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aMule is an eMule-like client for the eD2k and Kademlia networks, supporting multiple platforms.


aMule can be installed with package amule, available in the official repositories.

amuled is a full featured aMule daemon, running without any user interface (GUI). It is controlled by remote access through aMuleGUI (GTK+), aMuleWeb, or aMuleCmd.


The package provides two systemd services: amuled and amuleweb. First you need to configure it. You need to provide passwords for external connection and admin password for amuleweb. Start amuled service and amuleweb if you require it. Enable them to start aMule every boot.

Once amulweb service is started, it is available at (or with external address of your host).


At package installation time a new user account amule created. This account is used to run systemd services.

All configuration and temporary files are kept in amule home directory /var/lib/amule among them:

  • config file for amuled /var/lib/amule/.aMule/amule.conf
  • config file for amuleweb /var/lib/amule/.aMule/remote.conf

At the package instalation time pacman generates a simple amule.conf file with preset external connection password. The same password is used for amuleweb config file. One can use the password for connecting amule from other remote clients such as amule-gui.

To generate password, run:

$ echo -n your password here | md5sum | cut -d ' ' -f 1

The output of the above command is the encrypted password. Now you edit the config file by adding following lines under section [ExternalConnect]:

ECPassword=<encrypted password>

Do not forget that all files under /var/lib/amule should be owned by amule user.

# chown amule:amule -R /var/lib/amule


Note: amuleweb provides much less features than amulegui (and displays much less info on downloads), and it has to ask for password quite often (unless your browser could save it). It is therefore advisable to use amulegui instead (which starts up very fast as well), and if you decide to do so, you could skip this step.

Create configuration files

Start amuleweb too using the user you just created to create the configuration file:

$ sudo -u amule amuleweb --write-config --password=password here --admin-pass=web password here

Note that here, the password here is the unencrypted password you used to configure amuled. web password here is the unencrypted for the log in on the web interface. This command will write configuration file as such.

Tip: If the default URL for nodes.dat for Kad network does not work, you can get URL from there: [1]


Amulegui is a GTK+ interface for aMule.

Configuring notifications

Some automatic actions may be setted through Settings → Events. The core command notify-send (requires libnotify) is useful to set notifications, and some amule variables are avaible. In example, a notification will be provide when a download is completed, by setting as core command for Download completed something similar to the following line:

notify-send -i amule "%NAME completed (%SIZE bytes)"

The option "-i amule" includes the amule icon (a custom file may be specified adding its path between apostrophes, instead of "amule" icon filename).

See also