Adding torrent trackers manually to resolve slow downloading torrents is beginning to become a lot more known by people overall it seems every year. Sometimes, there are not enough people (a seed or a peer) connected to you, which means that as a result your download speed will not be maximised. Generally speaking, if you work with a torrent tracker list, you will increase download speeds. It may even help to revive a stuck torrent download.
What is a torrent tracker?
Let’s start with the basics and explain what is a torrent tracker in the BitTorrent world.
A torrent tracker is a server that keeps track of the seeds and peers participating in a torrent file download. When a client, or torrent client software, wants to start downloading a torrent file, it contacts the tracker specified in the torrent file and asks for a list of seeds and peers. The tracker responds with a list of seeds and peers that the client can then connect to and begin downloading the file from. The tracker is an essential part of the BitTorrent protocol, as it helps coordinate the download and upload of torrent files among the various seeds and peers.
What is a seed, and what is a peer?
In the BitTorrent protocol, a seed is a computer that has a complete copy of the file or files being shared via the torrent and is uploading (seeding) those files to other clients. A seed can also be thought of as a source of the file being shared.
A peer, on the other hand, is a computer that is downloading the file or files being shared via the torrent and is also uploading (sharing) them with other clients. Peers are also known as leeches, as they are downloading the file from seeds and other peers.
In a BitTorrent download, seeds and peers work together to share the file or files being downloaded. Seeds provide a complete copy of the file to peers, while peers download pieces of the file from seeds and other peers and then share those pieces with other peers. This process helps to distribute the load of the download and allows for faster download speeds.
Each peer and seed will be announced via a torrent tracker. Adding more trackers means that potentially a higher number of seeds and peers will become available to you. Each seed or peer may start uploading pieces of the file(s) to you, meaning that you will ultimately have a higher download speed for that torrent.
How to add a torrent tracker in your torrent program?
First of all, I will add that by default, there will be a (limited) set of torrent trackers available for each torrent download. The torrent file or magnet URI contains some metadata: one of which is the torrent tracker list for that particular torrent. The goal here is to manually add more torrent trackers (which will hopefully ultimately increase your speeds).
How you add the lits of torrent trackers will depend slightly on the torrent program of your choice. The most popular torrent downloading programs all are using a similar layout and the steps are roughly the same to follow (e.g. popular torrent downloading programs include qBittorrent, uTorrent, Deluge, BitTorrent, Vuze, Transmission).
- Open your torrent program
- Cick on the concerned torrent in the torrent downloading list
- Go to ‘trackers’
- Right-click, and select ‘Add trackers…’ or ‘Add a new tracker…’. This will open a new window
- Copy the below list of trackers (see bottom of this page)
- Click on ‘OK’ to confirm
Once the list of torrent trackers is added, you may see the download speed increase in the coming minutes at most. You may see more entries in the ‘peers’ tab, because thanks to the new trackers, you have found more peers to connect with and exchange data with.
Torrent tracker list 2023
As a short reminder: these trackers are tested, working, open (no payment needed) and fully functioning (upon publication of this list).
You will notice that each line is followed by a blank line. This is on purpose and it is even required in order for your torrent program to correctly interpret the list that you import.