Status Bar

The status bar shows general information and statistics about BitTorrent. Its visibility can can toggled by selecting "Options" then "Show Status Bar" in the main menus, or by pressing F6 on the keyboard. The leftmost section of the status bar is an empty slot that resizes along with the window's width, so the following descriptions start from the second item from the left and moves rightward.

  • The Notification section displays messages in BitTorrent about the status of the torrent jobs. If there are no issues, this section will remain blank.
    • Disk Overloaded means that the disk was not able to keep up with the read/write speed. If this happens when you first add a torrent job, it's normal, and will disappear after several minutes. If otherwise, you may want to try tweaking your Disk Cache settings in the Preferences
    • Limited by scheduler means the download and/or upload rates are following the Scheduler rules for the hour.
    • Stopped by scheduler means all unforced torrent jobs are stopped to observe the Scheduler rules for the hour.
    • Stopped by speed test means all started torrent jobs, forced or otherwise, are stopped to allow the Setup Guide's speed tester to obtain as accurate a result as it can achieve. All torrent jobs stopped by the speed test are resumed after the speed test completes.
    • Stopped by transfer cap means all unforced torrent jobs are stopped to observe the Transfer Cap rules.
    • Seeding only means any unforced torrent job that is not seeding are stopped to observe the Scheduler rules for the hour.
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  • The DHT Status section displays the current status of DHT.
    • DHT: Disabled means you have disabled DHT, so BitTorrent isn't connected to the DHT network.
    • DHT: X nodes (where X is an integer) means DHT is enabled, and BitTorrent is directly connected to X other clients on the DHT network. The keyword is "directly," as this number is not an indication of the number of users you are effectively connected to on the DHT network -- that number is much greater.
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  • The Network Status section displays an icon to signify your connectability to people outside of your firewall (software and/or hardware). Left-clicking on the icon will open the Setup Guide. Note that the network status light can be blank as well, in which case it simply means that no torrent jobs are started, so BitTorrent is unable to check the port status.
    • Green means everything is fine, and you are receiving incoming connections.
    • Yellow means no incoming connections have been received yet. Seeing this icon doesn't automatically mean something is wrong unless it remains yellow for an extended period of time while there are actively transferring torrent jobs. If you're unsure about whether your port is forwarded properly, then the best course of action is to use the port checker in the Setup Guide.
    • Red means BitTorrent wasn't able to use the listening port. Generally, this means a firewall is blocking the port (in which case you should attempt to fix it), but it's also possible that another application is using this port, in which case BitTorrent will inform you that there is a listening error.
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  • The Download section starts with a "D" and displays download speed related statistics in the following order:
    • The global download rate limit (in square brackets, assuming such a limit is set, and Show speed limits in the status bar is enabled)
    • The total data download speed
    • The total communication download overhead speed (with an "O" preceding the speed)
    • The total local peer download speed (with an "L" preceding the speed, assuming BitTorrent is downloading at more than 1 KiB/s from local peers)
    • The total amount of data downloaded this session (with a "T" preceding the amount)
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  • The Upload section starts with a "U" and displays upload speed related statistics in the following order:
    • The global upload rate limit (in square brackets, assuming such a limit is set, and Show speed limits in the status bar is enabled)
    • The total data upload speed
    • The total communication upload overhead speed (with an "O" preceding the speed)
    • The total local peer upload speed (with an "L" preceding the speed, assuming BitTorrent is uploading at more than 1 KiB/s to local peers)
    • The total amount of data uploaded this session (with a "T" preceding the amount)

Context Menu

Depending on where you right-click the status bar, you will get different menus to control BitTorrent's behavior.

  • Right-clicking anywhere to the left of the Download section will show a context menu with the following options:
  • Right-clicking on the Download section will show a context menu that allows you to control the global maximum download limit. The values displayed depend on the speed popup list settings in the Preferences.
  • Right-clicking on the Upload section will show a context menu that allows you to control the global maximum upload limit. The values displayed depend on the speed popup list settings in the Preferences.