What is torrent and how to use it.

what is torrent and how to use it

What is a torrent?

You must have downloaded data from the internet using your browser or any other medium. Imagine torrent just like your download manager, but instead of downloading your files directly you have to download the torrent file associated with it.

When you download a file the information is all fetched from that link which you used to download a file while in a torrent the file you download contains all the information of the file and the location it. That’s it! It’s the basic difference between torrents. Now coming to technical terms Torrent is file extension for BitTorrent file format ( .torrent is your download managers file handling type).

BitTorrent is a file-sharing peer-to-peer protocol. Its main advantage is in fact that you not only download files from the original person who shared files but also gets portions from peers and seedrfellow downloaders to maximize the data exchange.

BitTorrent is one of commonly used protocol for transferring large files as there is no centralized server hence the load gets distributed eventually.

So instead of just relying on one server for your speed of downloading you are dependent on multiple users across over the network which is also downloading the same file. In this way, a large file can be downloaded easily by a larger group of users accessing it simultaneously at the same time. This is a great way of downloading at high speed else.

Step 1: Installing a torrent Client

The first thing you have to do is to install a torrent downloading manager that can capture your torrent files from the browser and help you to manage your torrents. There are a lot of torrent clients on the internet. I am listing a few of the commonly used clients.

1. uTorrent

utorrentuTorrent is one of the more popular free torrent clients. The installer size is tiny and only a fraction of system resources are used when the program is running.

µTorrent has been around since 2005 and it’s the most widely used free torrent client outside China. It’s attracted some criticism over the years, however: it’s ad-supported and many users argue that the most recent versions are a little too heavy on the advertising and bundled software front. Make sure you read each step of the installer carefully and uncheck any software you don’t want to install.utorrent

That aside, uTorrent is useful, effective and doesn’t gobble up too much of your system’s resources: the entire app is smaller than a digital photo.

Although it isn’t the official BitTorrent app, it’s been maintained by BitTorrent for the last decade. You can subscribe to RSS feeds in uTorrent to automatically download new torrent items that are pushed through the feed.

uTorrent Remote is a feature that comes built-in that allows remote monitoring and administration of your uTorrent client. You can add, pause, and delete torrents from any browser or Android device.

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2. qBittorrent

qbittorrentqBittorent is for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has a clean interface with a password protection option, built-in RSS reader and web browser, web interface for remote control, and many detailed advanced options like anonymous mode and defining a particular network interface for transmissions.

qbittorrent

qBittorrent sits right in the middle, aiming to “meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible”.

It boasts an integrated torrent search engine, media player, encryption, prioritization of torrents and the files within those torrents, IP filtering, and torrent creation, and it’s the closest open source, junk-free equivalent to uTorrent.

3. Vuze

vuzeAnother free torrent program is Vuze (formerly Azureus). There are tons of awesome features in this program, such as media playback support and a built-in browser for searching for torrents.

Vuze lets you control its functions from an Android device or browser in addition to the desktop client.

There are two flavors: the stripped-back Vuze Leap, and the fully fledged Vuze Plus. Both offer a torrent download, media playback, and support for magnet file links, but Vuze Plus adds integrated virus protection and the ability to preview media files.

vuzeOne of Vuze’s key selling points is its interface, which slices through the jargon and makes even the more advanced features accessible to new users.

A folder that connects directly to iTunes is included in Vuze so that you can drag downloaded media into it to include them in your iTunes library. Vuze can automatically hibernate your PC, shut it down, or run a program when downloading or seeding is finished.

4. Deluge

delugeDeluge is a pretty simple, free torrent client. You can adjust the max upload slots and speeds, as well as download speeds and encryption. There are plenty of plugins you can grab for expanding Deluge’s settings. There are plugins for an email notifier, scheduler, web interface, stats, auto RSS downloader, and many others.

Deluge has been around forever, and it can be as simple or as powerful as you want it to be. That’s because it’s extendable via plug-ins, which effectively enable you to build your own personalized version of Deluge.

deluge

Fancy something that resembles uTorrent without the unwanted software? No problem. Want to add alphabetical downloading, move downloaded files to specific directories according to the file type, adjust speed according to network conditions, create pretty graphs, schedule everything, integrate with Chrome or Firefox, or batch-rename downloads? That’s not a problem either.

Deluge is available for many Linux distributions along with macOS and Windows.

 

Step 2: Open the torrent file of your desired download.

Now all you just have to do is to open the torrent file directly from your browser or your file system. There will open a window which will tell you about your file contents and location where you want to save your file.

torrent location

Now you just have to add that torrent by clicking the ok button. Now your torrent would have started downloading. The window will be promoted when the download finishes.

Thanks for reading, If you know some better torrent clients which should be included in the list then comment your views below.

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