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File_Girl71 December 15th, 2008 05:42 AM

Updated Connection Caches for Gnucleus!
Here is the Updated Connection Caches For Gnucleus! Should make you connect to Gnutella and G2 quit quick....Hope it can helpe you all with connection probleme!:rolleyes_2:

Download it from either of these 3 host sites:

(i) Gnucleus 2 Connect Cache August via 4Shared . . . . Gnucleus Settings via 4Shared (includes Connection file)

(ii) * To choose from a Mirror Download site download folder, find all Gnucleus connection cache installers via FileCloud "here" (disable your browser's AdBlock to use the iFileIt site. Sample image download instructions using FW4 as an example.)

(iii) Or alternatively Mirror Site 3 (MediaFire)

Edit Feb 2012 by Lotr: Hijacked File_Girl71's post whilst she was asleep "lol"

Updated Connection data installers for both of Gnucleus 1.8 and Gnucleus 2.x versions. Selection of Gnutella and G2 hosts were based on those that stayed connected to Gnucleus for a considerable period of hours or days. This is still a maturing host list so I will update it now and again. Initially within the week, then every 2 to 4 weeks. The gnutella hosts include those that happily stayed connected to Gnucleus 1.8 for many hours or days. My Gnucleus 1.8 connects to 5 gnutella peers. So if hosts were happy to connect with Gnucleus 1.8, they should be fine with Gnucleus 2. I've been running versions 1.8, 2.0.9 and 2.2. I also concentrated on static host ID's. Thus, the connection data should be good for a considerable period of time for both the gnutella and G2 networks.

Edit Aug 2013 by Lotr: Hijacked post again: Selection of hosts for new cache based on some of the decent of other gnutella caches I work with. Gnucleus v.1 Ultracache was momentarily made 'read only' but in retrospect seemed to get odd results so I have reversed this. For v.2, G2 host cache was not fully changed, since many were still very active and of the best decent reliable peers to hope for. (Most if not all of them ShareAza peers.)

Connection installers now include optional blocklists for either Gnucleus v.1 or v.2.

A settings installer option for persons who download Gnucleus from SourceForge instead, but includes both Connection & optional blocklist files.

Lord of the Rings December 15th, 2008 06:21 AM

That's great, if it works for everyone. :)

Edit: since File_Girl changed the host site, Click the Request Download Ticket, you wait the 20 or 30 seconds on following page then press the Download link when it appears.

andrewwan1980 December 15th, 2008 04:26 PM

Yes, don't be fooled by the MASSIVE RED download icon... that's advertisement for something totally different.

You will find the Request Download Ticket link at top left corner of the page.

I just tried it with and it works. Just connected to 3 UltraPeer and hoping to connect to more.

QUESTION: what ports should I portfoward/open to get fastest connection?

File_Girl71 December 21st, 2008 05:51 AM

you could try this one 6346 or 6348,they are native Gnutella port as i know,you could also try a randome one to like 3349....:laugh_2:

Lord of the Rings February 19th, 2012 07:37 AM

This only applies to Gnucleus 1.8 users who might be having connection problems. This does not apply to any of the Gnucleus 2 versions because their Gnucleus connection file is a little different.

For anybody using Gnucleus 1.8, you can simply use the data from the general gnutella connection file. This is a kind of a quick fix approach. After downloading, you will need to change the name of the file from to and then put this file into the top level of your Gnucleus program folder. Gnucleus will probably only use one of any of these hosts to connect, but will then use its ability to find other hosts once connected. Upon Gnucleus 1.8 closing, it will reduce the list to 200 hosts which is the maximum it is set to save. Best to keep Gnucleus 1.8 running as long as possible so it collects a reasonable list of reliable peers to connect to for next time.

The general connection file download link:
If you're not registered at 4Shared & don't want to register, use this link : Rapidshare download for file (Remember to change the file's name from to

Lord of the Rings February 23rd, 2012 09:23 AM

I have attached up-to-date connection installers for Gnucleus. Be sure to choose the right installer for the same version of Gnucleus you are using. Gnucleus, and should all use the Gnucleus 2 connection installer.

