Hacks to Beat Rapidshare Download Limits and Waiting Time

< HOMEPAGE     Rapidshare has been an excellent tool for sharing large files. Recently users have discovered ways of bypassing the download limits and skipping the waiting time. Here are a description of these methods.

Update: Two new methods of bypassing download limits have been posted. These are more advanced and may require additional software or hardware, but you should check them out when you are done with these easier methods.


     First off I have two methods I use. Granted this is still one file at a time, but you will not have to wait a hour+ between downloads.

First method is having two NICs and a hub.
My ISP uses static IPs (Roadrunner).
1. Download a file from RapidShare.
2. Disable one nic and activate another after download is complete.
While NIC is activating restart Modem. IPS will assign a new IP.
3. Download another file.
4. When download is complete, create a bridge between NICs while restarting modem. Your ISP will assign a new IP.
This will get you three files in time limit set by RapidShare.
This method is not that high speed but is better then one file an hour.

Second method uses MAC cloaning application.

It will allow you to change your MAC address of your NIC.
Install MAC cloaning app (search Google from appz) Different appz have different procedures, read the help file to figure out what you are doing. I use SMAC, it is pretty simple.
1. Download file from RapidShare.
2. Change MAC address (don't change until the current file is finished downloadling)
3. Restart Modem, ISP will issue a new IP for new MAC address. Takes less then 15 seconds.
4. Download another file from RapidShare
I know these methods are not the greatest, but I have not found anything else that works as painless as these.

Rapidshare traces the users IP address to limit each user to a certain amount of downloading per day. To get around this, you need to show the rapidshare server a different IP address.
Here are some methods for doing this:

1. Short-Out the JavaScript:

    1. Goto the page you want to download
    2. Select FREE button
    3. In the address bar put the following: javascript:alert(c=0)
    4. Click OK
    5. Click OK to the pop-up box
    6. Enter the captcha
    7. Download Your File
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2. Request a new IP address from your ISP server.

    Here's how to do it in windows:
    1. Click Start
    2. Click run
    3. In the run box type cmd.exe and click OK
    4. When the command prompt opens type the following. ENTER after each new line.
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew

    5. Erase your cookies in whatever browser you are using.
    6. Try the rapidshare download again.

    Frequently you will be assigned a new IP address when this happens. Sometime you will, sometimes you will not. If you are on a fixed IP address, this method will not work. To be honest, I do not know how to do this in linux/unix/etc. If this works for you, you may want to save the above commands into a batch file, and just run it when you need it.
3. Use a proxy with SwitchProxy and Firefox:

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4. Use an anonymous service:

    Running your system through the tor network should in theory work; however, it is difficult to use and setup. Plus, you allow others to run their evil deeds through your system as well by using this system. Anonymizer 2005 is inexpensive, easy to use, but not free. Other pay services would likely work as well.
5. You can use a bookmarklet to stop your wait times:
    1. Open IE
    2. Right Click On This Link
    3. Select Add to Favorites
    4. Select Yes to the warning that the bookmark may be unsafe.
    5. Name it "RapidShare No Wait"
    6. Click on the Links folder (if you want to display it in your IE toolbar)
    7. Click OK
    8. You may need to close and reopen IE to see it
    9. Goto rapidshare and click the bookmarklet when you are forced to wait
If you find additional rapidshare hints, please post them in the comments below!