Jun 232008

Azureus, now called Vuze is a hi-res BitTorrent client written in JAVA. The BitTorrent protocol is a new way of exchanging or distributing data over the internet. Downloading also means uploading, and the amounts of each are linked, to ensure fairness and rapidity in the spread of the file at hand.

Azureus/Vuze allows you to

Search for torrents beyond Vuze straight from the client

Discover high quality, maverick content on the Vuze network

Download quickly and efficiently with intelligent bandwidth, queue and speed management

Download and stream high-quality content from the Vuze Network

Easily share torrents with Vuze “Friends” feature

Share bandwidth with “Friends” to get a “Friend Boost” and download faster

Azureus/Vuze has some cool plugins as well to mention a few are “3d View”, “SMS Notifications”. For a list and download of plugins, click here


Unfortunately, there isn’t a installation package and needs to be built from source.

The latest stable client can be downloaded from here


To install, follow the procedures listed below:

Install Sun Java

As Vuze is Java based, Sun Java software needs to be installed before we install vuze on the system. As licensing issues prevent openSUSE to prebuild Sun Java it needs to be installed manually.

Download Sun Java for Linux

Download Sun Java from the Sun website

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > wget http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=20279

The downloaded file name will (at the time of writing) jre-6u6-linux-i586.bin.

Installation of Sun Java requires ROOT access. Hence switch user to root, create /usr/java/ and move the jre-6u6-linux-i586.bin  file into this directory.

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > su –

linux-4518:~ # mkdir /usr/java/

linux-4518:~ # mv jre-6u6-linux-i586.bin /usr/java/

Install Sun Java

linux-4518:~ # ./jre-6u6-linux-i586.bin

This installs the Sun Java on the system.

Install java runtime

linux-4518:~ # yast2 –install java

Now, we are ready to install Vuze on your openSUSE.

Download Vuze

Revert back to your user account and download the vuze software

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > wget http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/azureus/Vuze_3.1.0.0_linux.tar.bz2

UnCompress & Untar Vuze Source

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > tar -xjf Vuze_3.1.0.0_linux.tar.bz2

Set the path for JAVA

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > export PATH=/usr/java/jre1.6.0_06/bin:$PATH

Change to directory and run install script

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > cd /vuze

Run the vuze script

saibaba@linux-4518:~ > ./vuze

This should start vuze BitTorrent client.

You can create a desktop shortcut (application launcher) by right-click desktop, select “Create Application Launcher”, enter the name for the shortcut and the path to the “vuze script” [~/vuze/vuze in my case]

Create Vuze Application launcher