Usage Searches

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From this window you can search for files on the eD2k and Kademlia network and add them to your download queue.



This is how a bare search window looks:

The part surrounded by a red square is what's actually used for searching.

The above part of the search box is where you will input your search queries:

The lower part in the search box is where search results are displayed:

Basic searching

Begin a search

To begin a search, type on the Name box the text you want to find and then click on the Start button:

For example, if you wanted to search for files whose filename contained the work amule, you would search for amule (see image above). If you would want to search for Debian ISO CDs, you would type something like debian iso.

The logic of search queries is described in this article.

Getting results

Once a search has began, a results tab will appear:

On the results tab you will see a list of available files. You can see the filename, size, amount of sources and amount of sources with the complete file (in brackets), type of file and fileID:

When no results are found for the search query, the results tab appears empty.

On global searches, a progress bar appears which indicates the progress of the search.

You may want to read about using lists.

Stop a search

To stop an active search just click on the Stop button (or close the active tab as explained later in this article):


Once the search results appear and you know which one(s) to download, you may do so. You will now learn how to download a file from the search results. Notice that when a file is added to download, it is immediately turned to red so that you know it is already in the download queue.

There are three ways to begin a download:

  • Through the download button
  • Double clicking or enter keyboard key
  • From the extended options menu

Each of them have advantages and disadvantages. They are now described.

Download button

When a search has been performed and results have appeared, you can now start downloading the files listed. To do so, just select the file (or files, see the multiple selection article) you wish to download and click the Download button.

This method is available for all users and allows multiple files downloading in a single click.

Double clicking or enter keyboard key

To begin a download, instead of clicking the download button, you can just double click the file you wish to download or select it and press the ENTER keyboard key.

This method is very comfortable, however, it will only download a single selected file. That is, if you have more then one file selected, it will only download the file you double click on, not all those you have selected. Of course, you will also loose the selection.

Extended options

Once you have selected the file(s) you want to download, right-click over it (just right-click over any of the selected files if you selected more than one) and select Download.

A great advantage of this method is that you can directly define he category you want the file(s) to be added to if instead of selecting Download you select Download in category and the category you want it to be enqueued into.

This method allows multiple files downloading with a single click, but is not available for those Mac users using a single buttoned mouse.

Results colours

The files in the results tabs are usually coloured. The colours have a meaning:

Green files are files which have already been successfully downloaded or are being shared by you.

Red files are files which are already in the download queue.

Black and blue files are files which are not known to have been downloaded and are not in the download queue. The lighter blue the file's coulour is, the more sources it has. The darker blue (or black), the fewer sources.

Also, sometimes you will be able to know an approximate average rating for the files listed in the results (since some servers report it). See this article to know more about it. Anyway, note that only average ratings may be displayed, comments will definitely not since they are not provided when searching.


Main descriptions and usage

Whenever you perform a search a tab is displayed:

If you now start another search, a new tab will appear and the old results tab(s) will go to background leaving the new tab in foreground:

Each tab shows a text which corresponds to the search you performed for the results shown in that tab.

If you click on any of the tabs, the results obtained for that search request are shown. This allows you to have multiple search results simultaneously (so you can compare them, for example).

Apart from the search text, the tab displays also a number in brackets. This number corresponds to the amount of results found:

If you are applying a filter (filters are explained later in this article), the number by the search text in the tab will look like N/M. In this case, M will be the total amount of results received for the search and N will be the amount of results that passed through the filter and are being currently displayed.

Close a tab

The X button displayed on each tab to the left of the search text can be clicked to close the tab. Closing a tab will also stop the search it is performing if the search is still active.

Scroll tabs

When there are enough opened tabs not to fit in the window you will be able to scroll through the tabs by using the two arrows displayed to the right and left of the tabs.

Tabs extended options (right-click) menu

By right clicking on a tab you get a menu like this:

Selecting Close tab option will close the selected tab.

Selecting Close all tabs will close all tabs.

Selecting Close other tabs will close all tabs except for the one selected.

Advanced searching

Several aspects of a search can be tweaked. This are:

  • The search type. In other words, the method aMule will use to perform the search.
  • Extended search parameters to adjust better the results and how to operate with them.
  • Filename filtering to remove non-wanted results.

