Infobox Software
name = giFT

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developer = jasta
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programming language = ?
platform = Cross-platform
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genre = Peer to peer
license = GNU GPL
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giFT Internet File Transfer (giFT) is a computer software daemon that allows several file sharing protocols to be used with a simple client having a graphical user interface (GUI). The client dynamically loads plugins implementing the protocols, as they are required. The [ protocols] are:
* Stable
** OpenFT, giFT's own file sharing protocol
** Gnutella (used by LimeWire, Shareaza)
** Ares Galaxy
** Turtle F2F
* Beta version
** FastTrack (used by Kazaa). The giFT plugin is giFT-FastTrack.
* Alpha version
** OpenNap
** eDonkey
** Soulseek

The clients communicate with the giFT process using a lightweight network protocol; the protocol code is completely abstracted from the user interface. There are already several giFT GUI front-ends for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Unix-like operating systems.

The name "giFT" is a recursive acronym.

giFT is written using relatively cross-platform C code.

giFT currently lacks unicode support included, and it is impossible to share files with characters such as "ø","ä", "å", "é", "è", "ó", "ö", "ù", "ü" in their names.

OpenFT protocol

giFT's sibling project is OpenFT, a peer-to-peer file sharing network protocol that has 'search' nodes and 'index' supernodes in addition to common nodes. According to the giFT documentation:

Search nodes handle search requests. They search the filelists their CHILD (common) nodes submitted to them. These nodes must have a capable Internet connection and at least 128M RAM. A modern processor is highly recommended as well.


INDEX nodes keep lists of available search nodes, collect statistics, and try to maintain the structure of the network.

giFT front-ends

External links

* [ giFT] (Official Website)
* [ About giFT]
* The [ giFT-FastTrack project page]
* The [ giFT-OpenNap project page]
* The [ giFT-Ares project page]

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