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What is Torrents.net?

Torrents is the largest torrent search engine and directory on the net. We started in January 2010 as an alternative to the (at that time very popular) mininova, which went offline at the end of 2009 due to legal issues. Our goal is to provide an easy-to-use directory and search engine for all kinds of torrent files. Visitors of Torrents.net can anonymously upload torrents to this website, tracked by any BitTorrent tracker. Scrape data (amount of seeds/leechers) is collected a few times a day.

What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files. The protocol works as follows: First, a user playing the role of file-provider makes a file available to the network. This first user's file is called a seed and its availability on the network allows other users, called peers, to connect and begin to download the seed file. As new peers connect to the network and request the same file, their computer receives a different piece of the data from the seed. Once multiple peers have multiple pieces of the seed, BitTorrent allows each to become a source for that portion of the file. The effect of this is to take on a small part of the task and relieve the initial user, distributing the file download task among the seed and many peers. With BitTorrent, no one computer needs to supply data in quantities which could jeopardize the task by overwhelming all resources, yet the same final result each peer eventually receiving the entire file is still reached.
After the file is successfully and completely downloaded by a given peer, the peer is able to shift roles and become an additional seed, helping the remaining peers to receive the entire file. This eventual shift from peers to seeders determines the overall 'health' of the file (as determined by the number of times a file is available in its complete form).
This distributed nature of BitTorrent leads to a flood like spreading of a file throughout peers. As more peers join the swarm, the likelihood of a successful download increases. Relative to standard Internet hosting, this provides a significant reduction in the original distributor's hardware and bandwidth resource costs. It also provides redundancy against system problems, reduces dependence on the original distributor and provides a source for the file which is generally temporary and therefore harder to trace than when provided by the enduring availability of a host in standard file distribution techniques.

Where can I get a BitTorrent client?

We recommend you use uTorrent to download torrents.

I've got a suggestion, how can I reach you?

You can contact the administrators of this website via the contact us page. Suggestions, ideas and fixes are always welcome. Please note that we don't provide basic help, so don't bother asking us how the site works.

Is downloading torrent files illegal?

NO, torrent files are NOT copyrighted, so it's completely legal to download a torrent file. However, opening a torrent file in your BitTorrent client may start the process of downloading (and possibly uploading) copyrighted content. Depending on the circumstances, such as the content in question and the country you're living in, this might be illegal. In some countries, it is illegal to download and upload copyrighted material. In this case, make sure that you only download unlicensed content via BitTorrent. In some other countries, it is allowed to download copyrighted material, as long as you don't upload. If this is the case, we advise you to restrict uploading in your torrent client. To be on the safe side, we advise you not to download any copyrighted content at all.

What to do if I want you to remove certain copyrighted files from your website?

Please note that we do not host any copyrighted content on this website. The torrent (metadata) files that we host do not contain data that might be copyrighted in any way. However, we offer a service to remove torrents from our website if the copyright holder of the content requests so. The read our copyright policy and removal procedure, please go to our copyright policy page.

What is a .torrent file?

A torrent is a small metadata file. Metadata 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 actual data you're interested in.

What is a tracker?

A BitTorrent tracker is a service on the internet that assists in the communication between BitTorrent clients. When you open a torrent file, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of seeds and leechers to connect to.

What are seeds (S)?

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'. This number is very important, as high amounts of seeds translate into fast download speeds, where low amounts of seeds or even zero seeds mean a download will take a long time to complete or might get stalled till there are more seeds available. On Torrents.net, the number of seeds of each torrent are in written down in green numbers and marked with the green with S sign.

What are leechers (L)?

A leecher is a client that is currently downloading the data of a torrent. A leecher does not have the complete file, otherwise it would be called a seed. On Torrents.net, the number of leechers of each torrent are in written down in red numbers and marked with the green with L sign.

What are all those .r01, .r02, .rar files?

These files are called RAR files. The RAR file format is a data compression and archive format that is commonly used on torrent sites. These RAR files contain one or more files that have been compressed to reduce file size, which in turn makes it faster to share it over the Internet. To be able to open and extract the data from RAR files, you need to install WinRAR. WinRAR can be downloaded from the WinRAR website.

What can you tell us about your servers?

Torrents.net is entirely written by in PHP. Unlike other torrent sites, Torrents.net does use a template system called smarty. This system allows us to separate application code from presentation code. Torrents.net is running two web servers (each serving different world continets), one database server, and two load balancers/DNS servers. We use Lighty as our web server because it just rocks ;). As DBMS we use MySQL because it's free and relatively fast.