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What is Mac-Torrents?
Mac-Torrents is the largest Mac only BitTorrent search engine. We store the torrent files that enable you to download files with BitTorrent.
 
What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol used to distribute files. In lamens terms, you use it to download files.
More information:

* Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide

 
How do I download files using BitTorrent?
1. Download and install a BitTorrent client.
2. Click on a torrent from mac-torrents and select open file.
3. Your BitTorrent client should open up and ask you where you would like to save your download.
4. Wait for your download to finish!
 
Where can I get a BitTorrent Client?
* Tomato Torrent
* Transmission
* Bitrocket
 
What is a .torrent file?
This is a small metadata file. Metadata here means that the file contains information about the data you want to download, not the data itself. Your BitTorrent client needs the .torrent file to connect to the tracker(?) and download the data you want.
 
What is a tracker?
A server on the internet that acts to coordinate the actions of BitTorrent clients. When you open a torrent, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of peers to connect to.
 
What is a seed?
A seed is a client that has a complete copy of the data from the torrent. Once you have completed downloading a torrent you also become a seeder.
 
What is a leech?
A leech is a client that is in the process of downloading a torrent. Once the client has the complete file they become a seed.
 
How do I create and Upload a torrent to Mac-Torrents?

First you need to create the .torrent file, I suggest using transmission, azureus or tomato torrent to create your torrents as they all have that feature.

For this example I am using transmission, click file then create torrent file. Then you will have to choose the file or folder you want to share (make sure the file is located in the download dir of your torrent program so that it will seed).

After selecting the files you wish you share you will be asked for the tracker announce url, use one of the following:

http://109.235.50.166:2710/announce

http://tracker.torrentbay.to:6969/announce

http://bt.firebit.org:2710/announce

Press create to generate the .torrent file, the .torrent file should then load in transmission and be seeding. You can then surf to http://www.mac-torrents.com/torrents.php?mode=upload
to upload your newly created torrent(you will need to login) also please be sure to name your torrent appropriately to it is easily identified and add any comments that are necessary.

 
What to do with .rar, .r01, .r02 files?
These are RAR archive files, which is just a compression type similar to .zip but just split up into many files. You need to install a program like WinRAR to extract the contents.
 
What if it is password protected?
The password is most likely the URL that is in the name of the torrent (posibly even with [] if it is for example "Test torrent [www.test.com]"). If that is not the case try the URL of the tracker (see the details page of the torrent). If that is not the password try to go to the tracker URL (without the scrape part!) and look for a password there. Another good idea is to go back and check the torrent details page to see if anyone has posted the password, if not you can add a comment requesting it.
 
 
What to do with .dmg, and .iso, files?
These are cd image files that can either be burned onto CD or DVD or extracted to your hard drive.
 
I keep getting this message from the tracker: Port 6881 is blacklisted.?
You must change your listening port in your BitTorrent client Prefrences/Options.

 

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