How to download files using Bittorrent (Mac OS X version)

by Ross McKillop on July 2, 2006

Bittorrent Mac

This tutorial will guide you in downloading, installing and setting up Azureus (a Bittorrent client that works in OS X) – and will then show you how to use Azureus to download files.

This tutorial uses Azureus version 2.4.0.2 – which can be downloaded here.

NOTE: If you have an Intel Mac (PowerBook, PowerBook Pro, new iMac etc) make sure to download the Universal Binary version of Azureus – which can be found here (scroll to the Universal Binary Version section of the page) and save yourself the headache of wondering why Azureus won’t start)

If you’ve already installed Azureus and just want to know how to use it, click here to skip down.

  1. First step – download Azureus – save it to your desktop.
  2. Next, double-click the .dmg file you just saved to your desktop
  3. Accept the agreement by clicking Agree
  4. Double-click the mounted volume
  5. To insall, drag Azureus to your Applications folder
  6. Locate Azureus in your Applications and start it
  7. You may be prompted to update Azureus (or part of it) – click Cancel this time – you’ll be prompted to update the next time you open Azureus – do it then
  8. Select English (or whatever language you prefer) and then Next > to continue
  9. The default User Proficiency level is Beginner – make sure that it’s selected and click Next > to continue
  10. On this screen you’ll need to select your Internet connection speed. If you’re in North America and have Cable or DSL (broadband), it’s safe to leave the default settings. If you have a “lite” version of Cable or DSL, or you’re still using dial-up, it’s a good idea to select a lower level. When you’re ready, click Next > to continue
  11. Here you’ll need to run a test. Click Test
  12. Make sure that the test comes back OK! and then click Next > to continue
  13. Select a location
  14. You’re done! Click Close
  15. Now you can begin downloading torrents, or restart Azureus to download and install any updates.

Using Azureus in OS X

  1. Locate the .torrent file you want to download and save it to your desktop

  2. Click to enlarge

  3. Double-click that .torrent to open Azureus (if it isn’t already)
  4. Drag the .torrent file from your desktop into the blank space in the top half of Azureus (see image below) and let go
  5. Select the Browse button to choose a location where you want to save the file(s)

  6. Click to enlarge

  7. Because this example .torrent is a Black Crowes concert, I’ll save the files in my Music folder

  8. Click to enlarge

  9. After you’ve selected a location and are returned to the previous screen, select OK to begin downloading the contents of your .torrent

  10. Click to enlarge

  11. If you’d like to monitor the status of your download, double-click the torrent name in the summary window

  12. Click to enlarge

  13. The General tab will be displayed by default, and it’s on this screen you can see how much you’ve downloaded, what percentage your download is at, etc.

  14. Click to enlarge

  15. When your download is complete – this can be anywhere from a few seconds to several days, depending on what you’re downloading (file size, your connection speed, how many seeds there are) – the Remaining: field (see image below) will display a Finished in XXhrs XXmins message. NOTE: it is considered good Internet etiquette to allow your download to achieve a ratio of 1:1 or higher. Make sure your Share Ratio gets to 1.000 or higher before you exit Azureus or stop the torrent.

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  • carmen grant

    This helped me IMMENSELY! Thank you!

  • dave

    Good stuff. I was forgetting to choose Browse to get the download started . Good job!

  • Dane

    This is helpful, but I can’t find anywhere how to get Azureus to allow uploads for mac. I spent the last several hours getting the port mapping to allow for uploads, but now it says I am firewalled and I have no idea how to get around it….firewall is turned off in network settings…I am using an airport extreme…any ideas?

  • joe

    in setting up azureus what do I do if step 12 reports not ok?

  • L. Adi Darmawan

    what should i do if my testing port says “NAT error”?

    thanks.

  • Emi

    I have the same problem. It keeps telling me NAT error and that my ports are closed.

    Help? Thanks.

