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How to Make a Torrent
Sharing in BitTorrent is a little more involved than with other P2P applications. This is the result of the
protocol that makes this distribution system so efficient. BitTorrent shares content by breaking it up in small
pieces and distributing them randomly between peers. Those peers then share these pieces with each
other. This saves the seed the trouble of sending the same pieces over and over to different peers and
enables all the peers in a swarm to participate to the distribution of the files regardless of their percentage of
In order for all those peers to know how to put all the pieces back in the right order and use the content,
BitTorrent clients requires a special reference file called aTorrent. The torrent is what you download from
the site and load into µTorrent. All the peers and seeds involved in the distribution of any given file have the
matching torrent loaded into their client. In order to share your own content over the BitTorrent network you
need to create a torrent for this content.
Things to consider before hand
By now, we'll assume that you have downloaded a few torrents and are familiar with torrent indexing sites. In
order to share your content, other people must have access to your torrent. The most common way to do
this it to upload to a torrent site.
• Before you make a torrent, it would be wise to pick a site and review its policies and rules, which
can be found in their FAQ section.
• Your site of choice may have restrictions about content; some do not allow porn, some specialize in
specific type of content (such as music, or anime).
• Your site of choice may also have some specific requirements about content and demand that you
add some extras to your torrent such as signature files and ads.
• Some public sites require registration for uploading; all private sites do.
• It is important to consider the size of your content for two reasons: first, not everyone has sufficient
disk space for very large torrents; and second, larger torrents require longer seeding times. In such
cases consider making multiple torrents based on some practical partition such as years, season,
• Before making your torrent, select your content's location carefully as it will have to remain there
(during initial seeding at least).
• The files in your content must not be modified after you have made the torrent, as this would cause
corruption in the torrent.
• Make sure the files are not in use while you make the torrent.
• There is no need to compress multiple files into one archive. Many torrenters find it annoying. It
also requires twice the space: once for the original and once for the archive.
• You may wish to make a torrent for exclusive distribution among friends and family. In such case,
you may choose to distribute your torrent in some other manner.
Create a new Torrent
You can make a new torrent easily using µTorrent's built-in torrent maker
µTorrent menu > File > Create a New torrent
This opens the "Create a new .torrent" dialog box; all you need is to fill in the required information...
Here is where you specify the location of the content you wish to share. Before selecting the path chose
whether you are sharing a single file or multiple ones. If you are making a torrent with more then one file
those files must be located in a single folder, with nothing else in it.
1. Select "Add a File" or "Add a directory."
2. Browse your way to the location of file or directory you would like to share.
A tracker is an application or script on a system that relays connection information about peers on a given
torrent. However, it is most important since without it BitTorrent clients would not know how to find other
clients sharing the same files. µTorrent knows which tracker to contact by reading the announce URL in the
torrent. Trackers generally look like any other internet address
(http//somewebaddress:portnumber/announce). If you need a tracker you may:
• Check the site where you wish to upload the torrent.
• Private sites usually provide their own tracker.
• Public sites may also provide their own tracker, or include the URL of generic ones.
• In a pinch, look at the properties of a torrent you have downloaded from the site you wish to use
and copy the tracker from there (but in such a case wait to test the torrent out before uploading it to
the site as even those tracker may require you to have registered the torrent with them first).
µTorrent supports HTTP and HTTPS (SSL) trackers. UDP trackers are not supported. µTorrent also
supports torrents with multiple trackers; trackers from the same server (with similar URLs) must be grouped
together and those from different servers separated by a blank line.
µTorrent contains an "embedded tracker" intended for people wishing to share with a small group for a short
period of time. This should not be used for sharing torrent over public or private sites, but only for private
stuff and over short periods of time (along the lines of family movies shared with friends and such).
• The embedded tracker URL is: http://your_ip_address:port/announce (where your ip is your
computer's ip address and port is µTorrent's listening port)
• The embedded tracker must be enabled in: µTorrent menu > options > preferences > Advanced >
bt.enable_tracker: set to "true".