Gnucleus 1.8 or any other version 1.x should use the Gnucleus 1.8 connection installer. :)

If you are using Gnucleus 1.8, when you get connected do a search and this will help you keep your peers connected. ie: keep the search open. Gnucleus has an idle mode where it drops peer connections each within 10-15 minutes of the other if it is not doing anything, down to one. I have only seen one other Gnutella client do this, but that's after about an hour of being idle.

Also for Gnucleus 1.8 only, whilst Gnucleus is closed, you could open the GnuConfig.ini file and change the connect detail to something like this (unless you wish to run in Ultrapeer mode):


smaragdus February 23rd, 2012 07:44 PM

Hi there,

I am not a regular Gnutella networks user, from time to time I used ShareAza but since it had severe problems hashing big external hard drives (1GB), I decided to switch to Gnucleus although I knew it had been an abandonware for quite a long time (I simply liked its clean interface). I installed Gnucleus version but it could not connect. Then I searched this forum, found FileGirl71's Gnucleus 2 Connect Cache Feb, downloaded and isntalled it, but to no avail, Gnucleus still could not connect. Then I downloaded, renamed it to and substituted the original file (although Lord of the Rings has warned that this works only for version 1.8 of Gnucleus). Gnucleus finally managed to connect but connection seems very shaky and thin. Below I will add a screen-shot link for its connections:

Is this a normal connection for Gnucleus? Is there a way to make Gnucleus work properly or its support for Gnutella networks is terribly outdated?

Please excuse me for my ignorance. I will appreciate any kind of advice and tips.

By the way Gnucleus's built-in browser does not work for me either.

One last question- should I uninstall Gnucleus before I install FileGirl71's special build or it can be installed upon the original Gnucleus?

Thanks in advance.

Lord of the Rings February 23rd, 2012 08:00 PM

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In my opinion, it's probably best to uninstall the other first if you intend to install a different version. You can do that via the Start menu > Programs > Gnucleus > Uninstall.

But first, before you panic. Did you put Gnucleus in your firewall exceptions? Go to Control Panel, open up the firewall, click on Exceptions tab, then the Add Program button or similar depending on which firewall software you are using. And choose Gnucleus to add.

To my knowledge, Gnucleus does not have UPnP support. Thus if you are using a NAT modem or router, then you should port forward a port for it such as 6346 or 6348.

If you earlier ran any other file-sharing program using the same ports as Gnucleus during the same boot session, then you should reboot your computer. Routers will reserve a port per program per boot session.

In general, with exception of initial opening of Gnucleus, I found Gnucleus v.2 only connected to one or two peers for the gnutella network, and two hosts for G2. Search results were quite ok though. But you do need to add your own filter words of course. Gnutella connections and G2 connections are shown in separate windows, you need to check which option you wish to see at the time. If you use the Browse Network from Tools menu, then you can see both in detail at once.

The browser works on my v.2.0.9 (the others are closed down at moment.) I am guessing yours is blocked via a firewall of some description. Perhaps some other kind of security software? The fact the browser is not working for you highly suggests a security software on your computer is blocking Gnucleus's full access.

Browser (from View menu):
Attachment 5831

One thing about File_Girl's Gnucleus 2 versions is she included an updated built-in GWeb-Cache, and a basic block-list and clean installer.

Important note about Gnucleus version 2, do not expect to see a window full of gnutella connections. Expect to see two G2 connections (click the G2 option to see the G2 connections) and one or more gnutella connections. I suspect it was designed that way. I found version 2 only connected to multiple gnutella peers when it first started up. File_Girl might be able to correct me on that. :)

To see your connections in detail, go to the Tools menu, choose Browse Network.

Browse Network Connections (from Tools menu):
Attachment 5833
(Host addresses changed to protect privacy.)

Lord of the Rings February 24th, 2012 07:08 AM

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I used the connection installer for Windows 7 after I booted the system up (Win 7 had been closed down for about 10 hours.) Gnucleus took 3-5 seconds to connect to each of 5 hosts so I had 5 gnutella connections within 20-25 seconds. G2 also obtained 2 connections very quickly.

The connection installer worked for me for Gnucleus 2. So I am convinced your problem with connecting is due to security software or router NAT firewall or both. Or a clash of ports being used with another program which is why I earlier suggested a reboot (for example if both ShareAza and Gnucleus had been using port 6346/6348 since the last computer boot up.) But the Browser not working suggests security software is your problem.

