How do Torrents work? (mac)

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    Oct 20, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    Hey,


    I'm on a Mac and I never used a Torrent in my life before. I heard a lot about it and I would really like to try downloading stuff (legally, of course...) but I have no idea where to begin and Google isn't giving me accurate information.
    So what am I supposed to do? What website should I use?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    well first u can google utorrent.then after u download it,the best place to get torrents is piratebay.then after u searched and downloaded a torrent off the site,u can download it on the utorrent,the rest should be cakewalk.
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    Oct 20, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    As I recall, there was quite a bit of messing around with port-reassignments in the router, and turning off a lot of security features to make it work. Never seemed worth the hassle.

    edit: that may have been more because my ISP had them blocked than because of the macOS. Don't really recall after 4 or 5 years.
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    Oct 20, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    Pretty easy icon_smile.gif

    1) Download uTorrent from http://www.utorrent.com
    2) When it's all downloaded, open up the application.
    3) Go to http://thepiratebay.se and search for whatever you want. You can also use any other torrent website.
    4) Click "Get this Torrent". It has an image of a little magnet.
    5) You should see the torrent in your uTorrent window downloading.
    6) When done, just right click on it, and find it in Finder.

  • NerdLifter

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    Oct 20, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    From the title of the thread: "How do Torrents work?" Which implies you are asking for the working theory behind this particular type of data transfer protocol. The BitTorrent wikipedia page does a decent job.

    This image from the aforementioned page describes it best:
    Torrentcomp_small.gif
    "In this animation, the colored bars beneath all of the 7 clients in the animation above represent the file, with each color representing an individual piece of the file. After the initial pieces transfer from the seed (large system at the bottom), the pieces are individually transferred from client to client. The original seeder only needs to send out one copy of the file for all the clients to receive a copy."


    Or are you asking how to get a torrent client working, which is what the body of your post is describing.

    Do not download anything via torrent that is copyrighted unless you have permission from the owner to both copy and distribute.

    I tell people to avoid torrents at all costs unless you know with absolute certainty what you are downloading is open-source and free to distribute.
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    Oct 20, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    OK so I followed your advice but at the end of the download it says "seeding"
    what does that mean? Is the download over?
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    Oct 20, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    Studinprogress saidFrom the title of the thread: "How do Torrents work?" Which implies you are asking for the working theory behind this particular type of data transfer protocol? The BitTorrent wikipedia page does a decent job.

    This image from the aforementioned page describes it best:
    Torrentcomp_small.gif
    "In this animation, the colored bars beneath all of the 7 clients in the animation above represent the file, with each color representing an individual piece of the file. After the initial pieces transfer from the seed (large system at the bottom), the pieces are individually transferred from client to client. The original seeder only needs to send out one copy of the file for all the clients to receive a copy."


    Or are you asking how to get a torrent client working, which is what the body of your post is describing.

    Do not download anything via torrent that is copyrighted unless you have permission from the owner to both copy and distribute.

    I tell people to avoid torrents at all costs unless you know with absolute certainty what you are downloading is open-source and free to distribute.



    Yeah I was asking how does it work to download something but thanks for the info, that was nice icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 21, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Seeding means you've downloaded the entire file and are now just uploading pieces of the file to other users. Proper BitTorrent etiquette is to let the torrent seed until your ratio is 1 or higher (meaning you uploaded as much data as you downloaded.)
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    Oct 21, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    Stop stealing copyrighted material that takes money out of producers pockets, many of them struggling to eat. icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    There are legal torrents? icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidStop stealing copyrighted material that takes money out of producers pockets, many of them struggling to eat. icon_eek.gif



    its LEGAL so shtttt

    "BitTorrents are protocols for downloading, and are very LEGAL, just like P2P networks. However, the content that you download may not be legal"

    but since im downloading legal stuff its all cool icon_smile.gif
  • NorthChinaLi

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    Oct 21, 2012 7:15 AM GMT
    i use bitcomet to download latest american porn.
    honestly, it is fine here in China cos we don't have strong IPR protection.
    however, i do think it is a problem in US.
  • Medjai

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    Oct 21, 2012 7:43 AM GMT
    Davidolce saidOK so I followed your advice but at the end of the download it says "seeding"
    what does that mean? Is the download over?


    Seeding means you have the complete file, and are continuing to upload to others.

    This is a god thing. It increases your share ratio, which some trackers do care about. The higher the ratio, the better speeds you get. Some trackers will actually cut off access if your ratio gets to low. Dmonoid used to do this, and stil might.

    By the way, if you want an invite to Demonoid to start you off, let me know. I've got a hundred or something.
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    Oct 21, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    Davidolce saidBy the way, if you want an invite to Demonoid to start you off, let me know. I've got a hundred or something.


    Isn't Demonoid offline these days?
  • Medjai

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    Oct 21, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    Medjai said
    Davidolce saidBy the way, if you want an invite to Demonoid to start you off, let me know. I've got a hundred or something.


    Isn't Demonoid offline these days?


    They're going through a relocate, and are replacing a few arrays. They are coming back, but the date is not yet announced.