Torrents is like "Ferrari" - very fast delivering of one newspaper. Good for initial releasing.
    Ed2k - it's a barge, carring tones and tones of content. Sometimes slow, but unstopable!
    Torrents - for is for relatively small comunity.
    ED2K - for the whole world!
    There is no winner in this comparission. As for me, I use torrents to download fresh content and then always seed it over Ed2k. It is impossible for me to maintain torrent seeding of all my data... it's HUGE!

    • ralphrepo
      September 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

      One of the features that I didn't see mentioned here is the fact that Bit Comet uses Emule as a plug in; I only wish other torrent clients would do the same (since Bit Comet is a bit of a pariah in the torrent world and I won't use it unless I had to). Nonetheless, I've seen the emule plug in come in handy and contribute to the torrent DL's with Bit Comet.

  14. Ann
    September 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Torrents are fine if you want to download movies and get sued by the MPAA, but eMule/aMule is still the best way to find music, books, documents, and more obscure files.

    There's also iMule, the anonymous version that uses the I2P network. Unfortunately there aren't that many users/files on it.

  15. Oniscoid
    August 21, 2012 at 3:51 am

    many thanks for the article -- some useful info there

    eMule has far more active users than any private torrent site, and (at least for me) more files available via 'global' and KAD searches than are found on the public trackers -- (some eMule servers only hold a small number of files, so having the search set to 'Local' probably won't the file that's being looked for)

    the big influx of Chinese users over the last couple of years is especially noticeable with 'quality' files (classic movies, serious literature, outstanding classical music recordings, technical articles etc) where they sometimes account for more than half the leechers

    you're right that care needs to be taken where to get the server list -- (no more than 3 or 4 reliable servers are needed, as long as at least a couple of them provide a good 'Global' search facillity (it can vary from server to server) -- it's important to maintain a 'high ID', and portforwarding needs to be checked periodically as routers can reset themselves -- (a direct wired or wirless connection to the router, rather than being connected via the mains electricity supply, is recommended)

    file info needs to be carefully checked before and after a file starts downloading to avoid getting wrongly named files, malware and worse -- (eg a 50K exe file with 50 alternative titles all containing the word "sex" which promises to deliver you a complete Oasis discography is not a suitable candidate for download)

    only individual files can be shared (archives are fine), but there are no restrictions on content -- as should be expected, some files are tracked by national and international law agencies -- for most users this is unlikely to be a problem, but for anyone uploading very illegal content there is a risk

    it's true that eMule is generally very slow compared to torrents (tho not always) -- the overall proportion of leechers to seeders tends to be higher than for torrents, -- the amount of bandwidth used (= data transferred ) is of course set by the user for both torrents and eMule -- patience is needed when stuck in a 'queue' of 5000 people, waiting one's turn to download the next 9MB data chunk of a high res movie with only one seed; think weeks rather than days! but if that's the only copy available online, needs must

    people having problems with eMule can get help on the very active eMule Project forum

    torrent trackers (public and private), Usenet, ftp archives, web download sites and p2p networks (such as eMule) all have their place -- it might be better to use one rather than another in a particular case, but they are best seen as complementary

    as for eMule dying... i expect it will out-live many of its users :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 25, 2012 at 1:31 am

      Thanks for the information! I can tell you know eMule like the back of your hand.

  16. MagikGimp
    August 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    There's a few reasons eMule is still going strong:
    1) Torrents are great, there's no denying that. They're fast; much, much faster but once a torrent is dead (it has no more seeders) that file is as good as gone too. eMule and other similar P2P software is different as in entire directories are shared rather than groups of files. If someone decides they have too many torrents going at once and stop one that's one fewer seeder. If that happens too many times you can wave goodbye to those files forever. eMule on the other hand has files going back millennia in Internet years and that can be incredibly valuable in tracking down older content. You can share lots of files and not really even think you're doing so with eMule. This can of course be a problem, some sly searching can have you downloading personal documents that the client accidentally selected to be shared but silly mistakes aside, those files are still around so so is eMule.
    2) Torrent indexing sites are under attack right now, copyright holders have them in their sites. It's becoming increasingly harder to find torrents these days but eMule doesn't have that problem. Fake servers aside, its search feature combined with protocol obfuscation means you'll often find what you're looking for whereas torrents sites go down or lead to false links, certainly more than before.
    3) China- the piracy capital of the world. Torrent traffic is heavily prevented there but slower forms of P2P traffic are harder to tackle for some reason so eMule, or rather software that uses its code, thrives. OK so some of that software leeches pretty badly but as naughty Chinese counterfeit DVD sellers and the like want to get files a fair majority of them also share back with the network. This doesn't necessarily mean fast downloads for you but it does mean that those thousands of users are helping keep that file alive whereas torrents just aren't possible in the land of the rising copyright theft.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

      eMule is definitely pretty good for tracking down rare stuff; I've noticed that when I looked in the past.

