Ktorrent/introduction

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Chapter 1. Introduction[edit]

KTorrent is an application for KDE which allows you to download files by making use of the BitTorrent protocol. It enables you to run multiple torrents at the same time and comes with extended features to make it a full-featured client for BitTorrent.

Key features of KTorrent include the following:

  • Queuing of torrents
  • Global and per-torrent speed limits
  • Previewing of certain file types (video and audio)
  • Importing of partially or fully downloaded files
  • File prioritization for multi-file torrents
  • Selective downloading for multi-file torrents
  • Kick/ban peers with an additional IP Filter dialog for list/edit purposes
  • UDP tracker support
  • Support for private trackers and torrents
  • Directory scanner to automatically load torrents from certain directories
  • Support for µTorrent's peer exchange
  • Support for protocol encryption (compatible with Azureus)
  • Support for creating trackerless torrents
  • Support for distributed hash tables (DHT, the Mainline version)
  • Support for UPnP to automatically forward ports on a LAN with dynamic assigned hosts
  • System tray integration
  • Tracker authentication support
  • Connection though a proxy

In addition to the built-in functionality, the following plug-ins are available for KTorrent:

  • Searching for torrent files with popular search engines
  • Web interface to support the control from a web browser
  • RSS to keep up with new released torrents
  • Bandwidth scheduling
  • IP Blocking filter
  • Infowidget which shows you seeders/leechers, a file selection part, webseed tab with edit functionality, chunks information and a trackers tab also with edit purposes.
  • Logviewer to get up with the protocol and networking messages

So you see KTorrent can be configured by enabling or disabling plug-ins which extend KTorrent. We hope these plug-ins will help provide freedom for our users. Experienced users but also new users should feel at home with KTorrent.

Our goal is to make KTorrent...(guys?)


If you are uncertain about something, or just have random questions, you may always submit a question on the KTorrent forums (http://ktorrent.org/forum/).

KTorrent's homepage can be found at http://ktorrent.org. You will also find some frequently asked questions on the web site and some packages for different GNU/Linux distributions.

Please report any problems or feature requests to the KDE Bug Tracking system (http://bugs.kde.org) or alternatively to the KTorrent forums (http://ktorrent.org/forum/).

We hope you will enjoy using KTorrent!


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