What Do Red Files Mean in UTorrent?

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What Do Red Files Mean in UTorrent?
Learn uTorrent's colour codes. (Icone di cartelle image by persefone from Fotolia.com)

UTorrent is a small, easy-to-use BitTorrent client that allows you to download and upload torrent to your computer. The UTorrent client interface is designed to be easy to read and allows you to check on the status of downloads and uploads at a glance. Colour codes and status icons are used to indicate the status of your torrents and files.

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Torrent Download Icons

UTorrent uses different icons to indicate the status of a downloading torrent. Downloading torrents are indicated by a coloured square with a white arrow pointing down. If the square is red, the indicated torrent is downloading but there is a tracking error that needs to be resolved. If the square is purple, the indicated torrent is queued to download but has not begun downloading yet. If the square is blue, the indicated torrent is currently downloading.

Torrent Uploading Icrons

A torrent that is uploading or seeding is indicated by a coloured square with a white arrow pointing up. If the square is red, then the torrent is seeding but there is a tracking error that needs to be resolved. If the square is purple, the torrent is queued to seed but is not currently uploading data to other peers. If the square is green, the torrent is seeding and its data is being uploaded without error.

Other Torrent Icons

A stopped torrent that is partially downloaded is marked with a purple square containing a white circle. Files in this torrent may not be readable until the download is complete. A stopped torrent that is fully downloaded is marked with a green square containing a white check. Files in this torrent are downloaded on your computer and fully accessible. A torrent that is paused is marked by a yellow square with two vertical white bars. A torrent marked by a red square with a white "X" contains an error and may not be readable by your computer.

File Color Codes

Selecting a torrent in your queue and clicking on the "Files" tab will display all the files contained within that torrent. Files are colour coded by their progress bars in the "Pieces" column. A white bar indicates that the file data is available but has not been downloaded to your computer. A green bar indicates that the file data is being downloaded but is not written to your computer. A blue bar indicates that the file data is downloaded and written to your computer. A red bar indicates that the file data is not available and cannot be downloaded. Files with red bars will not be readable on your computer until the data becomes available and is downloaded.

Speed and Connection Icons

The speed and connection indicator is displayed at the bottom of the uTorrent window and tells you the status of your connection. A green circle with a white check mark indicates that your connection is fine. A yellow triangle with an exclamation mark indicates that your connection may be slow or improperly set-up. A red circle with an exclamation mark indicates that your connection is improperly set-up and needs to be fixed.

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