BitTorrent Info

February 19, 2006

What is BitTorrent?
   BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

What is a .torrent file?
   This is a small metadata file. Metadata here means that the file contains information about the data you want to download, not the data itself.Your BitTorrent client needs the .torrent file to connect to the tracker (see below) and download the data you want.

What are seeds?
   A seed is a client that has a complete copy of the data of a certain torrent. Once your BitTorrent client finishes downloading, it will remain open until you click the Finish button (or otherwise close it). This is known as being a seed or seeding.

What are leechers?
   A leecher is a client that is currently downloading a torrent. Generally a leecher does not have the complete file, otherwise it would be called a seed.

What is a tracker?
   A server on the internet that acts to coordinate the actions of BitTorrent clients. When you open a torrent, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of seeds and peers to connect to.

 

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2 Responses to “BitTorrent Info”

  1. Ankur Gupta Says:

    i had vague idea abut torrents … now i know how wrong it was

  2. rachel Says:

    don\’t copy anger, i say!


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