If you are downloading from Internet quite often, chances are you came across torrents, like some files have "download via torrent" option sometimes. Torrents are quite popular all around the world and even in China. We'll tell you what torrent is, what app to use to download torrent content and how to upload torrent file from Mac.
Torrent is a file extension for BitTorrent file format. BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol is vastly used to send large files over the Internet without a centralized server. Its special characteristic is that you don't just download the file from a person who originally shared it, but also download pieces of file from other users who downloaded the content before you.
During a traditional download from a web server, your computer connects to the server and gets the content directly from it. So does each computer that will be downloading that same file.
With peer-to-peer protocol it is different. Instead of a centralized server, a BitTorrent "swarm", the download and upload data group, transmits data among each other without any centralized location.
Once download is activated, the client will start downloading files in small pieces. When some data was downloaded by that client, it can start uploading (seeding) data to other downloaders. This way everyone is downloading and uploading and that makes torrent so unique.
A torrent tracker is a special type of server, assisting in the communication among peers and tracking the seeds and peers that are currently in swarm. Tracker maintains statistics, helps in routing data from peers and initiating downloads.
A client is an app supporting operation and execution of BitTorrent protocol on a computer it is installed on. The tracker instructs what to do and how to connect, while the BitTorrent file Mac client does the actual job of getting the files to your hard drive. This is why it is rather important to get the torrent program on Mac that you trust and enjoy using.
Folx is a friendly Mac app that offers a convenience of downloading and uploading torrent files in a few simple steps. Downloads can be prioritized, download and upload speeds are easily adjustable, and you can tag downloads for quick search even if the files were downloaded ages ago.
If you have a good torrent program for Mac then you'll create torrent file on Mac quite effortlessly.
One of the best torrent software solutions is Folx. This app is actually two in one - a regular download manager and a torrent client. It lets you create and upload torrent file from Mac to share with other peer-to-peer connection users on the web.
Let's suppose you already found a torrent tracker where you are going to share your content. Creating a torrent file in Folx is pretty easy:
1. Open the app. Select File → Create torrent file in the main menu.
2. The dialog window opens, configure these:
3. Click OK to complete the torrent creation.
4. The My uploads tag will be assigned to torrent files you created, you can always locate them via Spotlight.
5. Now open the torrent tracker of your choice and upload your newly created .torrent file.
6. According to trackers rules you can now start seeding.
7. Make sure to seed long enough so that other peers get their copies and share them to the swarm. The more seeders the faster the download speed. Once you feel that enough users got their copies, you can disconnect.