Welcome to PeerAware! If you have not already seen the demonstration video it is recommended that you do that now. This will help you quickly get an overview of the most important functionality.

After you have downloaded and installed PeerAware, you can be part of a private network of friends and co-workers, allowing you to chat in groups, search and browse for shared documents and files, view photos and more. See "Five things you can do in PeerAware".

Getting to know PeerAware

A description of features in the main window:

Start page

  1. Shares - See the total size and amount of files you are sharing and progress while indexing files. Click "Set up shared folders" to manage shared folders.
  2. Start page - Find and connect to available workspaces.
  3. Search - Click this to see the search window.
  4. Download queue - Click this to see the queued files window.
  5. Download history - Click this to see the downloaded files window.
  6. Upload history - Click this to see the uploaded files window.
  7. Favorite - List of favorite workspaces.
  8. Local network - List of local workspaces.
  9. Connect - Click this to connect to a workspace.
  10. Add workspace - Click this to create a workspace.
  11. Add favorite - Click this to add a favorite workspace.
  12. Connections - List of users connected to you.
  13. Research - Example local workspace. Click to connect to the workspace.
  14. Internet - List of workspaces publicly available on Internet.
  15. PeerAware - Example internet workspace. Click to connect to the workspace.
  16. Add to favorites - Click to add workspace to the favorite list.
  17. Availability - Click to test workspace availability.

Five things you can do in PeerAware

Want to start using PeerAware? Try one of these suggestions:

  1. Create a workspace for your school-class and invite friends to connect and chat.
  2. Create a company workspace and invite colleagues to share presentations and reports.
  3. Share photos and view other people's shared images in a slide show.
  4. Share documents and files of any type and size. Search or browse for files shared by others.
  5. Draw together on the shared whiteboard.

Support Alternatives

PeerAware offers support from a number of resources in addition to this user guide:

  • Post questions in the forum. We will answer questions as quickly as we can.
  • Read articles on the blog. Here you will be introduced to interesting features in PeerAware.
  • Use PeerAware and connect to the PeerAware support workspace. This is a friendly workspace where people chat about the program.


Before installing PeerAware you should make sure you meet the system requirements, and have administrator privileges on your computer:

Otherwise it is as simple as downloading the latest version of PeerAware, launching the setup file and following instructions.

System Requirements

You need at least the following to run PeerAware:

  • Operating system - Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows server 2008
  • Internet explorer - version 6
  • CPU - 400MHz CPU
  • RAM - 256 Mb
  • Hard disk - 200MB free space available
  • Network speed - 64 Kbits/second
  • Screen - 1024 x 768 16bit color

A faster CPU and more RAM will result in better performance. If your workspace has more than 500 concurrent users we recommended using Windows Server 2003 or 2008.

Start Page

The start page contains three sections of workspaces:


Favorite list can be used to bookmark your favorite workspaces. Select the workspaces you want to bookmark from the local network or Internet list and click "Add to favorites".

If you have received a workspace address by mail you can add it to your favorites by manually editing the entry. Click "Add favorite", give the entry a name, add the workspace address and give it a description. Make sure that the address is on the form pa://<host>:<port>/ for unsecure workspaces, and spa://<host>:<port>/ for secure workspaces. Click "OK" to complete adding the workspace to favorites.

Local network

The local network list contains workspaces created on your own computer, and any workspaces created on nearby computers. Click "Connect" to join a workspace.

If you are running on windows server 2003 or 2008 it is recommended that you go to "Administrative tools" > "Services" and set "UPnP Device Host" and "SSDP Discover" to automatic. They are default disabled on these operating systems, and without these running, nearby computers will not see PeerAware Workspaces in the local list, and clients running on windows server 2003 and 2008 will not see nearby workspaces.


The Internet list contains workspaces retrieved from the PeerAware public workspace list. Click connect to join a workspace. To let every PeerAware user know about your workspace you can submit it to the public list.

The Internet list can be customized to any list you prefer, making it possible to use enterprise wide lists or just another list than the one on You can change list by going to Tools -> Options and changing "Workspace list URL" in the workspaces tab.