How to configure soulseek

Written by gabriele sturmer
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How to configure soulseek
Soulseek lets you join chat rooms and share files with others. (Reggie Casagrande/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Soulseek lets you download and share files for free with others. It uses peer-to-peer technology that allows you to download a file from a list of several people. In addition to its file sharing capabilities, Soulseek has chat rooms and lets you search for online friends based on screen names or real names. After you configure your settings for uploading and downloading files, you can connect to the Soulseek network and communicate with its members.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click "Start" and "Documents" and create a new folder by clicking "New Folder." Right-click the folder and click "Rename" and type "slsk." Double-click the folder to open it and create two new folders. Rename the two folders as "Incoming" and "Music."

  2. 2

    Open Soulseek and enter your user name and password if you already have one. If you do not have an account, enter a user name and type a password twice. Click "OK" to log in or register. Click "File Sharing" under the program's toolbar and click "Add Shared Folder." Select the "slsk" folder that you created and choose an access level when prompted. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click "Transfers" in the main window and enter the maximum download speed that you wish to use in the "Max D/L" and "Max D/L KBPS" boxes. Enter the maximum upload speeds in the "Max U/L" and "Max U/L KBPS" boxes. If you wish to use a higher upload speed for people on your buddy list, specify that speed in the "Extra list user U/L" box.

  4. 4

    Click "Options" and "General Options" and make any changes to the default settings if you wish. Click "OK" when finished. Click "Search Files" and search for the file that you want to download. Right-click the selected file and click "Download File" or "Downloading Containing Folder." Soulseek will download and save the files in the location that you specified.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use Soulseek to share copyrighted files.

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