This tutorial is written for all Ubuntu users who are missing the privilege of Peer-2-Peer file sharing upon switching to Ubuntu. However, no need to fret, there is a way that you can return to your file sharing habits. Read below to find out how you can install and use P2P file sharing on your Ubuntu computer system.

The first step you must take towards installing a bittorrent client is to check whether or not you already have a bittorrent client installed on your computer. To do so you must open the “Terminal” (command prompt) and enter the text below into the command prompt text area:

whereis bittorrent

 

Once you have entered the text exactly as highlighted above, you will be provided with a text response in the command prompt window. If you are prompted with the text below or similar then you currently have bittorrent installed and you have no need to install a bittorrent client program:

bittorrent: usr/share/bittorrent

 

If the text aove does not appear in your command prompt then you must enter the command below directly into the command prompt text area:

sudo apt-get install bittorrent

 

Once you have entered the text above you will then be prompted with a simple “y/n” prompt, asking you whether or not you would like to install xxxxKb or packages, to which you must press the “Y” key on your keyboard and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard to accept the download of the package.

 

Once you have accepted the download request of the package, you will then notice a large amount of text scrolling across your command prompt text area, which unless you are an advanced user, needs not to be worried about. After a short period of time (usually 5 to 60 seconds, depending on your computer and internet connection) the download will have completed and the packages will have installed. At this time you will be able to tell whether or not the download and installation of the software has completed by checking that your command prompt shows the text below:

root@ubuntu-machine: _   <- This underscore will be flashing (this is your cursor)

 

If your command prompt reads text similar to the text highlighted above, you may then close your “Terminal” window by clicking the close button, which will be marked with an “X”.

 

Your bittorrent client will now be installed and ready to fetch all of your favourite files! In order to begin downloading from the P2P networks all around the world, you must first decide on what type of files you would like to download. These files can be anything, such as; audio, videos, pictures, installation files, .iso disc image files, etc, etc. The list of files across the P2P networks around the world truly are endless. So it is high time that you utilized the P2P network and collected all the files you haven’t been able to find on websites!

 

Now that you have decided on the file or files that you would like to download, you must then head to a “Bittorrent Tracker” website. These websites will have a vast list of files known as “Torrents”. These files will have a “.torrent” extension. For example:

familyphotocollage.jpg

or

your-favourite-games-collection.rar

 

Note: Prior to visiting a torrent tracker site or downloading torrents or files via the P2P network, I highly recommend that you have an active antivirus software installed. I understand that Linux overall is much more immune to viruses in general as opposed to most other, more common operating systems, although I recommend “Clam” antivirus. It is one of the most commonly discussed antivirus solutions for the Linux environment, also I have tested it and executed a large number of viruses written for Linux against my computer system, I acquired the dummy virus pack on a torrent tracking website. I destroyed the dummy virus pack after I had finished my security testing. I suggest you do the same, as it may be illegal to hold these security testing marvels on your computer.

The files you are intending to download will determine where you are more likely to find the torrent file for downloading the files. I will give you a list of torrent tracking websites, which will be a helpful start in beginning downloading your files. I recommend that you start at a site such as Torrentpond. The Torrentpond website is an intricate layout of various links and advertisements, however there is no need to be daunted, as I am here to help you understand it.

 

The first thing you must do is veer your eyes to the left of the webpage. At the top-left corner of the webpage you will see a “Search” bar. In this bar you must enter the name of the file you wish to search for and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard to initiate the search for your file. Torrentpond doesn’t only scan one website for a torrent file for the file you wish to download, but it scans many different torrent tracking websites, each in separate categories. From these categories you must navigate throughout the page in search for the perfect torrent to suit your needs.

 

Once you have found the torrent you wish to use to download your file, all you must do is click the link highlighted in blue and then when the “Save” dialogue window opens prompting you to enter a place of which it can save the file, you must choose a location, name your file and then click the “Save” button.

 

Now that you have saved your torrent file to a convenient location, you must then navigate to the directory that you saved it in and then double click the torrent file. Now assuming that you followed the above steps correctly, your bittorrent client should now open with a small dialogue box, which will show you all the files that are available to download using that one specific torrent. You must either deselect the files that you do not want and check those that you intend on downloading or you may just hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard, which will begin the download process.

 

A small bar will appear on your screen and it will have a percentage value written in the format shown below:

x.xx%      or      xx.xx%

 

Note: Whenever you use P2P file sharing, your files will upload as well as download, thus sharing your currently downloading files with the world as you download them. This may pose as a security risk if your computer is insecure. Also while the file is uploading, it can slow down your downloading, which in turn means that you must wait longer before you can use the file that you are downloading. It is also a problem if you have a limited monthly usage limit that counts uploads as well as downloads. Fortunately there is a way to limit the upload speed to almost nothing (1Kb/s). This can be done by double clicking the text on the torrent that you are downloading within the bittorrent client’s window and then adjusting the text box marked “Upload”, which should be “0” to “1” and then close the small dialogue window, which opened when you double clicked the text on your torrent, then leave the main bittorrent window open, if you wish to monitor the percentage of your download. Like so:

change 0 to 1 and then close the small dialogue window, without closing the main bittorrent window.

 

Once this bar is full, your download is complete! You will be able to find your downloaded files in your “Downloads” folder in your username’s directory. You must navigate to the directory, of which you have set your default downloads folder to, which like I said above should be “Downloads” or “Documents” and you will find the file that you have just downloaded.

Congratulations! You have just downloaded, installed, configured and used your P2P client on your Ubuntu computer system. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu P2P knowledge.

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