Tribler BitTorrent Client Adds “Magic Search”

Tribler’s BitTorrent client has been in development for more than 5 years and continues to deliver experimental improvements and innovative ideas.

Unlike most other BitTorrent applications, this one is funded by tax money and coded by researchers of Delft University of Technology. This has resulted in quite a few unique features.

Last year Tribler became the first truly decentralized BitTorrent client that doesn’t rely on central trackers, or even BitTorrent search engines.

Today the Tribler team expands the client’s functionality with a new way of presenting search results.

“Tribler’s magic search bundles similar items in search results together using text similarity functions and digit extraction,” Tribler leader Dr. Pouwelse tells TorrentFreak.

“In bundled results lists, duplicates and near duplicates are displayed as conflated groups. The end-result is a cleaner list of search results which is easier to scan.”

“For example, sometimes like five identical copies of an episode exist and these copies clutter the search results list when they are all shown. Tribler’s new feature prevents this by collapsing these copies into a single search result,” Pouwelse explains.

Tribler’s Magic


“The “Magic” part of the new algorithm takes its best shot at figuring out how to bundle the items that match your query, but you are still free to override what Tribler has guessed is best. This form of feedback paves the way for further improvements of the bundling feature’s “Magic”.”

“We expect that this feature has to grow on people. It’s a different experience and we hope to hear from people what they think of this innovation,” Pouwelse concluded.

Want to give it a try? You can download the latest Tribler version here.


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