How to download Torrents on a blocked network (university, library, work, etc…)
Well it’s been a while since my last post so I will try and make this one as short and as straight to the point as possible.
There are steps you should follow in order to start downloading torrents freely.
1- Press the following link to Download “Tor Browser” by clicking on the corresponding operating system you have.
Tor was originally designed, implemented, and deployed as a third-generation onion routing project of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. It was originally developed with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting government communications. Today, it is used every day for a wide variety of purposes by normal people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists, and many others.
Using Tor protects you against a common form of Internet surveillance known as “traffic analysis.” Traffic analysis can be used to infer who is talking to whom over a public network. Knowing the source and destination of your Internet traffic allows others to track your behavior and interests. This can impact your checkbook if, for example, an e-commerce site uses price discrimination based on your country or institution of origin. It can even threaten your job and physical safety by revealing who and where you are. For example, if you’re travelling abroad and you connect to your employer’s computers to check or send mail, you can inadvertently reveal your national origin and professional affiliation to anyone observing the network, even if the connection is encrypted.
2- After you download and install Tor you need to open your torrent client.
Most famous are uTorrent and BitTorrent but it doesn’t matter which one you have.
I have BitTorrent so you open the program and go to Options —then–> Preferences.
a window will open with General – UI settings – Directories – Connections – etc…
Click on Connections.
You need to modify all options so that they match those in the picture above.
Make sure to chose Socks5 as type and type in 127.0.0.1 for proxy and 9150 for Port.
Also make sure to tick/untick the corresponding boxes.
click ok. Close BitTorrent or uTorrent from system tray (bottom right next to clock)
3- Now after you have installed Tor you should find a folder named “Tor browser”
open it and double click “Start Tor Browser”
It will take a minute to launch soemtimes 2 and once it does you will have a message telling you:
This browser is configured to use Tor.
4- Open bitTorrent again and add any torrent you would like to download preferably by clicking the MAGNET icon so the torrent is immediately added to the client.
once added, download will not start yet. 😛 you need to modify one more thing.
5- inside BitTorrent or uTorrent, Right click on the torrent you just added and click properties.
You should have something like the picture here above.
In order to make the download fast, you will need to add more trackers. A LOT MORE.
So you will need to copy the ALL the following Trackers and Paste them in that trackers box.
P.S: The skipped line between one tracker and another is meant to be there, as it is explain in the picture too.
Once you’ve done that click ok and VOILA.
Your torrent should start downloading any second. (give it a minute or 2)
Of course the speed will always depend on the number of seeds but this list of trackers will help you reach the biggest number of seeds.
6- Finally, of course you want to ask if you have to do this every time you want to download a torrent. Well basically, you only need to repeat 2 things from now on (after the first time)
whenever you wanna download a torrent,
you open Tor browser
you open BitTorrent
you add Torrent from internet
you add the list of trackers in properties
and your torrent will start downloading 😀
I hope this helped. For any problems or questions you may post in the comments. I’ll reply as soon as I see them.