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Torrent Trackers

Torrent Trackers

Added: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Category: Extra Torrent Related > ET Community
Tags:Lies, Tracker, Torrent Stats, Seed, Leech
Many have asked the question, which trackers can I rely on? As of recent, so many popular torrent trackers are falling. The Pirate Bay, which at one time was the main torrent tracker throughout most of the world, is no longer showing proper stats for it's torrents. Leaving many to ask, what do I do now? Well there are many alternatives, although I recommend using a tried and trusted tracker, for the torrent to live on for a very long time.

How A Tracker Works

Trackers are not exactly "necessary" when producing/creating/downloading .torrent files. By all means, a torrent can exist without any trackers, simply using DHT (Distributed Hash Table) to allow you to continue downloading a torrent, even if trackers are dead. The major reason for trackers, are to allow public sites to be able to "scrape" or read the stats of a particular torrent, and show the correct seed and leech stat of on or more trackers. The "definition" of a Bit Torrent tracker, is a server that assists in the communication between peers using the BitTorrent protocol. It is also, in the absence of extensions to the original protocol, the only major critical point, as clients are required to communicate with the tracker to initiate downloads. Clients that have already begun downloading also communicate with the tracker periodically to negotiate with newer peers and provide statistics; however, after the initial reception of peer data, peer communication can continue without a tracker.

Trackers that are being used globally, are essential to ensuring that you will get hits on torrents you create, as the majority of the public is ill-informed on the technical aspects of trackers. Making sure your torrents show a proper seed and leech count, can be the deciding factor in whether or not someone new or inexperienced with Bit Torrent, can or will download your torrents. Personally, I use a very small range of torrent trackers. I have been using the Genesis tracker, for quite some time now publicly, and it has proven itself to be extremely reliable to me, http://genesis.1337x.org:1337/announce , although many others use a variety of alternatives.

I continue to use Pirate Bay and Open BitTorrent trackers, to show my support for a decision in file sharing which could one day affect us all. I also believe that soon I will no longer use these trackers, depending on the outcome of the mixed media circus known as The Pirate Bay case. If you still use these trackers, you have probably noticed, that all recent torrents, are unable to scrape this tracker. The fate of this, has still yet to be determined.

If you are looking for a new list of potential trackers to be using on your torrents, look no further than our friends over at FileShareFreak, they have provided us all with an excellent list of options, which you can view here http://filesharefreak.com/trackers-list/. Make no mistake about it, tracking torrents is a rough game, and if you choose a tracker that eventually fails, your torrents will no longer report the correct stats, and some clients may not be able to access the torrent in any way, shape, or form. It is always a great idea, to use a backup tracker, as trackers come and go.

Tracker software serves up torrent files for download from a web site. The tracker maintains information about all Bit Torrent clients utilizing each torrent. Specifically, the tracker identifies the network location of each client either uploading or downloading the P2P file associated with a torrent. It also tracks which fragment(s) of that file each client possesses, to assist in efficient data sharing between clients. If the tracker fails or discontinues, then you may be left stranded. To prevent this, try using tested and reliable trackers, researching their whereabouts and the owners of the fore-mentioned tracker, to make sure they plan to keep the tracker active for a very long time.

Some trackers are hosting millions of torrents, while others, only range in the thousands. Availability and reliability, should always be considered. Some sites cannot scrape certain trackers, as they are coded in a manner unlike most. Newer clients, are allowing or will be allowing the use of UDP trackers, which I will describe further for you.

The UDP tracker protocol is a high-performance low-overhead BitTorrent tracker protocol. It uses the stateless User Datagram Protocol (UDP) for data transmission instead of the HTTP protocol (over TCP) regular trackers use. The data is in a custom binary format instead of the standard bencode algorithm BitTorrent uses for most communication. The UDP tracker is better optimized and puts less strain on the tracking server, but it is supported by only a few BitTorrent clients. On the other hand the HTTP tracker is supported by all BitTorrent clients and is more reliable for ratio updates. Neither tracker has any effect on transfer speeds, except that if a user wanted to use a web browser (transfers via HTTP) then the UDP downloads would not be as affected by the increase in local traffic.

UDP may possibly be the future of open and public torrent trackers, keep an eye out for more of these sprouting up in the future, as more and more torrent clients will be allowing them, such as the future release(s) of uTorrent. Something else to consider while choosing trackers, is the availability it may have. Many trackers require IP registration in order for some to be able to use it to download from, thats why I cannot stress how important it is to use a public tracker, that ALL are able to download from.

P2P file sharing, was intended to be able to be used by ALL as a free and open source method for anyone, located anywhere, without restraint, to gain access to content. Although you may think you are "super cool leet" by using a private tracker, you are in fact, killing file sharing as an open source and free enterprise allowing everyone to freely distribute files online. You can go ahead and categorize yourself as the same type of douchebags, whom are attempting to share files for profit. This is sad, and NOT what file sharing is about, thus proving you do not in fact "care" about file sharing as a whole. File sharing is a right, help promote it, educate yourself, and remember, sharing is caring.

September 1st, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2009-09-02 01:17:40)
terry74usa avatarinteresting, ive been scared of tpb lately.please keep us updated on trackers we can use safely.

posted by (2009-09-02 13:00:09)
delskioffskinov avatarits people like you that should be in charge of the net! you have my utmost respect!

posted by (2009-09-04 03:57:27)
jobfinder avatarThanx OBS U da-man, this is all NEW to me but your makeing it easy to learn.

posted by (2009-09-04 11:16:19)
onewinged90 avatarVery useful article.
Sharing is caring =D

posted by ModeratorTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2009-09-06 07:44:27)
Cat avataryep i'm following this for awile now hope we can have some good trackers in the future....thanks obs

posted by Blocked (2009-10-28 07:23:36)
codyxXx avatarGreat! thnxXx

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