BitTorrent network and protocol
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer decentralized download network used to distribute large data files such as movies, computer games, applications, software actualizations over the Internet, because BitTorrent protocol can highly reduce network load.
To download data via BitTorrent network you must have a BitTorrrent compatible client installed in your computer. The default client is called same as protocol BitTorrent, but there are also other alternative clients, such as uTorrent, Vuze, Bitlord, Bitcomet etc..
If you want to start torrent download, you have to find a .torrent file on the Internet. Torrent files can be find simply via internet search engines. Torrent files are also stored on developers web sites as an alternative to direct server download of their projects.
How to use BitTorrent client for Windows to download data via BitTorrent protocol
Download and install the BitTorrent client. After installation is finished, BitTorrent will be automatically associated with .torrent files.
Download some torrent file from Internet (from torrent catalogs, developer websites, search engines). In our case torrent file for download installation CD image of Ubuntu Linux.
Double click on downloaded torrent file will start the BitTorrent client.
Press the OK button and BitTorrent will start the download session.
- Now just Wait until your download is finished. BitTorrent client saves its downloaded data in default Windows's Downloads folder.
Official BitTorrent client from version 6 is only re-branded popular alternative client uTorrent.
You could also install some advanced download manager extension for your web browser, that has BitTorrent protocol support. These extensions are available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Opera browser has pre-installed BitTorrent protocol support in its default download manager.