HOW TO PIRATE
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this is my guide on how to pirate things on the web! i will be showing you what to download, what it does, and why you should use them. i highly suggest you read through everything carefully at least one time before attempting, try to understand what you are doing and why. then follow through the second time
my qualifications: i've been torrenting for more than a decade. i like to think i know what im doing
You may be familar with how regular downloads work. You download a file straight for a singular server. Like downloading an image from a website. Very simple.
torrenting is a bit more complicated, but still easy to understand. imagine you are room with a group of people, your peers. One of your peers has a magazine you all want. So he starts ripping up pages of the magazines and handing it out to everyone else to take a picture of them. When everyone is done taking a picture of the page they got, they pass that page to someone who hasn't taken a picture of it yet. Eventually, everyone has a picture of every page, and it is all magically organized because I couldn't think of a better metaphor for this. That is Peer-to-peer (P2P) network sharing, and it is how torrenting works.
Once you've downloaded the torrent you've wanted from other seeders, you should become one too! More on that later...
reasons to torrent:
- things cost too much money
- corporations suck
- fuck capitalism
VPN: Mullvad ($6USD per month, one account can be used on up to 5 pcs)
Why a VPN/Mullvad?
Unless you live in a country where piracy is not totally illegal, it's important to stay hidden your internet service provider doesn't come knocking on your door for breaking the law. VPNs help you do that. Your ISP can keep you from accessing your internet for a few days or send you letters and fines in the mail.
Because we are torrenting and downloading from our peers, you want to make sure the VPN you use supports P2P servers!
As much as I'd like for this guide to be completely free, few VPNs are actually free, and most unreliable. If they are free, they are selling your data or they don't fully support torrents. Mullvad is great for torrenting, privacy, and security. it doesn't ask you for personal info when you sign up, just an account number. It also doesn't store or record your online activity. my download speeds are also pretty fast, ~20Mbps on a wired connection. The only downside to Mullvad is streaming, it doesn't unblock any streaming service. But if you're pirating you probably won't need streaming!
An extra note on VPNs: sometimes they sell out. Developers of VPNs can start collecting your info or do other shady shit at any moment. It's important to stay up to date with what you're using. I recommend looking through r/VPNReviews from time to time. Or just googling what ever you're currently using.
It's also possible to make your own VPN, but if you're new to torrenting, it will most likely be too advanced of a topic for you. It's still pretty hard for me lol. Here's a video about it though.
Torrent client: qBittorrent (free!)
Reputable, open source. Unlike other torrent clients, qBittorrent doesn't contain ads, and doesn't steal your data to sell to third party companies. Do NOT use BitTorrent or uTorrent
Media player: VLC media player (OPTIONAL but like i don't know how else you're gonna watch vids lol)
Why VLC media player
I've been using it for years, open source, customizable, and plays subtitles. People have also recommended MPV media player.
External hard drive: Seagate or WD (OPTIONAL)
Sometimes you become a data horader and you don't wanna delete stuff... It's time to invest in an external hard drive. You can get 1TB (1 terabyte = 1000 gigabytes, thats alotta movies...) for preddy cheap these day . I only ask that you don't buy it from amazon.
download those programs and come back here when you're done!
Now that you have both of those installed...
Always, always, always open up your VPN before your torrent client! You can set the country to whichever gives you fastest speeds, but if you're really paranoid, you can set it to Switzerland.
Open and close things in this order:
- VPN on
- Client on
- Pause torrents
- Client off
- VPN off
- 1337x.to for music, tv, games, movies, programs, and more! If you're not sure if a torrent is safe or not, check the comments & the users profile. The color around their profile picture has a different meaning.
- RARBG for just about anything too.
- rutracker same as 1337x and RARBG. Except it's in Russian.
- nyaa for any anime related media
- sims.tarac for the sims. if i catch you giving EA money, im gonna explode you with my mind. a friend and i used this to download the sims 4 and it worked great. but another friend who already had the sims 4/origin installed had some trouble. Fuck EA.
- LibGen for books, comics, acedemic papers, etc.
After setting up your VPN and opening your client, its time to bind the two. Head over to the left han corner of qbittorrent, and click on tools, then options. You can also press Alt+O.
The options window will pop up
Scroll down on the left and click the Advanced tab. Then look for the Network interface settings, it should be the second tab. Change the value to Mullvad.
Hit apply and you are ready to torrent!
