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The history of Aminet

  • 1991: ICU, a club of swiss computer science students, uses an Amiga 3000UX donated by Commodore Switzerland to host a FTP archive at In addition to offering many packages for AmigaOS, the server also acts as the official Amiga UNIX anon ftp site. About 40 users log in each day.
  • January 1992: Urban Dominik Müller is appointed as the administrator of said archive and immediately introduces the .readme collector, the one thing that defines Aminet to this day. On January 16th, the new FTP archive is announced on comp.sys.amiga.misc.
  • April 1992: After the most popular Amiga software archive at is taken offline, its users are switching to other FTP servers - many of them to amiga.physik. The server is unable to handle the increased traffic, that's why Swedish Amiga user Peter Sjostrom establishes the first mirror at More and more mirrors are added, in December 1992 the regular announcements posted to Usenet already list 8 international mirrors.
  • August 1992: Urban Müller releases the first version of 'Aminet Download Tool' (ADT), a FTP frontend that offers comfortable features like searching for files and displaying recent uploads.
  • June 1993: The main server generates too much traffic and has to go offline.
  • July 1993: Chris Myers from Washington University provides an account and sufficient disk space at, which becomes the new home of Aminet for more than a decade.
  • September 1993: From now on, files uploaded to Aminet are being virus checked.
  • September 1993: The original A3000UX server is back, it now acts as a mirror and is available at
  • September 1993: Aminet is now hosting 5000 files.
  • May 1994: The Aminet-On-Disk service is introduced. Users without internet access can now order single Aminet files, per-directory subscriptions or a whole month of Aminet uploads on floppy disks or similar media.
  • May 1994: Aminet goes WWW: The first web interface for Aminet goes online at The logo was chosen by Aminet users from all submissions to the Aminet logo contest.
  • October 1994: Aminet is now hosting more than 10,000 files.
  • October 1995: Starting with Aminet CD 8, CDs are now released bimonthly. About 100 MB of new software gets uploaded to Aminet each month.
  • May 1996: Aminet hits 30,000 files and is now regarded as the the world's largest collection of freely distributable software - for any computer system.
  • December 1997: Aminet's most successful year comes to an end: from January to December 1997, nearly 13000 packages have been uploaded.
  • March 1999: Due to continued file system troubles on, the Aminet main site moves to, a mirror maintained by co-admin Matthias Scheler.
  • March 2000: The harddisk of the German main server dies, so Aminet moves back to
  • January 2003: Richard Small from Aminet's distributor GTI announces that Aminet CD 52 will be the last in the series.
  • September 2004:, the server hosting the main Aminet mirror, has hardware problems and goes offline. As all uploads are processed on this server, Aminet does not accept new uploads for now.
  • November 2004: is back online. Unfortunately, the backups used to restore the Aminet account are old and incomplete: Uploads are still not working.
  • February 2005: Urban Müller establishes a new main server at Aminet uses a completely new Web interface now, written by Nicolas Mendoza. The main server is accepting uploads again, though the mirrors are not updated yet. Several new administrators are taken on board. Matthias Scheler, Aminet co-admin for more than ten years, leaves the Aminet team.
  • February 2007: Suffering from neverending problems with the current main server, the Aminet team decides to move to a new location: the new server is located in California and is provided by team member Nicolas Mendoza.