How to Use Soulseek

Updated April 17, 2017

Soulseek is a free-to-download file-sharing program developed by Soulseek, LLC. The application earned its name early on in development due to a planned feature to connect people with similar tastes in music; the feature was dropped but the name stuck. The program is a basic peer-to-peer file-sharing application that can be used to download a variety of media. Piracy of music is a problem on Soulseek, but many legal files are available and some artists chose to release their albums directly through the Soulseek label. Soulseek features a basic, easily navigable graphic interface that makes searches quick and easy.

Download Soulseek directly from the official website (see Resources below). Files hosted on other websites claiming to offer Soulseek often harbour malicious software.

Install the Soulseek application by running the executable file once the download is complete. You will need to choose a target directory for the application.

Start Soulseek. You will immediately be asked to choose a user name and set a download directory for files obtained from Soulseek.

Set the maximum number of allowed simultaneous uploads and downloads, as well as the maximum transfer rate.

Perform a search by typing a keyword that describes the file you are looking for in the search bar. Avoid typos and over-specificity, as either will limit search results. Double-click on the left mouse button to download a single file, or right-click and select "download containing folder" to download the entire root directory.


Run a virus scan program after downloading files off of Soulseek.


Soulseek should not be used to download copyrighted media.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Free hard drive space
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Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.