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How to Download with BitTorrent Using a Proxy

How to Download with BitTorrent Using a Proxy

A simple how-to guide that will show you another way to mask your IP address and safeguard your BitTorrent downloading habits from the prying eyes of copyright holders.

As copyright holders continue to target BitTorrent users for illegally sharing copyrighted material, file-sharers need to mask their IP addresses in order to maintain their anonymity and avoid being targeted for infringement.

VPNs and Tor routers are some of the more common methods people use, though the latter is intended for web browsing – not P2P – since the high data consumption rates slow down connection speeds for others.

Another method you can use is manually routing your connection through one of the many proxy servers out there.

So how does it work? It’s fairly easy.

1. Find a Proxy Server Address

There’s a great list of free public proxy servers that can be found here and here.

2. Open Your BitTorrent Application

In this case I’m using uTorrent. Go to options > preferences > connection.

3. Enter the Proxy Server Address

Under “Proxy Server” select “HTTP” from the drop down menu box, and then enter the IP address of the the proxy server you’ve chosen where it says “Proxy.” The last four digits after the semicolon correspond to the port which should be entered in the “Port” option. Also be sure to check “use proxy server for peer-to-peer connections.”

Example: The proxy server address I selected was 112.65.135.54:8080.

4. Select “Ok”

Simple select the “Ok” button at the bottom and that’s it.

See the example below after loading a torrent tracker for the show “Pioneer One.

That’s it. It’s that easy.

Stay tuned.

[email protected] | @jaredmoya

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
havilove
havilove

Thank for your post. But in fact, hide ip using public proxy server list is not a good solution. Public proxy server list preferring for unblock websites. Im agreeing with solution using VPN.

Matvx
Matvx

So to be clear. This allows anonymous torrent downloading?

JayDevilz
JayDevilz

Thanks bro. u r awesome. Got the torrent working in under 2 minutes. You have explained the process in a language which cannot get any simpler. Kudos. 

pink
pink

how do u find the proxi address .. what is the best proxy that provide free service

krishnamurti sharma
krishnamurti sharma

if youn have any idea to use bit torrent through proxy+ then youn provide me [email protected]

sts
sts

thanx helped!!

bubbles
bubbles

will using a proxy to download with bit torrent also hide my ip when uploading?

bill
bill

doesn't this slow down your downloads?

ping g15
ping g15

Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

Anon
Anon

Good socks proxy that are fast are hard to find...lol

Jimmy Peanut Carter
Jimmy Peanut Carter

@Joe: The domain names in the peer lists are reverse DNSes and are basically strings of random character and can be anything IF the ISP/webhost allows the user to customize the DNS.

Alf Fisher
Alf Fisher

Proxy on private tracker = ban ???

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

How do people get domain names on the peer list? Just type in domain name rather than ip's??? Some names arte fuckin hilarious

Mephitidae
Mephitidae

also ...tcpview from sysinternals.com would be a good way to verify if you are still directly connecting to others or not... your example configuration does not have 'use proxy server for peer-to-peer connections' and 'resolve hostnames through proxy' ticked... so you are only really hiding from the tracker at that point... note to rest of users: example ip used wont allow p2p connections through it... need a socks proxy for that...



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