Attachment 5985 (click thumbnail to see larger view, click again to see in its own window)

Sample image shows a full 5 connections for Gnutella Network after starting up. This will drop back after a time.
Two connections for G2 always remains constant.

Host addresses in the sample image were changed to protect privacy.
And yes I agree, Gnucleus can hash files very quickly and also since you can adapt how much cpu energy is put toward the process. :) Even the default seemed very good in comparison to how I remember ShareAza hashing files, but I have not used ShareAza for a couple of years. I had a security issue with ShareAza sharing files not selected to share so I stopped using it (These were private files on a different drive/network which ShareAza should never even have had access to.)

Lord of the Rings August 3rd, 2013 04:28 AM

Gnucleus has not been forgotten. :D Put together a nice highly effective connection fix that connects in a flash for both G1 & G2. But I will not be releasing it for a few more days. I am combining it with a blocklist to help stamp out those 'orrible ugly BOT spammers. I was seeing spammers I first saw in early March (quite a few actually from March), so I am still in the process of putting together an effective blocklist as an option in the connection installer. I will also re-do the settings for Gnucleus versions 1 and 2 for greater efficiency. I first started the blocklist in December last year and realised it was going to be very long-winded and take months to finish. So I took a break until now. It will be an on-going process for a while but will release a preliminary version soon. The new installer will include both Gnucleus V.1 + 2 install options instead of being separate installers. I certainly noticed the lack of connection to spammer clients after testing the combo connect & blocklist a multitude of times.

Yeah, no updates since March 2012, no wonder my Gnucleus v.1 & 2 were slowish to connect. Although I did do a minor December update for Gnucleus v.1. I tested Gnucleus out on Win 8. I will explain my findings later. Main finding is the Gnucleus program compatibility mode needs to be set to at least Win XP SP3 or settings are not saved and connection difficult. But SP2 might be better, not sure yet. This will also apply to Vista & Win 7 as I found settings were not saving completely in Win 7 almost 2 years ago. Also added a more extended search filter list for first time users. Anyway, this will be released within the next week or so. If the dates of the installers in the first post above are still Feb. 2012 then I have not yet updated the files. I will make sure I do both changes simultaneously.

An important note: if you are using or potentially thinking about using Gnucleus, then you should port forward your modem/router. Gnucleus does not have UPnP support or NAT traversal/port-mapping abilities. One option if your router has the ability is to set Gnucleus or its port as a Special App exception in the NAT rules of your router. This seems to work well. You would never become an Ultrapeer under normal circumstances otherwise and possibly struggle with connections.

If I am to do proper spammer/hostile host hunting then I may need to remove the Gnucleus blocklist to know if hosts are still using same ip's or not. :rip::toilet:

I really like the ability to split windows into their own space in Gnucleus. No other Gnutella app has that ability after all these years. Heck 1.8 had it as far back as 2002. BTW chat for Gnucleus is via IRC. I will update the installers for those that don't posses the links to the rooms. Even v.1.8 uses IRC for these rooms which are still used. Not as crowded as previously I'm sure, but you can always custom add your own rooms at your choosing if you know of others.

Lord of the Rings August 9th, 2013 06:55 AM

I've updated the Gnucleus connection cache. The settings installer and Gnucleus installers will be updated in another two or three days.

The Connection cache at FileCloud site has been updated but not 4Shared yet due to their site suffering an update-bug for the past week. I've added a Hotfile mirror link.

When I've uploaded the installers for settings and the Gnucleus installers I will re-post and include some background information.

(I'm not convinced the blocklist will block results from searches as it is supposed to, but will at least prevent you connecting to them. Better than connecting to dud ultrapeers that do not respond to searches or to spam ultrapeers that send all their friends results to you. Identified a previously known & reported dud ultrapeer via Gnucleus a couple days ago. Less likely you will connect to that group if you use the blocklist.)

Fixed an issue with the blocklist which prevented browsing the network. More about that odd finding later.

Lord of the Rings August 14th, 2013 04:02 AM

Settings installer and First time use
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I've uploaded a Settings installer for anybody who wishes upgraded settings or has downloaded their Gnucleus installers from SourceForge. I've also uploaded my own installer for v. which is an inclusive installer for settings & connection. A v.1.8.6 version has been uploaded which includes the settings installer. is the only inclusive installer I will do. File_Girl's installers with the addition of the settings installer will be equivalent.

