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What are TORRENT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a TORRENT file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a TORRENT file?

A .TORRENT file 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 uTorrent, 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.

How to open TORRENT files

We have identified 9 TORRENT openers that are compatible with this specific type of TORRENT file.

Programs that open Torrent files

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Last updated: March 13, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension TORRENT

While we know of one file format using the .TORRENT file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .TORRENT file.