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August 5, 2016updated 21 Feb 2017 9:25am

What is BitTorrent?

Sharing large files over the Internet has never been easier.

By Hannah Williams

BitTorrent is a protocol which allows the sharing of large amounts of data over the Internet.

One of the most well-known and common protocols for transferring large files, like those containing movies, BitTorrent is defined as a peer-to-peer (P2P) communications protocol.

In order to use BitTorrent, users must install a computer program, known as a BitTorrent Client, on their Internet-connected computer. There are many different Clients available, such as μTorrent, Xunlei, Transmission, qBittorrent, Vuze, Deluge, BitComet and Tixati.

A BitTorrent Tracker, which is a server facilitating communication between peers, gives users a list of available files to transfer and allows the user to find other peers, known as seeds.



Have you joined a BitTorrent ‘swarm’?

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