Torrents Download Guide
How Torrent Works
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data between many users.
What makes the BitTorrent protocol unique is that it distributes the sharing of files across all users who have downloaded or are in the process of downloading a file. Because BitTorrent breaks up and distributes files in hundreds of small chunks, you don't even need to have downloaded the whole file before you start sharing. As soon as you have even a piece of the file, you can start sharing that piece with other users. That's what makes BitTorrent so fast; your BitTorrent client starts sharing as soon as it downloads one chunk of the file (instead of waiting until the entire download has been completed).
In order to download a file like the educational public domain video we mentioned above, you have to find and download a torrent file (which uses the .torrent file extension) and then open it with your BitTorrent client. The torrent file does not contain your files. Instead, it contains information which tells your BitTorrent client where it can find peers who are also sharing and downloading the file.
It's especially useful for transfer large amount of data because you don’t need to upload all data to the host - just let downloading files from your computer in the network.
You Need BitTorrent Client
Download and install one of them for free. Here are some links:
- uTorrent - a lightweight and easy-to-use client (http://www.utorrent.com/)
- The official BitTorrent client (http://www.bittorrent.com)
- Azureus - a more advanced BitTorrent client (http://azureus.sourceforge.net/)
- Transmission - Native Mac, GTK+ and Qt GUI clients (http://www.transmissionbt.com/)
Find the Files to Download
Use our torrent search engine to find files to download.
- You'll likely get several results, but you want to choose the torrent with the highest number of seeders (indicated in most BitTorrent search results under a field labeled 'S'). Seeders are people who have already downloaded and are sharing the entire file. The more seeders, the faster your download will be. Some sites also provide you with a health meter, which is generally a measure of seeders vs. active downloaders.
- Choose a file from the list with an appropriate description, size, good enough amount of peers to ensure download speed.
- Press Download Torrent links.
Save *.torrent file
Save *.torrent file on your computer and then open it in a BitTorrent Client program. Sometimes internet browser can offer you to open *.torrent file automatically with BitTorrent client.
Otherwise you can save *.torrent file and then open it manually from folder where it was saved.
You can also choose which files to download. Click OK to start downloading.
Donwload of files using BitTorrent has started. You can track on you download process by information provided about seeders, leechers in your swarm, downloading speed, time remain to download, shared Ratio etc.
Most BitTorrent clients keep track of your upload/download ratio, and you should generally continue sharing a file until your ratio reaches 1, after which you can feel free to remove it from your client (the file will remain on your computer—you just stop sharing it).
This way we keep BitTorrent network alive.
Notice the Ratio value – it indicates the correlation between data amounts which you've downloaded and uploaded.
It's good to have at least 1.0 Ratio value (Data Uploaded = Data Download) or more (>1.0).
For more information read FAQs.