      • MagikGimp
        August 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

        The other thing I thought about after I wrote this is the technology comparison.
        Both the eDonkey network and Torrent trackers have been attacked as already mentioned. Spoof eDonkey servers have been set up to flood the network with fake files and disrupt searches both for finding files and when finding peers who already have files. For torrents it's simply the fact that many tracker sites have been taken down for 'illegal' activity. Some trackers are also blocked in certain countries (The Pirate Bay in the UK for example.)
        Now, both technologies have reacted and adapted to these problems. Torrents are now able to seed using a decentralised method that doesn't require trackers at all and eMule has implemented the Kad network to help share files. In fact, all eDonkey clients would do well to also adopt Kad as the majority of peers are found using this network these days.
        The problem with torrents is that older ones still require trackers to get them going meaning they are dying out whereas eMule has the advantage that files are being shared on both networks simultaneously so old files and new are treated in the same way.

  17. larry
    August 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I've been using emule since it's heyday and still prefer it to torrents. Torrents are for leechers mostly because it doesn't keep sharing unless you keep all the extraneous files in the original download location. Nobody wants to keep stuff in a cluttered up download folder forever or keep multiple copies, so torrents don't get seeded for long by most people. Emule doesn't care where you save stuff or if you rename it - just point it at your media folder and it recognizes files and shares them out for as long as it's on your computer. It is slow if you are a leecher, but that's by design to keep people sharing and the network alive. The chinese are particularly big fans of emule and with that size population, I don't think it is going away any time soon.

    This article doesn't mention it, but there are sites that host e2dk links (similar to torrents or magnet links) that save you from downloading fakes and the community is still very much alive and releasing both new and old rare material all the time. Television shows are particularly prevalent since nobody wants to keep thousands of episodes in a torrent folder, but with emule it's easy to share forever no matter how you organize stuff. The in-program search is handy for rare stuff and is a good source for the contents of long dead torrents. It might take a long time to get rare files, but for stuff that exists nowhere else it's worth the wait. And don't let the lack of sources in the search page stop you from trying to download - many files are supported by hidden sources that only show themselves after you start the download - sometimes a file with no listed sources will have 2-3 hidden sources sharing out at high bandwidth.

    I reshare everything I torrent to keep it alive and many others do the same. Even if you don't download with it, reshare what you torrented at whatever bandwidth you can spare to keep the mule and the true spirit of p2p sharing alive.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 14, 2012 at 3:25 am

      Interesting, it's big in China? I had no idea.

      Thanks for the information!

  18. Frk
    August 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    For me Emule is still so much better than torrents.

    You can see files other users store (if they enable that feature), you can find very old or rare files, and the search feature is fantastic. It also helps that you have KAD and can DL from users directly, without need for a real server.

    Emule rulez!

  19. Rishabh Sharma
    August 4, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Emule lacks popularity and versatility

  20. b
    July 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Personally, I can't understand why torrents have developed into such popularity. For me, they're no match to eMule when it comes to the system and the convenience of using it. The torrents are a real hassle! They may not look that from a leacher's perspective (... or make it: from the perspective of a person who mostly downloads stuff; which is probably what most users do). Eventually, most of these users would probably delete both most of the downloaded files and their torrents in short order: soon after having watched the movie or installed the app. They will of course keep some, but even so, should they decide to move the files to a different locations, they will simply do that and then they will probably delete the red-arrowed entries resulting from the torrent files losing touch with their respective data files. Searching for torrents on the www also seems quite natural from such typical user's point of view.

    When you're uploading stuff, though, you're facing a bit of challenge and some extra hurdles to overcome. First, you're constrained in your use of your own disk space, because you practically have to place your uploads in their final destinations on the drive right from the word go: changing data-files' location means updating all their respective torrent-files, and that's not a pleasant way to pass your time. Secondly, you have to find a site to upload your torrent-files to. And that's another big pain in the neck. Not only are there loads of such sites (which brings you to puzzle over which and how many to go for), but also -- and this is worse -- most of these websites require paid registration. Now... I understand there's allegedly no such thing as a free lunch, and I would be ready to accept charging people on download credits, but why an uploader/sharer is obliged to pay for registering, too? This is totally unfair.

    Compare this to eMule: 1. There's no fees. 2. There's just the data-files, no extra system files needed to facilitate the p2p exchange. 3. You are free to move your files: all you need to do to have them shared is to remember to mark the folder. 3-a. All you need to do to share a file is to move/copy it to one of the folders you have already designated for sharing; it's that easy! 4. There's one universal search mechanism: you will never wonder if perhaps you're on a wrong site whose search engine wouldn't cover the file you're after.

    It's a real pity that eMule does in fact appear to be dying. I think most sharers, facing the natural dilemma: which system to choose, and not wanting to split their bandwith between eMule and a torrent application, go for the torrents.

