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Download Torrents Directly from your Browser with BitTorrent Torque

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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The guys behind the original torrent technology have released a Javascript interface which allows torrents to be downloaded and shared via a web browser.

Conventionally when you download a file it’s sent to you from a single computer. Depending on the size of the file and the number of downloaders this can put a massive strain on the transmitting computer and costs can escalate pretty rapidly. A torrent however doesn’t rely on one computer. When a user downloads a file using the torrent protocol they’re actually downloading parts of the same file from multiple computers. Every computer in this network are both uploading and downloading. There is no cost for hosting files and download speeds are practically unlimited.

To use this technology the user would need to install some special software and a torrent file to plug into it and it can all get very confusing for the first time torrenter. But this Javascript interface should make things so much easier and actually enjoyable. After installing a browser plugin the user can download torrents as if they’re normal downloads. But not only that, they can share files with their friends directly via a browser.

Take a look at this example (Paddle Over) of the technology which ties social networking into file sharing (anyone remember Grouper?). Cool idea, eh?

This is just an alpha release, but it seems more than stable. If you’re a web developer Fork it on Github. If not, check out their other samples which they’re working on here.

Source: UberGizmo and BitTorrent

Posted 08th Jul 2012
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