Vuze Review

A Review of the Free Torrent Client Vuze

Screenshot of the Vuze torrent client in Windows 7
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Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a free torrent client with awesome features like remote administration, an HD video player, a built-in browser, and advanced bandwidth controls.

Experienced users can enjoy Vuze for its ability to edit advanced settings and download content based on RSS updates.

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Pros:

  • Small setup file
  • Easy to use
  • Can be password protected
  • Can auto-download new RSS feed items
  • Can customize lots of settings
  • Able to build a new torrent from scratch

Cons:

  • Setup tries to install other programs along with Vuze

More About Vuze

Here are some additional features in Vuze:

  • Vuze can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • A torrent's magnet, hash, URL, and torrent file are the different ways you can begin downloading torrents with Vuze
  • An Android app is available, which lets you download torrents on the go
  • You can rate and comment on any torrent you're downloading so that other Vuze users can get an idea of the quality of the torrent
  • Vuze's settings can be set at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced depending on your proficiency level
  • Your computer can be prevented from going into sleep mode while downloading and/or seeding
  • Pausing active file transfers and controlling their speed can be done from the tray application in Windows without having to open the Vuze
  • RSS feeds can be added to Vuze, with the option to auto-download new items. Advanced filtering options ensure only specific items are downloaded, such as files that have or don't have certain words in their title as well as files that are within a specific size range
  • HTTP Seeding is supported
  • Vuze can run a script or shutdown when finished downloading and seeding torrents
  • The Tor network can be used for file transfers if you'd like to have it help conceal your identity while using torrents
  • A built-in HD media player lets you watch videos you download as well as videos that are already on your computer
  • Upload and download speeds can be fixed to conserve bandwidth
  • Separate speed limits can be set for LAN connections
  • A built-in Internet speed test can be launched with Vuze to determine how fast you should be uploading and downloading files
  • Completed downloads can be automatically moved to an alternate folder
  • Download Basket is a floating, always-open window that can be enabled so you can easily drag and drop torrents onto it to load them into Vuze
  • You can drag and drop videos into the "iTunes" folder in Vuze so they'll be converted and ready to play in iTunes
  • Tons of interface settings can be adjusted, such as for the color scheme and alerts
  • Plugins extend Vuze's functionality beyond what it's at when you download the software. These plugins can be downloaded from Vuze's website

Vuze Remote

Vuze Remote is an awesome tool that you can download from Vuze's Tools menu. It lets you create new torrents, stop existing ones, view the progress of all the current downloads and uploads from your computer, control their transfer speeds, and search through your active torrents. All this can be done without even being on the same computer as the one that's downloading the files.

Vuze Remote works from any mobile browser through this link, but there's also a dedicated Android app you can install instead.

To make Vuze Remote work outside your network, like when you're away from home, you'll need to setup port forwarding so your router knows which computer on your network is the one that's using Vuze.

Note: Be sure to read Vuze's FAQ on Remote Pairing for more information on setting this up.

My Thoughts on Vuze

I appreciate all the very specific options Vuze allows you to work with. Plus, one of the best things about using software to download torrents (instead of a website) is that they don't restrict the size or speed of your downloads and uploads.

However, some Internet Service Providers may limit your torrent traffic if you're using such a program. In these cases, it would be more beneficial to use an online torrent client like FileStream.me or ZbigZ.

Note: During and after the Vuze install, be sure to watch out for additional program installs and browser changes that try to occur that you may not want.

Choosing a custom install and deselecting those items or clicking Decline is the only way to prevent them from installing.

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