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August 18, 2013 4:23 AM!

P2P + WebRTC: Share Any File of Any Size with Anyone Instantly via Sharefest

P2P + WebRTC: Share Any File of Any Size with Anyone Instantly via Sharefest | Online Collaboration Tools |
Robin Good's insight:

With the introduction of the WebRTC protocol, any browser wanting to become a vehicle for P2P real-time communications, that requires no software downloads or central servers, can now do so.

"In real terms, WebRTC enables features such as videochat, VoIP calling, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing, all within the browser."

One of the first apps taking advantage of the new protocol is Sharefest, an open-source browser-based app which allows you to send any file of any size to anyone that has its reference link. Just like a P2P torrent file the more people downloading it the easier and faster the transfer will be.

Sharefest essentially let's other people securely connect directly to your computer via the WebRTC protocol and to initiate a mesh, distributed file download that draws on your original file as well as on the parts of it already downloaded by others.

It goes without saying that you need to keep your computer on for this file transfer to take place unattended. 

"Sharefest operates on a mesh network similar to BitTorrent and all transfers are executed peer-to-peer. Files can be shared with many people at once and the technology can swarm to speed up transfers, just like BitTorrent. It’s Open Source and apart from Chrome or Firefox, no additional software is required."


"Sure, you could use Dropbox, YouSendIt, or even BitTorrent sync to do the same thing, but with Sharefest there's no extra software to install; no account registration; there's no centrally located server on which file delivery depends. And once other users download the file, they can expand the network as well, providing additional peer-sharing power."


My comment: Excellent direct P2P file-sharing tool, has no limitations in terms of file size, speed or number of people that you can distribute it to. Super-easy to use, free and open-source. Hard to beat.

N.B.: Currently, it works only with files under 250 MB (MioBook reports)

Free to use. 

No downloads and no registration required.

Try it out now: 


About info: 

Find out more of the tech works: 

Check this presentation about WebRTC: 


MioBook.'s comment, August 18, 2013 7:05 AM
Ciao Robin, piacere di conoscerti! Ho provato a trasferire un file piuttosto pesante (circa 7 Gb) e il programma Sharefest dichiara la restrizione di poter caricare solo fino a 250 MB (per adesso...). Si tratta comunque di un servizio ottimo... Grazie ancora per la notizia!
Robin Good's comment, August 18, 2013 7:12 AM
Excellent feedback! - I have contacted the developer via Twitter to get a confirmation on this, but your response is already very clear. Thank you MioBook for your useful contribution.
Lavinia Ionica's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:16 AM

Technisch funktioniert der Dienst in der Tat: Ich habe eine Word-Datei via Sharefest geschicht und auch prima erhalten. Es stellt sich die Frage nach den richtigen Szenarien.  

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June 11, 2012 2:08 PM!

Personal P2P Mesh Network: Share Mobile Access From Your Smartphone To Any Computer

(Reuters) - "Travelling and looking for Internet access?

A new smartphone app allows users to share mobile Web access for free with other people nearby who have the same app.

Called Open Garden, the app forms a mesh network that enables each person connected to it to relay it to other users.

"Every smartphone is a computer and a router, so we thought it was the right time to interconnect all of these devices together to make general access more ubiquitous," said Micha Benoliel, co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based company Open Garden."


From Lifehacker: "Open Garden is both a Wi-Fi tethering app and a mesh network. Install it on your Android phone and you can use your mobile data wirelessly on your Windows or Mac laptop, as well as Android tablets.

Not only that—you can piggyback on others' mobile connections.

Once you've installed the app on your phone and the client on your computer, Open Garden will run in the background managing the connection over Bluetooth.

The Android app shows you all the devices connected in Open Garden, as well as the data being transferred.

Open Garden supposedly sniffs around for other devices using Open Garden and will manage the best way for yours to get online."


Available for Android, PC & Mac.

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