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How To Make Your Own Torrents Using uTorrent

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In the BitTorrent scene, giving is just as important as receiving.  If you have something you’d like to contribute to your tracker of choice, it’s easy to do if you’re using uTorrent.

In today’s edition of our BitTorrent for Beginners series we’ll show you how to create and share a torrent using uTorrent—be sure to read the first part of the series, where we explain what BitTorrent is and how it all works.

Research Your Tracker

Before you actually create a torrent file, be sure that the files you’re sharing comply with your tracker’s rules.  Here are some important points to follow:

  1. Be sure to read the documentation on your tracker.  Some trackers only allow Creative Commons-licensed media, so check to see if yours is before posting it.  There are other rules or guidelines for quality of media (mostly videos and music) and proper tagging, so be sure to comply with them.  Depending on your tracker, torrents violating these rules could be removed and the user can be banned, so please take your time.
  2. Go through the rules again.  This is also important because you need to get the tracker’s announce URL, which is usually listed alongside the documentation, FAQ, or in the forum’s sticky posts.  More information on this below.
  3. Be prepared to seed!  Most trackers expect you to seed at LEAST twice the size of the upload, or for 72 hours, whichever is longer.  If you can’t comply with this then wait to post your torrent until you can.
  4. Look into a license if you’re sharing your own work.  Sharing is a great way to get some exposure, but don’t give away your rights as a media creator.  Take a look at the Creative Commons Licenses and study a bit so that you can share and still maintain ownership of your creations.

BitTorrent is all about the community, so if you’re not yet a part of one, take some time to search online or ask some of the techies you know.  You can also check out our previous article on how to get started downloading torrents for a few places to get started.

How to Create a Torrent

Before you can share a torrent file, you’ll need to make sure to get your tracker’s “announce” URL.  This is the address that your tracker uses to announce torrents and keep track of everything, and is usually in the format of:

Aside from the files you’re sharing, this is the second most important piece of information, so be sure it’s accurate or else your torrent won’t work. Once you’ve figured that out, fire up uTorrent and then click on the button that looks like a magic wand, or go to File > Create New Torrent.


You’ll see something like this—click on Add file or Add directory depending on what you’re going to be turning into a torrent.  As you can see here, I’ve chosen a directory of high quality wallpapers I created.


Important: Make sure you put in your tracker URL

We can’t emphasize this enough, as most people forget this and wonder why their torrent doesn’t work.  This is especially important if you’re on a private tracker, i.e. one you need to be registered for.

You’ll probably want to choose some of the options under the “Other” section:

  • Start seeding: Select the Start seeding option when you want to post the torrent as soon as you create it, but you can choose to manually start seeding later if you aren’t uploading your torrent file right away. 
  • Preserve file order: Choose the Preserve file order option when you have a folder structure that you’d like the torrenters to choose from.
  • Private torrent:  Be sure to uncheck Private torrent if you’re uploading to a public tracker. More on this in a future lesson.

When you’re ready, click Create and save as… to save your torrent file.  That’s it! 

Upload Your Torrent File

Now, you can upload this torrent to your tracker, usually with a new forum or blog post with details of what you’re including.  Be aware that if you move your source files or close uTorrent, you will not seed, so be sure you don’t do either of these until you fulfill your initial seeding requirements.  Again, if there’s any doubt, check the Rules sections of your tracker.  Remember, sharing is caring!

Yatri Trivedi is a monk-like geek. When he's not overdosing on meditation and geek news of all kinds, he's hacking and tweaking something, often while mumbling in 4 or 5 other languages.

  • Published 10/22/10

Comments (9)

  1. Abhishek K. Pandey

    Thanks for Info. I see you are the first Indian Geek to write here :-0.
    One question. Whats the function of Tracker’s announce URL?

  2. YatriTrivedi

    Thanks for reading! The announce URL is the URL/port through which the tracker conducts its calls to various clients. The equivalent of the BitTorrent protocol’s “handshake” is done here. Hope that answers your question sufficiently!

  3. Abhishek K. Pandey

    Ok. Thanks for info.

  4. ION

    Can’t wait to read the next one, well done!

  5. Balulu

    Thanks for the intersting article but… I’m still stuck ’cause I don’t know how to make/find/ create the proper announce URL. I’ve clicked on the magic wand but there was nothing written in the trackers window. I read the first article and couldn’t find an answer

  6. The_GoodneSS

    Hello. have a question.

    1: do i NEED to have a online tracker. and if yes. how to i creat one.

    2: i dont know if i should ask in here. but anyone who can tells me where i can get tracker codes and go on because i am planning to start a Torrent Site [private one]

    cant speak futher of this. but just gonna know.

    and yes i know people allways says this ”you are not good enough for this kid…”

    But YES! i am. i am 17 years old and know everything about php codes and how to make this shit…

    but all this i have learned in my school… so i am just gonna need a program orr files that allready are created. so i can upload them orr somfthing. so please. someone gonna helping me…???

  7. Roi

    Online trackers are essential for a torrent to work.
    Simply put, all you need to start a tracker website is a website. Just tell people to use that private tracker in the format shown in this article: http://tracker.{your_website}.com:{port#}/announce

    Good luck :)
    (BTW – I’m 15 and I have my own private torrent for friends :P )

  8. poppahuddy

    Rio you are the man/woman thank you very much for sharing your vast knowledge on this topic you have made it both interesting and informative in a easy to understand digestible fashion for non IT tech personnel/geek….. me just a geek wanna be lol my techie friend who works for Staples as a IT repair person MS certified and all that refer me to your site cant thank him enough =0) or guys/gals like you

  9. B. Igic

    Can I use The Pirate Bay’s tracker?

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