Fix “Can’t write to Application Folder” error in Vuze BitTorrent Client

Troubleshoot Folder access issue after installing Vuze

Vuze (previously Azureus) is one of the popular BitTorrent clients out there. It is extremely customizable, provides VPN support, has robust settings and options for ultimate torrent control, and also has remote control ability via the web or mobile app.

I have recently installed it on my Ubuntu 18.10 LTS PC and found some concerns with the settings which I will be discussing in this article.

Before heading to the issue I faced, let me quickly put together steps on how to install the program on your Ubuntu PC.

Installing Vuze BitTorrent Client

Vuze is no longer available in Ubuntu repository, but the good news is it’s is available as a Snap Store app.

Step 1) Click “Activities” and launch “Ubuntu Software”.

Step 2) Search for “Vuze” in the Ubuntu Software search box.

Step 3) Click “Install”.

Installing Vuze
Installing Vuze

Step 4) Enter root password when you see the prompt.

That’s it!

The Error… “Can’t write to the Application Folder”.

After installing Vuze, you can launch it from Activities search box or from the Applications menu. First time launch will take some time. In a slow system, it could as much as 30 seconds! So be patient.

After the program opens, you may probably see a pop-up saying “Can’t write to Application Folder. The folder “/snap/vuze-vs/3/opt/vuze” is not writable. This will prevent future software updates from being applied”.

Vuze Error - Folder not writable

This error message definitely looks scary as it’s apparent that future updates will not progress successfully. Evidently, we must fix it to stay updated.

Thankfully, the error message is clear and looks like it’s only an access issue. All we have to do is give necessary write permissions to the concerned directory and everything should be good to go. Here are the complete steps:

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal”. You can use Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut in Ubuntu.

Step 2) Enter the following command and press enter.

Beginner’s tip: chmod command in Linux is used to set permissions to the files and folders. -R is used to indicate recursive action, i.e. include objects in subdirectories. -v is verbose for displaying the objects.

sudo chmod 775 -Rv /snap/vuze-vs/3/opt/vuze

Fixing Vuze Folder Access Issue
Fixing Vuze Folder Access Issue

Step 3) Pay attention to the Terminal and enter the root password when you see the prompt.

Step 4) You should see the lengthy process in the Terminal including some failed objects. It is completely normal. The main directories which are needed should be processed successfully in the end.

Next time when you launch Vuze, you should not see the warning pop-up anymore.

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!


  1. Didn’t worked for me, Using Solus v4
    It’s wird because Vuze is in the same path and chmod works the same on every linux distribution.

  2. Nop, doesn’t work
    : failed to change mode of ‘/snap/vuze-vs/3/opt/vuze’ from 0755 (rwxr-xr-x) to 0775 (rwxrwxr-x)


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