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HotlineConnectClient192.sit_.bin (1.89 MB)
MD5: 50258b58cded5761670e96ad53ea5b6f
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineConnectServer191.sit_.bin (444.00 KB)
MD5: 66920c77c9bf2b3fab41b3fce86eb763
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineClient123PPC.sit_.bin (386.38 KB)
MD5: 79f585f05cf85da34f75d74896268a76
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineClient12368K.sit_.bin (375.75 KB)
MD5: aff4dcc69cfc3718173a60a1a559dfb7
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineServer123PPC.sit_.bin (235.38 KB)
MD5: 003874f97cf35a1510301b59776eae24
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineServer12368K.sit_.bin (224.50 KB)
MD5: 754a82e5e3f2597e151986d4bff15de8
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineFTPServer10PPC.sit_.bin (109.13 KB)
MD5: d7095a49c59c5e6e985470f5c9c7628b
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineConnectClient-Mac-1.9.1.sit (1.57 MB)
MD5: 6522e21c10d74eb337bdd49fed68e6be
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineTracker1.1PPC.sit_.hqx (90.69 KB)
MD5: 4cc8cc3ae0246b50321c7ebf086fc2b8
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
HotlineTracker1.168K.sit_.hqx (78.08 KB)
MD5: 00ab2c5f3f103e435fd34f8fae8411ee
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Hotline1.1IMAGE.sit (1.15 MB)
MD5: bf28032acb8edfa6ede39a19a8329322
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

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What is Hotline?

From Hotline Communications Ltd.:

Hotline Connect is a suite of two free applications that enables Internet users to communicate and share files and information.

Hotline Connect enables you to easily create a personal interactive Internet community on your own terms. Interact live with real time chat, conferencing, messaging, data warehousing, file transfer and streaming capabilities - all on your personal computer using Hotline Connect software.

Explore the thousands of online communities with Hotline's Client application. Preview multimedia files, post news and participate in online chats using the simple Hotline Client software.

Share your content, showcase your hobbies, and promote your ideas with Hotline's unique Server application. Using the small and powerful Hotline Server you can open your computer to anyone you choose, remain in a secure environment and control your community at all times.

The History of Hotline

From Hotline Communications Ltd.:

The founders of Hotline Communications Ltd. agreed on one thing when they met online in the fall of 1996: that the Internet was not the tool for real-time communication it could be.

They resolved to explore the Internet's untapped capabilities. Bucking the slow and complex Internet standards of the time, the team pursued their own vision of the Internet: as a universal medium for real-time, interactive communication.

And so it began, collaborating online for nearly a year over their own Internet protocols and development environment, our founders created a software suite known today as Hotline Connect. This lean and powerful Internet communication software package, operating outside and along with the Web, proved popular from its earliest incarnations. Beta testers worldwide clamored for it as the developing team, still online, continued their work.

In August, the Hotline team left the comforts of their virtual office to gather in person for the first time. Their meeting at MacWorld Expo, Boston, was an exciting moment for them, but their reception at the Expo was even more overwhelming. They received a Best of Show award from the New England Mac Association, and their presentation of Hotline drew attention in several Windows and Mac media. Industry publications called Hotline "a fresh alternative to the Web" (C/Net) and "a must-have for the intrepid cybernaut" (Publish). TechWeb called Hotline one of the show's highlights.

In September, 1997, Hotline Communications Ltd. opened their office in Toronto, Canada and began to work on their Windows version of Hotline.

Meanwhile, international interest in Hotline products began to grow. Hotline's simple interface and easy communication features, now the hallmarks of Hotline, aroused a loyal following of Hotline users globally. Hotline's developers persevered, installing new chat, conferencing, messaging, file-transfer and news features to improve the "Hotline Experience."

Their results have been more than encouraging. Through 1998, and into 1999, Hotline has received a hail of praise from users and media internationally. Millions worldwide now use Hotline Connect. The current product is bringing Hotline Communications Ltd. closer to its goal: to enable any computer user, novice or otherwise, to harness the Internet for live communication.

Hotline's user base now includes companies and educational institutions around the world such as Avid Technology, Leicester University, U.K., The American Press Institute, U.S. and Diamond Multimedia International.


Download 1 is Hotline Client 1.9.2, contains both a Carbonized and Mac OS Classic only binary

Download 2 is Hotline Server 1.9.2

Download 3 is Hotline Client 1.2.3 for PPC Macs, this version should absolutely work on System 7

Download 4 is Hotline Client 1.2.3 for 68k Macs, mostly the same as above, but for 68k

Download 5 is Hotline Server 1.2.3 for PPC Macs, this version should absolutely work on System 7

Download 6 is Hotline Server 1.2.3 for 68k Macs, mostly the same as above, but for 68k

Download 7 is Hotline FTP Server 1.0 for PPC Macs.

Additional Notes

Hotline 1.9.2 for whatever reason identifies itself as when you check its properties, despite the fact the this and 1.9.1 have different checksums, likely an error.

Working Trackers/Servers (As of 4/13/2016)


Servers (UberFoX's Server)
Wikia listing of outstanding Hotline servers

External Links

Hotline Wiki

See also: Carracho, Frogblast, HotFind, KDX, Nostalgia, Pitbull Pro, Underline, Wired

Architecture: 68k PPC (Carbonized)

Open Transport needed for 1.2.3 in System 7


MikeatOS9's picture
by MikeatOS9 - 2020, May 1 - 9:02am

No, Hotline is partly based on FTP so it doesn't respect resource forks.
But there's a cool solution: "OldHex", a 64-bit app for recent intel Macs converts files, even classic Mac apps to .bin format, so these files will not be destroyed.
On the classic Mac unpack .bin files with Stuffit Expander.
OldHex is freeware now.
You can install Hotline server (I use 1.2.3) on your 68k or PPC Mac and install "Nostalgia" (client) on your recent intel Mac.
This is a very simple and quick solution to exchange files.
This can even be done over Internet, if you open the Hotline ports on your router, so the Hotline server can be found.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 27 - 12:28pm

Does the hotline protocol respect resource forks? Or is encoding necessary much like with FTP and other protocols?

I wonder what protocols other than AFP respect them for easy Mac transfers. Something that goes beyond the 2GB (or so) limit per file would be nice, too.