Learn Everything There Is to Know About Rapidshare

Rapidshare
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Rapidshare was a file-sharing service founded in 2002 and dissolved in 2015. During its heyday—it was once one of the 20 most commonly visited sites online—users could upload files for free (or gain additional space by subscribing) and offer links to anyone to download. This feature drew the attention of the media industry and regulators, who viewed Rapidshare and sites like it as enabling rampant piracy of copyrighted media.

Rapidshare was strictly a file-hosting site. In other words, you couldn't use Rapidshare to find anything that other people had uploaded. Here's how Rapidshare worked:

  • Visit 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.

After your file was uploaded, you'd receive a unique download link and a unique delete link. The download link could be used 10 times; after that, you'd have to set up a Collector's Account (free; you can earn points towards selected rewards) or a Premium Account (not free). You'd also get an option to email someone your file download link directly from this page.

Alternative Solutions

The content-locker model of file sharing, wherein the service professed no insight into the content of shared files, has been under attack in recent years by industry groups and law-enforcement officials in countries including Germany, Australia, and the United States.

If you need to share legitimate, non-pirated files of any type, consider using the sharing features of common cloud-storage providers like Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box or OwnCloud.