How to use torrents to download movies and other resources, safely.

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Torrent sites are the largest sources of data( according to me, lol). You can find almost anything through a torrent site. From movies, music, Softwares and games, etc.

More awesome is the fact that you can download complete albums or series in one click with torrents.

There’s a lot to be known about torrents and torrenting. But if all you want to do is just download your movies or whatever, you don’t need to know all the jargon.

In this article, I am going to teach you in the simplest way how to download resources from torrents. But before that let’s learn just a little about torrent files.

What are torrent files?

Let’s quickly visit Wikipedia. “In the BitTorrent file distribution system, a torrent file or meta-info file is a computer file that contains metadata about files and folders to be distributed, and usually also a list of the network locations of trackers, which are computers that help participants in the system find each other and form efficient distribution groups called swarms” ( Wikipedia)

Didn’t understand? Let me break it down for you. Torrent files contain information that will show your torrent client (downloader) where to find the resource you are looking for.

They come with the file extension .torrent. You run them using a torrent client, which is more like a downloader that understands torrent files.

What do you need to download from torrent files?

If you now understand what torrent files are, then you know we will need 3 things. A torrent site to obtain the torrent file, the torrent file itself, and finally a torrent client.

All these are very easy to obtain and I will show you how in a bit. Now let’s talk about the steps involved in downloading.

Step 1 – Protect Yourself

This step is not a must but is very necessary when using a torrent site. In some countries where torrent sites are illegal, it becomes a must to protect yourself.

By protecting yourself I mean hide your IP address. You can do this using a VPN. There are only a few good options for free VPN services. Follow this article where we show you how to get one.

Privacy on The Internet – How to Get & Use a Free VPN

Step 2 – Get a Torrent Client

Torrent clients are like regular downloaders. You can use them to run torrent files. If you have one installed already, they open whenever you open a torrent file.

Also whenever you make an attempt to open a torrent file on any torrent site, they will open. On the first time, they will ask for confirmation.

The most common, most used torrent clients are uTorrent and BitTorrent. Downloading them is very easy. And using them is even easier.

Click here to go download uTorrent

Click here to go download Bittorrent

Step 3 – Get a torrent file from a torrent site.

There are a lot of torrent sites out there. The biggest name in the torrents space is definitely The Pirate Bay.

The pirate bay has had many issues in the past but is still alive via domains such as thepiratebay.org.

Another very good option for torrents is 1337x.to. This site is also very impressive and has a large database.

When you visit any of these torrent sites, you have a search bar where you can enter a search keyword. You can also use the filters to limit the search results.

Let’s use thepiratebay.org as our example and go through the steps.

search the piratebay torrents

Then select the file from the list of files. On the page that appears, click on “GET THIS TORRENT”.

get this torrent

This will automatically launch your torrent client if you have downloaded one already. You may be asked for confirmation first.

add file details

Here you can change the file location and a few other details as displayed in the image above. You can also deselect some of the files.

In the image above, this torrent contains a whole album. Which I didn’t download actually. But it’s good for this demonstration.

Note that in some cases, the torrent site will download the torrent file for you instead of opening the torrent client directly. Simply open the downloaded file and this will open the Client.

Wrapping up

Once you’ve gone through these steps, sit back, relax, and allow the torrent client to do its job. Don’t forget to stay safe while using torrents. Avoid downloading copyrighted material.

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