eMule Copyright (C)2002-2006 Merkur (devteam at emule-project dot net)
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
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FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with
this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass
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Welcome to eMule, a filesharing client based on the eDonkey2000(C) network.
Visit us at
the IRC chatroom, #emule on irc.emule-project.net
Please remember that this is an early version, not all features are
implemented yet, and not everything might work as expected.
Visit our forum for bugreports, feature requests, development or general
If you have questions or serious problems, please read the FAQ first :) It can
be found at www.emule-project.net. A small collection of questions is also
discussed later in this document.
If you didn't find an answer, SEARCH the forum for a topic related to your
problem, DO NOT open a new topic at once, most likely someone else had the
same problem before.
The official Forum is also at http://www.emule-project.net Please use only
English there, except for the language-specific sections. (PLEASE do not
report bugs that are already posted by someone else, and keep the "Bug
Reports", "Feature Requests" and "Development" sections clean and shiny)
Would you like to donate to the eMule project? A PayPal link can be found on
the portal page (www.emule-project.net) Thanks ;)
-Unzip eMule to a directory of your choice, or start the installer if you
downloaded the .exe installer version.
-You can move your "Temp" and "Incoming" folders from eDonkey (or a previous
version of eMule) to the new directory now, in order to continue your partial
downloads. If you don't want to move your folders, you can set the "temp" and
"incoming" path in the eMule preferences and restart it to get the same
-Updating from an earlier version of eMule: The best way to do this is simply
to download the .zip file (not the installer), and unzip the new emule.exe to
your old emule directory, overwriting the previous one.
-Go to the "Preferences" tab
-Enter a nice nickname ;)
-Enter the "Download Capacity" and "Upload Capacity" according to your
internet connection. All values in eMule are kiloBytes (KB), your Internet
Service Provider's (ISP) numbers are most likely kiloBits (kB). 8 Bits make up
1 Byte, so when your Internet Connection is 768kB Downstrean and 128kB
Upstrean (like German Telekom DSL), your correct values are:
Downstrean: 768kB / 8 = 96KB, you enter 96 as "Download Capacity"
Upstream: 128kB / 8 = 16 KB, you enter 16 as "Upload Capacity"
The "capacity" values are used for the statistics display only. Nevertheless,
you need to know them to determine the following down/upload limits:
-Enter "Download Limit" and "Upload Limit" (IMPORTANT!)
Download Limit: leave this at 0 (should eMule become too fast and you are
unable to surf the Internet or whatever, reduce it to 80-90% of "Download
Upload Limit: set this to ~80% of your "Upload Capacity" (so when your Upload
Capacity is 16, set Upload Limit to 12 or 13)
Setting Upload Limit to a value < 10 will automatically reduce your Download
Limit, so upload as fast as you can.
NOTE: 56k Modem users: eMule only accepts integral values for these settings
at the moment, you can't enter 2.6 or whatever your sweet-spot setting is,
yet. Sorry :) Maybe later..
-"Maximum Connections": depends on your operating system. As a general rule...
-Windows 98/ME (and 56k Modem/ISDN) users enter 50 here
-Windows 2000/XP users should set this according to their
Internet Connection. 250 is a good value for 128k upstream connection,
for example. DO NOT set this too high. It will kill your upload and with
that, your download.
-"Maximum Sources per File": decide for yourself how many you want :) when you
set this too high, your computer might slow down drastically or even crash.
500-1000 are good values for people with DSL/cable connection.
-Choose the directories you want to share with other users. DO NOT SHARE YOUR
COMPLETE HARDDISK! Put the stuff you want to share in a seperate Folder. If
you share more than ~200 files, you should reconsider that...
-The other options are pretty self-explaining. If you dunno what it does,
don't touch it.
FAQ: (for more, see http://www.emule-project.net/faq/ )
--"Will I lose my credits when switching to a new version of eMule?"
Not when move your old preferences.dat (your user ID) and clients.met (other
people's credits) files to the directory you installed the new version in.
The best way to update is just to replace your old emule.exe with the new one
from the .zip download.
--"Why is eMule so slow? My brother/friend/whatever is downloading at 100K constantly"
When you did setup eMule properly, it's all about the availibility of the
files you are downloading, a bit of luck and a lot of patience ;)
--"Where can I get a new serverlist?"
There are several lists availible. Some that I know of are:
Note that those sites are not related to the eMule project, we are not
responsible for their content.
--"What is the addresses.dat file for?"
You can enter a serverlist URL in that file. eMule will then get the
serverlist from that URL at startup (when the option "Auto-update serverlist
at startup" is activated)
--"What is the staticservers.dat file good for?"
You can enter your favorite servers here to have them permanently in your
serverlist with high priority. You can enter the static IP of the server, or
an adress like goodserver.dyndns.net. You can also add static servers to this
file via the server tab in eMule (right-click -> add to static serverlist)
--"Why do I always have a low ID (means: firewalled) ??? What can I do against that?"
Look here: http://www.emule-project.net/faq/ports.htm
--"How do I know whether my ID is high or low?"
