The explosion of peer to peer file sharing has reached so many. Still, there are those who aren’t sure how to get started. For those who want to “get in” but do not know how, we created this simple step-by-step guide on How to create a Torrent file and how to upload torrent file to a torrent site.
Torrents are the best way to share files. It works on peer to peer file sharing protocol. A torrent is actually a small file with extension .torrent which contains information about the tracker and where the file is located. To download a torrent file you need a torrent client like utorrent, bittorrent. Almost every torrent site offers free file upload in the form of torrent file. You can find a big list of Torrent clients here.
There are two types of torrent users:
- Seeders: People who upload file or people who download and seed file for upload. In this tutorial I will show you how you can create a torrent file for both public and private torrent sites.
- Leechers: People who download file and then remove the torrent ( no further upload ). That’s where Private torrent trackers comes in action. Every user have to maintain 1:1 ratio (download:upload) else his account will be banned and I personally promote private torrent trackers for the same reason.
Regardless of what your style is, remember that it’s a world of reciprocation. This is not the place to discuss leechers vs. seeders. On to the tutorial.
How to create a torrent file
Very first step for creating and upload torrent file is to build the torrent file for the files you wish to upload. I also suggest you to check out Torrent clients, which will give you list of torrent software’s for your OS. So, we need two things to get started with our first torrent:
- Torrent builder : In our case we are using utorrent)
- Torrent tracker: You can get the tracker address from the website for which you are creating torrent.
In this case I will be creating for one of the private torrent website, bwtorrents, though the process is almost the same for all the websites. The only difference is the tracker address.
Download torrent software from utorrent download page. Install the software and open it. You will be seeing uTorrent screen with nothing. Depending upon which OS you are on (Windows or Mac) click on file and select new torrent. Here is a screenshot from my Mac OS, for Windows it would be almost similar:
Now you have to decide what are you going to upload a file or a directory? In our case we will be sharing a directory which contains 2 files. Browse the directory and now open your torrent website where you want to upload the torrent. I have listed down some of the popular torrent tracker, which you need to add in here.
See the screenshot for better understanding:
After selecting the file and adding the tracker, click on create and save as. Now save the created torrent file on your desktop and next step is to upload it to any public torrent site. If you plan to share it with selected friends, you can do the same by sending the torrent file directly to your friends and no need to upload the torrent file on Public torrent sites.
How to Upload Torrent file?
Now there are two options: “Start seeding” and “private torrent”
Start Seeding option:
In some private torrent website you first need to upload the torrent and then download the torrent from there and then seed (upload) the file. So its better if you make it a habit for every website.
Private torrent option:
Private torrent option if checked disables DHT that means in case if the tracker is down it use the other means to exchange peers. This should be checked only if you are creating torrent for public torrent and unchecked if you are creating for private torrent because private torrent needs to keep a track of your download and upload ratio. So better leave it unchecked.
Open your favorite torrent website and go to the right category and click on upload torrent and give all the details you can provide there. If you are uploading movies or some video do provide them with few Screen-shots.
Once done download the torrent file and open it using your client. I would recommend utorrent for its ease of use and stability. Open then downloaded torrent file and in the location navigate it to the folder you used to create the torrent file:
You will see a screen shot like this after that it shows that you have finished downloading the file (100%) and now you are seeding.
Within a minute it will show connected and congratulation now you have become a seeder. Specially, if you are using Private torrent tracker sites, I would suggest to maintain a ratio of atleast 1 to make sure your account is never banned. Most of private torrent tracker sites, requires you to maintain a strict ratio, else you might not allow to download new files.
If you are from India and wondering about the popular Torrent sites, I would suggest to check out: Top Indian torrent sites
Do let us know if you have ever creates a Torrent and have you ever upload torrent file to any torrent website?