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A java library and standalone node implementing the Kademlia-based bittorrent mainline DHT, with long-running server-class nodes in mind.

Originally developed as DHT plugin for Azureus/Vuze


Implemented specs:

Spec Title Status
BEP5 Bittorrent DHT Yes
BEP32 IPv6 Yes
BEP33 Scrapes Yes
BEP42 DHT Announce Security Partial; only the ip fields for external address discovery are supported
BEP9 Metadata exchange Partial; only fetching is supported Extended get_peers response
Forward compatibility
Client identification
BEP45 multi-homing/multi-address mode Yes
BEP44 Arbitrary data storage Yes
BEP50 Pub/Sub No
BEP51 DHT Infohash Indexing Yes



installed via maven:


git clone .
mvn package dependency:copy-dependencies appassembler:assemble
# install symlink scripts to ~/bin/ 
mvn antrun:[email protected]

embedding as library

See docs/ for further information. Maven repos are linked in the badges.

run in standalone mode

mkdir -p work
cd work
# or manually
# java -cp "../target/*:../target/dependency/*" the8472.mldht.Launcher &

this will create various files in the current working directory

Security note: the shell script launches the JVM with a debug port bound to localhost for easier maintenance, thus allowing arbitrary code execution with the current user's permissions. In a multi-user environment a custom script with debugging disabled should be used

network configuration

optional components

Some features are not enabled out of the box because they only require external infrastructure, provide public services or would cause extra traffic.

They are enabled by adding or uncommenting a <component><className>...</className></component> entry to the config.xml


launch daemon with


run CLI client with

bin/mldht-remote-cli help
# or manually:
# java -cp "target/*" the8472.mldht.cli.Client help

available commands (subject to change):

HELP                                                 - prints this help
PING ip port                                         - continuously pings a DHT node with a 1 second interval
GET hash [salt]                                      - perform a BEP44 get
PUT -f <input-path> [-keyfile <path>] [-salt <salt>]
PUT <input> [-keyfile <path>] [-salt <salt>]         - perform a BEP44 put, specifying a salt or keyfile implies a mutable put, immutable otherwise. data will be read from file or as single argument
GETTORRENT [infohash...]                             - peer lookup for <infohash(es)>, then attempt metadata exchange, then write .torrent file(s) to the current working directory
GETPEERS [infohash...] [-fast]                       - peer lookup for <infohash(es)>, print ip address/port tuples
BURST [count]                                        - run a batch of find_node lookups to random target IDs. intended test the attainable throughput for active lookups, subject to internal throttling

Security note: The CLI Server component listens on localhost, accepting commands without authentication from any user on the system. It is recommended to not use this component in a multi-user environment.

redis statistics export

    <component xsi:type="mldht:redisIndexerType">
      <address></address><!-- additional parameter to allow exporting to other hosts -->

custom components

Simply implement Component and configure the launcher to include it on startup through the config.xml: