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Tribler: BitTorrent Client that Doesn’t Need Tracker Sites, Can’t Be Shut Down

Tribler: BitTorrent Client that Doesn’t Need Tracker Sites, Can’t Be Shut Down

Tribler is, as the developers claim, “designed to keep BitTorrent alive, even when all torrent search engines, indexes and trackers are pulled offline,” and can only be shut down if you “take down the Internet” itself.

These days an air of uncertainty blankets the P2P world as torrent tracker sites like BTJunkie and others have decided to voluntarily close their doors in the wake of the MegaUpload raid by US authorities.

Sure a majority of remaining sites are safe, at least those in countries that smartly recognize the fact that torrent tracker sites don’t actually host any copyrighted material, but the question is for how long? Tribler is likely the answer.

Though not new to the scene, it’s been around for more than five years, reserachers at Delft University of Technology have been picking up the pace to make it a virtually bulletproof form of P2P data sharing. I first covered its creation back in 2006, and the researchers have been working tirelessly to perfect it ever since.

“Our key scientific quest is facilitating unbounded information sharing,” Dr. Johan Pouwelse told TorrentFreak in a recent interview. “We simply don’t like unreliable servers. With Tribler we have achieved zero-seconds downtime over the past six years, all because we don’t rely on shaky foundations such as DNS, web servers or search portals.”

And that’s the key to fighting back against legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and even the ACTA: Tribler doesn’t need torrent tracker sites. Downloading data is done independent of a centralized server. Tribler users enter a query into the built-in search engine, and it returns a list of results from other connected peers.

To weed out spam and fake files propagated by anti-P2P groups users can create “channels” of verified content that other users can “like.” The more “likes” a channel garners the further it rises in popularity.

When it comes to vulnerability to outside forces, govts and international entertainment conglomerates in particular, Dr. Pouweise says that “The only way to take it down is to take The Internet down.”

How’s that for one hell of a game of whac-a-mole?

It just goes to show that no matter what groups like the MPAA and RIAA try to do fight P2P in the end technology ALWAYS wins. It’s not the most popular BitTorrent client, and as result content selection is somewhat lacking, but that could all well change in the near future if legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA come to fruition.

Tribler runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux so nobody will feel left out.

Stay tuned.

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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
justletmepostdammit
justletmepostdammit

and then the government decided to ban every protocol other than HTTP HAHAHA

evilmegaman
evilmegaman

so what exactly is the difference between this and gnutella? haven't all these features been around for years?

ex-ex
ex-ex

I seem to recall an all-in-one bittorrent client from years ago that made similar claims, even calling itself the successor to Bittorrent.. It was called EXEEM.

Erik
Erik

Agreed - do we really need another vulnerable P2P client? And who can you trust anymore?

esd
esd

strange now this is just a p2p client and mafiaa has sued them out of exsistance for years. I wonder what their excuse now is how this is not a p2p client?

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Nobody needed it with so many tracker sites around and free to do as they please (for the most part). If the govt starts shutting them down en masse (unlikely, but possible) you'll see a greater demand.

keren_sky
keren_sky

what do you mean by vulnerable? how is tribler threatened? Could you ever trust anybody?



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