    • carker666
      July 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      very good. eMule is infact dying, but that doesn't happen in the night. First there was heavy decline because of torrents in 2003, but eMule got-up, one of the things is that the files, you couldn't find anywhere else, yeah even on torrents, so the best time of eMule was probably in between 2004/2005. Then got the decline was in the 2006/2007 year, probably because of heavy use of sites like YouTube, etc.., and the heavy use of torrent site trackers( in the place where I live). Thought you could still find some sources, there was a heavy feeling of a decline, and completly dead after around 2008 year. Yeah, I would call that a completelly dead..

      • b
        July 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

        Well, I don't have your experience. I actually started using it probably around 2007 or something like that. As for me, the servers were pretty crowded at that time: it was sometimes difficult to get onto a good server. The shared-file number limits on the lesser servers were pretty low, too -- so I guess you could say that the eMule was very much alive and kicking then. As to my experience, a real decline started about a year ago. There was something going on -- servers were falling. I don't know the background, because I'm not so involved as to go around looking for info. Since that time, the situation has improved, but the present state is stagnation at best. Still, considering how popular the torrents have become, it's only natural that eMule covers but a niche. Dead it is not. Yet. And hopefully it will not be all too soon.

    • Ann
      September 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yeah, that's the annoying thing about bittorrent, you need to keep the files in the original structure they came in or you aren't sharing any longer / it gets re-downloaded again. With eMule, you just tell it which folders you want to share and the files are shared. There's no torrent files or directory structures.

  21. Ron
    July 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I am glad Emule is still alive and kicking! I appreciate the flexibility of the software, plus the ability to have pretty much one stop shop for music. Maybe I've been using it so lon that, I've grown accustomed to what Emule can provide vs not provide.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 9, 2012 at 4:44 am

      Yup, you're probably used to it -- still, its interface does feel a bit trapped in the past.

  22. Pedro
    June 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    This article made me retry emule, and because of it I even switched from BT. I disagree with the users that classify it as outdated. It's just a different tool than torrents: It's slower but there's much more file diversity.

    It is much better than BT if you just want to cherrypick the digital media you consume instead of collecting terabytes of mainstream crap (porn included). And it is much better than BT if you do not want to take centuries searching websites for a torrent with that weird movie made in that weird country that only you heard about.

    The search really saves you time!

    BT is for greedy pop culture consumers. I am glad not to belong in that group.

    • Pedro
      June 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      It is hardwired against leechers. That's why there is more file diversity, and that's why it forces you to wait more time. The bitorrent's speed greed just makes the filsharing comunity become more monocultural.

      • Chris Hoffman
        June 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

        Interesting to hear that someone prefers eMule! Thanks for your perspective. There are obviously quite a few people with similar opinions, which is why eMule still seems to be going so strong.

        • RecarGable
          July 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

          I use eMule. I think that it's the best tool when looking for non-common files. Or, maybe, it was. When a lot o people gave up using it, for several reasons, the availability decreased as well. I remember find very old or strange things (films, documents, musical videos, ...). In these days that is more difficult but i still use it.

        • Chris Hoffman
          July 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

          That's true, torrents aren't generally the best way to find old stuff, although they're great for new stuff.

          On the other hand, torrents are so widely used that it's often possible to find torrents with old, uncommon stuff these days.

    • Ann
      September 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      "It’s slower but there’s much more file diversity."

      Exactly. Who cares about speed? Just choose the files you want (which aren't available on bittorrent anyway) and do something else while it downloads quietly in the background.

  23. wilL Toxic
    April 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    uTorrent is my choice,
    but i got to admit if it wasn't for eMule i wouldn't of found torrents so i give them their credit and a big thank you.
    back in 07 is when i start P2P after soulseek, eMule showed me the way to Torrent clients by reading and searching and Researching

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 8, 2012 at 2:44 am

      eMule does seem like a program whose time has past.

      And yet -- its network is still chugging along.

  24. renato
    April 7, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Torrent has waited long enough to become the main file sharing protocol. Been there for a long time now, and it's still a mistery to the large public, but I believe it will popularize more and more, specially now that Megaupload and other filehost websites have been shutdown.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 7, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Torrents are definitely way more mainstream than eMule, that's for sure.

      And file-hosting websites do seem to be on the rocks these days. They have obvious central points of failure, after all.

  25. Gideon
    April 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Ahh, eMule, fun memories :) I use torrents myself (Tixati is my client of choice at the moment) due to the commenting system on torrent sites that allow you to quickly filter out the good from the bad. With eMule and the like it's a shot in the dark as what you might get and I do remember getting viruses and bogus files from it back in the day even if it had many if not the most peers uploading for the particular file. A little strange.

    But it certainly holds a large amount of nostalgia for me.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 7, 2012 at 3:34 am

      eMule certainly hasn't changed much!

      You've definitely hit on the big problem with peer-to-peer systems like these ones. BitTorrent trackers have communities with reputations and comments. Networks like this one do not.

  26. Fer
    April 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    E-Mule is slow and dated. I prefer torrents.

    • Chris Hoffman
      April 7, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Yup, most file-sharing users do prefer torrents these days. I was shocked that eMule is still so popular, to be honest.

      • alex
        September 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

        cos emule are for real people who know how file sharing should be. not some kids toys