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What is a torrent?

Torrent is a small file (around few kilobytes) with the suffix .torrent,which contains all the information needed to download a file thetorrent was made for. That means it contains file names, their sizes,where to download from and so on. You can get torrents for almostanything on lots of web sites and torrent search engines.

Torrent is the most popular way of downloading large files, including movies and games (remember legality of downloading) Downloading with a torrentis advantageous especially when downloading files, which aremomentarily very popular and whitch lots of people are downloading.Because the more people download the file, the higher speed foreveryone (see torrent principle).

torrent is a file with torrents you can download almost everything on the net
every file (or set of files) need to have an unique torrent file to download it
to download anything through a torrent you need a torrent client
You probably already tried another ways of p2p sharing - torrent is just another method. The original BitTorrent client was written in Python and it has been made open-source. Thanks to that, we have a large variety of torrent clients today. Just choose which one you

How to Install the BitTorrent Client

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Choose the download that fits your environment. Utorrent is amulti-platform client, so you must choose your Operating System versionto download (Windows, *NIX, or OS X). This article assumes you knowyour operating system type.

Install Utorrent, run the EXE, andfollow the prompts. Upon installation, Utorrent should be in yourPrograms directory, in Start > Programs > Utorrent.

Launch the "Downloader" application, which is a shortcut to bittorrent.exe.

Go to the Settings, to set your options.

Choose not to launch Utorrent when Windows starts, for faster startup and to avoid possible security risks.

Minimize to system tray - if you don't like it on your taskbar whenit's minimized, send it to the systray area over by the clock.

Progress bar text is black - this seems to work best.

Saving: Save new downloads in.... - self explanatory, many users have aset folder where they store their downloads, this is a folder you set,and Utorrent will always store new downloads here. Ask where to saveeach download could be unchecked....

Downloading: When startinga new torrent - set this item to "ask" each time. Utorrent can easilymaximize bandwidth use, and many users advise that it's best to haveonly one torrent running at a time (as in the earlier versions of theprogram). If you have a low-speed connection, it's best to set the"Stop another running torrent" option to make room. This will stop yourother transfer in order to start a new transfer.

Seeding: thisrefers to giving back your download to the community once you are donedownloading a torrent, and it's Utorrent etiquette to seed at least to100% (often called 1:1 ratio). This means you should upload (give back)just as much data as your download (receive). Set the first field to noless than 100 (percent). If "Seed Indefinitely" is enabled, the optionboxes are greyed out, and it will seed until you stop it. Adhere to thesame policy with "Seed last completed torrent until".

Networking: Set your Utorrent communication port under this tab. Theapplication will accept any port from 1024 to 65535, but it isrecommended to use any port greater than 10000 (10 thousand). DisableEnable Automatic Port Mapping (UPnP), since some users indicatesecurity risks and/or vulnerabilities with this setting. This port youhave set here, is necessary to allow incoming data, if you use arouter/firewall (NAT) of any type, you will need to open (more oftencalled "port forward") this individual port through your router browserconfiguration (that's a whole different how-to). Ignore "IP to reportto tracker" - this is only if you are running the tracker on your samecomputer (seeding and tracking a torrent from the same computer ornetwork) and is not related in any way to "proxying" or otherwise"hiding" your IP.

Language: Choose your language here, it may be auto-set to English.

You are now ready to search for, and download .torrent files.

How to Download a Torrent

Find a torrent program that will suit your needs, three choices are uTorrent, Azureus, or BitTorrent. There are plenty of others available though.

Follow the instructions on downloading and installing the said client.

Go to a torrent site and search for a file you want to download (ScrapeTorrent is an example). You can however search on Google for many more.

Once you have found the desired file on the torrent site, click the"Download This Torrent" (or however they word it). Usually, the webbrowser's file download manager will ask what to do with this file. Youwant to open the file with your torrent program.

If it doesn'topen that way, just save the .Torrent file to an easy to locate place.Then open your torrent client and use the "Open Torrent" feature.

The download will start automatically. You may now go and do somethingto pass the time, because torrents do not require much intervention onyour part.

How to Create a Torrent

Investigate your torrentclient. Most up-to-date clients can make torrents, some may not be ableto. For a client that can create torrents try ĀµTorrent for Windows, Transmission for Mac or Deluge for Linux.

Select the option to make a new torrent file. This is usually locatedunder the File menu and named "Create New Torrent" or something of thesame meaning. If it is not in this location try looking under othermenus or the toolbars. If you are still uncertain, check the officialwebsite of your client for more details.

Select the files youwish to be in the torrent. If you will have several files considerarranging them all first in a folder, so you can simply select thatfolder to use as the torrent contents. The name of your torrent filewill usually be the name of the file or folder in it. You can easilyrename the file afterwards.

Enter a tracker. A tracker controlsthe transfer or data for your torrent. A tracker looks similar to anordinary URL. A list of trackers is available here.If you want to index your torrent on a torrent downloads website thenyou should use the tracker owned by that website, as not all indexingsites will allow external trackers. If you are using a private tracker(You probably are not.) then be sure to tick the box to mark it asprivate. Do not tick this box otherwise.

Add any additionalinformation. You can add a comment for the torrent if you wish. Thepiece size should be left at the automatic setting unless you know whatyou're doing. Once you have filled in all the required areas createyour torrent. You may be asked where to save and what to call the.torrent file, or you may have been asked beforehand.

Now thatyou have your torrent file open it ready for seeding. Some clients havea seed mode specifically for this. If you do not seed your torrent itwill be useless because nobody can download your files.

Shareyour torrent. If you are making the torrent so you can send a friend afile, just send them the .torrent file. If you want it open to thepublic to download you are best listing it on a torrent downloadwebsite. Once on such a site find the link to add or upload a newtorrent and fill in the required information. You will probably berequired to register if you have not already. Once people startdownloading the torrent off you it will gather more and more seeders.If you wish you can stop seeding once the torrent is "stable" orcontinue.

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