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In short

trickle is a portable lightweight userspace bandwidth shaper. It can run in collaborative mode (together with trickled) or in stand alone mode.

trickle works by taking advantage of the unix loader preloading. Essentially it provides, to the application, a new version of the functionality that is required to send and receive data through sockets. It then limits traffic based on delaying the sending and receiving of data over a socket. trickle runs entirely in userspace and does not require root privileges.

trickle is known to work on OpenBSD, FreeBSD and most Linux distributions.

trickle is licensed under a BSD license and was originally developed by Marius Aamodt Eriksen. This fork of the trickle software is being maintained by Jesse Smith, following the abandonment of the original project.


Manual pages: trickle, trickled and trickled.conf.

FREENIX paper: Trickle: A Userland Bandwidth Shaper for Unix-like Systems


Copyright (c) 2007 Marius Aamodt Eriksen <marius@monkey.org>