How to use .torrent files

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How to Download and Open Torrent Files: The Ultimate Guide

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The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article’s instructions and verified that they work.

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This wikiHow article teaches you how to find, download, and open torrent files on your computer. A torrent is a simple file that contains the information needed to download larger files like videos, games, and programs. Once you download the torrent fire, which ends with .torrent, you can open it in a client like qBitTorrent to download the file from people who share it (seeders). Torrenting can be an fun way to find all kinds of movies and games, but downloading copyrighted materials is illegal. Consider using a VPN and antivirus software before downloading torrents.

Things You Should Know

  • qBitTorrent is a safe, intuitive, & beginner-friendly torrenting client.
  • You can find torrents by searching Google or browsing sites like The Pirate Bay.
  • Download torrents that have more seeders than leechers for best results.

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Installing a Torrent Client

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  • When you download a torrent online, you’ll first download a torrent file, and then open it in the torrent client. The torrent client reads the information in the file and finds people on the internet who are sharing that file.
  • For the purposes of this article, we’ll use qBitTorrent to open our torrent files. This is because qBitTorrent isn’t ad-supported and thus will not spam us while we download our torrent’s files.

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  • While we have taken care to protect your computer from any harm throughout this process, it is strongly recommended that you download a good antivirus or antimalware software before proceeding. Click here to find and download the best available options!

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  • Windows — Click the Windows heading and download the most recent 64-bit option listed on the following page.
    • Note that qBitTorrent only offers a 64-bit version, which should be compatible with devices running Windows 7 and above. You can check your computer’s bit number if you’re not sure about your computer’s capabilities.

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    • Mac users may need to verify the download before qBitTorrent will install.

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    Associating Torrent Files with qBitTorrent

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    • If this is your first time opening qBitTorrent, click “Agree” when prompted. This will close the prompt window and finish opening the qBitTorrent window.
    • In this section, we’ll make it your torrent files will automatically open in qBitTorrent when you double-click them. This makes it a lot faster and easier to download torrents.

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    Click the Tools (PC) or qBitTorrent (Mac) menu. You’ll see this as a tab at the top of the qBitTorrent window on Windows, and in the menu bar on your Mac.

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    Click Options… (PC) or Preferences… (Mac). You’ll see one of these two options on the menu.

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    • If this box is already checked, you’re ready to find a torrent.
    • Click OK when you’re finished to save your changes.

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    Finding Torrents

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    • qBitTorrent also has a large user community, many of whom have created search plugins for the app. [1] X Research source These plugins make it easy to search for torrents from qBitTorrent. Check out the list of search plugins at https://github.com/qbittorrent/search-plugins/wiki/Unofficial-search-plugins.
    • Pirate Bay is one of the most popular torrent tracker sites, but they change their URL often to avoid being tracked by authorities. To find the latest location for The Pirate Bay, check out the /r/ThePirateBays subreddit.
    • Sites like 1337x.to and rutracker.org are also very popular, and considered to contain less malware than The Pirate Bay. [2] X Research source
    • Torrent databases can be unreliable as they are often suspended or taken down, so you may also search for a torrent by using a search engine.

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    • You’ll usually find information about the torrent’s language, file size, and more here.
    • When assessing a video file, pay attention to its quality. 1080p is the ideal, but 720p should suffice.

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    • Even if there are a couple of seeds, you won’t be able to download the file(s) at a reasonable speed.

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    Read the torrent’s comments or reviews. You’ll usually find a “Reviews” or “Comments” section near the torrent’s details. You can browse these comments to ensure that you aren’t accidentally downloading a malicious file or using a broken torrent.

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    Downloading and Opening

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    • While you can use an advanced text editor such as Notepad++ to view a torrent’s code, much of what you’re able to view will be encrypted or otherwise impossible to read.
    • Before continuing, it is strongly recommended that you use a VPN to hide your IP address. Not doing so could get you in trouble with your ISP, or even legal authorities.

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    • In some cases, you’ll just click the torrent’s name or click the .torrent file link.
    • Popular torrenting sites will also offer a magnet icon, which can be used to open the torrent file directly in qBitTorrent and skip the need to download it first.
      • Be wary of clicking any flashing arrows or download buttons, as these are often ads designed to trick you into clicking them.

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      • On most computers, the default downloads folder is entitled Downloads and can be found on the left side of the File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window.

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      Double-click the torrent file. Since you set qBitTorrent to open .torrent files automatically, this will open the torrent in a pop-up qBitTorrent window.

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      • Click the folder icon to the right of the “Save at” text field in the middle of the window.
      • Click Select Folder or Choose.

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      Click OK . It’s at the bottom of the window. Doing so saves any changes you made and begins downloading the torrent’s files.

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      • If the “Peers” column’s number is larger than the “Seeds” column’s number, the torrent will take longer to download than if the inverse is true.

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      • Right-click (or Control -click on a Mac) the torrent’s name in qBitTorrent.
      • Click Open destination folder in the drop-down menu.

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      Can I convert a torrent file to mp4?
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      No. A torrent file cannot be converted because it contains instructions. It is not the actual video file.

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      How do I know if the torrent I’m downloading is illegal?
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      You can check the rating and review of it by searching Google. Also, scan it with a good antivirus.

