Getting Help
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Napster Clients
Other Napster Servers
Other Sharing Protocols

Source Code
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0.41 Win32 binary
0.42 Win32 binary
0.43 Win32 binary
0.44 Win32 binary

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OpenNap: Open Source Napster Server

Napster is a protocol for sharing files between users. With Napster, the files stay on the client machine, never passing through the server. The server provides the ability to search for particular files and initiate a direct transfer between the clients. In addition, chat forums similar to IRC are available. OpenNap extends the Napster protocol to allow sharing of any media type, and the ability to link servers together.

opennap is a server for connecting the clients together, and is not a client itself. If you are looking for a client, see the list below.

Getting Help


Current release is 0.44-BETA (released September 30, 2001).

opennap has been tested on the following platforms:

  • POSIX systems: Linux (alpha, i386, sparc, ppc), BSDI, Solaris, FreeBSD, IRIX,
  • OS/2
  • Windows 95/98/NT/2000

More information about this project is available from

Napster Clients

If you know of additional clients not listed here, please send mail to with the name and a URL so it can be added to the list. Please indicate whether source code is available.

Open Source (Free as in Freedom)

Closed Source (binary only)

The following clients do not have source code available, but may be of some use.


  • Napigator -- napster server manager, allows you to connect to specific servers with napster.exe
  • Wrapster -- program to trade any file (other than mp3) over napster

Other Napster Servers

opennap is now not the only Napster server available! Also check out:


Other Sharing Protocols

Napster is one of many protocols designed for users to share their files with each other. The following may be of interest to those researching the topic. Note that these are alternatives to Napster, and are not compatible. I recommend looking at infoAnarchy's resources page for more detailed descriptions of the various peer-to-peer protocols.

Last updated on November 15, 2001 by drscholl.