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How to Add Trackers to a Torrent

A BitTorrent tracker is a website that indexes torrent files, making them available for download using a BitTorrent client to users searching for torrent files. Many torrent files are indexed on multiple different BitTorrent trackers that connect users to seeds and peers who have either partial or complete versions of the files connected to the torrent. When downloading a torrent file, you can connect to multiple trackers to increase the number of peers available for the downloading files. Multiple trackers will also ensure that you are always connected to peers in case one or more trackers is not functioning correctly. Adding additional trackers to a torrent file in uTorrent, Vuze and BitComet---the most popular Windows BitTorrent clients---can be done in a few simple steps.

Launch a Web browser.

Navigate to the Trackon BitTorrent tracker list (see Resources).

Copy the "Announce URL" for the trackers you wish to add to your torrent file. Trackon will indicate the tracker's status.

Launch uTorrent.

Right-click on the torrent file you wish to add trackers to and select "Properties."

Type or paste the tracker URL for the torrent file into the "Trackers" input box, leaving a blank line between trackers URLs from different websites, and then press "OK." This will add trackers to the torrent file.

Launch Vuze.

Right-click on the torrent you wish to add trackers to and select "Advanced," "Tracker/Torrent" and then "Add Tracker URL."

Type or paste the tracker URL for the torrent file and then click "OK." You will need to repeat this step for each additional tracker URL you wish to add. Once completed, the torrent file will connect to these multiple tracker URLs to create a larger pool of peers to download from.

Launch BitComet.

Right-click on the torrent you wish to add trackers to and select "Properties."

Select the "Advanced" tab.

Type or past the tracker URL for the torrent file into the "Trackers" input box and click "OK." The torrent file will now connect to multiple trackers, enlarging the pool of peers, to download and upload the associated files.

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Jason Spidle is a technology enthusiast and writer. His writing on computers, smartphones, Web design, Internet applications, sports and music has been published at a variety of websites including Salon, JunkMedia, Killed in Cars and The Columbia Free Times. Spidle maintains a number of blogs featuring poetry, short stories and other fiction.