How to set up manual port forwarding?

In most cases DC++ should be able to automatically detect the appropriate connection method for the user, however, there can still be cases when there are no ways to map the port automatically so a manual configuration required to achieve active mode. This FAQ gives detailed information how to set up port forwarding manually in case of the automatic connectivity setup fails or you have gateway devices without automatic port mapping support.

This FAQ assumes that

For DC++ to work properly in active mode, it requires access on TCP and UDP listening ports, as well as outgoing access on all ports for both TCP and UDP. If you are in a private network behind a NAT device the incoming information to the listening ports should be forwarded to the proper computer.

For an in-depth, but still easy to understand explanation of port forwarding, read What is Port Forwarding? The following steps describe the configuration of port forwarding in general as the exact configuration method and layout varies in the different type of gateway devices.

  1. First you need to set up the router to forward the connections to the computer with DC++. This is could be called Port mapping, port redirecting, port forwarding or something like that in your router configuration. Find out how to do this with your router / NAT in the user manual came with your device.
  2. You need to forward three ports: 2 ports for transfers and encrypted transfers (both use TCP protocol) and one port for searches what uses the UDP protocol. You can use the same port number for transfers and searches, but you need a different one for the encrypted transfers. Of course you can choose different port numbers for each as well. So select two or three numbers between 1024 - 65535, they should mostly all be free. Make sure you select the correct protocol types (TCP, UDP or Both) for each port number when you cerate the port forwarding rules in the gateway's config interface.
  3. The IP that you are forwarding to should be the internal IP address of your computer running DC++. It usually begins with "192.168", "172.16." or "10.x.". To see your internal IP address go to the command prompt and type: ipconfig (Start Menu -> Run -> cmd /k ipconfig)
  4. When you have mapped the port(s) on the router, open up DC++ and go to Manual configuration settings. Select Active mode (I have no router / I have configured my router). In the port fields, enter the port number(s) that you forwarded on the router.
  5. In the External / WAN IP field, you need to enter the external IP address of your router. Your external IP can be checked on DSLReport's IP page or at
  6. Active mode should now be working. For checking or troubleshooting if you have properly forwarded the port(s) to DC++, use Make sure DC++ is open. Then, in the site, enter the port you're forwarded and click Check. If everything has been properly set up, the site should say Success. If you get an error message in red, then you need to double-check the port forwarding on the router, DC++ settings and possibly your built-in or 3rd party software firewall settings.

TIP:Before you fill out the required settings it may worth to check if DC++ is able to automatically detect some of the required parameters. To do this, go to the Connectivity pane in the Settings, enable automatic connectivity detection, click 'Detect Now' and when the detection is finished click 'Edit detected settings'. Depending on the results this way you may speed up setting up manual port forwarding if DC++ is able to detect any subset of the required settings.


If you have problems finding the correct port forwarding settings in your gateway setup you may get detailed help, how-to guide and screen shots for various router models at There is a huge list of models there, click on your model name, then select DC++ from the list of applications. An interactive guide will appear to help you how to access your router's configuration page and how to set up port forwarding for DC++. You can find some more how-to's for popular router models at the DSLReport FAQ page as well.

If active mode is working for a while, but the next time when you use DC++, you only get Connection Timeouts or no results when searching, your IP (either external or internal) is likely to have changed. Of course you can update your IP settings manually each time they changed, but there are better solutions to avoid constant IP address updates:

Besides normal file transfers DC++ is capable of secure (SSL encrypted) way of receiving and transmitting files on ADC hubs. If you're able to download in NMDC hubs but not in ADC ones then most probably you have a problem with the secure transfer port. You should check if the secure transfer port is forwarded correctly to be able to download from ADC users who have secure transfers enabled.