name = aMule
caption = aMule running on
developer = aMule Team
latest release version = 2.2.2
latest release date = release date|2008|08|08
latest preview version = SVN
latest preview date =
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programming language =
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language = Multilingual
Peer-to-peer file sharing
GNU General Public License
website = [http://www.amule.org/ www.amule.org]
aMule is a free
peer-to-peer file sharingapplication that works with the EDonkey networkand the Kad Network, offering similar features to eMuleand adding others such as GeoIP (country flags). It was forked from the xMule source codein September 2003, which itself is a fork of the lMuleproject, which was the first attempt to bring the eMule client to Linux. These projects were discontinued and aMule is the resulting project, though today, aMule has less and less resemblance to the client that sired it.
aMule, also programmed in
C++, shares code with the eMule Project and includes no adware or spyware as is often found in proprietary P2Papplications. The credit and partial downloads files from eMule can be used by aMule and viceversa, making program substitution simple. aMule is also linked from the eMule [http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1&rm=links links page] .
aMule aims to be a portable over multiple platforms and is doing this with the help of the
wxWidgetslibrary. Current supported systems include Linux, Mac OS X, various BSD-derived systems, Windows and Solaris. Beside the stable releases the project also offers SVN versions as an unstable release.
TCP and UDP ports
According to the [http://www.amule.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ_aMule official FAQ] , the application will use by default these ports. The traffic direction is from client perspective:
* 4661 TCP (outgoing): Port, on which an eDonkey server listens for connection (defined by server). Not used for Kad network.
* 4662 TCP (outgoing and incoming): Client to client transfers.
* 4665 UDP (outgoing and incoming): Used for global server searches and global source queries. This is always Client TCP port + 3
* 4672 UDP (outgoing and incoming): Extended aMule protocol, Queue Rating, File Reask Ping
* 4711 TCP: WebServer listening port. Only used if aMule is accessed through the web.
* 4712 TCP: internal Connection port. Used to communicate aMule with other applications such as aMule WebServer or aMuleCMD.
Most of these ports are configurable.
Monolithic and Modular build
aMule can be compiled using "-disable-monolithic" parameter: this allows aMule to be run in a modular way. Meaning that the core functionalities of the program can be started using aMuled while the software behavior can be controlled through three different interfaces:
This is command-line aMule client, it is an executable contained in the package
The "regular" GUI of the software. Again, another executable included in the package. Experimental, a lot of features missing in comparison with the monolithic version, plus is unstable. There are Linux and Windows version for this tool: you can connect an aMule instance running on Linux from a workstation running Windows and the Win32 version of aMuleGUI.
The web interface provided by the aMule core built-in
Webserver, it can be accessed in the LANor on the Internet, provided that you properly configure your Firewalland Port Forwardingon your internet router
Comparison of eDonkey software
* [http://www.amule.org aMule home page]
* [http://developer.berlios.de/projects/amule/ aMule] on
* [http://freshmeat.net/projects/amule Freshmeat download page]
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