Look at the arrow in the bottom right corner, next to the server name you are
connected to. When it's green, your ID is high. When it's orange, your ID is
--"What does high and low ID mean anyway?"
When your ID is high (green arrow), everything is fine :) When it's low
(orange arrow), you are behind a firewall or router, and other clients can't
connect to you directly (which is a bad thing). Plz read the FAQ or search
the forums on how to configure your firewall/router for eMule.
NOTE: you can also get a low ID when the server you connected to is too busy
to answer properly, or simply badly configured. When you are sure your
settings are ok and you SHOULD have a high ID, connect to antoher server.
--"What is the difference between up/down CAPACITY and LIMIT?"
The CAPACITY is used only by the statistcs tab to determine the vertical
limits of the diagram. The LIMITS set the actual network traffic limits (see
--"I'd like to search for specific file types, what filter stands for which files?"
File Type Extensions found
Audio .mp3 .mp2 .mpc .wav .ogg .aac .mp4 .ape .au .wma .flac
Video .avi .mpg .mpeg .ram .rm .vob .divx .mov .ogm .vivo
Program .exe .com
Archive .zip .rar .ace
CD-Image .bin .cue .iso .nrg .ccd .sub .img .bwt .bwi .bwa .bws .mdf .mds
Picture .jpg .jpeg .bmp .gif .tif .png
--"What are all those fancy colors in the download progress bar about?"
Each download in the the Transfer tab has a coloured bar to show current file
availability and progress.
-Black shows the parts of the file you already have
-Red indicates a part missing in all known sources
-Different shades of blue represent the availability of this part in the
sources. The darker the blue is the higher the availability
-Yellow denotes a part being downloaded
-The green bar on top shows the total download progress of this file
If you expand the download you see its sources with the corresponding bar.
Here the colours have a slightly different meaning:
-Black shows parts you are still missing
-Silver stands for parts this source is also missing
-Green indicates parts you already have
-Yellow denotes a part being uploaded to you
Learning how the progress bar works will greatly help your understanding of
the eDonkey2000 network.
--"What do the "QR: xxxx" numbers mean that I see when I look at my sources?"
QR stands for "Queue Rank" and it is your current position in this source's
Obviously, a lower value is better :) If the source is an eMule client and
there is no QR number, it's likely that it's queue is full and cannot accept
COMPILING THE SOURCECODE:
The sourcecode of eMule is availible as seperate download at:
You need Microsoft(C) Visual Studio .NET 2002 Service Pack 1 to compile eMule.
-Unzip the sources (with subdirs) into a new folder
Since eMule v0.29b the separate download and compilation of additional
libraries is required. These libs are 3rd party and therefore - as usual - not
within our distribution. You need the following libs:
1. Crypto++ v5.1
2. zlib v1.2.2
3. id3lib v3.8.3
4. (for MobileMule only!)
5. ResizableLib 1.3
Download and save their sourcecode one level above the eMule source code
folder and compile them (check the eMule-project file to learn about the
required foldernames, or adapt them to your needs!).
-Open the emule.sln Visual Studio Solution
-If you get an error message like "wrong version of Visual C++", you have to
open emule.sln and emule.vcroj with an editor and change some values:
emule.sln: "...Format Version 8.00" to 7.00 if you use Microsoft(C) Visual C++ .NET 2002
emule.vcproj: Version="7.10" to 7.00 if you use Microsoft(C) Visual C++ .NET 2002
-Select "release" or "debug" build in the solution configuration manager
-Build the solution. That's it :)
-If the compile was successful, the emule.exe is either in the \Debug or
-When you build a debug dump version, you need the latest dbghelp.dll from
Microsoft to run the app
If you make modifications to eMule and you distribute the compiled version of
your build, be sure to obey the GPL license. You have to include the
sourcecode, or make it availible for download together with the binary
The eMule staff would like to thank the following (no particular order)
-Jed "swamp" McCaleb and MetaMachine for bringing the eDonkey network to life
-DrSiRiUs for the awesome artwork (splashscreen and icons)
-OCBmaurice & Stillman for the serverlists and more (www.thedonkeynetwork.com)
-many people who sent us code parts, useful bug reports and useful suggestions :)
Who are the guys that sacrifice so much time to bring you this wonderful
-John aka. Unknown1 - Developer
-Ornis - Developer
-bluecow - Developer
-zz - Developer
-Monk - Testers
-Merkur (email@example.com) - Master of the Mule - retired, we miss you :)
-Tecxx - Developer (retired)
-Pach2 - Developer (retired)
-Juanjo - Developer (retired)
-Dirus - Developer (retired)
-Barry - Developer (retired)
-Mr. Ozon, Sony, Myxin - Tester (retired)
eMule Copyright (C)2002-2005 Merkur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
eDonkey2000 (C)Jed McCaleb, MetaMachine (www.eDonkey2000.com)
Windows(TM), Windows 95(TM), Windows 98(TM), Windows ME(TM), Windows NT(TM),
Windows 2000(TM) and Windows XP(TM) are Copyright (C)Microsoft Corporation.
All rights reserved.
Goodbye and happy sharing ;)