Azureus – Java BitTorrent Client in Ubuntu

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Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users.Azureus offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority systems (on torrents and files), start/stop seeding options and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents. Azureus now features an embedded tracker easily set up and ready to use.

Azureus Features

  • Multiple torrent downloads
  • Upload and download speed limiting, both globally and per torrent
  • Advanced seeding rules
  • Adjustable disk cache
  • Only uses one port for all the torrents
  • UPnP sets the forward on your router
  • Can use a proxy, for both tracker and peer communications
  • Fast resume
  • Can set a default download dir and move completed files
  • Can import torrents automatically from a set dir
  • Highly customizable interface
  • IRC plugin included for quick help
  • Embedded tracker, host your own torrents, automate your shares (periodic scanning of a dir)
  • Distributed Hash Table: host on it a completely decentralised torrent and/or benefit from it when the tracker is offline.

Azureus Plugins

Auto-adjustment of your upload and download speeds according to your network charge with Autospeed

Auto-download torrents with RSS Feed Scanner

Schedule upload and download speed limits with Speed Scheduler

Receive a mail when a download finishes with Status Mailer

Add numerous info on torrents (Extra seeding columns, Country Locator)

Remote control Azureus through the Swing Web Interface the HTML Web Interface

Install Azureus BitTorrent Client in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install azureus

If you want to install natively compiled code for use by gij use the following command

sudo apt-get install azureus-gcj

If you want to open azureus go to Applications--->Internet--->Azureus

Azureus is Loading

If you are opening Azureus first time you need to configure some basic options we will see now.first one is Choose the Language in this example i choose engkish and click next

You need to select your proficiency level to get the correct options and click next

Select your Internet connection speed and click next

Select your NAT/Server Port and click next

Select location of torrent files and click finish

Configuration completed message and click close

Once Azureus open completely you should see the following screen

Azureus Version Details

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15 Responses

  1. Simon says:

    I prefer uTorrent with Wine – due to the java-ness of Azureus slowing it down some what…

  2. Jack says:

    Azureus has been my favourite for a while now 🙂

  3. brk3 says:

    Ive being using azureus for ages, but one thing I could never find out: how do you make it stop those annoying pop up dialogs that keep appearing in the bottom right corner of the screen?! Ive tried setting option->interface->alerts to 0 but still seem to get them.
    Any ideas?

  4. How is the memory usage of Azureus in Linux?
    On Windows using Azureus is out of the question because of its gigantic (100 MB+) RAM usage.

  5. arijit says:

    utorrent is the best torrent client. i am using utorrent under wine.
    azureus is a memory hogger.

  6. AC says:

    utorrent is non-free (i.e. not FOSS) software, FYI, though it is apparently quite good from a strictly technical perspective.

  7. Slaptijack says:

    One feature of Azureus that I enjoy is the ability to run with a text-based console UI. This is perfect when used in conjunction with screen and a headless Linux server.

  8. adzik says:

    Although azureus is quite feature rich and an excellent client, I do agree with a couple people here that it bogs the system down at times. Too heavy in the a** when it comes to memory usage.

  9. r00tintheb0x says:

    Azureus is nice for semi-high end systems. I’ve noticed on my Dell c610 that Java likes to suck up resources when I use Azureus. A GREAT GTK alternative is Deluge. It is what I use on my lower end system, and it rocks!!!


  10. Mark says:

    I used Azureus on Windows before making the switch to Ubuntu, and so continue doing so in Linux. No complaints (yeat!) about the memory use, though as I start using Ubuntu for more and more, that may change.

    2 things to ask:

    1) the aptitude installer seemed not to work (as at late May 2007), would just exit out – apparently due to incompatability with newer versions of Java. Has this been fixed?

    2) Anyone able to point a n00b in the direction of a guide to creating cron jobs to start and stop Azureus, to take advantage of off-peak download quotas?

  11. deaftorrental says:

    I’ve used Azureus before in Ubuntu and the speed was blazing. Then all of a sudden it came down to a crawl (my ratio was above 4.0). So I’ve tried to uninstall and reinstall azaureus and start with no previous torrents but it kept finding and duplicating the torrents. There are different versions of Azureus to install so I’m asking which is the RIGHT Azureus to use for installation –

    1) From the Add/Remove in the Application menu
    2) From the Synaptic Package Manager
    3) From the terminal using sudo

    I’ve tried other torrent program (bittorent, deluge, ktorrent, and freedownloader (which I know is not a torrent but it’s the default downloader in Ubuntu).

    Adjusting the router is NOT an option. It was fast before without messing with the router settings. I’m also wondering if my ISP is throttling as well so is there a way to find out? (I ran the speedtest and the results is high dl/ul speed so that may not be the issue).

    I did a search and there’s still some Azureus file so I have no way of knowing if they’re safe to be deleted manually.

    Thanks for the advice.

  12. Colqer says:

    Unfortunately, Azureus eats too much memory. I woke up today and could hardly open the preference menu. I need something that is light-weight but encrypts.

    @ deaftorrental:

    It is true that some ISP cut the bandwidth for P2P. It can go very high at first and then it gets cut to 1-2kb/s. The way to solve it is to use Azureus’ encryption (tools->preference->transport->require transport encryption), so that the traffic looks like a noise to “bad” ISPs.

  13. T says:

    I’ve been using Azureus for quite a while and it’s great but limewire which I also have installed keeps coming up as default downloader specially when using mininova to get stuff how do I set azureus as my default and keep it there Thanx for any help

  14. b-no says:

    I stopped using Azureus when uTorrent came out (using it with WINE), since it’s used to hog all my RAM (100-300MiB back when i had 512MiB).

    These days i’m trying to switch permanently to Ktorrent, because it supports something that Azureus did but uTorrent did not: SafePeer lists. These will keep phony peers from connecting to you (ie, those created by the RIAA, MPAA and friends) and send you corrupted data.

    Also, Ktorrent seems to be quite good in terms of memory management, though not as good as uTorrent unfortunately.


  15. Bicycle Made For One says:

    In case Mark never figured out the answer to his question
    Anyone able to point a n00b in the direction of a guide to creating cron jobs to start and stop Azureus, to take advantage of off-peak download quotas?
    when I used Azureus, there was a scheduling plugin which would do what he wants, and much more.

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