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Download and Installation


Get eMule from our download area. If you are new to eMule you should use the installer, which is the easiest way to setup eMule properly. Start the installer and follow the instructions. If you are unsure what to choose on any setting keep the default which will work out fine for nearly all cases.

First Runtime Wizzard

First Runtime Wizzard

When you finished installing eMule, start it up and you will see the "First Runtime Wizzard" which will help you to configure eMule. Most settings are explained and in general all default selections are just fine, so if you don't understand something, you can just leave it the way it is. However one or two point should get some more attention:

  • User Name: This has really no effect on how your eMule works, but it would be nice if you choose one other then the default. It just feels better to download, upload and maybe chat with users who have a unique name, rather than seeing always the same name :o)
  • Ports and Connection: This page is quite important. You don't need to touch the random port numbers, but if you use a router or firewall you should hit the "Use UPnP to setup ports" button. Afterwards (regardless if you use a router or not) click on the "Test Ports" button. If the test fails you might have to configure your ports manually, click here for more details. eMule will work without a proper portsetup too, but you will not be able to download from all sources and therefore download slower.
  • Network: In general it is a good idea to connect to both networks - ED2K and Kad - which is also the default setting. However there are routers who are unable to handle the amount of UDP packets Kad sends and receives. In this case you should disable Kad later on.


Once you finished the wizzard, you can start getting connected by clicking the Connect button in the upper left corner. eMule will now try to connect to the networks you have selected and you can see the progress in the status bar (each arrow on the world icon stands for one network and should become green or at least yellow) and in the status tab in the Server window.

This means you are connected to both networks with a HighID (Open). Perfect!
This means you are connected to both networks with a LowID (Firewalled). Ok, but you should check your port settings.

If eMule fails to connect to one network this could be caused by out of date server or nodes lists: The installer comes with both lists, but its possible that during the time between the release and the present those lists got out of date (we try to avoid this by replacing them now and then, but it can happen nevertheless). In this case you will have to replace them, but don't worry it is not difficult: You can read here where to fetch a new server list and here how to update it. The same basically applies to the nodes.dat which is needed for the Kad network. However if you are connected to server and start a download, eMule will fetch the contact informations for Kad from other clients itself, so that you don't need to update that nodes.dat in this case.

Ready to download

Transfer Window

Connected to at least one network? Great, now all you have to do is hopping to the Search window, type in keywords you are looking for and start downloading. Of course you can also click on a ED2K-Link from any website.

There are several more setting you can (but don't have to) adjust to make your eMule behave just the way you like, click on "Options" to go to the Options dialog and click here to view all help entries on this topic.

Other Interesting Topics

For a new users there are several topics which might help you with your first steps and explain some of eMule's basics:

Have fun with eMule!

Translate this page Last Update: 05.10.2008 13:00
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