Template:Lowercase Template:Otheruses4 Template:Infobox Software 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:

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 Edit

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-endsEdit

Name Platform
Epicea Microsoft Windows
giFTcurs Unix-like; officially supported UI
Apollon Unix-like/KDE
FilePipe Microsoft Windows
giFToxic Unix-like/GTK
giFTui [1] Unix-like/GTK
giFTwin32 [2] Microsoft Windows
KCeasy Microsoft Windows
Poisoned Mac OS X
giFTMui [3] AmigaOS
Xfactor Mac OS X

External linksEdit

Template:Gnutellade:GiFT es:GiFT hu:GiFT pt:GiFT ru:GiFT

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.