How to use utorrent as a private tracker

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Post 05-Aug-2006 13:50

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Sometimes you may want to transfer data which you don't want to (or can't) upload to a Bit Torrent tracker on the internet.
This is where uTorrent comes in handy, because it can act as your own private tracker. This means you can send files from one person to another privately and safely where you may not be able to use a tracker otherwise.
This tutorial is designed for using utorrent, for other clients the steps may be different.
You'll need a few things before you begin:
1. utorrent (this was done on version 1.6)
2. Your external IP address. You can use http://www.whatismyipaddress.com to find this.
3. Your listen port in uTorrent. You can find this in uTorrent's Options > Preferences > Connection > Port used for
incoming connections.
4. You must be able to upload as you do to a tracker and be connectable (i.e. ports forwarded)
You can run uTorrent's test to check that by going to Options > Speed Guide and clicking Test if port is forwarded properly
After you have done that, follow these steps:
1. Open up uTorrent and go to Options > Preferences > Advanced. Scroll down to find bt.enable_tracker and set it to True.
Restart uTorrent for this to take effect.
2. Now, create a new torrent. As usual, browse to find the file or folder you wish to share.
For the tracker url, use the following information:
http://your_ip_address:your_listen_port/announce
So, for example, if your IP address is 123.123.123.123 and your listen port is 54321 then you would put this as your tracker
url:
http://123.123.123.123:54321/announce
Remember to tick 'Start Seeding'. Tick 'Private Torrent' to disable DHT and Peer Exchange for this torrent if you want to.
3. Now press 'Create and save as..' and save the .torrent file somewhere. uTorrent should now connect (to itself) and the
tracker status should be 'working'. You'll note it has a 10 minute announce interval.
That's all there is to it. You can now send that .torrent file to someone, they can open it in their torrent client and
start downloading the content.
Troubleshooting: If the connect times out and can't find the tracker, you've done something wrong. Ensure you've got the
correct IP address, port, and that uTorrent is definiately connectable from the outside. You can run uTorrent's test for
that by going to Options > Speed Guide and clicking Test if port is forwarded properly. Also, ensure you have a colon
separating the IP address and port number!
I've tested this myself and it does work, so hopefully others will find a use for this system.
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Post 08-Aug-2006 18:59 (after 3 days)

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I can confirm this works well. Good post :)
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