Cheating Rapidshare

If you have ever needed to download some very obscure stuff, you are probably familiar with sites such as These sites usually allow anyone to upload and instantly publish large files (50-100MB). Thus are perfect for sharing stuff such as video clips, picture archives, scanned books, all kinds of semi-legal game roms, abandonware and etc.

Rapidshare has a draconian download policy which (I guess) helps them to save bandwidth. They log your IP, and allow you to download only a single 20MB+ file, or several files that will add up to that much. That is, unless you buy their premium service.

I hardly ever use that site, so I refuse to pay their price. But sometimes I want to grab stuff that was uploaded there. If it is just one file everything is great. However, sometimes you need to grab a multi part rar archive. And that’s where the fun starts. It will take you days to get the whole thing.

However, I noticed a little loophole. If you use Tor you can cheat rapidshare into letting you download more than one big file a day. Simply restart tor and privoxy after each downloaded file. Usually you will end up with a different IP every time, and thus rapidshare will let you through.

And on the upside, you are onion-routing your packets. So if you are downloading pr0n or something illegal it is exponentially harder to track you down!

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3 Responses to Cheating Rapidshare

  1. andy UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    It’s people like you that keep TOR so slow. Do you not realise how incredibly selfish it is to use the network to download TV shows / porn from Rapidshare? I’m guessing these comments are moderated before they go up, but I just wanted you to know my two cents. Thanks for taking a free good-faith service and helping to ruin it!!!

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  2. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Good point andy. I do realize that the network was not designed for downloading multimedia. Still it should be able to handle occasional downloads of files up to 50MB in size. The bigger problem are the people who route their bittorrent traffic through Tor network.

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