Vuze 4.0 – A Beginner’s Guide to BitTorrent

Vuze 4.0 – A Beginner’s Guide to BitTorrent

Easy step-by-step user’s guide that will help you start downloading movies, music, TV shows, and more in no time at all.

Vuze, formerly Azureus, has launched a new 4.0 version that takes BitTorrent downloading into exciting new directions. Vuze 4.0 sports the lighter look and feel of older versions while adding new functions and features that set it miles apart from other available BitTorrent clients.

“Find, download, and play” is the new Vuze motto and it defines the spirit of Vuze 4.0. When it comes to finding content it still offers the Vuze HD Network, but it also offers a new subscription feature as well as the stunning ability to support custom templates for private BitTorrent tracker searches. So in addition to community-generated content feeds you are now able to include your private BitTorrent trackers in your search results! After downloading content you can then watch or listen to it without having to launch a separate media player program.

So let’s get started.

Installation

Downloading Content

INSTALLATION
1. Download and install the Vuze BitTorrent client.

2. Port Configuration

Now if your operating behind a router, please check out our guide on PORT FORWARDING. Briefly, Port Forwarding is basically opening and establishing a dedicated or open port for Vuze to use in order to download and upload data to and from other BitTorrent users.

Select “NAT/Firewall Test” from the Help menu.

First select “Configuration Wizard” from the Tools menu.

This will bring up the NAT / Server Port dialogue box. This box will allows us to both select and test a port for Vuze to use. Remember, the range of recommended ports to use is from 49512 to 65535, and the selected port must be forwarded if operating behind a router. As you can see in the picture, I used port 49513 and then TESTED it. Since it came back “OK!” I then APPLIED those settings.

3. Optimal Speed Settings

Select “Configuration Wizard” from the Help menu.

For User proficiency select “Intermediate.”

Now perform a quick speed test of your Internet connection and select the closest corresponding upload speed from the drop down menu as shown below.


4. Save Path

Finish the installation by determining where you wish to save your downloaded content.

Downloading Content
1.Vuze HD Network

Vuze offers a large and diverse selection of content in HD to choose from. From animation to movies, from sports clips to TV shows, it has something for everyone.

To download content simply select the “Download” button for the desired item.

You can then play your selection from within Vuze by simply double-clicking the item.

2. Private BitTorrent Tracker Search

This is hands down my favorite new feature in Vuze 4.0. Previously, if you wanted to find content you had to search through any number of individual private tracker sites. This could be cumbersome if you have to regularly look through several or more sites as is usually the case.

Select “Add/Edit.”

Then select “Import a New Template.”

It’s up to the Vuze community to create the custom search template required for each site, but as time goes by and users do, it’ll be possible to login to all of your private BitTorrent trackers and then search through them all from one location. Think of it as a sort of “super search” (I’ve managed to acquire ones for BitMeTV.org, Pisexy.org, Waffles.fm, and What.cd and have made them available for download HERE).

Unlock each by logging and entering your username and password.

When successful the icon will change from a lock to a blue checkmark.

Your search query will then include results from your private BitTorrent trackers.

3. Subscriptions

The new subscription feature enables users to request that specific content be sent to them automatically.  Just click the orange Subscriptions button associated to content in your Library. You can set your subscriptions to download automatically, or simply to notify you when new items are available.

The big innovation here is that these subscriptions are initially created by users (usually power users) and then made available to everyone.  As users create new subscription templates over the coming weeks and months, this feature will get better and better, as the cloud of community-created subscriptions grows.  Ultimately, Vuze Subscriptions remove a lot of the complexity associated with RSS for torrents, which tend to return lots of unwanted or duplicate results. Just click Subscribe!

Here’s an example of one I created myself for the Beatles.

Choose which site you wish to search through.

Choose a name for your subscription.

..and how often to search for it.

Now there’s many other Vuze features to discuss, specifically plugins and publishing content, which I plan to discuss in the days to come.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya

I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates.

129 comments
jodie
jodie

Why are my movies freezing up when I watch them.. they will play for a little bit sometimes a little bit of skipping then just stuck. Wont do nothing,I have to shut down he computer????

