The Internet Draft for Metalink is available at
with interim revisions at .

We're looking for review and public comments.

Metalink is currently supported by some 35 applications and used by
projects such as, openSUSE, Ubuntu, cURL, and others.

 Metalink is an XML-based document format that describes a file or
 lists of files to be added to a download queue.  Lists are composed
 of a number of files, each with an extensible set of attached
 metadata.  For example, each file can have a description, checksum,
 and list of URIs that it is available from.

 The primary use case that Metalink addresses is the description of
 downloadable content in a format so download agents can act
 intelligently and recover from common errors with little or no user
 interaction necessary.  These errors can include multiple servers
 going down and data corrupted in transmission.

Example .metalink file:

   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
   <metalink xmlns="";>
       <file name="example.ext">
         <description>A description of the example file for
           <hash type="md5">83b1a04f18d6782cfe0407edadac377f</hash>
           <hash type="sha-1">80bc95fd391772fa61c91ed68567f0980bb45fd9

Thank you,
(( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ ]
 )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads

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