There was an ongoing outage at SourceForge which is affecting some downloads both from our website and the PortableApps.com Platform. As of 10:30am NY time on Mar 4 it appears to finally be fully resolved.
Our open source software as well as our open source live installers that download freeware are currently hosted at SourceForge. We have hosted with SourceForge since the early days of PortableApps.com through three owners of their site. They provide free bandwidth for millions of app downloads both via the browser (where they show ads) and via the PortableApps.com Platform (which downloads directly without ads).
In the past two weeks there have been three significant outages of SourceForge's download services. The first was due to a datacenter move. The second, earlier in the week, was due to distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). This current multi-day outage which appears to have begun on Feb 28 is due to an unknown cause. There is currently no ETA or explanation. No details have been posted to the SFNet_ops Twitter feed and a full day will go by without updates.
Freeware and Publisher-hosted apps unaffected
Our self-hosted freeware apps as well as publisher-hosted freeware and open source apps are unaffected by this outage (except for publishers hosting on SourceForge, of course).
Downloads of the PortableApps.com Platform for both new and existing users have been switched to our own servers that host our freeware offerings. I'm currently working to move the most popular open source apps to a backup download from the same location.
I'm working on configuring a hot backup solution for use during the current outage as well as future outages. I'm also exploring self-hosting our open source downloads as well as two other providers for free open source downloads. More details will be made public as they are available. We're exploring possible paid features of the PortableApps.com Platform and site that would help to cover a more robust download infrastructure as well.
My personal apologies for the inconvenience in your portable app-ing adventures. And thanks from all of us at PortableApps.com for your patience during this time.
John T. Haller
PortableApps.com Lead Developer
UPDATE: Continuing into Mar 3, SourceForge posted a few hours ago that there is still no ETA
UPDATE (Mar 3): Most of the open source apps in our top 50 most popular apps are now available within the PortableApps.com Platform. Some are available on-site as well with the rest to follow shortly.
UPDATE (Late Mar 3 / Early Mar 4): All downloads should be working again now that SourceForge has corrected their issues. We're continuing to monitor. Our apologies again for the inconvenience. And thank you for your patience and support!
UPDATE (Morning Mar 4): Direct downloads are still failing. We're continuing to monitor and move files.