Search type

In the Type selection box you can decide the search method to use. Read this article to learn more about how each method works and what it is good for.

Extended parameters

By clicking the Extended parameters button advanced search options will be displayed.

This options are described below.

File type

You might want to select what kind of files you wish to be shown in your results. This is, just show videos, audios, documents, images, etc. You can select this here. You might want to read this article to know more about this tweak.


When you plan to download many files from the search results, you may want them all to be enqueued in a concrete category instead of going into default Main category or having to do it manually or through the right-click menu. You can do so by selecting the category in the Category menu.


The File type search parameter filters results based on their extension, but you might be searching for files with a concrete extension. If so, enter the extension in the Extension box and only those files with that extension will be displayed.

Minimum size

You can select the minimum size you want files in the results list to have. All files with a size smaller than the indicated in the Min size box will be dropped. Note that you can select if the amount is to be interpreted as Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes or Gigabytes.

Maximum size

You can also select the maximum size you want files in the results list to have. All files with a size higher than the indicated in the Max size box will be dropped. Again, note that you can select if the amount is to be interpreted as Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes or Gigabytes.


Sometimes you will want to discard all results with too few sources. You can do this by setting a number in the Availability box. All files with less sources than that number will be dropped.


By clicking the Filtering box, some advanced options will appear to filter the results.

The filter applies to all results lists simultaneously.


The normal behaviour of the filter is to list in the results list only those files whose filename contains the exact string provided in the Filter box. Once the text is in the box, click on the Filter results button to filter the results.

Invert result

You can invert the way the filter works by clicking the Invert result button. If you do so, only files whose filename does not contain the string in the Filter box will be listed in the results list.

Hide known files

By clicking this button, all files which are already in the download queue or have been completed will be removed from the results list.

Clearing searches

There are several things you can clear in the search window when the searches have been performed and you don't need the results or parameters any more.

Clear search parameters

The search text can be removed and the extended parameters reseted clicking the Reset button:

Clear all tabs

If you just want to remove all tabs, simply click the Clear button:

Also, as it has already been described, you can select any of the tabs and click on Close all tabs:

Results extended options (right-click) menu

By right-clicking on a search result you get a menu like this:

The meaning of the Download and Download in category items have already been explained.

Selecting Get Razorback 2's stats for this file will open a browser with Razorback 2's statistics page for the selected file (only the last selected file if more than one file is selected).

Selecting Copy ED2k link to clipboard will copy the selected file(s)'s ed2k link(s) to the clipboard in plain text.

Selecting Copy ED2k link to clipboard (HTML) will copy the selected file(s)'s ed2k link(s) to the clipboard in a plain text HTML link form (that is <a href="link">filename</a>).


The Fast ED2K links handler will always be shown in the search window, even if disabled in Preferences. However, if you have disabled "Preferences" -> "GUI tweaks" -> "Show fast ED2K links handler", then you can click twice the Search button in the main aMule window toolbar and the Fast ED2K links handler will be hidden in the search window too.

Quick Reference

Searches window
Number Description
1 Toggle to Search window / Toggle ED2K links handler
2 Search parameters
3 Text to search
4 Select type of search
5 Show extended parameters
6 Extended parameters
7 File types to search
8 Filter parameters
9 Text to filter (discard others')
10 Apply filter
11 Stop search
12 Start search
13 Search results
14 Close tab
15 Searched text
16 File name
17 File size
18 Global search progress bar
19 Clear search parameters
20 Show filtering parameters
21 Extension to search
22 Category to add files to
23 Minimum amount of sources
24 Maximum size unit
25 Maximum size
26 Hide downloading or completed files
27 Invert filter action
28 Clear all searches
29 Download selected file(s)
30 Results tab
31 Amount of results filtered / found
32 Amount of sources
33 Amount of sources with the complete file
34 Type of file
35 File ID
36 File
Tab options
Number Description
1 Close the selected tab
2 Close all tabs
3 Close all tabs except the selected one
File options
Number Description
1 Download the file(s)
2 Download the file(s) into the selected category
3 Get statistics from razorback2 about file
4 Copy file's ed2k link to clipboard
5 Copy file's ed2k link to clipboard in anchor (<a>) HTML format