How to quickly share files with your friends

One of the problems I have with file sharing is that more often than not, it’s rather slow. When I say file sharing, I mean between one person and a friend, not bittorrent, eDonkey or Gnutella. For this you usually have to go through an Instant Messenger’s file sharing program or through sites like Rapidshare or Megaupload. The problem with IM file sharing is that it’s usually slow and if it gets interrupted, often you’ll have to start all over. The problem with sites like Rapidshare is that they don’t stream, which can be frustrating. Yes, there are sites like Streamfile that try to fix that last problem, but it can still mess up and you have to start all over!

filephile sending a file

So, here’s where Filephile comes in handy. You add your friends email address to it and you can send them a file or even a whole folder of files. It also lets you add a description to the file(s). Your friend will get an Incoming File Transfer window that shows your email address, the description you added, and an option for them to add you to their buddy list. They also get to choose where to save the file.

filephile receiving a file
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The only real downside to this is that you have to sign up at the site to be able to use Filephile. This isn’t that bad though, because it’s really easy to do, and it will resume file transfers when it can if something messes up on either side. In addition, it’s cross platform, which means you can send files to all your friends. It doesn’t matter if they’re on Windows, OS X, Linux, or even BSD.

filephile transfers in progress
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There aren’t many downsides to this. It gives you free and simple file transfers that are only limited by the down/upload speed of the computers in the transfer.

  • Maker

    This is a Great Program Thanks!

  • curswine

    Would be nice if it could be incorporated into a Firefox addon.

    Still a great program and idea.

  • Robert

    Heya StumbleUpon visitor, I hope your day is going well and your boss thinks you’re hard at work.

    yes he does think so :)

  • Nice programm…

  • Anonymous

    Why not just email said file?

  • Email usually filters out large files, returning a message that the file could not be delivered.
    Actually, pretty small file sizes are filtered out, by default a lot will limit at just 5 or 10 MB

  • Jared

    If you download and sign up for a free Dropbox account you can put files into a public folder and create a public download link. That’s the way to go IMO.

  • Vareg

    Also methayper has a public folder which you can share with your friend.

  • cool program

  • G Smith

    I used FilePhile before. Now, I have switched to Binfer. It does direct computer to computer file transfers. Love the user interface, speed and most of all the drag and drop capability.