ALWAYS USE AN ADBLOCKER WHEN VISITING THESE WEBSITES
I recommend uBlock Origin, but you should always be using an adblocker when surfing the web!
Once you find something you want to torrent, there are usually 2 options given to you:
Download torrent and Magnet
Download torrent allows you to download a .torrent file to a location on your computer. You might want a dedicated folder for this so things don't get unorganized. You then have to double click that file to open it in your client. This is useful if you want to redownload something, but can't remember where you saved it!
Magnet torrent automatically opens up your client and asks you where you want to save torrent. Once you've picked a location, it starts downloading it.
Something like this should open up when you click Magnet. Choose qBittorent, then Open Link.
If you decided to download a torrent file, please open it now to continue with the guide.
This screen should pop up when you've opened a torrent. Pick the location where you want your files to be in the 'Save at' option. You can also pick and choose what files in the torrent you want to download on the right hand side by checking & unchecking the check marks. I never mess with the options in 'Torrent settings'
After you hit OK, you'll be sent to the main screen.
On the left, you can see which torrents are downloading, done, being seeded, etc.
If you click on the torrent, you'll be able to see info about it, how long it'll take to download, how much you've downloaded, and more. I suggest exploring for yourself! If you hit on 'Content' near the bottom of the window, you can see what specific files are being downloaded and even prioritize which get done first!
When the torrent is done downloading, you can keep your client open to seed the torrent. The only reason you're able to download the torrent is because other people are seeding it, you are downloading from them. And people are downloading from you when you seed. Sometimes seeding happens while you are still downloading a torrent too. Seeding is sharing and sharing is caring!
Double click the torrent to open the file location and watch/play/install whatever you downloaded.
How do you know if you've seeded enough?
If you look at the general section of a torrent, you'll see something called a 'Share Ratio'. Its a ratio of how much you've downloaded vs. how much you've uploaded. You typically want to give back the same amount you took. So it should read 1.00.
That's pretty much all you need to know! Have fun!
brief explanations of what some of the words i've used mean. you can google these if you need something more indepth.
|ISP||Internet Service Provider, like Spectrum or Sky Broadband|
|Leech(ers)(ing)||People who have not fully downloaded the torrent, leeching = downloading|
|Open-source||source code that anyone can use for any modification, an open-source project might be led by a small team of volunteers, instead of a company making a product|
|Peer||another word for leecher, your peers are downloading the same files as you|
|Seed(ers)(ing)||People who have fully downloaded the torrent, and the only reason you can download a torrent. seeding happens automatically after finishing the download, which you should do to help others download it|
|SSL||Secure Sockets Layer, network protocol that ensures privacy|
|Torrent client||A program you use to download torrent files|
|VPN||Virtual Private Network, gives you privacy from your ISP|
r/Piracy has more links & guides if you're still a bit confused. Take a peek
Knaben's Proxy List. Notice that one of the links above is down? It probably because it got taken down! Don't worry, there are always mirrors.
Wanna know why I said to pick Switzerland? Check out this article.
Vimm's Lair for emulators and roms. Please read up on the instructions and do your own research/googling if you're having trouble on getting things to work!
r/Roms Megathread is also for roms.
yt-dlp is a command line program to download videos & music from youtube. it is a fork of youtube-dl, but has a couple more features. It is honestly a bit advanced for someone who might be new to torrenting, but I encourage you to try it anyways. Just follow the directions carefully and try search for help with google or on youtube. I'd prefer not to give out a Youtube to MP3 website because those go down often and are sketchy.
spotDLis similar to the above, but it looks at your Spotify playlists and downloads them from youtube.
ArchiveBox is a self hosted web archive. you can save any website in a variety of formats.
Do your own research! If you have any problem or questions, try looking it up on google! Learn new stuff on your own!
More seeders = faster downloads, more leechers = more people downloading.
If you're notice that you can't do much else on the internet because your torrent downloading is taking up too much bandwidth, you can set limits in the Options menu! Just change the Global Rate Limits.
If you're downloading software, sometimes you'll see people comment "dont download, windows said it had a virus :/" and other people make fun of that comment. Windows WILL flag keygens as viruses or whatever. Keygens are usually included in the torrent because you need a key to activate the software once installed. If you still dont feel good about downloading something with a keygen, look for software that has been CRACKED. Which means it doesn't need a keygen to be installed.
One more time for the people in the back:
ALWAYS SEED YOUR TORRENTS. SHARING IS CARING.