Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How To Download Torrent with Chrome

Not too long ago, I posted a post on how to download torrent without torrent client, just using put.IO:
How to download torrent without torrent client

put.IO however is limited to 1GB of disk space and 1GB of download per day, for free account:
Limitation of Put.IO

If we have some files that is bigger than 1GB, then we are unable to download them. Luckily now there is another alternative, which is download torrent with Chrome.

No, I am not talking about direct download, which the words "direct download" always appear in torrent sites, but it usually takes you to some malicious or dangerous or NSFW sites.

BitTorrent Surf is a Chrome extensions that acts as a torrent client.

To install BitTorrent Surf, you need to have Chrome installed on your system. I didn't try on Chrome of MacOS or Linux, but I think it should works as well.

After you install it, you should able to see BitTorrent Surf icon on right of address bar just like other extensions' icon.
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

Click on the BitTorrent Surf icon, will bring up a small windows like this:
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com
Key in for files that you want to search for. Example here is Toy Story 2. By hovering the mouse over the icon, name, and bars, it will show you the address that actually has the torrent, how big is the file (in whole package, it didn't show if there is more than one file), and how many sharing.
Click on the arrow down icon will start the downloading, and it will change to a tick icon.

If you don't like the default search setting, you can add sites. The default search are using either google, yahoo, or bing. As you can see here, I added 3 more sites, eh-hem, eh-hem and eh-hem. And you can turn on or off each of them to fine tune the search.
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

The icon in middle of icons are just notification.
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

As for streaming function, I didn't try it. Somemore it says stream music library. Probably some new apps the developer trying to sell.
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com

During the installation of the Chrome extension, another program also will be install on your system, which is Torque. So I might have to say it might not works for MacOS and Linux. You will have to try first if you on these system/OS.
BitTorrent Surf on Outdated Penang Uncle blogspot dot com
Anyway, torque.exe is the one responsible do the P2P works. If you kill it, BitTorrent Surf will stop working.

After the download complete, it should have a button on the same line of the download that you can open the folder that contains the files.

Since BitTorrent Surf is still in alpha, do expected some flaw/bug/error. There was some moment that I cannot add more than one download, but the problem goes away after a while. I didn't reboot or anything.

Okay, it to install it, make sure you are on Chrome and click on this link:

Note1: It is might be completely illegal to P2P movie/songs/files in your country.

Note2: Do not enable this on your work computer/laptop. Your boss going to find out! You can disable the extension on Chrome (setting -> Tools -> Extensions) and then kill torque.exe manually. I wrote a batch file to kill torque.exe and others processes that I lazy to close individually.

Note3: I noticed that emule is slowed down (until zero) whenever I switch on BitTorrent Surf. It might be co-incident, but I suspect both processes are competing with the ports. I shall continue monitor and update this post if I find anything.

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