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      Some torrents’ files will require specific programs to open them. For example, if you’re downloading an ISO file through a torrent, you will most likely need to mount the ISO before you can use it.

      It’s considered good torrenting etiquette to “seed” (which means “upload”) your torrent’s files for at least as long as you spent downloading the files. Seeding is accomplished by leaving your torrent in your torrent client’s queue after the download completes.

      People who are currently downloading a specific torrent’s files are referred to as “leeches” or “peers”, while those who are seeding the torrent’s contents are referred to as “seeds”.

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      While downloading and using torrents in and of itself isn’t illegal, torrents are often used to access pirated movies or software. As with anything on the Internet, you should avoid downloading illegal content via torrents.

      If you do use a torrent to download licensed (or otherwise paid) software or copyrighted material for free, your Internet Protocol (IP) address may be logged and a cease and desist letter may be sent to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you repeat this offense enough times, you might even be banned from using your ISP’s services.

      Torrents are always uploaded by other people, so there is always a chance the file will not work on your computer or will contain harmful materials.

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      1. ↑https://github.com/qbittorrent/search-plugins/wiki/Unofficial-search-plugins
      2. ↑https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/wiki/megathread/software_downloads/#wiki_.25BA_sites_focused_on_graphics_.2F_audio_.2F_video_software

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      This article was written by Gonzalo Martinez and by wikiHow staff writer, Cory Stillman. Gonzalo Martinez is the President of CleverTech, a tech repair business in San Jose, California founded in 2014. CleverTech LLC specializes in repairing Apple products. CleverTech pursues environmental responsibility by recycling aluminum, display assemblies, and the micro components on motherboards to reuse for future repairs. On average, they save 2 lbs – 3 lbs more electronic waste daily than the average computer repair store. This article has been viewed 1,868,896 times.

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      Categories: Torrents

      To download and open a torrent file, first, search for the name of the file you want to download, followed by the word “torrent”. In the list of search results, click a link that looks like your desired file name. When you get to the site, check the torrent’s title and “About” section to make sure you’ve found the right file. Additionally, look for the torrent’s “Seed” and “Leech” numbers, since a torrent with little to no seeds will not download. Also, check any comment or review sections to see if the file is malicious or broken. If you find a torrent that works, click the “Download” button, which is usually below or next to the torrent. Be wary of any flashing arrows or big buttons, as these are often ads designed to trick you. Once the torrent is downloaded to your computer, double click it and select a folder for your files to download to. For more help, like how to install a torrent client, scroll down.

      How to use .torrent files

      Modified on: Mon, Oct 24, 2022 at 4:18 PM

      You can play a torrent while it is still downloading. To do this, go to the torrent list view, then tap on the torrent you wish to play. This will land you on the Files page for your torrent. Tap on the icon of the file you wish to play or open.

      You may be prompted to choose a player to open the file. Note that in order to play media files, you will need to find and install a media player in the Play Store that is compatible with the file you downloaded. Many phones come with media players installed, so you may not need to download one.

      Tip: If you are having trouble, search for the extension of the file you are trying to play, then search the Play Store to find the top-rated app that supports your file.

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      How to open torrent files

      The world of torrenting is shrouded in mystery…well, no, not really. But downloading via torrent is very different from the downloading most people are used to. And doing it wrong can get you into trouble, from a virus-infected computer to a lawsuit from a copyright owner. Knowing what you are doing before you begin torrenting is essential; this is no time for trial and error. Let’s run through the essentials for each major OS, so you’ll know how to open torrent files regardless of your platform.

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      To open a torrent file, install a BitTorrent client on your device. Then download a .torrent file from a legitimate source, and open it using your client. Your client will find copies of the file to which the torrent file corresponds and begin downloading it from one or more sources to a folder you specify. Leave your client on when you finish downloading to let others download from you.

      How to open torrent files

      Before you begin, it’s highly advisable to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on the computer where you will be downloading. This will prevent your torrenting activity from being traced back to you, either by your ISP (they like to throttle the internet speed of users whom they detect using torrenting networks) or by trolls looking for someone to serve with legal papers over copyright infringement (in case you accidentally download something you shouldn’t.) You can check out our recommendations for the best VPNs.

      Then download a BitTorrent client, which is a program that searches the internet for other computers that have the file or files you are looking for and coordinates the downloading and uploading of files to and from your device. We recommend using BitTorrent unless you are downloading onto an iOS device, for which BitTorrent clients are prohibited (see below for iOS torrenting.)

      On a PC or Mac

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      First, install BitTorrent on your PC. Here’s where you can find it:

      • For Windows, download BitTorrent here.
      • For Mac OS, download BitTorrent here.

      Next, download a torrent file for a content file you want to acquire. There are many sites to download from; make sure your antivirus program is active while on a torrent download site. When you have the torrent for the content you’re looking for, open your client software and then open the torrent file with it.

      The torrent will search for the file in question. If it finds a copy of the file online, it will join the swarm of computers exchanging the file and begin downloading whatever segments of the code are currently available. As soon as you have a significant portion of the file, you may begin seeding the file to others if any other swarm member asks to download it. The client software puts together the pieces of the file it gleans from other computers in the swarm in the folder you specified at installation. When the file is complete, you can use the appropriate software to use it. If the file is media content, keep in mind that your computer’s media player may not have the necessary codec to play the file. You may have to download the proper codec to use the file you torrented.