Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Torrent Downloading for n00bs

Right, so I've been asked by a friend to provide a guide on how to Download movies from the net. Its very simple, and not to different from downloading MP3's from a P2P client. Instead of a P2P programme, you are required to use a Torrent Client to download the files.

There a loads of these around, a simple Google search will give you plenty of options to choose from. Personally I use a programme called Utorrent. To download this click here.

In the top right corner there is a search field. Unlike a P2P client, this search will open up a Web Page. There are plenty of sites to use to find torrents. Utorrent defaults to Mininova. Mininova is a website where you can find thousands of files to download. Including movies, TV shows, Computer software etc.

Simple type in what you are looking for, for example; SpiderMan 3. Click the search button and mininova will open up and display your search results, like this

Choose which file you wish to download ans click on it. Then click on "download this torrent".

This will now prompt Utorrent and ask you to confirm the download. Click ok.

And that's it, Utorrent will now download your movie. Depending on your broadband speed, the movie she be downloaded within the hour.

Before you can play the file on your computer you need to install some codecs to allow the file to run. These can be found here. Just fully install the codecs and they will automatically run in the background of your computer when you are watching a film.


  • Download files with plenty of Seeds. The more Seeds the better
  • Get used to file names. i.e. if searching for season 2 episode 4 of heroes, type Heroes s02e04
  • Check comments before downloading. This will save you downloading a film with poor quality
  • Use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, its safer and faster

If all this sounds a little to complicated, then I highly recommend this site.

Here you are able to download loads and loads of movies and tv programmes straight onto your computer, very simply.

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