It is becoming more known: adding more torrent trackers increase your torrent download speed. This is why, every year, I publish a fresh new list of open and free torrent trackers that you can use in your favourite torrent program. In broad terms, by adding more torrent trackers, your torrent downloads will connect to a wider network of seeds and peers – ultimately this will increase the downloading speeds of your torrents.
In this blogpost, I will share the torrent trackers list 2022 as well as a short tutorial on how to add the trackers into the torrent downloading program of your choice.
Reminder: What is a torrent tracker?
First, let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about what is a BitTorrent tracker:
A BitTorrent tracker is a special type of server that assists in the communication between peers using the BitTorrent protocol.
In peer-to-peer file sharing, a software client on an end-user PC requests a file, and portions of the requested file residing on peer machines are sent to the client, and then reassembled into a full copy of the requested file. The “tracker” server keeps track of where file copies reside on peer machines, which ones are available at time of the client request, and helps coordinate efficient transmission and reassembly of the copied file. Clients that have already begun downloading a file communicate with the tracker periodically to negotiate faster file transfer with new peers, and provide network performance statistics; however, after the initial peer-to-peer file download is started, peer-to-peer communication can continue without the connection to a tracker.Wikipedia
So basically when you add a torrent tracker URL to your torrent program, it will instruct your torrent program to connect to that BitTorrent tracker server. This tracker is basically the ‘referee’ and knows the rule of the torrent-game: it will keep an eye on the full downloading scene that is happening surrounding the concerned torrent.
In this blogpost I will only list open, public and free torrent trackers. This means that you don’t need to pay, register or connect to a specific network in order to make use of the tracker services. You simply import the list and the new seeds and peers should start to connect automatically.
The main advantages of trackers
First of all: a torrent tracker is not something optional in the BitTorrent world. Without trackers, you would not be able to start your downloads. It means that your torrent will be stuck at 0% because it cannot find any seeds or peers. If you add a torrent to your torrent program by downloading a .torrent file or clicking a magnet link, it will already contain a reference to 1 or a small list of trackers.
So by adding (more) trackers, your downloads will not get stuck at zero percent (or somewhere in the middle). Secondly, your overall downloads speed will increase, so that in the end your downloads will finish quickly.
As a third advantage I want to add that more seeds and peers will be added which are close to you geographically. If you live in Germany, the torrent trackers will likely also inform your torrent program there are other seeds and peers closely – in the same country or nearby. Your download program can perform a quick check on the latency of each seed/peer and prefer faster seeds and peers. Example: if you download an internal torrent file (such as Ubuntu Desktop), you will likely be connected to other users all over the world. Yet, your torrent program may prefer to download from other users in Germany or Europa rather than far away from you.
How to add a torrent tracker in my torrent program?
Adding new trackers (coming from the torrent tracker list below) to your torrent program is relatively easy. But, it depends on your preferred program how it works exactly. The principle of adding trackers is the same for all programs though, so if you follow below steps, you should be able to replicate these steps for your program.
The below procedure should work for the following popular BitTorrent programs:
- Web-based torrent
Here are the steps you should follow:
- First, copy the below list of trackers to your clipboard. Note that the empty new lines are required and should remain.
- Open your torrent program and select the ‘trackers’ option
- Click on ‘add trackers’ (or similar option)
- Paste the list of trackers and confirm by clicking ‘Ok’
If you followed these simple steps, you should have succesfully added the trackers for your torrent. You should note that these steps should be repeated for every torrent file you are downloading. Now the torrent download should start to add more seeds and peers, this is because the new trackers will keep track of more connected users who are also downloading and uploading the concerned torrent file.
Torrent tracker list 2022
Use the torrent tracker list below: copy this and paste it into your downloading program.