Pirate Bay Movies
Pirate Bay Movies

How do I download a game such as deer hunt 2005 and burn it on a dvd

Valery
Valery

would like to know why my movies freeze up for a second here and there..

vicky
vicky

usually i used to download movies having adult content from vuse but one day i formatted vuse but after that i was unable to download the stuff i needed especially adult stuf

Shan
Shan

Hi guys....after typing any movie title in the search box.....the size of the files only ranges from 6.5mb to 999mb....movies should be at least 1Gb to 10++GB right ? All i can see are movie trailers with small size and low ranking files. How come ? Another question is....I have been using Vuze previously and it was working well...until I reformat my laptop....after reformatting....I again entered my username and password in order to download the Vuze....then the problem started.....the search always shows only small size trailers of the movie....no actual movies like 1Gb or 10++ Gb can be seen on the list. Pls. help. Thanks

regit9
regit9

I have the same problem as Rob. I used to use vuze very often but one day when I wanted to search there was "Sorry, there was a problem loading this page. Please check if your internet connection is working and click retry to continue." My internet is running very well. Can You help me?

total bag
total bag

WOW!!!.. so much crap and no one know the answer at all...!!! DONT WRITE IF U DONT KNOW THE ANSWER OF THE MAIN ASNWER GUYS!!! just taking up spaces like u do at home.. and stillll no one likes u

Dave Harris
Dave Harris

A little while ago I downloaded and installed a program called mp3rocket which turned out to closely resemble Frostwire. It replaced vuze as my default client. I have now deleted the program. However, when I now download a torrent vuze doesnt kick in like it did before. I get a dialog box which asks if I want to save the file or locate a program which will open it. How do I reset vuze to automatically download torrents? Have been trying for 4 days and i still cant get it back to what it was!!

SPIRIT
SPIRIT

I WAS WONDERING GOT A QUESTION I'M TRYING TO OPEN OP A TORRENT WITH VUZE BUT SOME OTHER SITE KEEP TRYING TO OPEN IT UP HOW DO I GET ALL MY TORRENTS TO OPEN UP WITH JUST VUZE

james
james

vuze is terrible, it says web or meta search and nothing comes up when i type the most popular artist out at the minute , what do i do

rob
rob

just downloaded vuze, and right from the start i got a message saying "Sorry, there was a problem loading this page. Please check if your internet connection is working and click retry to continue." but my internet is working perfectly.... and ideas?

plumber stevenage
plumber stevenage

It's easy step by step guidance, Vuze 4.0 sports the lighter look and feel of older versions while adding new functions and features that set it miles apart from other available BitTorrent clients.

Vince;-)
Vince;-)

Hey I just downloaded a game (battle for middle earth) and now i have a bunch of winrar folders im unpackig them at the moment but how do i continue ? Thx for the answer before hand

pinky
pinky

i down loaded 2 movies using my mac pc and burned both to dvd on vuse plus. the dvd will play on my windows laptop but neither 2 dvd players i have at home. i have also tried burning using toast on my mac but completes 78 percent then gives up.

blake
blake

i downloaded a movie, with the use of your helpful tips, but the copy wasnt to good, how can i find a movie that is not a cinema job and without a green line through it, the really bugged me

Marinus
Marinus

Vuze doens'nt find anything even U2 or Red hot chili peppers what am i doing wrong?

Manik
Manik

When i search for porn movies its not showing up. please advise how to download porn movies

elaine
elaine

down loaded vuze music will not show up in my libary only movies what can i do ?

L1
L1

I search for music, but all I found is video's? How do I search for music on vuze? Any suggestions? Thanks !

ll.
ll.

my library on the left hand side went away, any idea how to get it back up. i'd love you a lot if you could be of help, thank you!

Klaas
Klaas

De bestanden die ik wil downloaden staan direct in de wachtrij en daarna gebeurt er niets meer. Wat te doen?

hitler
hitler

Bit of a newbie to this... does anyone know if your PORT has to be open?

hlopz
hlopz

i just downloaded mi first movie but the sound is like 20 seconds behind, what's up with that?

steve
steve

hi folks. i think we shoud listen to AndyMan,he has it figured out.i have realized that Vuze is not the pirate,we are! if you educate yourself,we can use this wisely and doors will open.oh,Vuze Plus opens more doors. hope i didnt step on toes. thanx for listening.

mickey
mickey

seems like vuze can't connect to the net although my connection is doing fine and stable

Raven17
Raven17

Hi, I have vuze and can't work out why the devices shows Itunes and that's it. I'm trying to connect a psp to devices so i can watch my downloaded movies. By the way, I have a slightly faulty usb cord. It only works if you bend the cord and move it until you find the exact right spot where you make the connection. But I'm sure it's not the cord... If someone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated...

Oril
Oril

Does any know the process how to transfer the program and the movie from a desktop windows vista to windows 7 by using usb flashdrive, i don't want to download the movies all over again because it takes to long.

