Today’s post is part of our ongoing Vuze how to series crafted to help share some torrenting basics with users who are new to torrenting or just new to using the Vuze Bittorrent Client. The torrent protocol is a great way to transfer large files by allowing users to join a swarm of host to download and upload from one another simultaneously as opposed to a using a single source server.
Although there are millions of different torrent files available to download have you ever thought about how they originated? If you said the Torrent Fairy you’re wrong (insert sad face). Torrent files are generated by users just like you and with the Vuze client creating a torrent has never been easier. After reading this brief walkthrough you’ll be on your way to creating your own original torrents in no time.
NOTE: Images used in this blog post feature the Mac version of the Vuze Bittorrent Client. If you’re using the PC version your client may have a slightly different appearance. Steps will still be the same regardless of OS.
For the purpose of this how to post we’ll be using an electronic publication file, or EPUB, of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous book, Frankenstein. This book is believed to be in the public domain and the file is available courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
There are roughly three steps for creating and hosting a torrent:
- Create a .torrent file (describes contents of the data files)
- Run the torrent in Vuze
- Get someone to download your file
How to create a torrent file in Vuze Bittorrent Client?
First things first, open up your Vuze client and click on “File” from the menu bar and select “New Torrent” to open up the Torrent Wizard.
Here in the “Make A Torrent” window you will begin building your own torrent by selecting a file and or directory. As shared above, we’ll be using the Frankenstein file [filename: frankenstein_book.epub].
From this window you’ll select your tracker options. The Vuze client provides three options: embedded, external and decentralized. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll use the external tracker.
The embedded tracker, or Vuze built-in tracker, allows users to share torrents directly without having to upload them to an external tracker. In this instance you would be hosting a torrent and peers would connect to you (you play the role of tracker). This option is recommended if you’re going to host your own torrents by setting up hostname with a service or use your static IP.
Alternatively, there are several working public bittorrent trackers that are free to use with the external tracker option. To obtain an external tracker URL visit Open Bittorrent or Public Bittorrent.
However, if you choose to index your torrent on a download website you will need to use the tracker provided by that site. In other words, register with Mininova and they will provide you with a unique tracker URL to use.
For now, leave the following checkboxes unticked:
- Add multi-tracker information to the torrent
- Add HTTP seeds to the torrent
- Add hashes for other networks
Click the “Next” button and you’ll be prompted to add the file(s) that you’ll use to create your torrent. Users can either drag-and-drop the file into the window or choose the “Add Container”, “Add Files” or “Add Folder” buttons to browse for a specific file.
Make sure that the file(s) you’re selecting are saved in your preferred directory since you won’t be able to move them afterward. For example, the Frankenstein book file is located in a folder that we created named Downloads and not randomly floating around on our computer’s desktop.
Click the “Next” button and you’ll be able to view the directory structure for your file. Check the “Open the torrent for seeding when done” box. Select the “Finish” button.
Depending upon the quantity and size of your files you’ll be able to see the Vuze client hashing and saving them in the next screen.
Once complete (file saved) you can either view the newly generated torrent file by selecting “Show In Finder” (Mac), or for PC navigate to locations where you saved or simply choose “Close”.
How do you open your new torrent file in Vuze?
For detailed instructions and screenshots, please see the Vuze 101 blog post: How To Open Torrents With Vuze.
- Vuze > File > Open > “Torrent File”
- In the window, choose “Add Files”, “Add Folder” or “Add From Clipboard”
- Note: the file should be in the same location that you set-up in the previous steps.
- Next, choose your new torrent file that you created in the previous section
- Once you’ve located and added, select “OK”
- Confirm details of your file in the next window and choose “OK”
You should see your new torrent in Vuze inside your Library. Right-click your torrent file and select “Host” (if chose the embedded tracker option) or “Publish” (if you’re using an external tracker) from the menu.
The difference between hosting and publishing with Vuze is:
- When you host a torrent, peers connect to you — the tracker — to obtain information about other peers;
- When you publish a torrent, you only put the torrent file that you found elsewhere on your tracker webpage.
You can view your tracker webpage by entering its IP address into your web browser. Type http://127.0.0.1:6969/ and you will see your torrents, including the Frankenstein book.
How will my torrent get downloaded?
To quote an old Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams, “If you build it they will come,” doesn’t hold true in the world of torrents. (Field of Dreams is probably not available for free P2P sharing, so please do not use Vuze to upload or download a copy of the movie. Buy or rent it from legitimate sources.) If you want people to know about the torrent file you created then you’ll need to tell them. Here are some suggestions to help get the word out.
Share your torrent URL
If you’ve created a torrent and only need to share with a few people, like a college study group or co-workers, you can send them the torrent file. But if you want to make your torrent available to the public then you may be better off listing it on a torrent website, like Legit Torrents or other.
- When you register with a torrent site they will provide you with a tracker URL to add to your torrent.
- Once you’ve uploaded to their site other torrent users will be able to discover your file and easily download.
- Check out our Frankenstein book torrent on Legit Torrents.
Congratulations! You’ve launched your first torrent!
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