Opening TORRENT files

Did your computer fail to open a TORRENT file? We explain what TORRENT files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your TORRENT files.

What is a TORRENT file?

A torrent file is a special type of file that contains information on how to download some other file, be it a video, game, program or anything else. The information is used by a torrent downloader, like BitTorrent or ?Torrent, to download content from other peers, often multiple at the same time to speed up the download. This is why torrent programs are called peer-to-peer file sharing programs - you download file parts from other people that you need, while others can download the parts you have - hence peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

It is important to note that the torrent file itself does not actually contain the data that a user is sharing on the P2P network. What the TORRENT file does contain is general information about the data, such as the name and size of the file and the file's Internet location.

Torrent files are very common in music and video downloads and they are used on almost all file-sharing platforms. Torrents allow users to download larger files more quickly than if they had to download the entire file from a single host, since the file format allows users to download the same file from multiple "seeds" to complete the download process more quickly.

Are torrent files legal? It depends. You can find lots of free software, videos and information distributed as torrents, but you can certainly also find lots of pirated movies and virus infected software. Beware of the temptation, as you will likely get "bonuses" with illegal software you download, and some ISPs are monitoring downloads of illegal movies for copyright holders.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

Chief Content Editor and File Expert

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