PeerCast.org was established in April 2002
as a non-profit site providing free P2P radio
software. The aim of the project is to create
an easy to use, simple and reliable software
client that enables anyone to broadcast streaming
media on the Internet without the need for expensive
servers or bandwidth.
PeerCast offers considerable savings for broadcasters
because they do not have to provide bandwidth
for all of their listeners. A single 56K modem
can be used to broadcast a radio station to
the entire network.
PeerCast is a robust network because there
is no central server, each user can be a client,
server or broadcaster of streams. It offers
anonymity for broadcasters because there is
no easy way to trace back to the original stream,
it is even possible to broadcast directly to
a single client located in a different country
and have that provide the source for the entire
PeerCast can also serve streams directly to
any media player. This means that it can be
used in place of a Shoutcast/Icecast server
to provide both direct and P2P streaming at
the same time.
It works in much the same way as other P2P
fileshare clients except that instead of downloading
files, the users download streams. These streams
are then exchanged in real-time with other users.
No data is stored locally on any machine connected
to the network.
The client software has the ability to serve
web pages to normal browsers such as Mozilla
and Internet Explorer. This means that people
on your LAN can search for and listen to channels
without having to install the client software
on their PC. Offices can have one PeerCast client
providing audio streams to the entire LAN. Or
you can set up a private network with your friends
on the Internet to listen to music. Its your
choice about whether you connect directly to
the PeerCast network or not.
PeerCast runs on Windows™, Linux and Mac OSX.
* Support for MP3, OGG Theora and Vorbis,
WMA, WMV and NSV.
* HTML (Linux/Windows) and Windows task-bar
* Remote configuration via any web browser
* Extremely low memory footprint and CPU load
* One click streaming - click on any peercast://
URL to start listening†
* Direct streaming - PeerCast can act as a standard
streaming server such as Shoutcast/Icecast to
provide both direct and P2P streaming.
* Multiple broadcasting - use mount points to
broadcast multiple channels from the same server
* Anonymous broadcasting - clients do not tell
each other if they are the source or just listening
* Remote broadcasting - broadcast to a client
located on another machine anywhere on the Internet
* Icecast/Icecast2/SHOUTcast/WindowMedia streaming
support including relaying from external sources.
* Support for all popular media players, WinAmp,
* Fully decentralized - any PeerCast client
can be used to setup a private relay or provide
connection bases to the main network
* Security settings to control access rights
for Connections/Broadcasting/Admin etc..
* IP address filtering and banning
* Custom settings to limit bandwidth and the
number of connections in/out
* Does not require incoming ports to be configured
* Full support for ICY-Metadata (MP3) and OGG
Vorbis comment headers for title/artist/song
* One-click play for any channel straight from
the Taskbar icon
* Favorite channels list allowing almost instant
reconnection to your channels
* Freeware, not ad/spy ware
* Open source
* Now includes OggCap - Video broadcasting tool.