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Sep 4, 8:28 PM

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Can someone tell me the main steps to begin torrenting. I've never done it before and want to start, I know I need a VPN but kind of lost on which one would be best to get. (I live in the US)

Also what are the average file sizes when torrenting say for one episode of 1080p anime?

Thank you for anyone that is able to help!
 
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You don't need a VPN, but you need a client that can download the files. I've been using BitTorrent for years now, so I could recommend that one.

Second, you need to download the torrent file after you installed the client program. Horriblesubs is pretty good and has a lot of anime. Filesize can differ a lot, depending on what version of an anime you're downloading. Like, dual-audio BD-rip is much larger than a webrip, even if they're both in 1080p. But they're usually at least several hundred mb per episode in size, with some going over 1gb in size, so get some good storage if you plan on downloading a lot at once.

Also, with torrents, make sure you keep torents up for others to upload until you've got a positive ratio. If your share ratio sucks, you might eventually end up having trouble downloading from some places.
 
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afaik USA is ok with downloading pirated anime but not hollywood movies so you do not need a VPN if you will only torrent pirated anime

try qBittorrent for software here https://www.qbittorrent.org/
 
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Torrents are not worth the risk.
 
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Use of a VPN or the Tor network will help protect any of your traffic from unwanted tampering, regardless of what you're doing. Although, these things aren't free, and if they are, you're the product.

File sizes for animated video are as Milennin says. Highly variable. Anywhere from 300mb-1.5gb per 25min episode. Many factors influence file size, such as file format, number of audio tracks (as in, sound, not the subtitles), and bitrate of both the video and audio.
 
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Get6 Qtorrent, change the ip sent ot another address. Get peerblock and run that 24/7.

Instal the filters on peerblock, you can even install country filters if you want. I have never had a warning/letter and there's a site where you can check to see what they know about your downloads and mine is blank. I can only assume they check the ip sent rather than the actual ip the data is sent to.
 
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I use Utorrent to torrent anything i want to play, watch and look at.

Try UTorrent here:
https://www.utorrent.com/desktop/
 
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Sep 5, 11:41 AM

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heg said:
try qBittorrent for software here https://www.qbittorrent.org/

Seconding this, qbittorrent is the best client, everything else is either harder to set up or, in the case of utorrent, has security issues.

Also, you don't *need* a vpn but if you feel like getting one anyway, never get a free one. All of the information your computer sends and receives goes through a vpn, ill let you figure out why theyre profitable even if they are free.


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Thank you all for the replies! I will try out qbittorrent.


Annie_Goo said:
heg said:
try qBittorrent for software here https://www.qbittorrent.org/

Seconding this, qbittorrent is the best client, everything else is either harder to set up or, in the case of utorrent, has security issues.

Also, you don't *need* a vpn but if you feel like getting one anyway, never get a free one. All of the information your computer sends and receives goes through a vpn, ill let you figure out why theyre profitable even if they are free.

I'll just go without one. Will only be downloading anime.

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Torrents are not worth the risk.

Most people who watch anime seem to use them without issue. but can you elaborate?
 
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You're literally 10 years too late. All the P2P giants got wiped off the grid and it's just the necros that are left.

If you live in the USA where they actually enforce copyright law, then use a VPN. If you live in some other place, you're probably safe with a vanilla client like uTorrent.
 
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Slagar said:
goathead said:
Torrents are not worth the risk.

Most people who watch anime seem to use them without issue. but can you elaborate?


Most people I know who used torrents got letters from the police.
 
Sep 5, 1:36 PM

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I use qBittorrent and have downloaded many terabytes of anime without a VPN and nothing has ever happened. I live in the US.
 
Sep 5, 1:37 PM

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Just use uTorrent, has been around for years and years and always works.
 
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goathead said:
Slagar said:

Most people who watch anime seem to use them without issue. but can you elaborate?


Most people I know who used torrents got letters from the police.
and I've never once heard of anyone getting letters from the police for torrenting anime. We used to talk out loud in highschool about torrenting anime from various places and the teachers wouldn't even raise an eyebrow. People simply do not give a shit.

Canada btw.
 
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Syrup- said:
goathead said:


Most people I know who used torrents got letters from the police.
and I've never once heard of anyone getting letters from the police for torrenting anime. We used to talk out loud in highschool about torrenting anime from various places and the teachers wouldn't even raise an eyebrow. People simply do not give a shit.

Canada btw.


Well maybe they are more strict in Europe. And it wasn't necessarily for anime.
 
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Honestly, just find a good stream site or whatever. I've gotten so lazy that I just use certain stream sites.

Also, I've never once been flagged for torrenting anime. You should be fine if you do.
 
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TheHentaiKing said:
I've gotten so lazy that I just use certain stream sites.
Funny enough, I'm too lazy to use streaming sites. RSS downloads are all you need; just set and forget for seasonal stuff.
 
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Yarub said:
You're literally 10 years too late. All the P2P giants got wiped off the grid and it's just the necros that are left.
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if your main purpose is uploading, then any torrent client is fine. but if you use torrent to download stuff, i recommend using qbit.
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nym_ said:
Yarub said:
You're literally 10 years too late. All the P2P giants got wiped off the grid and it's just the necros that are left.
RIP KAT (2008-2016)

if your main purpose is uploading, then any torrent client is fine. but if you use torrent to download stuff, i recommend using qbit.
KAT, Demonoid, ExtraTorrent, H33t, OG PirateBay etc...

