A first look at MediaFire Desktop, a new synchronization client for Windows and Mac

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 25, 2013

The file hosting business is a tough one. Not only do you have to compete with some of the largest tech companies in the world -- Microsoft and Google are in the space -- but also against all the other services.

If that would not be enough, it has almost become a requirement for services to create desktop and mobile clients for their services so that users can sync and access files easily and wherever they are.

Being late to the party is usually a bad starting position, and while MediaFire offered a desktop client before, MediaFire Express for Windows, Linux and Mac, the new client seems to be a fresh start attempt for one of the world's most popular file hosting websites.

Unlike MediaFire Express, which was available for Linux as well, MediaFire Desktop is only available for Windows and Mac at the time of writing.

Installation of MediaFire Desktop

You can download the client for Windows or Mac from this page. Please note that it is labeled beta at the time of writing, and therefore not suited for productive environments. While I did not notice any issues during tests and while running it on Windows, it does not mean that everything will work out in the same way for you.

The installation itself should not pose any issues. You are asked to pick the installation location for the client, defaults to the local AppData directory by default, and that's about it. The installation took longer than I would have expected it to take though.

You are asked to restart your computer after the installation finishes. It is not really necessary to run the program, but integration in Windows Explorer may only become available after the restart.

The application

You can log in to an existing MediaFire account if you have one, or sign up for a new one. Both options are handled in the client software itself.

As far as new accounts go, you can sign up with your email address, or use your Facebook login to do so.

Once you have entered your data, you are taken to an "upgrade your account" offer page. What's kinda puzzling here is that it stated that I have 15 Gigabyte in my current plan, while the website stated that I had 50 Gigabytes. I'm not sure what is up with that, but the client did display that I had 52 Gigabytes available (50 initially, and then 2 Gigabytes extra for installing the desktop client).

Side note: You can get free storage upgrades for other activities. If you connect your Twitter or Facebook account, or post on Twitter or Facebook, you get 1 Gigabyte each. If you install the mobile or desktop client, you get 2 Gigabytes each, and if you refer friends, you get up to 32 Gigabytes (1 Gigabyte for each friend). All in all, you can get up to 40 Gigabytes of extra space this way.


Anyway, you can upgrade your allowed storage to 100, 200 or 500 Gigabytes from here for a monthly subscription fee.

You are then asked to pick a setup type. You can run the typical setup, which will configure the desktop app with default settings, or the advanced option which gives you full control over folder locations and sync options.

If you want to pick a custom folder location for the sync folder -- the default one is in the home folder -- then you should pick advanced here.

Note: Under Windows, the home folder is your users folder, e.g. c:\users\Martin\ so that you will find the MediaFire sync folder here. Depending on which version of Windows you use, you will also find it in your favorites listing automatically in the sidebar.

As far as synchronization is concerned, you can either have all folders and files synced, or only select folders.

A tour is offered in the final step which explains some of the core features of the app. You can skip it if you are not interested in that.

MediaFire Desktop runs in the system tray for the most part. You can click on the icon to display the notifications area.

Here you can also open the home folder, the settings, or use the client's screenshot functionality.

Screenshots (shortcut Ctrl-Alt-S)

A click on the screenshot icon lets you create a screenshot of any part of the desktop. You use the mouse to draw a rectangle around the contents that you want to create a screenshot of, and get options to modify the screenshot before you save it locally, upload it to your MediaFire account, copy it to the Clipboard, or print it.

As far as editing tools go: you can add arrows and text, highlight or blur parts, or draw a rectangle around contents on the screenshot.

As far as saving goes, you can only save the screenshots as png files.

The settings

The preferences of MediaFire Desktop leave little to be desired. Here you can customize the folders that you want synchronized, configure network settings, and define whether you want to enable the "following" folder or not.

The latter lets you synchronize files that are available in the following folder on MediaFire.com.



The Windows Explorer right-click menu is only displayed to you if you are in the MediaFire Home folder on your system.

Here you can run the following commands:

  • Share Through MediaFire
  • Copy MediaFire link
  • View on MediaFire.com
  • Unsync from this computer


If you are using MediaFire Express currently on Windows or Mac, you may want to consider upgrading to MediaFire Desktop as it has more to offer to you. If you are running Linux, you do not have any choice but to stick with the Express app for now.

The client leaves little to be desired in terms of functionality, and if you are currently shopping for a new screenshot tool, you may find it adequate for that purpose as well.

All in all it is a solid client that you can make use of to synchronize and share files hosted on MediaFire.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

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