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Azureus (Vuze)

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Current Version: (January 26, 2007) / ("Vuze") (June 15, 2010)

Azureus is a Java application that implements the BitTorrent protocol. It comes bundled with many features for both beginners and advanced users:

  • 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 directory)
  • Distributed hash table: host on it a completely decentralised torrent and/or benefit from it when the tracker is offline

Azureus may be extended using a plugin architecture.

Version - the latest standard version of the Azureus BitTorrent application - adds/changes the following:

  • is a maintenance release to fix up a few minor, but relatively annoying problems with

Versions 3 and later - also known as "Vuze" - was significantly redesigned and enhanced for use with the new Vuze service, and adds/changes the following from version 2.5:

  • Includes all 2.5 features
  • High-resolution content platform
  • Browse, share, search, discover content
  • Rich streamlined interface

(The Azureus Wiki explains the differences more fully.)

Vuze version adds/changes the following:

  • Core | Improved logging
  • Core | Search edge case

Version 4 also makes a number of other changes and bugfixes that are described in the online release notes.

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