Those were the sites that cultivated the P2P community and now they're all gone. Kat in particular had good forums, too.
 
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goathead said:
Syrup- said:
and I've never once heard of anyone getting letters from the police for torrenting anime. We used to talk out loud in highschool about torrenting anime from various places and the teachers wouldn't even raise an eyebrow. People simply do not give a shit.

Canada btw.


Well maybe they are more strict in Europe. And it wasn't necessarily for anime.

I've never heard of cops giving a shit about piracy. Your internet provider would shut down your service is literally the worst that would happen. Pirates don't get in trouble (if they have any intelligence regarding copyright law if not a lawyer). The ones putting the files out there do.
 
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PsychoticDave said:
goathead said:


Well maybe they are more strict in Europe. And it wasn't necessarily for anime.

I've never heard of cops giving a shit about piracy. Your internet provider would shut down your service is literally the worst that would happen. Pirates don't get in trouble (if they have any intelligence regarding copyright law if not a lawyer). The ones putting the files out there do.


I'm a pirate myself. I just don't do torrents.
 
Sep 6, 11:01 AM

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when it comes to notices the most a provider would do is that they would send you a notice, but that’s for western media - with anime, it never happens

nyaa should still be up, but if you want you can join a private tracker. animebytes is the biggest and easiest to get into, but you’ll have to know a bit about torrents to get in
 
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goathead said:
Slagar said:

Most people who watch anime seem to use them without issue. but can you elaborate?


Most people I know who used torrents got letters from the police.

idk about police, but internet providers do send out those types of emails. Mostly harmless unless you either reach out and end up dragging it further, or if you constantly do it in rapid succession. Even so, it's mostly for games and sometimes movies cause for whatever reason publishers are able to tell if you are pirating their thing or not (or something like that). Anime though, nobody gives a shit if you're pirating it so I think OP should be fine lol
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qbitorrent is a good client to use.

As people have said a VPN is not not needed if you are only downloading anime. I've been flagged several times but only for US movies and TV and never for anime. If they do start flagging anime ISPs give you several warnings so you can always start using a VPN after you get one.

If you want something that will watch for and download your anime for you Sonarr is very easy to use.

Keiju said:
animebytes is the biggest and easiest to get into, but you’ll have to know a bit about torrents to get in


How? I've wanted to get into animebytes for years but have never been able to. I'm a member of several other private trackers but don't know anyone on animebytes to get an invite.
 
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How? I've wanted to get into animebytes for years but have never been able to. I'm a member of several other private trackers but don't know anyone on animebytes to get an invite.
i joined last year when they had open interviews, and the interview itself is pretty easy (basic knowledge about trackers and your interests in anime). you can check /r/trackers for when those things open up or go on /r/invites to request an invite.
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goathead said:
Syrup- said:
and I've never once heard of anyone getting letters from the police for torrenting anime. We used to talk out loud in highschool about torrenting anime from various places and the teachers wouldn't even raise an eyebrow. People simply do not give a shit.

Canada btw.


Well maybe they are more strict in Europe. And it wasn't necessarily for anime.


European here.
Have been torrenting anime since torrents themselves were invented. No letters.
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I once torrented some movie, a month later I received a fine from some pissed of company. Told them they had the wrong IP-address. Lesson learned though. Don't torrent things. Use a VPN
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I use utorrent and Taiga.moe paired with anilist.co and Nyaa until MAL's API is back up. so currently have to update MAL manually and I also use Radarr and Sonarr for Movies/TV Shows (IMDb,Rarbg,TPB,Yify) plus Betternet VPN so everything I watch is downloaded safely, renamed and moved automatically to my Plex Server.
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Just a quick question about VPN security. Is it really more secure to use VPN than just directly using your ISP? Reading about VPN technology, every VPN provider states that your data is encrypted and your online activities are hidden from your ISP. So your ISP can't see what you are doing but that doesn't mean that VPN provider can't. Reading every free VPN provider privacy policy they clearly state that they collect your data and share with third parties. So how the hell is this secure if your data is being sold to unknown people? If paid VPN states that they don't collect your data that doesn't mean they don't do it. Call me paranoid.

I have been torrenting movies, games, anime, you name it. Haven't received any letters from anyone about me illegally downloading stuff. I view pornography and some other nasty stuff on the internet. So what if my ISP sees that I am strangling my goose? As long my bank account is safe I honestly don't give a fuck what ISP sees about me.
 
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Almost any torrent client have the option of require an encrypted connection. I use qbittorrent. Getting a torrent or magnet link can be done through TOR with obfs4. End points are visible to your ISP, but not any data passing through, so no basis for charges.

The only problem is that it is possible done companies might seed the torrent, collecting the IPs is any leechers and other seeders.
 
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@incognit yea, that is a bit paranoid, the data they sell to companies is mostly ad driven information like name, age, sex, phone number, address, sites you visit, keywords you use so that they can create a footprint for delivering the best ads to you or put you on some relevant emal/caller lists, same as anytime you use any search engines and then start seeing ads of things your recently searched for.

VPN's mainly protect against the big name music labels and hollywood movie companies that hire informants to download torrents and then save the ip numbers of other peers who are downloading/seeding it to report through your ISP's DMCA complaint forms in which your ISP especially in USA will warn you about and after several email notifications or attempts will shut off your service typically until you contact them.

The VPN prevents this by encrypting data and spoofing your IP address so the informant can not report you based off of IP.

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