Warning: Using the embedded tracker requires you to have the same IP address and the same port as
long as the torrent is active. This means if you use a dynamic IP and randomized port and get disconnected
from the internet, your IP and port will get reset, and the torrent will die.
You may add a comment about the torrent (in µTorrent these comments appear at the bottom of the general
When making a torrent, the content gets divided in small pieces for easier transfer and management. You
may use this option to select the size of the pieces. As a rule, the larger the content the larger the
pieces. Most people should leave this setting to auto-detect and allow µTorrent to make the proper
• "Start Seeding" will automatically load the newly made torrent into µTorrent when you have
completed the process. Some may wish to disable it if the site they are uploading to requires them
to "re-download" the torrent for seeding (this occurs with some sites requiring passwords or
cookies). If unchecked, you will need to load the torrent into µTorrent manually for seeding.
• "Private Torrent" will disable DHT (Distributed Hash Table) and PEX (Peer EXchange), which are
alternate means of getting peers from other peers instead of the tracker. This is particularly useful
when the tracker is unavailable for some reason. However some private sites do not allow it
because it keeps them from monitoring users' share ratio properly and allows members to share
torrents with unregistered users.
Create and Save As...
This is the final step in making a torrent. For all intents and purposes it works just like saving a file in any
You should save the torrent in an appropriate location, such as where your other torrents are located or in
the folder of the torrent you are making (this will not affect the content).
You can name your torrent anything you want, but remember that other people need to search for it and find
it. The name should be significant, and representative of the content. Calling it "My first torrent" will not tell
anything about the content, and few people will take a chance and download it. You may have seen this
naming convention around before:
"My Vacation movies_1996_CAM_MPG_BYME.torrent" which would translate as:
• "Title" should be simple and descriptive if needed.
• "Episodes" is a number used when dealing with sequential torrents. It can be a date, a release, or a
label with season and episode (common formats include 102, 1x02, and s01e02, which all translate
to season 1, episode 2).
• "Quality" denotes the source or the type of file.
• "Format" gives peers an indicator of what will be needed to use the content (xvid, doc, avi, mp3,
• "Maker" shows the credits for the torrent and/or the content.
Remember, many operating systems limit file names to 256 characters so it's better to plan ahead.
Making your Torrent Available to Others
The most common way to do this is to upload it to a torrent site. If this was your intention you should have
read up on the site's policies, rules and procedures of that site before uploading.
Uploading the .torrent
1. Using your web browser, go to the site (log in if needed).
2. Navigate your way to the upload page, and follow the instructions provided.
3. Some sites allow you to add comments and descriptions. Try to put something you would find
useful as a peer.
Do not panic if the torrent just sits there without uploading, it may take a while for other people to notice the
torrent and start downloading it. It may take longer if the content is something obscure with limited appeal.
Some private sites will require you to download your own torrent from their site so you can seed it.
1. Download your torrent from the site and load it into µTorrent (it should go to download mode and
2. Stop the torrent, right-click on it, and select "Set Download Location" in the context menu under
3. Browse your way to where the content is located (i.e. the same path you specified when making the
torrent) and open. For torrents with multiple files, make sure you point TO the containing folder and
not IN it.
4. Start the torrent. µTorrent will start checking the files (% will rise rather quickly), and when it
reaches 100% it will start seeding (the larger the torrent the longer this will take).
In P2P networks, clients provide resources, which may include bandwidth, storage space, and
computing power. A peer-to-peer, commonly abbreviated to P2P, is any distributed network
architecture composed of participants that make a portion of their resources (such as processing
power, disk storage or network bandwidth) directly available to other network participants, without
the need for central coordination instances (such as servers or stable hosts).
Peers are both
suppliers and consumers of resources, in contrast to the traditional client–server model where
only servers supply, and clients consume. Seeders are the peers who have completed
downloading the file 100%
Others who haven't they called Leechers.
Both of them are Peers.
which torrent to download:-
for me, usually the one that has more than 5 seeders and any number of leechers, and the speed
depends of the peers, some times one peer gives you your maximum speed. some other times
many peers give you 2k.
Sites: mininova.com , demonoid.com
CoIIected by JC
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