October 27, 2008

Torrent Downloading

Warning for new users:

While P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are copyrighted. Unless you live in Canada where users are shielded from P2P lawsuits, then downloading P2P files may put you at risk for a civil lawsuit in any other country. These lawsuits are usually class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials. Recently, the MPAA, the RIAA, and the governments of England and Australia took several thousand users to court, demanding that they pay thousands of dollars in copyright infringement penalties.

Your Internet service provider may, at their discretion, release their logs of your downloading activity to potential copyright plaintiffs. The more megabytes you download, the more you risk being sued by copyright protection groups. Please know this risk before you use any of the following Torrent search engines below.


Torrent Downloading is a peer-to-peer file sharing practice used to transfer large amounts of data. Each client is capable of preparing, requesting, and transmitting any type of computer file over a network, using the protocol. Each peer who downloads the data also uploads them to other peers. It provides redundancy against system problems and decreases dependence on the original distributor.

A peer is any computer running a request of a client.

The initial distributor of the complete file or collection acts as the first seed

Peers that provide a complete file are called seeders, and the peer providing the initial copy is called the initial seeder.

Torrent downloading is best suited to continuously connect broadband environments, since dial-up users find it less efficient due to frequent disconnects and slow download rates.

Torrent file sharers, compared to users of client/server technology, often have little incentive to become seeders after they finish downloading. The result of this is that torrent swarms gradually die out, meaning a lower possibility of obtaining older torrents. Some torrent websites have attempted to address this by recording each user's download and upload ratio for all or just the user to see, as well as the provision of access to newer torrent files to people with better ratios.

[Referred from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol)]

Popular Torrent Sites


This is the most popular torrent search site today which has an immense database of 600,000+ torrents, the largest database at this time.






You will need a username password to log in and download torrent files.



Torrent Downloading Softwares

(Known as both "u-torrent" and "micro torrent", this is the most popular torrent tool today. uTorrent has all the functions a torrent downloader will ever need, and it only requires 1 MB of hard drive space and memory. uTorrent has all the downloading and seeding performance of its competitors, but with minimal impact to the rest of your computer's speed.)

Vuze (formerly known as Azureus)
(A Java language client; was considered "king" of the torrent programs until uTorrent software came along and took that crown away. As with uTorrent and any other software you install, ensure that you virus scan.)


The Original BitTorrent Client

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