Megaupload Down, Here Are Some Alternatives

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2012
Updated • Nov 29, 2012

If you are a regular Megaupload user you have probably already noticed that the site and all of the files hosted on its servers are no longer accessible on the Internet. Check out Megaupload Shuts Down, Arrests Have Been Made for an overview of what happened in the past 24 hours.

Internet users who have been using Megaupload regularly or sporadically for file hosting or downloads are now left with the task of finding a comparable service that they can use for these operations.

Probably one of the first file hosts to be mentioned in this regard is Filesonic, as it is providing the same upload size limit of 1 Gigabyte per file and unlimited storage. The site has an affiliate program that rewards affiliate for bringing new users to the site or for downloads. Please note that you need an account before you can start to upload files to the service.

MediaFire on the other hand is a free and simple file host. The biggest advantage of the service is that you can upload files right away without having to create an account first. The maximum file size for free accounts is 200 Megabytes which is considerably lower than the 1 Gigabyte supported by Filesonic.


Rapidshare is another popular file hosting service. It too requires you to create an account before you can start hosting files on the Rapidshare server. Rapidshare has no file size limitations when it comes to uploading files to the server. Free users have to endure wait times and slower download speeds though on the download side of things.


Oron lets you upload files with a size of up to 400 Megabytes directly on the site's frontpage. Registered users can upload files with a size of up to 1024 Megabytes, which is also the maximum download size for free and registered users of the service. The site has an affiliate program in place that rewards uploaders and sites in various ways, for instance by paying per download or sale. Update: Oron is no longer accessible under the domain name. The operators have promised that it will be back under a different name in the near future.


Here is a selection of additional hosts that you can use to upload files to or earn money from:

  • Multishare - Up to 5120 Megabytes, 3 files max per upload. Pays 67% of all premium sales and rebills.
  • Content Cooperation - Pays for a variety of services, including uploading or promoting files.
  • Uploading - Files with a maximum size of 5 Gigabyte can be uploaded to the file hosting service. Multiple revenue models available including pay per download or sale.

Which file hosting service would you recommend as a Megaupload alternative? Lets hear some suggestions in the comments.


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  1. qpes said on October 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    Reply now pay up to 40e but it’s very slow and busy.
    Filefactory stoped PPD program.
    Turbobit is now ok, but low price.

  2. Bascension said on August 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I use pretty fast free and no accounts required. I don’t know why they offer premium accounts because everything is without limit. But a limit of 1GB for each file.

  3. Oron Premium said on April 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I think that torrents are best option, but only private torrents. If you still use filehosts, use mediafire or oron. Oron owners are Russians and they dont affraid of acta, sopa, pipa and other.

  4. Stu said on March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    oh I sure do remember the good old IRC days but don’t know, I think it was a little bit slow although I wouldn’t mind going back to that, brings back some good memories heh. anyway, there’s also one soft, audials anywhere was the name if I remember correctly, which I think is worth trying out. I was reading about it the other day and to me is a little bit similar to odc, because it lets you share your files with other people and you can also see their files and download whatever you find interesting on their computer, audio and video wise.

  5. ding dong said on January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Guys, if shit hits the fan, IRC EFNET is the way to go.
    the old days and even still now, many use IRC.
    If by any chance shit does hit the fan, IRC would be 1 of million alternatives. FTP is another. Just make sure you use a proxy with at least 4 repeaters. just saying.

  6. MongoFiles said on January 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hey guys try MongoFiles dot com ! It works even better .

    2 GIGS for free! Unlimited Downloads ! And Unlimited upload speeds !

    Try MongoFiles !

    Its the best alternative to megauploads out there !

    1. Oron Premium said on April 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Filesonic is down. For now, mediafire is best free service, but for pay service, oron is best. They work 10 years and they don’t affraid FBD, CIA and others coz they are Russians.

  7. Flazhshare said on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    You’re forgot we offers storage files without limitation.

  8. racer dave said on January 23, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Surprised no one has mentioned yet. They’re quite large, been around for awhile already, I checked them out on google before using them as my backup file host, going to use them as my primary host now. I’ve been using them since 4 months ago, they accept files with size up to 1gb. No affiliate program but they’re very good for free users. Good download speeds, no wait times, no recaptcha, resume support, simultaneous downloads.

  9. Iceman said on January 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    “All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally”


    1. Midnight said on January 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

      That’s only One site! There are many, many more still up and running!

      FileSonic must have something to hide., either that or they’re playing chicken!!

  10. Wagner Silva said on January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    There is a very cool website where you can store up to 1 Gb, besides you can send big files to other people.

    It is free and there is no need to install any software.

