How to Create a Torrent
Things to consider before making a torrent:
• Pick a p2p website, read its policies and rules found in the FAQ section.
• Beware of site’s restrictions: some do not allow porn, other are only specialized in music, movies, so on.
• Others require specific conditions: to add some extras to your torrent file such as signature files and ads.
• Some public sites ask for registration (if they’re private, that’s a MUST).
• The size of the torrent must be taken into consideration as well. Not all the users that will download have sufficient space on their hard drives, so consider making multiple torrents (splitting the big one into several parts).
• Before creating a torrent, select your content’s location with great care (on your hard drive) since it’s going to be there for a while.
• Do not modify your files after creating the torrent.
• Be sure the files are not in use by other programs while creating the torrent.
• Avoid compressing multiple files into one archive.
Here are the steps:
Go to uTorrent menu > File > Create New Torrent
After you select Create New Torrent a new window will appear: you can select either “Add a file” or “Add a directory”. Browse to the location of your desired folder/file and select it.
The Tracker: in order for your torrent to be visible on the website, it needs an address, usually found on the website itself. Most of them look like this: http//somewebaddress:portnumber/announce.
So, what you’ll need to do is to check the site where you want to upload the torrent. uTorrent (the client used in this tutorial) supports HTTP and HTTPS (SSL) trackers. UDP trackers are not supported. The advantage of uTorrent is that it can support multiple trackers; if the trackers are from the same server (with similar URLs) they must be grouped together and those from different servers separated by a blank like, just like above.
You can also create an embedded tracker (with uTorrent) although this is not advisable. However, if you do wish to be able to use this option, go to uTorrent menu > options > preferences > advanced > bt.enable_tracker: set to “true”. This is intended only to share with a small group of people for a brief period of time:
On the comment section you may add whatever you feel necessary (further information about your torrent, contact address, so on).
Pieces size option is usually left on auto detect. If you do want to select a size, keep in mind that the larger the content is, the larger the pieces are.
Start seeding – after you finish creating the torrent, it will automatically start the seeding process.
Private torrent – this will disable DHT and PEX. When a tracker is unavailable for some reason, you might find these options useful. If you’re creating the torrent file for some private server, do not check them because usually they do not allow these options. Some of the private server will require for Private torrent option to be checked.
After taking these steps, all you have to do now is to click Create and Save. Depending on the content and the size of your torrent, this will take some time. After everything is done, you will be asked where to save your torrent file (.torrent). You can name the torrent file as you see fit. However, keep in mind that if you’re creating for example a DVD torrent, some websites require information in the title of the torrent such as: DVDrip or Blu-Ray or TV Episodes. Moreover, if you’re creating a torrent that you previously downloaded from another website and it was published by some scene (axxo, FLT, dimension, reloaded, etc) you should respect their work and specify the name of the scene in the title.
To make your torrent available to others you should go to the website (log in if needed), go to the upload page and follow the instructions provided there.
Some private website will ask you to download your own torrent from their website so you can seed it. Here’s what you have to do:
Download the torrent from that website. Stop the torrent as it shows 0% and select the Set Download Location option, then browse to the place where the content of the file is. Start the torrent again and it will check the files till it reaches 100%. After that, your torrent is visible on the website and available for others to see and download.