Simone
Simone

Thanks Jared,works well and that toad (vuze) is in the trash.

Simone
Simone

I can't get Vuse to download any files.It will give me the torrent but when I open it on Vuse nothing happens and end up using Limewire (which I don't like).I have set it up to the letter.Has anybody else had this problem?

ultradawn
ultradawn

hi there i am new to this stuff... don't understand many of the terms, such as "seeding". I did manage to watch a movie, but when i did a search for "nurse jackie" i thought i downloaded season 1... but that didn't work and something else said it was the pilot. I thought, better than NO nurse jackie- but it was en espanol. Any tips? ALso- don't hate me- i am a Mac person and use Safari browser.

nida
nida

i m new at vuze i downloaded 2 movies , they downloded fine, and complete, but when i play the movies, they play for a few seconds, one of them gives a link and tells to download a decrypter which actually i dont understand how to use , and other says , play it whith windows media player , but when i play with media player it says the same thing (and these messages are actually playing on the screen instead of movie but for few seconds.. please help

freidajake
freidajake

I can't rewind or fast forward a movie while watching. Is there any way to do this?

shaun
shaun

Hi there... Up till now I've been using Azureus 3.0.4.2 or 2.0.4.2 or something like that :) Anyway,my laptop crashed & had to do a recovery & re-install Azureus but got Vuze. Starting to get my head around it but I would really like to know how to get the view I had with Azureus. This was the screen showing the top half of the window with all my downloads on & when they reached 100% they dropped to the bottom half of the window & started seeding. I think I've tried every function but can't find that page. Also,how do I get rid of all the little tool/info boxes that pop up on my desktop? Thanks. Shaun

vuze hater
vuze hater

the reason i got vuze is because i wanted the psp stuff but it dont work i feel ripped off, i dont want a solution i want to know if you can get a refund

Darragh
Darragh

i have used vuze on this laptop running windows 7 and i had to reset it to factory setting, since i have done this i cannot download vuze again as the inital vuze installer runs to 1.49mb everytime then stops and times out. What is the problem?

Bill
Bill

how do you go about the down loaded movies to file format,so that I can transfer them to my external memory hard drive,with HD and 1080p quality that they already have ?

david
david

great.told me a little as i am a beginner.thank you all.for questions and answers

suleiman
suleiman

hi am using a modem can you help me achieve a fast rate of download and can you send me some settings on how to connect Vuze using a modem.

Susan
Susan

i download the movies just fine and they playback just fine. But when i go to copy them to the dvd it says disc error when i play it back. It says it downloaded as an audio file. it plays in windows media only the audio. can someone help?

Irwin
Irwin

I don't even know what a "torrent" is - how about some basics for new bees?

Simon Ullyatt
Simon Ullyatt

Hi, I've just started using Vuze. The problem however is that when I set it off downloading, it works fine, so I leave it on overnight, yet when I check it in the morning, the Vuze program has been shut down due to inactivity - but the PC is still on and running. Anyone have any ideas?

Jo P
Jo P

This is probably a silly question but I'm a newbie to torrents and to vuze. I've just installed Vuze and done a search and got the result i want from isohunt (which was already in the list on the right hand bar) but there are no arrows in the download column so I can't select anything to download the item I want. Help how do I get a download button to show! thanks

P
P

Ever since I downloaded the Vuze update I get about 90% porn when I search. I thought Vuze didn't do porn!!!

Alex
Alex

Hi, kann mir einer sagen, woran ich erkenne, ob der Film, den ich lade in deutsch übersetzt ist ( nicht immer sieht man Abkürzungen)???

Ryan
Ryan

I've this downloaded, but I can't find how you make a user or anything like that! What do you do?

Jo Sims
Jo Sims

I can't find out how to get into your programs

imthu
imthu

I am not getting the entered search result.

teresa
teresa

my computor crashed and i had to reset my computor to factory settingsmy problem is i cant download vuze what do i do?

AndyMan
AndyMan

Chris - lol - refund? rofl. Vuze is free! Knock yourself out with your spyware ridden mp3 rocket man. Like all the other lame file sharing peer to peer programs out there, you are only opening yourself up to viruses. Use sense and realise that any torrents found to have viruses or the likes have many comments telling you this when you read the details of the specific torrent, therefore its almost impossible to get infected. If someone says don't download this file, then don't. simple Vuze is not a scam or a fake application. It's by far the best torrent manager out there. No gimmicks or nasty adverts everywhere either. It just does exactly what it says it does on the tin.