As of today, we are using BitTorrent to share big files with our readers. To make sure you will have no problems downloading our content, we would like to show how things will work out. To learn all there is to know about how to download files via BitTorrent - check out this article.
What is BitTorrent & How it Works?
To quote Wikipedia: "BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data. BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files, and it has been estimated that it accounted for roughly 27% to 55% of all Internet traffic (depending on geographical location) as of February 2009."
Due to its efficiency, BitTorrent is used mostly for illegally sharing copyrighted content: it is easy to use, doesn’t overload servers, etc. However, there are also legal torrent sharing services, such as ClearBits which help content creators distribute their work in a legal, cheap and efficient way. And, as of today, we are using ClearBits too. Before you start downloading, we advise you to go through these great tutorials, published by the team from How-To Geek, so that you understand how BitTorrent works:
- BitTorrent for Beginners: How To Get Started Downloading Torrents - if you have not used BitTorrent before, it is crucial that you read this article. It explains all the important basics: how it works, what are indexers, trackers, peers, seeders and leechers, etc.
- BitTorrent for Beginners: Protecting Your Privacy - how to keep your BitTorrent activity as private as possible.
- BitTorrent for Beginners: Making the Most of Your Internet Connection - how to configure your BitTorrent client, so that you download as fast as possible and without killing your Internet connection.
An Example of How to Download via ClearBits
We will use ClearBits mostly for distributing Windows 7 theme packs and other big downloads to you. Let’s see how it works and take as an example our Starcraft 2 Theme Pack By 7 Tutorials. If you go to its ClearBits download page, you will see a page similar to the one below. Click on Torrent file.
Download the torrent file and open it with your BitTorrent client. We are using the most popular client - µTorrent.
Once you open the torrent file, you are asked where you want to save the files contained by it. Select the desired location and click OK.
The download starts and, after a short while, it finishes. Now you can use the files we shared with you.
What You Can Download from ClearBits?
For now, we have only a few items you can download. However, we do plan to share more and more stuff, as our website continues to grow. So check out the stuff recommended below. Also, ClearBits shares lots of legal content: books, videos, games, etc. You might want to check that out too.