File extension torrent
File extension torrent is used by Bittorrent - peer-to-peer file-distribution protocol, that make possible download large files without putting too much strain on one single server, because the download is distributed. Bittorrent is very often used protocol for file transfering (about 35% of all Internet traffic).
Bittorrent protocol was invented in 2001 by Braham Cohen. Client application has the same name as protocol - BitTorrent. In these days are developed many BitTorrent clients at many computer platforms and operating systems.
To share file or files by BiTorrent are used small settings files called torrent and have the same file extension .torrent. Torrent file contains instructions for BiTtorrent or compatible clients about shared data (hashed checksum that verifies for the client that it is actually downloading the correct file, the full size of the file and the filename of the file) and about tracker (computer that coordinates the file distribution).
.torrent files are very, very small files that simply contain some textual data about the file itself. Thus, downloading the torrent file itself takes only matter of seconds, if not milliseconds. .torrent files are typically hosted on just standard web servers and can be even passed via email.
In a computer with a BitTorrent client, launching a .torrent file typically starts a process where the BitTorrent compatible client first contacts the tracker described in the .torrent file and if the tracker server is found and "seeds" (people sharing the file in question) are available, launches a download process of the file described in the .torrent file.
Using BitTorrent, opening torrent files:
On the Windows platform torrent files can be opened by many torrent clients including: BitTorrent for Windows, Vuze, µTorrent BitComet etc.
On the Macintosh and MacOS X platform: BitTorrent for MacOS X, Vuze, µTorrent.
On Linux platform is the easiest way to open torrent files via a BitTorrent for Linux or Vuze torrent client.
On-Line Torrent Editor
TorrentEditor.com - http://www.torrenteditor.com. TorrentEditor.com is the easiest way to edit torrent files online.
- Add, update, remove or change trackers.
- Edit creation date, created by and comments.
- Quickly see what is in a torrent before loading it.
- No technical skills needed.
- Fast and easy!
- No programs to install.
Use TorrentEditor.com to:
- Change trackers that are no longer running.
- Prepare an existing torrent to post to a new tracking site.
- Verify the torrent contains what it says it does.
How to create a torrent file
You can use eg. MakeTorrent application - a complete Win32 rewrite of CompleteDir application.
It has many more features such as automatic piece size, auto-update of tracker lists, and multiple modes of operation.
• Complete Win32 re-write
• Built-in Torrent Editor/Viewer
• Automatic update of trackers, as well as personal tracker support
• 2 modes: Simple and Classic
• Support for backup/multi trackers
Common torrent search engines
The Pirate Bay is the worlds largest bittorrent tracker. Bittorrent is a filesharing protocol that in a reliable way enables big and fast file transfers.
This is an open tracker, where anyone can download torrent files. To be able to upload torrent files, write comments and personal messages one must register at the site. This is of course free.
Additional information related to file extension torrent:
torrent file icon:
torrent mime-type: application/x-bittorrent