Soulseek Setup Guide: Opening Ports & Boosting Download Speed

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Download music faster with these Soulseek optimization tricks Are you having trouble downloading music in Soulseek? If you can't search, download, or upload in Soulseek, you'll usually need to open the listening port in your firewall,...
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Are you having trouble downloading music in Soulseek? If you can't search, download, or upload in Soulseek, you'll usually need to open the listening port in your firewall, router, and/or VPN. If you can connect but your download speeds are slow, there are several tricks you can use to configure Soulseek for the fastest downloads. This wikiHow article will teach you everything you need to know about optimizing Soulseek for fast downloads, including step-by-step instructions for port forwarding for Windows and Mac.

Things You Should Know

  • If you can't upload or download, try enabling UPnP and NAT port mapping in your Soulseek options.
  • Soulseek generates a random listening port that you may need to allow through your firewall, router, and/or VPN.
  • You can increase your download speeds by setting your maximum download rate to "0," which translates to "unlimited" in Soulseek.
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Port Configuration and Forwarding

  1. Step 1 Click the Options tab at the top of Soulseek.
    This opens all of your Soulseek configuration options.
    • If you're setting up Soulseek for the first time, having trouble downloading, or need help using Soulseek with a VPN, use this method to properly configure your ports.
    • If Soulseek is working fine but your downloads are slow, skip down to Get Faster Downloads.
  2. Step 7 Enable port forwarding in your VPN (if you're using one).
    If you're connected to a VPN, it may be blocking the Soulseek listening port. VPN services like Hide Me, Mullvad, and AirVPN all allow you to enable port forwarding, which may resolve the issue.
    • If your VPN allows you to do so, open both the Soulseek listening port and the obfuscated listening port (just below it) in your VPN client.
    • Some VPNs only allow you to forward a random port (Private Internet Access being one of them), which means you'll need to change your listening port every time you want to use Soulseek with your VPN.[3] We'll show you how to do this with Private Internet Access, but you'll find similar options
      • Disconnect from the VPN, open your Settings, click the Network tab, and check the box next to "Request Port Forwarding."
      • Select a server that allows port forwarding. PIA US servers don't allow it, but servers in Canada, UK, and many other countries do.
      • Once connected, you'll see the randomly selected open port above your VPN IP at the top of the PIA window. Click to copy it to your clipboard.
      • Return to Soulseek and go to Options > Login, then paste the copied port number into the "listening port" field.
    • Make sure you've enabled UPnP and NAT port mapping if you haven't already.
      • Close Soulseek (don't minimize it) and re-open it. Check your ports again.
    • Some VPNs don't offer port forwarding at all. If you're using a VPN that doesn't have port forwarding, you won't be able to use Soulseek with it.
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Get Faster Downloads

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