How to open ports for soulseek

Updated July 18, 2017

SoulSeek is a cross-platform, peer-to-peer file sharing client for music. In order to share music on SoulSeek, a user has to have a listening port that will allow for incoming connections from other clients. This can be manually set in the SoulSeek preferences to allow a range of options for users. While the way to forward this port will be different for every make and model of router, the general approach, concept and execution is always the same.

Launch your SoulSeek client from your "Programs" menu. Click "Options" and then "General Options" from the provided menu.

Copy down the number in the text-entry field next to "Listening port:" and click the "Test firewall and router settings" button. If that test fails, continue, otherwise SoulSeek is already functioning properly.

Launch your Web browser and navigate to your router's Web-based configuration page. This can typically be reached by typing in the address "" in your Web browser, but may be in a different location depending on your router's settings and manufacturer. Check your router's manual if the standard address does not load a page.

Log in to your router's administrator account. If you do not know the administrator password, you can try using one of the default passwords (see "Resources"). Your Internet service provider may have set an administrator password when they set up your Internet connection.

Navigate to the "Port Forwarding" section of your router's preferences. This will often be located under the "Firewall" or "NAT" settings. Choose to add another port forwarding rule once you have found the port forwarding preferences.

Enter the SoulSeek listening port as the port number for the rule and choose to allow both TCP and UDP connections. Use your computer's name or IP address as the computer to forward the port to. Each router is different and you may need to find your specific router's port forwarding section from a website like Port Forward (see "Resources").

Switch back to the SoulSeek window and open the "General Options" dialogue again. Click the "Test firewall and router settings" button to confirm that the port forwarding rule was properly configured.


If your router was still using the default administrator password, make sure that you change it immediately.

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