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What is Mediafire, how does it work and how to get the most out of it?

MediaFire is a free file hosting and image hosting service founded in 2006 and located in Harris County, Texas, USA. It has received a lot of attention because it has few limitations and has no restrictions for unaccounted users compared to many other hosting services.

The domain mediafire.com has attracted at least 8.7 million visitors in 2008 according to a Compete.com study. There are even websites that only allow content uploaded in this hosting service, arguing the quality of it. One of the main reasons for its popularity is that it allows simultaneous downloads for unregistered users, as well as allowing maximum downloading of the user’s connection (always depending on the state of the server), something that other famous servers like Megaupload only allowed to do by paying or redeeming points.

MediaFire was greeted with good reviews in the media, winning the “Top 100 Unknown Websites” award from PC magazine, named: “At first the MediaFire storage service looks too good to be true …”. CNET, receiving positive feedback from Lifehacker, and also receives the “Top Websites of 2008” award from PC magazine. Due to the great success obtained in 2008 the company launched a new service Pro (paid) with new benefits and features far superior to the Free version that still has the same features as always. The famous website on 11 June 2013 is ranked 119th in Alexa, and 296th in the United States.

MediaFire is the official application for Android of the online storage service of the same name, which will allow its users to access their account and enjoy many other features from the convenience of the mobile phone.

As usual, to start using the application you will need to have a user account. At our disposal, we will have 50 GB of free space to use at will, being able to upload any type of file that we want, either images, videos or sounds.

In the same way, we will have the possibility of accessing all this content directly from our account without downloading it. View images or videos, listen to songs, edit text files … all this we can do without downloading anything.

From the MediaFire application, we can also create and manage different folders, so that storing all our information is a more comfortable task. In addition, we will be able to share through e-mail or social networks all the material that we want. MediaFire is a very interesting application for users of this online storage service since it will allow them to have more comfortable and better management of all their documents and don’t forget that it allows you to upload 50 GB.

MediaFire Desktop helps you upload and download MediaFire files

In order to facilitate the management of your MediaFire account and to upload and download files with comfort, MediaFire has made available to the user its own official desktop client for Windows and OS X, MediaFire Desktop, thus approaching services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Skydrive.

MediaFire is a popular online storage service that allows you to upload a file to the Internet and share it via a URL link. Closer to MEGA or Rapidshare than Dropbox or Drive, this handy service lets you save up to 50 GB of files to share, or not, with your contacts. MediaFire works directly from the web, allowing its use on different devices through the browser, but also has a client for mobile devices and has recently launched MediaFire Desktop, its official desktop client that will allow you to upload and download MediaFire files in Windows and OS X.

MediaFire Desktop is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and 8 and with OS X 10.6 to 10.9. Its installation is very simple, although it asks you to restart in Windows. When you open it for the first time, it will ask if you want to sign in or create a new account, with the ability to use your email or Facebook credentials.

MediaFire Desktop works very much like Dropbox. By default, create a folder to sync the content you add, such as files and documents, but you also have the ability to customize the location of that folder. From now on, in the system tray (or in the OS X menu bar), you will see a Mediafire icon. When new content is placed or removed from the synced folder, it will be updated with MediaFire servers, accessible with your user account from any browser.

Continuing with the similarities between Dropbox and MediaFire Desktop, when you click on the icon of the second, you will see if the service is being synchronized or if it has already finished, in addition to seeing the space occupied and free. From that window, you will be able to see the application configuration and other useful information. It also has a very useful feature: a screenshot that saves screenshots in image format in your MediaFire folder.

The screenshot of MediaFire Desktop is very handy. By default, it allows you to select the area to capture. You can instantly see the size of the capture, repeat it and edit it. The editor will help you to add arrows, text, boxes, underline text… If you have used some Skitch, this editor will be very familiar. When you have finished editing, you can name the capture, upload it to MediaFire, copy it to the clipboard, save it to your computer or print it out.

Another interesting option of MediaFire Desktop is its integration in the context menu. When you right-click on a file inside the MediaFire sync folder, four options will appear: share via MediaFire, copy the MediaFire link, view previous versions, and view on MediaFire.com.

  • Share through MediaFire: From a separate window you can share a file through MediaFire by sending the link to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr or Blogger contacts. You can also send it via email indicating the accounts to be sent and an optional message and even integrate the link into your website with a code that gives you the app itself.
  • Copy MediaFire Link: As in the previous case, but simply copy the link to share it through another program, such as instant messaging or email.
  • View on MediaFire.com: Shows the file in your space from your browser.
  • View Previous Versions: A very useful option, especially when working with multimedia files (videos, audios, images) or documents. If you have edited a file and want to recover changes from previous versions, MediaFire Desktop will show them to you.

MediaFire Desktop joins the list of official desktop applications of major online storage services. Its goal is to synchronize the content you save in a single folder to keep it updated both on the servers of the service and on your computer. In this case, MediaFire collects the functions that we already find in Dropbox, such as accessing previous versions or copying a link to share. However, although MediaFire Desktop doesn’t add anything new, it does offer it in a more practical way, especially the window for sharing links across various social networks and even on your website by integrating code. If you want a good digital store for your files (50 GB free), MediaFire offers them to you and with the convenience of having access from Windows and OS X with its new desktop client.