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What comes after torrent?

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Today I found an excellent application called Popcorn Time. Are you tired of waiting 10 minutes for your torrent to be fully downloaded? Watch movies and TV Shows instantly! Popcorn Time streams movies and TV shows from torrents.

You can select quality and subtitles too! Pure awesomeness IMO.

I tried it under Manjaro and it’s available in the AUR. Under Ubuntu just download the archive and it contains a binary executable. And, they also have an Android client!

Popcorn Time uses the following torrent trackers: er.sty//:ptth (HD movies at the smallest file size); hc.vtze//:sptth (TV shows), moc.nahcihurah.www//:ptth (anime).

As I read it in /r/popcorntime, “you can ctrl+v paste magnet links in popcorn time or drag torrent files into it if it doesn’t have the show you want. It will take any torrent, it just only displays YTS and eztv”. Cool.

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 Showrss.info and ifttt.com. “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

Install:

sudo apt-get install transmission-cli

Usage:

$ transmission-cli  -w <download_dir>  <file|url|magnet>
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Torcache

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

Motivation
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?

Solution
.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).

Usage

./bdecode.py ubuntu.torrent

Output:

{   'announce': 'http://torrent.ubuntu.com:6969/announce',
    'announce-list': [   ['http://torrent.ubuntu.com:6969/announce'],
                         ['http://ipv6.torrent.ubuntu.com:6969/announce']],
    'comment': 'Ubuntu CD releases.ubuntu.com',
    'creation date': 1318500053,
    'info': {   'length': 731164672,
                'name': 'ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso',
                'piece length': 524288}}

ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso
697.3 MB

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

Update (20141228)
If you want a Python 3 solution, check out the project BencodePy.

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