µTorrent is a freeware, metadata client by BitTorrent, Inc. It is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Both versions are written in C++. It gets the "µ" in its name from the SI prefix "micro" meaning one one-millionth. The program is designed to use minimal computer resources while offering complete functionality in its operations.
The μTorrent application was originally
developed by Ludving Strigeus in 2005
for Microsoft Windows.
Size of the application was just 77 KB.
Serge Paquet on December 7
2007 developed it for Linux GUI
and MAC OS X.
Size of the application was 1.46 MB.
Peer to Peer
The technology used for file sharing over
the internet. Each node or computer in a
P2P network has the ability to behave as a
server as well as a client.
The application that enables
P2P file sharing or which
provides an interface for the
same. In this case e.g.
The Torrent is a file which contains metadata
about all files to be shared. It contains the
address of the Tracker for all its communication
in the Swarm.
A seeder is a peer that
has a complete copy
of the torrent and still
offers it for upload.
A leecher is
a peer that has a
complete copy of the
torrent but does not
offer it for upload.
All peers (including seeders +
leechers) sharing a torrent are
e.g. 2 Seeders and 4 Leechers
make a Swarm of 6.
The Tracker is a server which
keeps track of which peer is seeding
or leeching. This is useful in
calculating the Share Ratio.
Upload is 10% Download is 46%
Go to www.google.co.in and
search for “Download utorrent”.
Click on the first result to get to
the Download page.
Click on the “Download Now”
button and receive a file
The numeric value inside the
parenthesis increases as the
number of downloads increase.
The current status shows that
there is only one torrent being
Name of the
Actual Size of
depicted in the
This panel lets you know about the
basic details of the actual data and
not the metadata.
Minute details of the actual data is
It uses P2P networking thus is a fast growing
It uses metadata by .torrent files as means
for file sharing.
It provides 5 times faster downloads than the
Desired data is always available in torrents.
It is much secure in terms of data hiding and
Downloads can be resumed even after a
It is a freeware available for Windows, Mac
Why not μTorrent?
In the near future, P2P networking will be
banned in some countries due to increase in
In some cases, random generation of I.P
addresses resulted in limited connectivity of
Torrents today act as good means for
Not all torrents are verified, some are fake
and some have virus.
For a torrent, if there are more leechers than
seeders you will not get fast downloads.
The application uses all the bandwidth
available for internet access.
μTorrent is praised for its small size and
the minimal computer resources it uses
which sets it apart from other
Would you download a software easily
available through a torrent or spend some
bucks to buy it?
The decision is entirely up to you.