The next obvious question would be, “how do I connect to other BitTorrent users to download files?”
Here’s a simple 3-step guide:
- Get a BitTorrent client
First you need a BitTorrent client, a program that will enable you to connect to other users (or peers) and thereby download the files you want to. Our favorites are: Windows – uTorrent, Mac – Transmission, Linux – Deluge. Click through one of the links and download and install the client.
- Find a torrent
Now that you have a BitTorrent client installed, you’ll want to find torrents (or magnet links) you like and download them. For that you have to visit a Torrent search engine Google also lists torrent files.
- Start the download
Once downloaded, double-click the file (or magnet link) and it will open and start downloading in your BitTorrent client. Some clients will ask you to specify a location to save the file.
That’s all. You’re using BitTorrent! Not too complicated, is it?
Many people ask how BitTorrent works. Put simply, the torrent file connects you to a network of people who share the same file. You share pieces of the file with those people, and they share pieces with you.
When a download is completed to can open the file. If you keep the torrent running, your torrent client will continue to share pieces with others. This is called seeding.
Here are a couple of tutorials that may help you further.