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How to automatically stop seeding in utorrent

Updated July 20, 2017

UTorrent, like other BitTorrent clients, automatically seeds files you download. After you finish downloading them, uTorrent goes into seeding mode for that file, uploading pieces of the file to other users. Use the seeding goal feature in uTorrent to automatically stop seeding files after a specified period of time or a minimum ratio. A ratio is set as a percentage and depends on the downloaded file. For example, if the file you downloaded is 1GB in size and you set the seeding goal to “200,” uTorrent will upload 2GB before it stops seeding the file.

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  1. Click the “Options” menu in uTorrent and select “Preferences.”

  2. Click the “Queueing” category at the left side of the preferences window that appears.

  3. Type a minimum ratio into the Minimum Ratio (%) text box to stop seeding after that ratio has been reached. A “0” here tells uTorrent to ignore this setting, so the lowest you can set this percentage is “1.”

  4. Type a minimum time in minutes into the "Minimum Seeding Time (Minutes)" text box to stop seeding after that time has been reached.

  5. Click the “Limit the Upload Rate to (kb/s): [0: Stop]” check box under "When uTorrent Reaches the Seeding Goal" and type “0” into the text box to the right of the check box.

  6. Click the “OK” button.

  7. Tip

    UTorrent stops seeding only after it reaches both minimums. If you set a minimum ratio of 100 per cent and a minimum time of 60 minutes, uTorrent won’t stop seeding until it reaches both a 100 per cent ratio and 60 minutes have elapsed since the torrent finished downloading. Changing the seeding settings in the preference window only affects new torrents you add. You can modify an existing torrent’s seeding goal by right-clicking it in the uTorrent window, selecting “Properties,” clicking “Override Default Settings” in the Seeding Goal section and providing a minimum ratio or seeding time. Click “OK” to save the settings.


    BitTorrent depends on seeders to make files available to other users. If you stop seeding before you reach a 100 per cent ratio, you’ve taken more bandwidth than you’ve given back. Do not use BitTorrent to download or distribute files without the permission of the copyright holder.

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About the Author

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around tech geek who writes for PC World, MakeUseOf, and How-To Geek. He's been using Windows since Windows 3.1 was released in 1992.

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