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Hotline clients allow for a connection between the user and the server. They essentially provide the user with an experience, allowing them to view files and folders on the server, read the news BBS, chat and communicate with the community.

Because Hotline was originally intended as a chatting P2P client, most people focused on one or the other. Hotline is a good place to find files, however it also houses a fairly large chat community, and allows you to communicate with other users. Since Hotline came prior to Facebook, BitTorrent, and Gnutella, it truely was remarkable for its time. It still exists, and you can feel free to download one of the clients below and see for yourself.

Downloads[edit | edit source]

^^ - Indicates current website no longer allows download, Need new files for download (Email them to and I can host for free)

Official Clients[edit | edit source]

Hotline Connect Client - v1.9.2 (Carbon), v1.2.3 (Classic 68k, Classic PPC, Windows)

Derivatives (Openline)[edit | edit source]

GLoarbLine 1.9.7 (Mac OS 8.5 - 10.5.8, Windows) adds extra account permissions and blowfish encryption for servers that support it

Underline (Mac OS 9, Mac OS X PPC, Windows) primarily adds optional blowfish to encrypt connections with servers that support it

Third Party (Hotline)[edit | edit source]

AniClient (Windows)

Erlang Hotline client with web UI

Fidelio (Linux)

FileTalk (Ruby) (Source code is available, but binaries aren't)

Frogblast (Mac OS X PPC)

GtkHx (Linux)

Heidrun (Mac OS X PPC)

HTLx (Mac OS 68k / PPC)

mhx (Unix) archival source mirror

Nostalgia (Mac OS X) -- Epo told me to take my old link down, but you can grab this client on MANY Hotline servers including Since Epo has passed... I want to make sure people can still enjoy his work. While he constantly talked down about his client, it is still the best client native for Mac OS X. Rest in peace Epo... ~LostArch

Obsession, open source and written in Qt, for Windows, Linux and macOS users. Latest update: November 2022.

Panorama (Mac OS X PPC)

PhareRouge (Java)

Pitbull Pro (Windows)

Ripcord (Mac OS 8 - 10.5.8)

SilverWing (BeOS x86/PPC)

XCC pr2.5b, Direct Download. Test version, please report any bugs. XCC is (for now) a Mac OS X client aimed at end users and server admins. This beta version includes full AppleScript support, allowing the client to be used as a customised bot.(Edited download link to Tagban's host to avoid overloading servers of the developer).

Zombie (Carbonized Mac OS / Mac OS X)

Third Party (non-Hotline)[edit | edit source]

Carracho (Mac OS X PPC)

Wired (Mac OS X PPC)

Currently under development[edit | edit source]

Many Hotline users have decided over time to develop their own clients, serving particular purposes that are not available in other clients or featuring a personalized user interface.

These are the clients that are being actively developed by the Hotline community:

Hotline (SwiftUI) - Modern Hotline client built in SwiftUI, for macOS 14.2.1 and up.

HotStuff - Hotline client for System Software 7.1, up to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard". (active development from System7Today community Leader Knezzen)

Pitbull Pro 3, Remake of the Original Mac version, coded by UberFoX. It can handle files over 4 GB when connected to server that handles it such as Pitbull Server (also made by UberFoX and available from the Servers pager on wiki) also Pitbull features 256bit-AES with 4096-BIT RSA encryption.