FileTea: a simple file sharing system

Posted by berto on September 08, 2011

FileTea is a simple way to send files to other people: drag a file into your web browser, give the link to your friends and they can start downloading it right away.


This is not a substitute for DropBox and the like. FileTea is not a file hosting service: the web server is only used to route the traffic, no data is stored there.

You can see it as a web-based P2P file sharing system, or a replacement for good ol’ DCC SEND. You don’t need to worry about firewalls or redirections: if you can surf the web, you can send the file. The only client that you need is your browser.

FileTea is a project developed by my fellow Igalian Eduardo Lima, and you can see more details about it here. It was written on top of EventDance, a peer-to-peer inter-process communication library based on GLib and also written by him (see also The Web jumps into D-Bus).

FileTea is free software and you can download it and install it in your machine.

We have also set up a server at

Important: this is still an alpha release and our bandwith is limited so bear with us if you find any problem 🙂

Happy sharing!


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  1. Anonymous Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:01:22 CEST


  2. Anonymous Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:02:32 CEST

    Actually won some Danish ‘innovative IT’ award…

  3. berto Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:12:40 CEST

    If you read Eduardo’s post (linked above) you’ll see that we’re aware of other existing alternatives and what the differences are.

  4. Aleksander Thu, 08 Sep 2011 18:10:02 CEST

    Lo mejor es el nombre, desde luego… 🙂

  5. Anonymous Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:31:01 CEST

    Perfect timing with the latest xkcd comic. 🙂

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  7. Stoft Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:05:03 CEST

    Neat! Fun how this shows up just about the same time as XKCD’s 949 strip.

  8. Gutschein Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:43:37 CEST

    Great file-hoster. Thanks.

  9. Paco Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:00:27 CEST

    The site is currently down; is there any problem?

  10. berto Tue, 20 Sep 2011 09:15:26 CEST

    Well, it can be down occasionally, it’s still an alpha release, but it’s working fine now.

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