What is a torrent file & how to open it?

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A .torrent file is a computer file that contains metadata for files that are to be distributed on the decentralized peer-to-peer network of BitTorrent. It will also contain the list of trackers that are servers that help connect peers with peers. The peers uploading the content are usually known as seeders.

The .torrent file itself isn’t a program, nor does it contain any actual data from a file to be shared, it includes metadata about a file or set of files and information about how those files can be obtained by others.

How does a torrent file work?

The torrent file will contain metadata for finding and downloading pieces of the content from different peers using the BitTorrent protocol. The user will first load the torrent file onto a torrent client like Utorrent or Qbitorrent and then the torrent client acts as a downloader.

The torrent file will contain metadata for finding and downloading pieces of the content from different peers using the BitTorrent protocol. The user will first load the torrent file onto a torrent client like Utorrent or Qbitorrent and then the torrent client acts as a downloader.

By downloading these small pieces from multiple sources, the user can reduce bandwidth and increase download speed, which results in significantly lower server costs and/or higher transfer speeds.

How to open torrent files?

There are multiple different torrent downloader apps available for different operating systems and many of them are free ones –

Windows

Utorrent, Bittorrent and Qbittorrent are free apps. The first two are ad-supported while Qbitorrent is ad-free and open source. This is one I would recommend for Windows users.

Linux

Qbittorrent, Vuze & Deluge are available for Linux devices.

macOS

Utorrent, BitTorrent & qbittorrent are available for macOS.

Is it safe to open torrent files?

Yes, it is usually safe to open torrent files but some precautions can also be followed like –

  • Only download torrents that provide copyright-free content. Downloading copyrighted content likes movies, games and paid software can land you in a lot of trouble in many countries.
  • Use a trusted BitTorrent client like qBitorrent. There are many other popular ones available but qBittorrent is the only torrent client which is open-source, regularly updated, comes with cross-platform support and contains no annoying ads.
  • Use a safe and reputable torrent website because there are many fake ones present loaded with malware. For instance, there can be found 1000s of different fake pirate bay websites which are used to peddle malware.
  • Make sure to use an Antivirus that will protect you from viruses and malware that could enter your device when downloading torrents from harmful websites.
  • Using a VPN to mask your real IP address would also be a good idea and here are some more tips on how to download torrent files safely.

Are torrents legal?

Downloading torrents is absolutely legal but if you are transferring copyrighted content with it then it is illegal and should not be continued.

Can you delete a torrent file after downloading?

Yes, it is totally ok to delete the torrent file once the content has finished downloading. Deleting the torrent file won’t delete any of the content and there are clear distinctive options in most torrent downloader applications.

Can torrent files carry viruses?

Yes, there can be torrent files that carry viruses and malware which can cause harm to your device. So it is best to use antivirus always and only use reputable torrent sites to download torrent files from.

Why a torrent file is not downloading?

There can be multiple reasons why a torrent file is not downloading –

  • No seeders – There might be not enough seeders available for the torrent that you are downloading,
  • Blocked ports – Your ISP might have blocked ports that are being used by the torrent downloader to download content. You will need to contact your ISP to unblock those ports or you could try using a VPN.
  • Torrent downloader – There could also be issues with the application you are using for downloading torrents. Trying using different apps like Qbittorrent.

How to transfer torrent files?

Torrent files have very small file sizes and can be easily sent via email or via Bluetooth if you want to transfer to an android device.

How to open a torrent file in mac?

There are apps available for macOS too like qbittorrent or Utorrent or Bittorrent which can easily open torrent files and download content.

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What is a torrent file & how to open it?
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What is a torrent file & how to open it?
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A torrent file is a metadata file that is used by a torrent client to find and download/upload files from peers on a peer-to-peer network.
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