How do I create a torrent

Asked by Legomanfred

How do I take a file from my computer and make it into a torrent

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Justin Payne (neolithium82) said :

Thanks for your question :)
One good torrent program to use is Azureus, the install info for that is available here:

Then you can run the program and go to File -> New Torrent and follow the onscreen information to create a new torrent.

You will need to use a tracker for it, there's a few suggestions on this thread from Ubuntu Forums:

Hope this helps!

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Legomanfred (legomanfred) said :

I'm running K Torrent and while I've used Azureus I would like to know how to create a torrent in KTorrent if possible. Thanks for your response.

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Best Justin Payne (neolithium82) said :

Not a problem :)
I don't use KTorrent myself, however I did find a howto that I've copied and pasted below for you. Just be sure you replace the tracker information with whatever tracker you intend to use, or check the suggestions from my other response above:

1) Start KTorrent
2) Go to File -> New -> In the new window, the top line will ask you to specify what file you want to make a torrent for. Use the drop-down to choose the the file you want to share.
3) File Options:
         1. Size of each chunk: default is 256 KB which is probably a good choice
         2. Start seeding the torrent: check this.
         3. Private Tracker: uncheck. You'll be using a public tracker.
         4. You must add at least one tracker: type or paste in the URL: and click the "add" button.
         5. Click "Create" at the bottom.
         6. A new window will display with the file-list of every folder and torrent in the directory where your file you want to load is located. Paste the filename in the lower "Location box" Get it exactly the same as your file-name.
         7. After pasting in the filename, make certain the original extension is also part of the name in the Location window. Check "Automatically select filename extension (.torrent)"

KTorrent will then take a bit to create the file, but then you should have your filename.extension.torrent available and can be uploaded to your favourite sharing site.

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Legomanfred (legomanfred) said :

Thanks for that. I knew there had to be a way. Now I just have to figure out the whole tracker thing. Kudos!