File type: Torrent
Torrent is a special protocol that was designed to overcome some of the shortcomings of the peer-to-peer networks. In peer-to-peer networks one of the major drawbacks was the difficulty of searching and finding files on the network since it is a very computationally complex problem to search for files on thousands of systems connected to the network.
Torrent is a protocol whereby the problem of searching the files is solved by creating and distributing small .TORRENT files which have information regarding the various seeds and peers for a file that is being downloaded on the torrent network using the torrent protocol. Seeds by definition are workstations that have the complete file downloaded, and shares the files for uploading with other downloaders.
Leechers are workstations that are in the process of downloading a file and have at least some part of the file downloaded already. Any user downloading a file at any time is a leecher and he may be connected to either a seed or a leecher for downloading any file part by part.
Category: Data File
File format: Open Standard
Open with Windows: Mozilla Firefox with the FoxTorrent extension, Ares Torrent Downloader, Azureus, Transmission, GetRight, ?Torrent, Mldonkey, Shareaza, BitLord, Opera, FlashGet, BitComet, BitTorrent
Open with Linux: Mozilla Firefox with the FoxTorrent extension, Azureus, Transmission, Mldonkey, Deluge, Ktorrent
The .TORRENT file is a standard text based file which can be opened and edited using any standard text editor. It has the information and details of the number of seeders and Leechers that are available for a file download with their IP addresses. They also have information relating to trackers.
Trackers are servers that regularly announce information regarding leechers and seeds for a file download and help the client or user downloading a file to keep track of the seeds and leechers for it regularly.
Torrents are used to download all kinds of files that have been shared by users just like that in peer-to-peer networks, the only difference being that the user doesn't need to search for the files. They can be used to download audio, video, softwares, and just about anything.