What is your favorite Torrent client? Mine is Transmission. I have to confess that I used uTorrent before, but I stopped doing it when I found out it was doing “weird things,” like mining BitCoins using the computers that used it. Since then I have tried again to stay at Transmission. This is a Torrent network download manager that is very easy to use. Like everything, sometimes a first push is better, so below is a little guide that explains how to use Transmission to download .torrent files.
Downloading with Transmission
The best thing about Transmission is its simplicity. It has all the options we could want, but these are not very visible. His idea is to show only what may interest us for most cases. That way, we won’t have any distractions or mess around using the program. But on the other hand, it doesn’t have a .torrent file finder, but this is something that very few Torrent clients have.
To download files with Transmission we need the .torrent files which we have just mentioned. These files are hosted on web pages and search engines are responsible for locating .torrent files, searches that are performed on different web pages. The most famous website, which does not work for me right now (searches appear blank) is The Pirate Bay. As it is the most attacked website and spends much of the time falling, I would recommend looking into Kick Ass Torrent.
What we need to do to download with Transmission + Kick Ass Torrent is follow these steps:
- we’re going to kat.cr. If, like me, you use DuckDuckGo as your search engine, you can use Bang! Kick “loquesea” to take you directly to Kick Ass Torrents and show you the desired search.
- We look in the dialog box for what we want. For this example I searched for Ubuntu 16.
- When you press Enter, it will take you to a window like the one below. All you have to do, or what I recommend, is simply click on the magnet icon (marked in the red box), which is the Magnet. A Magnet is the link to Torrent and using it you do not need to download the .torrent file.
- The first time you click on a .magnet link the system will ask you with which program you want to open it. Triem Tranmission.
- If we had already linked the .magnet links to Transmission, clicking on the magnet will open the download information window, as you can see in the following screenshot. Now we can only wait.
If we want to download the files always in the same folder and not modify any value (as is my case), we can go to menu Edit / Preferences / Downloads i uncheck the Show torrent options window box. If we do, just click on the imam icon the download will start.
When .torrent is added, we will see an image like the following:
As I said before, Transmission is characterized by offering us a simple image, so we won’t see many options. Admittedly, the design isn’t the prettiest in the world, but leftover, you’ll see. Among the buttons we see in the main window we see that of to open (In case we have or download a .torrent file instead of clicking on the .magnet link), Get started, pause o remove. If we want to know something about a .torrent, we select it and click on Properties.
At the bottom left we have a wheel of options with which we can limit speed upload and / or download. On the side there is a turtle, which will help us to activate the alternative limits (by default, 50Kb / s both up and down).
We can also upload Torrents with Transmission
If we wish, we can also climb our own Torrents. Uploading .torrent files would require a complete tutorial, but can be summarized in the following steps:
- Let’s go to the menu File / New.
- we choose the source fileThat is, what we want to share.
- The important thing is the Crawlers. We need to look for some good ones and add them in their corresponding box.
- We are waiting for the Torrent to be created.
- Now we need to upload the created file to a website that hosts .torrent files, such as the aforementioned Kick Ass Torrents. We climbed it and filled the fields.
- The last one is, perhaps, the most important thing: be patient and do not move the files or delete the Torrent until it has been uploaded.
As you can see, Transmission is very easy to use. Do you have another Torrent client as a favorite to use in Ubuntu? Which is?