What is Rapidshare?


NOTE: Rapidshare closed down in 2015. If you're looking for a good option for file sharing and file hosting, try Dropbox

One of the most popular sites on the Web is one that many people have not heard of. This site is Rapidshare, one of the world's largest and most-used file-hosting sites.

Rapidshare is strictly a file-hosting site. In other words, you can't use Rapidshare to find anything that other people have uploaded.

Here's how Rapidshare works:

  • Navigate to Rapidshare.
  • Click the "Browse" button to find a file on your computer that you'd like to upload.
  • Click the "Upload" button.
  • Your file is uploaded.

Once your file is uploaded, you'll receive a unique download link and a unique delete link. The download link can be shared and downloaded ten times; after that, you'll have to set up a Collector's Account (free; you can earn points towards selected rewards) or a Premium Account (not free). You'll also get an option to email someone your file download link directly from this page.

Once you share your file download link with someone, they will see two choices: Free User, and Premium User. If they'd rather not pay to download your file (most people choose this option), they can click the Free User button. Non-paying Rapidshare users have to wait from 30 to 149 seconds, depending on the size of the file, before they are able to download.

Premium users do not have to wait, plus they have other benefits, such as simultaneous multiple downloads.

That's about it - and that's exactly why Rapidshare has become one of the most used sites worldwide. It's simple, it's quick, and you don't have to jump through a lot of hoops to get your file uploaded and shared.

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