If you’ve got files on your computer that you’d like to share with other people then you’ve probably come to the right place. Creating a torrent will mean that anyone who has a torrent client installed will be able to download it from you and when they’ve finished, they will become seeders who will distribute to other peers too. It truly is a great way of getting files out there. FrostWire provides you with a very simple interface to create torrents with and other users don’t even have to have it installed on their computers to download it. In this article, we’re going to be talking about it in detail so that you know how to use it.
An important thing we need to establish to start with is that a torrent file you create using this program does not store any of the files itself. This helps to keep the file size really small, so when you create a file don’t expect that everything is included in it because most of it is just referencing. It will list the different files that it expects as well as the trackers, which will store all of the locations of the data the peers want and the seeders have. It’s quite difficult to explain but the key thing is that once you’ve created a torrent file you need to keep your computer seeding so that others can keep downloading from you.
Now that we’ve got this sorted, it’s time for us to learn how to create the file you want. The process is very easy – to start, load it up and then go into File –> Create New Torrent. This will display a rather simple looking interface with relatively little options available to select. The first thing you need to do is select either a file or a folder that you want to share. What you select here will be added to the torrent file so make sure you only select the files that you want other people to download to their computers when they use it. “Trackerless Torrent” and “Start seeding” should probably be left on, and then we need to explain the final option.
Tracker Announce URLs are very important, these are the URLs that it will keep checking for information on peers and seeders. Selecting as many of these as possible could be a good way of spreading your files around. You can find quite a few lists of these that you can use, the good thing is that you don’t even need to sign up to them, simply enter the list and you’re all good to go. The most commonly used ones include The Pirate Bay which is one of the torrent protocol’s largest torrent tracker and should always be included when you create a new one. When you’ve found a list, go back into FrostWire and click “Save torrent as” and then save it. You’ll end up with a .torrent file which you can then send to other people and even upload it to torrent websites yourself if you want to.
In conclusion, using this client to create your own torrent is actually incredibly simple. All you need to do is select the files you want to be shared to people on the internet and then give a few tracker announce URLs to get the ball rolling and then you can just leave it. By seeding, when someone wants to download your torrent they’ll be connected to you in the background and should be able to continue downloading until they’ve finished, at which point they’ll also become a seeder which will reduce the load on your internet connection. Overall, we highly recommend the use of this tool for creating torrent files.