How to Download & Play Torrent Movies

Written by matt fregoe
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Downloading and watching torrent movies requires three essential pieces. You need a torrent website, a torrent downloader and a movie player. It's all about personal preference in torrent websites and applications, but torrent downloads can be accomplished on any platform and on any Internet connected computer.

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Things you need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Torrent downloading application
  • Movie watching application

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  1. 1

    Open a Web browser window (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).

  2. 2

    Go to a torrent hosting website. For best results search for sites like Btjunkie, Mininova and The Pirate Bay.

  3. 3

    Use the site's search box to find the movie you wish to download. When searching, note the seeds and peers counts listed on the movie torrent files. Peers are other downloaders like you, while seeds are those who already have the movie file and are sharing it with the peers.

  4. 4

    Download the movie's torrent file. Note that this is not the actual movie, but rather a file used by a torrent downloading application to download the movie file.

  5. 5

    Open a new window in your Internet browser and use a search engine to find a torrent downloader application. Popular applications include BitTorrent, Transmission and uTorrent (see links in the Reference section).

  6. 6

    Download and Install your torrent downloading application.

  7. 7

    Open your torrent downloader application. Select "File > Open" (or a similar open file function) to open the movie torrent file you downloaded in Step 4. Your movie should begin downloading.

  8. 8

    When the movie download is complete it should be an AVI file. AVI files can be opened via Windows Media Player, or QuickTime for Mac. Double-clicking the download movie AVI file should open the movie in those applications.

  1. 1

    Download Vuze (see link in the Resource section), an all-in-one style torrent search engine, downloader and movie player built into one application

  2. 2

    Install Vuze after downloading it, then open the application.

  3. 3

    You should see a search box in the upper left corner of the application. Use it to search for your movie of choice.

  4. 4

    Choose your movie torrent the list, double-click it, then start downloading the torrent file.

  5. 5

    The download should start in the "Downloads" section of the Vuze application. Once complete, navigate to the "Unwatched" section in the right-side navigation bar. Double-click it to watch your movie.

Tips and warnings

  • Research user comments and reviews to find the best torrent files, websites and applications.
  • Torrents can be very hazardous if not carefully examined. Search for user reviews, approvals and comments to find the right torrent file, rather than a scam or virus-filled file.

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