Auto Download Movies, Music, and TV Shows with Azureus

Many of you have no doubt wondered what the RSS Feed Scanner plugin for Azureus is all about, but perhaps have either been intimidated by its seeming complexity or simply unwilling to take the time to read its lengthy instructions. Well, as luck would have it, I’ve taken the brunt of it for you and spent the sweat and toil necessary to create a simple guide to getting it up and running for you.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Installing the Plugin
We’ll first start by downloading the RSS Feed Scanner plugin. Select Plugins > Installation Wizard.

Then “By list from sourceforge.net.”

Scroll down and select the RSS Feed Scanner plugin. Then select “next”

Make a selection for which of the users of your PC you wish to make the plugin available for and then select “Finish.”

The installer menu will come up, for which you will simply select “Install” to proceed.

Setup
When the plugin is done downloading and fully installed we can begin the actual setup process. From the Plugins menu, scroll down and select “RSS Feed.”

This will bring up the RSS Feed Scanner menu screen. To summarize, it basically consists of 2 parts, the RSS Feed and the Filter. The RSS Feed is a live URL of bookmarks for a given site, and the filter is what will be used to scan through those bookmarks based on whatever keywords one chooses.

RSS Feed URL
To create our first RSS Feed URL click the “plus” tab in the center of the menu window as shown below.

Then where it says “name,” choose a name for the type of content you will be downloading. Here in this case I titled it “Videos.”

Now it’s time to determine what RSS Feed we want to use. To demonstrate, I used the RSS Feed from Torrentspy, but there are many to choose from of course, a list of which can be found here at Zeropaid. For those unsure where to find the RSS Feed take a look at the picture below. Where it says RSS Feed, right-click the mouse and select “copy the link location.” This is the link for the RSS Feed that we need.

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Now in Azureus where it says “URL” for the RSS Feed simply paste the link(http://www.torrentspy.com/rss.asp) here. Then select the directory where you wish for the downloads to be saved to. Finish up by saving your selections.

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RSS Feed Filter
The next step is to create a filter for the RSS Feed URL as we need to specify what it is that we want to download. Start by clicking the “plus” tab located towards the bottom center of the menu.

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Now say that I want to download all the episodes of Joey, for instance. First I’d name the filter “TV SHOW,” to make it clear what it is. Though you can name it whatever makes it easiest for you to decipher. Secondly, choose a directory to save the data to. Thirdly, select the RSS Feed URL that we are to retrieve the Joey episodes from. In the example here, it’s the one we just set up and titled “VIDEOS.” Fourthly, since it is a TV Show that we are to download select “TVShow” under “Type.” Here one also has the additional options of specifying season and episode numbers, as well as remembering the history of what shows have been downloaded, i.e. Smart History. The final step is to save our selections.

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Double-checking the Setup
We thus should have begun downloading the television episodes of Joey that we specified. To double-check on the status of the downloads select the “status” tab towards the upper left-hand corner of the menu. It appears that a an episode of Joey was indeed available for download.

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By then selecting the “Download History” tab we can see what shows have obviously been downloaded or are being downloaded so far.

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You can also double-check the status by simply looking in “My Torrents,” the main window of Azureus.

As the image below shows, an episode of Joey, for better or worse, has begun downloading successfully. Also to note, observe the green smiley face denoting the download. This is important as it means that our ports are properly configured. If it is any other color it means that there is a problem that must be addressed. A guide for this can be found here at Zeropaid.

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So there you have it. This is how you set up Azureus to automatically download content of your own choosing. In the example detailed here we selected a television show, but the filter can be set up to download movies of a particular genre for instance. You can set it to download action or sci-fi movies, or even a particular type of music like rock & roll. All in all I recommend that you give the RSS Feed Scanner plugin a try, you won’t be disappointed.