  11. Austin Hoffman said on January 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    personally I hate both rapidshare, megaupload, AND most of all hotfile

    I used to have alot of my stuff on RS, but then their service went down to crap…then switched to hotfile, who for some reason deleted ALL my files…then megaupload which omg i can’t believe what happened.

    now I have all my files on:

    …decent sized allowance, and it gives my users direct-links…which they love.

    so far, it’s been better than RS, MY and HF COMBINED!!!

    p.s. @Midnight – do you have a link to the piratebay lawsuit/indicment?

  12. mmg1818 said on January 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    if Rapidshare are back … 2006-2010

  13. ódio said on January 21, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I like Mediafire for small files. Its great and fast.

  14. Midnight said on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    @Mark Ess,

    Actually, while the apprehensions might have been properly executed, shutting down Megaupload, PRIOR to evidence/proof of any wrong doing being presented to a judge and a guilty conviction being announced, was Illegal, no matter how you look at it.

    The owners/operators of the Pirate Bay were first charged, had their day in court, were found guilty, yet their web site is still operational!

    The owners of Megaupload were not (yet) given their day in court, Not found Guilty of any wrong doing, therefore, shutting down the web site was as stated… Illegal!!

    The lawyers will have a filed day with this one, for sure!!

    Keep in mind that there were also Legal content posted on Megaupload, so that just might sway a guilty conviction.

    Time will tell!!

    1. DanTe said on January 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I’m sincerely hoping you’re not Megaupload’s legal counsel. They’ll be permanently shut down – bad bad bad.

  15. Leah said on January 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Martin, you forgot to add that with Oron as a registered user and get 250 GB of free storage and get unlimited storage as a Oron Premium member. Then as a premium user you can share your files with size up to 2GB and download files from Oron with unlimited speed. See more on: I would also recommend Mediafire because of the option to share folders with files inside and low waiting times for free users.

  16. Cool said on January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Megaupload is the best hosting on the planet. They barely have problem as what most of their competitor does, their website up time is 100% unlike site like Filesonic. They fail and ban suspicious IP and this affect to user like me who share the same connection on my university hostel line.

    And yeah, I have all my stuff backed up on Megaupload I will be dead if this is a permanent closure. But lets wait and see.

    1. Midnight said on January 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Backing up all your stuff on a Hosting site isn’t the smartest thing to do, as you now understand, although safer than on the Cloud!
      A Portable H/D would be better and in the case of movies and music, a Large Portable H/D.

      I kinda doubt if Megaupload will be permanently shut down, as what the authorities did was totally illegal!

      There’s something called due process and the presumption of innocent, until found guilty, IN A COURT OF LAW!!!
      That never happened!!

      The authorities were trying to score brownie points with Congress in Washington in preparation for SOPA/PIPA and that will back fire and blow up in their faces!!

      Now, Anonymous is retaliating in a big way, telling the Government that they don’t own the Internet, they don’t know it. don’t understand it, that it belongs to the people and to keep their noses out of it or suffer the consequences!!

      Regardless, the authorities temporarily brought down one site, while there are many, many more still alive and kicking!!

      1. Mark Ess said on January 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        To clarify, the apprehensions were properly executed. More specifically, warrants were issued based upon evidence presented before a judge on January 5, 2012, and proper procedures had to have been followed in order to obtain assistance from authorities in other countries. The arrests processes took a couple of weeks to coordinate – actually, they’re still ongoing – and were the culmination of a few years of investigation…

        The authorities did what they are charged to do on our behalf. Politics and public opinion and timing be damned! There are no congressional brownie points to be had; if anything, however, with regard to SOPA & PIPA and the organizations & lobbyists behind them, this very public police action could very well turn into a death blow for such legislation – and rightfully so!

        For now, attorneys will be taking over on all sides; then, judges and juries will be empaneled. For anyone criminally prosecuted under US jurisdiction, innocence or illegality is ascertained only via due process – which is just as Midnight extolled. All involved WILL get their days in court, as the saying basically goes…

  17. SixBlades said on January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    only 170mil?
    (they been operating since 05 )

    1. Midnight said on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Yep! Question is, why didn’t the authorities attempt to shut them down, when it was one million, rather than wait ’til 170 million?

      The answer is posted below.

  18. Midnight said on January 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    There are and always will be…Alternatives!

  19. Richard Steven Hack said on January 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Wupload sucks for free downloaders. It’s speeds are some of the lowest around. NEVER use Wupload!

    Rapidshare is the best, but if you’re uploading copyrighted content, make sure you rename the file or they are likely to find it and delete it at some point.

    Fileserve is another good site for free downloaders; it’s speeds are usually good.

  20. Sina said on January 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

    also Wupload, HotFile and Megashare are good alternatives.

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