Optimizing Vuze for Speed

This guide shows how to speed up downloads in the freeware BitTorrent client Vuze (formerly Azureus).


All BitTorrent programs need to have their incoming and outgoing communications flow freely in order to achieve the highest download speeds and that is essentially what this guide is about.

There are a series of guides for using torrents here at Gizmo’s Best. Vuze (formerly Azureus) is one of the suggested BitTorrent clients at Best Free BitTorrent Client.

I assume that you already have the installer from the download link in the Vuze Software Review.

If you do not have Vuze, get it from the Vuze home page or Sourceforge below.

This guide was put together using information given by the developers of BitTorrent programs at their forums, guides and FAQs.

Before starting the guide, in Vuze, go to Tools > Options > Mode (Azureus > Preferences > Mode in Mac) and set to Advanced.

There are no secret tricks, just the real basics of proper set up of a BitTorrent program. Following these simple steps should result in increased download speed.

These are the basic principles of optimizing a BitTorrent client, like Vuze, for speed:

  • Choose a proper port to avoid ISP blocks and conflicts with other programs;
  • Forward that port through any software firewall and router to allow incoming connections;
  • Adjust internal settings based upon upload capacity of the internet connection to allow room for outgoing communications and to distribute upload efficiently.

There are some programs that claim to optimize speed in Vuze. Such programs are a scam and generally contain adware or spyware. As I’ve seen, the developers of all BitTorrent programs reveal that nothing will increase your download speed in a BitTorrent client more than the basic steps set forth herein.

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