Freenet Crashed: Bandwidth limit too low


A recent update to Freenet (build 1473) may cause your node to display the above message and then shut down.

The problem is caused by a newly added 10KiB/s minimum bandwidth setting, however Freenet does not automatically change your local settings to match the new minimum if it is too low.

To fix this, you will need to find and edit your freenet.ini file located in the Freenet installation directory.

The default installation directory is in different places depending on your operating system:

  • Windows: %localappdata%\Freenet (copy and paste in Explorer)
  • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Freenet/
  • Linux: ~/Freenet

Once you have found your freenet.ini file, open it in Notepad, TextEdit, GEdit, or your preferred text editor.

You will need to edit the following lines according to the directions below:


The node.inputBandwidthLimit line must either be -1 or at least 10240


The node.outputBandwidthLimit line must be at least 10240, in the picture above it is only 1560 which is too low.

Once you make those changes you should be able to start Freenet again, and you can then change your bandwidth settings more easily on your node configuration page.

If this does not fix the issue, please open a support ticket.