The Settings installer includes: Connection files, Search Word filter list, GWebCache, basic settings, chat servers, and an optional 'Light' or 'Strong' Blocklist. If you only wanted the blocklist the Connect Cache installer also has that option.

File_Girl included a Blocklist with her installers in mid-2009 whereas the original Gnucleus installers had no blocklist. The difference with my blocklists is I have added a considerable number of host blocks which includes known spammers and other types of hostile hosts from the previous 5 months and also those that are known to be continually active for several years up to now. I now find it rare to actually connect to a hostile host be they a spammer or dud ultrapeer. File_Girl's versions also included about 20 filter-words to help filter out spam. My Settings installer has increased this to 180 filter words.

The 'Strong' Host Blocklist is about 12,000 strong, the Light version is half the size which is about equivalent or a little smaller than the built-in Phex blocklist in size. As another comparison, the Strong list is about 1/3 the size of the LimeWire Light blocklist and about 1/36 the size of the Strong LW blocklist and 1/40 size of the BearShare hostiles. Small but effective by design so Gnucleus will not struggle with it. Unfortunately the Blocklist does not block search results from spammers but does prevent you connecting to such various hostile hosts. The blocklist is in the Search filter section so I suspect this is actually a bug with the program. Beware of opening the Block section of the Search preferences, it will take a minute to load and give the impression of freezing the program, but the program is not really frozen.

Side note: Strange finding with the blocklist. If any small part of 2 large particular ip ranges are blocked, it renders browse network impossible resulting in an error (the http browser tool for getting more details of all the hosts you are connected to in the same window.) One of those ranges concerns me but I won't publicly say why.

Only the versions we host (Gnucleus,,, are or will be packaged with the Settings installer. If you download Gnucleus installers from elsewhere such as SourceForge then I recommend downloading the Settings installer from our links here. Otherwise you will have an obsolete connection file, no GWebCache, no search filter settings (or only very basic), no blocklist, and no chat server data.

The connection installer and settings installer both include more peers to connect to than Gnucleus will keep once it closes. Gnucleus will decide which ones to keep at closing time. So if you ever have connection problems in future you can re-run the connection installer which should be good to use for up to 2 years at least.

The drops of peers when connecting as a leaf. Do not panic if you see your connections drop to one or two. This is idle mode. If you do a search (or a few) then the peers will connect back to you. You only need to connect to multiple peers for search effectiveness.

For some odd reason, Gnucleus v.1 removes several of the WebCache servers. Another side-effect seems to be either zeroing the connect cache file or leaving just a single listing. With each use of v.1, listings in the WebCache itself become less and less until none are left. Thus I've not included WebCache in the Settings installer for v.1 because v.1 seems to run much better without it. Many years ago someone posted on the forum about the same behaviour with v.1. BTW I upgraded the settings for V.1 when connecting as an ultrapeer. The default maximum connections was far too low and would not have been beneficial to other peers these days. A maximum of 6 was ridiculous (unless ultrapeering on a LAN, closed circuit from the gnutella network itself.)

It's possible to manually connect as an ultrapeer with Gnucleus after a period of connection. If you do connect as an ultrapeer you will find almost all hosts clients are of the older types or versions with exceptions of GTK, Phex, Cabos & LW4 & perhaps the odd LW 5.6 version. I've had v.1.8 ultrapeering on Windows 2000 and v.2.2.0 ultrapeering on Win XP. Version 2 would be better for the network with the more advanced gnucdna engine even though by now it's a little old network wise. And Gnucleus v.1 uses a very old fashioned method of ultrapeering.

Dial up users should disable ultrapeer option in preferences. In fact, the bare minimum for ultrapeering with Gnucleus is 300 kbps upload capacity, but preferential of 512 kbps or much higher. (Referenced from earlier posts on these forums.)

Compatibility Mode:
On Windows 8 & XP it identifies the hardware as WinNT so I am not sure if that should apply to compatibility mode. For Windows 8 I had it set to set to Win XP SP2. Win 7 is set to WinNT. On Win XP I did not use compatibility mode. There is an option for Gnucleus V.2 in the main settings file called GnuConfig.ini for setting to SP2. I am not so sure this is wise to enable. On Win 8 Gnucleus crashed a few times when this was enabled. I would recommend simply right-clicking the actual Gnucleus program and choose Properties, select the Compatibility tab & setting the compatibility mode to either Win XP SP2, or Win NT/Win 2000.

There is an option in the GnuConfig.ini file to enable AV for downloads and set the location of your AV scanner. Since this option is not in the program options itself I don't know if it actually works.

Search Filter:
Word filter works differently for Gnucleus v.1 & v2. For V.1.8 it filters as the results come in but seems to also filter out a few of what are probably some good results. I have no idea why. For Gnucleus v.2, you need to wait for the search results to come in. Disable the filter and then re-enable the filter and then the filter works a treat and works accurately. A sample image shows how it works after searching a spammy search term for Gnucleus v.2 versions:

Attachment 6429

Chat Servers:
Included with the Settings installer. Several IRC chat channels to choose from. You will need to set your username before being allowed to connect to Chat. The Alt_name will already be there. You can add a Name in Preferences in the Chat section.

LAN mode:
If you wish to connect internally on a LAN with others on the same LAN, you will need to go to Preferences and remove the Connect -> Filter listings depending on which range your LAN uses.

If you are a first time user I would recommend downloading the Settings installer. This includes connection file, basic settings with word filter to reduce spam, optional blacklist. I would also recommend making sure the port Gnucleus connects to is not being NAT firewalled. This will either require port forwarding or special application access via your router's log-in control centre. By default Gnucleus uses port 6346.

Setting up first time:

1. Install Gnucleus but do not start the program yet!
2. If you are not using dial-up connection, chances are you are using either a DSL/Broadband/Wireless/Cable connection which includes a NAT firewall. You should port forward for Gnucleus. The default port is 6346. Gnucleus does not have UPnP abilities which is why port forwarding is needed.
3. Open your computer firewall and add Gnucleus as an exception rule.
4. If using Vista or later, find the Gnucleus program and right-click the program and choose Properties, select Compatibility and check the option for Run this program in compatibility mode for:
Recommended would be either Win NT / Win 98/Me or Win XP SP2.

I've set the program to not auto-connect upon first opening. This is so you can set up the program:
5. Go to Edit menu and choose Preferences.
6. If you wish to change the connection port, select Local and choose the incoming port.
7. Select Transfer and set the location of the Downloads and Partials. Default is the program folder which is a terrible location these days especially for Windows 8. You will need to already have the folders created to be able to select them. Example: C:\Documents and Settings\My Account\Documents\Gnucleus Downloads and C:\Documents and Settings\My Account\Documents\Gnucleus Downloads\Gnucleus Partials
8. Select the Share tab from preferences and set the folder(s) you wish to share from.
9. If you have limited upload or download speed capacity, select Bandwidth and make appropriate changes.

10. Gnucleus v.2 only: There is an option to add an Anti-Virus Scanner in the settings but nowhere in the program's preferences so I do not know if this actually works. If you wish to selectively scan downloads in this way you will need to go to Gnucleus program folder and open the GnuConfig.ini file with WordPad and find [Transfer]
Change the first from 0 to 1. Add the specific directory location of your AV scanner program.

There is also a Sp2Override= option. I am not sure this works well. I tried it with Windows 8 only. I'm a little wary of it.

11. (i) Once you have finished all the setting up, if you wish Gnucleus to connect as soon as you open the program, go to Gnucleus preferences under edit menu and select Connect and check the option for Auto-Connect on Startup. Next occasion you open Gnucleus it will automatically try to connect to the Gnutella network. But do not restart Gnucleus yet!
. (ii) To now start manually after this either choose the File menu > AutoConnect or click the green icon to the far-left just below it.

There are no doubt experienced Gnucleus users out there who have a lot of wisdom (sharing this wisdom will be highly welcome.) My advice is purely to help first time users to get started or for those who have not used Gnucleus in several years.

At least at this point in time, with ports forwarded my Gnucleus installer connects in a flash. The other v.2 versions also connect quickly. V.1.8 takes several extra seconds but connects reliably. The G2 hosts for V.2 appear to be reliable and also includes age long reliable hosts from 18+ months ago.

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