Posts Tagged ‘torrent’

Automate with IFTTT

IFTTT is a great service that enables users to connect different web applications (e.g., Facebook, Evernote, Weather, Dropbox, etc.) together through simple conditional statements known as “Recipes”.” (via wikipedia)

IFTTT stands for “if this then that”. That is, if a condition is met, then an action is triggered.

Here is a nice introductory video. It shows how to get an SMS if it’s going to rain tomorrow:


Let’s see another example. Say you have a favourite TV show that you want to watch as soon as possible. When the new episode is out, you want to get an email notification.

As reddit user ACreatureVoidOfForm pointed out, we need and “Create a page on showrss for all the shows you watch and generate an RSS feed. Create a rule on ifttt to email you when a new entry is added to the feed.” (tip from here)

38,157 quality wallpapers

April 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Here (reddit post) you can find a torrent file that points to an 18 GB archive that contains 38,000+ quality wallpapers. The images are collected from imgur.

I downloaded it and put their imgur IDs on Gist, see here.

bittorrent client from the command line

January 14, 2014 Leave a comment


sudo apt-get install transmission-cli


$ transmission-cli  -w <download_dir>  <file|url|magnet>
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January 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Torcache is a free service for caching t. files online. I noticed by accident (got a timeout error…) that one big t. site stores its t. files here too.

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Torrent FAQ

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Voila 4chan’s torrenting FAQ:

Original place: here.

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Decode .torrent files

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday I tried Tribler, which is a next generation torrent client. Its novelty is that it is decentralized, thus it doesn’t need trackers at all.

I noticed that Tribler contacts other clients to collect .torrent files that are stored locally. This way every client becomes a small “tracker”. I got curious to see what those .torrent files are. How to decode them?

.torrent files have a so-called bencode format. At effbot I found a simple decoder in Python that I extended a little bit. My version can be found here (and it’s part of my jabbapylib library now).


./ ubuntu.torrent


{   'announce': '',
    'announce-list': [   [''],
    'comment': 'Ubuntu CD',
    'creation date': 1318500053,
    'info': {   'length': 731164672,
                'name': 'ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso',
                'piece length': 524288}}

697.3 MB

As you can see, information about pieces is omitted. If you need that too, use the variable torrent.long_torrent.

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Tribler: torrent of the future (?)

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer client with various features for watching videos online. The user interface of Tribler is very basic and focused on ease of use, instead of including features. Tribler is based on the BitTorrent protocol and uses an overlay network for content searching. Due to this overlay network Tribler does not require an external website or indexing service to discover content. Tribler features include: video-only searching, experimental video streaming, and an integrated video player. Tribler is available for Linux, Windows and OS X.” (source)

More info here. (in Hungarian)

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