  • Brian

    If you get a NAT error:

    1. Open System Preferences -> Sharing -> Firewall
    2. Click “New…”
    3. Enter:
    – Port Name: Other
    – TCP Port Numbers(s): 28135 (or whatever port you have Azureus configured to use)
    – UDP Port Numbers(s): same as TCP port number
    – Description: Azureus

    You should see Azureus appear in the Firewall list. It should have the checkbox checked – which means traffic is allowed. When you open Azureus, all should be well :)

  • ernie

    My computer keeps telling me that:
    Library/Application Support/Azureus/torrents

    is an invalid directory. What should I do if I get this?

  • hui xin

    hi i’ve tried to follow ur instructions when i get nat error but the problem still persists what shld i do?

  • hungry ghost

    i also have followed instructions when I get nat error – no success either with existing TCP port number of default of 6881. What’s the solution?

  • Jon

    Hi. Running 3.0.3.4 on 2.0 Intel 10.4.10 Mac.
    The speeds are very slow , between 2-5kB/s downloading. Tried a few different TCP ports to no avail. Speed test shows 80kb/s though. Getting constant NAT errors. Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

  • Jon

    Thanks for the write up.
    Could you please also explain what setting to set in Sharing/Firewall/Network preferences on Mac 10.4 Intel. Thank you

  • James

    Hello

    I have a Mac and I want to make Vuze the default program for downloading files. At the moment everything opens in Limewire and I don’t know how to change it.

    Any help would be great!

    Thanks

  • sam grass

    i had the same problem…

    right click on the torrent file you want to download, then click “open with” – once you click azerus, an option should come up asking if you want this program to be defaulted for all files of this type, click yes.
    good luck

  • CY

    已到达第六步,在application 里找到azureus 图案,却无法把它打开,试过双击或
    按右键再按open,均无效。当我双击它时,下面dock会出现azureus的蓝蛙图案 ,但一下子就消失了。我用的是 iMac 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac OS X 10.5.4
    英文版,请阁下帮忙!感激不尽:)

  • kiddo

    why won’t azureus open up so i can install it even once i’ve dragged it into the applications folder?

  • Kate

    I’m having the same problem as kiddo. Azureus won’t even open so that I can install it. Any tips?

  • stolencar75

    If you use a wireless router such as Airport Express and get the NAT errors, you need to configure your port mapping. Go to Applications>Utilities>AirPort Admin Utility. Once there, chose the router you are using and click Configure. A new window will open and you’ll have a menu tab to chose from. Chose Port Mapping. Click “Add”. Enter your Public Port you have chosen. Enter your Private Address. If you don’t know your Private Address, go to Apple Menu>System Preferences. Next click “Network”. Next click “TCP/IP”. Your Private Address is your IP Address. Back to your AirPort Admin, enter in your Private Address. Next, enter in your Private Port. Your private port will be the same as your Public Port. Click OK then Update your router. When you’re finished, go into Configuration Wizard and try to test your port. It should work now.

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  • Simon

    Le problème est qu’il me dit : “DHT derrière un pare-feu”

  • Tony

    If you use a wireless router such as Airport Express and get the NAT errors, you need to configure your port mapping. Go to Applications>Utilities>AirPort Admin Utility. Once there, chose the router you are using and click Configure. A new window will open and you’ll have a menu tab to chose from. Chose Port Mapping. Click “Add”. Enter your Public Port you have chosen. Enter your Private Address. If you don’t know your Private Address, go to Apple Menu>System Preferences. Next click “Network”. Next click “TCP/IP”. Your Private Address is your IP Address. Back to your AirPort Admin, enter in your Private Address. Next, enter in your Private Port. Your private port will be the same as your Public Port. Click OK then Update your router. When you’re finished, go into Configuration Wizard and try to test your port. It should work now.

    Router wont show up?????

  • beachburn

    Brian gave a helpful answer, but the default port is invalid or in use. How do I locate an open available port to configure for Azureus? I tried his solution with the default port, now all I need is to get a proper number for an available port! Thanks.

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