Thursday, January 8, 2009

µTorrent -the lightest BitTorrent client

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to distribute large amounts of data, and by some estimates it accounts for about 35% of all traffic on the entire Internet. BitTorrent is a cooperative distribution of content where each individual who is downloading (and those who have downloaded) the content use their upload capacity to give the content to others.
BitTorrent is often used for distribution of very large files, very popular files and files available for free, as it is a lot cheaper, faster and more efficient to distribute files using BitTorrent than a regular download. To know more about BitTorrent and to understand how it works read this article written by keroffs at Gizmos.
You require a BitTorrent Client or a computer program that follows the rules of BitTorrent protocol to facilitate download. µTorrent is a BitTorrent client which is the lightest and the most popular one.View screen shot. µTorrent is praised widely for its small size and the minimal computer resources it uses which sets it apart from other clients. Some advantages of µTorrent are
  • Multiple simultaneous downloads
  • Configurable bandwidth scheduler
  • Global and per-torrent speed limiting
  • Quick-resumes interrupted transfers
  • RSS Downloader etc.
In the installation process of µTorrent you will test your internet connection spead and configure your client accordingly.
To go to a web site and download content, you need a 'torrent file', a small file that tells the BitTorrent client the necessary info to download the content you want. This is generally obtained from a torrent website. Many websites offer torrents as one method of downloading files. To find torrent files you can search the key word in your browser by adding 'torrent' to it. Another method is to use sites like or seedpeer to get torrent files.For example,, a free alternative to Microsoft Office, can be downloaded using BitTorrent.

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