Rapidgator.net Down? Hosting Dispute Seems To Be The Reason

Martin Brinkmann
May 15, 2012
Updated • May 15, 2012

Times are rough for file hosting sites, with some being shut down by the authorities or in a lengthy legal dispute, while others are ceasing their business operations or changing the way they do business. We have seen all of this began at about the same time the Megaupload incident happened. Megaupload, one of the most popular file sharing sites back then was taken down back then on request of U.S, authorities. The gap was soon filled by other file sharing services, even though only a few saw such a rapid growth in popularity as Rapidgator.net.

The file sharing site went from zero to hero in less than six months time, breaking Alexa's top 1000, and then the top 300 ranking in that time from its 100,000 starting rank back in January of 2012.

Users who try to open the Rapidgator.net website today are greeted with a page not found, or page not loading message. The site is down for now, and the reason for this is a dispute with the service's hosting company according to Torrentfreak.

Our hoster have suspended our account. We are working on possible solution,” the company reportedly commented on the downtime.

The good news for users of the service is that the site has not been taken down as part of a legal process. It is however not clear what the dispute is about, and whether it can be resolved quickly or not. It is likely that the site operators are trying to resolve the issue either with the current hosting company, or by finding a new host for their business.

It is not the first time that Rapidgator faced a situation where business was on the brink of being shut down permanently. Back in February the site's PayPal account was banned, which made the operators think about shutting down the service at that time. The idea fell through and operations continued.

Rapidgator is down for now, and Twitter is already buzzing with news. For now, there is not really much you, or anyone else, can do about it. If the site is taken offline permanently, users would lose all the files that they have hosted at Rapidgator.

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  1. Sam said on August 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    8/2017 and the shit is even worse at rapidgator.net. They get you to start a file download, say 600mb, and the file mysteriously fails at about 500mb, then rapidgator states “You have reached your daily downloads limit. Please try again later.” and “Upgrade to Premium and forget about delays!” THEY CAN’T GET A SINGLE FILE TO DOWNLOAD — OH YES I’M CERTAIN I WANT TO PAY FOR THEIR PREMIUM SERVICES!! BAHAHA

  2. StevenX said on November 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

    If Rapidgator gets any slower I’ll be able to draw video files faster than I receive them. Worst service online.

  3. John Casey said on August 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I disagree. I do most of my searching on http://www.filestube.com and Rapidgator is one of the major download sites that shows up in the search results. It’s speed has improved since my last post. The only download service I did sign up with that I can really say I regret is Bitshare. A majority of the downloads I get are fakes, and the one that really annoys me is the fake file that contains that British looking train at the start.

  4. mugu said on August 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I really hope rapidgator goes DOWN, as being the worst downloading site ever!

  5. John Casey said on July 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Rapidgator was one of my favorite download sites. I still like its variety, but have noticed its download speeds are little slow recently. I tend to register with 4-5 download sites at a time. I drop them as they get bad and add new ones. Has worked for me for the past 3-4 years. I get singled downloads of 2.0 Mega Bytes/sec and if downloading several files at once I top out at around 8.0-10.0 MBytes/sec. I will never go back to torrents, FTP or Usenet if I can avoid it obviously.

  6. Scammed said on June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I had never heard of this company, until there were unauthorized charges showing up on my bank statement.. I’ve contact support, to try and get assistance in locating who and how someone was able to use my information.. Noone from the company has responded to my request for assistance in this matter.

  7. Gamblor said on June 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    2 weeks later and no word. Premium account paid for, support section of their site doesn’t work, no reply on facebook or twitter.

    Even if they come back they’ve had it, terrible support.

  8. anonymous said on May 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I AM getting this message –





    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Great, so they are indeed planning to return. Thanks for posting.

  9. Threshold said on May 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Great comment Richard.

    I suspect as well that most of these services are run by the same people who close and reopen new services in order not to pay uploaders.
    The web is full of people complaining not getting paid and some are own huge amount of money.

    Another crappy host is Turbobit: according to them I am constantly downloading their files so to download few MB I had to wait my turn for days.

  10. me said on May 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    small typo Martin: “…users would loose” should be “lose”. Cheers!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, corrected.

  11. Richard Steven Hack said on May 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I tried to download some files from them the other day. Apparently for free users, they have a limit of one file per fifteen minutes – but then another limit of 1GB per 24 hours – except I couldn’t tell since they seemed to be repeating their “you can’t download more than one file” error message for many hours. Trying various solutions found on the Web proved fruitless.

    I visited their forums to see if there was a way around this, but discovered that apparently most of Rapidgator’s users – both free, paid and those who make money from posting files there – pretty much hate the service and it’s apparent total lack of support for anyone using the service.

    My impression is this company is just another fly-by-night file hosting service which has benefited – unfairly – from Megaupload’s problems and the flight by FileServe and FileSonic from file hosting. Numerous new services have sprung up – almost all of them utter garbage with slow speeds, poor limits, and random failures.

    Mediafire, Zippyshare and Jumbofiles appear to be the most useful services at this point, although most file sharers continue to insist on using crappy and lame services – as long as they get paid to, apparently. The level of poor quality and incorrect files being uploaded has skyrocketed as well.

    If this situation keeps up, we’ll all be back to using Usenet and private FTP sites.

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