Tribler – A BitTorrent Client With a Twist


Tribler is an advanced BitTorrent client designed to make filesharing more secure, offering additional features to protect its users by hiding their IP-address from anyone monitoring network traffic.

Tor provides secure connections by linking you through relays on its network, while also working as part of a community to share and discover files.


Tribler is an open source and decentralized BitTorrent client with a unique twist: an integrated Tor-like network provides anonymity as you stream content while it downloads, while also supporting popular BitTorrent wiki-style channels and streams. Tribler can make for an excellent tool in your toolkit!

Delft University developers have made this software available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows platforms. Developed as an academic non-profit endeavor supported by EU and Dutch research funding sources. Tor-like network to hide location and encrypt data online – provides features like video player, social media functions and chat app!

Tribler allows users to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo and other websites and view them within its interface, while sharing your own content with the community. Tribler was designed for maximum security with its reputation system capable of identifying freeloaders as well as an encrypted data structure called TrustChain that records community contributions.

Tribler took two years to quiet its chatty Torrent Checker feature and is still quite vocal online today. Tribler offers a Tor-like onion network which connects peers, helping protect your privacy by making it harder to trace online activities.

This software isn’t perfect. It contains several security vulnerabilities worth noting, including support for webseed BitTorrent Protocol Extension 19 (BEP 19) which enables torrent files to specify web servers that can help seed them if their BitTorrent swarm is too small – something used by Humble Bundle store to distribute its content via these webseed-backed torrent files.

As this software does not offer a way for users to block specific peers, which would prevent users from downloading from those looking to spy on them, it also does not offer protection from DNS leaks – unencrypted connections to third party software that could compromise your IP address such as services logging DNS requests and connections to web servers – it fails to proactively try and detect these problems like it should do.

Getting Started

Once Tribler is started, it will connect to other users using it and begin exchanging information – this includes personal details (your avatar picture, list of friends and download history etc), but also files available via torrenting for movies or music.

When searching for specific content, Tribler provides a powerful search feature in the upper right corner. This searches all channels you are subscribed to or discoverable by others as usual – as well as being powered by its user community-maintained index of torrents (channels). Thus making Tribler far faster and more accurate than many other BitTorrent clients when searching.

If you want to add your own channel, all it takes to register on the project website and provide some basic details is registering and filling out some basic forms. From there you can start adding torrents directly from Tribler – making the project more attractive for content creators looking for an efficient means of disseminating their work securely and efficiently.

Tribler offers you access to its vast library by media category or keyword search. There is plenty of content for you to choose from and new releases are added very rapidly – making Tribler an excellent alternative to larger portals.

When clicking a specific item in your library, a preview is displayed to quickly assess whether or not it meets your viewing or listening needs. If so, downloading will happen directly onto your computer and automatically stored within your Library; download speeds are fast while its storage location can remain confidential to ensure no one can track what files have been downloaded by anyone based on how fast. You can access and control privacy settings within Tribler preferences menu.


Tribler is a file-sharing program similar to BitTorrent but with one key difference: file searching occurs directly within the program instead of central servers such as The Pirate Bay. Therefore, Tribler might be less vulnerable to takedown attempts.

Tribler provides another layer of security through its built-in Tor network that helps conceal users’ real IP addresses by routing traffic through encrypted proxies. The team behind Tribler hopes that by doing this they will make strong encryption the default on the Internet.

Reducing the number of relays used can increase privacy; however, Tribler may not provide as much anonymity as desired and thus this feature should not be seen as a replacement for using VPN services.

When downloading files from other Tribler users, you have the ability to choose how many peers and seeders will interact with. This will reduce download speed but increase privacy by controlling how you interact with other users.

If you encounter any bugs or issues with Tribler, the best way to report it would be by creating a new issue on Github and providing details of what has occurred, such as OS version used and branch name or ID and step by step steps to reproduce.

Tribler, as a free and open source software project, is updated frequently – currently at version 7.10. However, not every change to version might be positive: for example, one recent change made it more likely for Tribler to connect directly to web tracker servers rather than route requests through Tor. While this was addressed with subsequent releases of Tribler, concerns remained over its ability to still leak DNS lookups to web trackers if this feature were enabled; similar issues existed for previous features which pushed DHT connections through Tor while web trackers were still connected using plain text connections despite pushing DHT connections onto Tor networks – an issue which was corrected within releases as well.


Tribler is a P2P file-sharing application developed at Delft University of Technology using Tor-inspired onion routing technology to search and download torrents without fear of censorship or surveillance. Established over nine years ago, this research project continues today.

Tribler stands out as an exceptional privacy-preserving app thanks to its three-layer proxy system with built-in encryption. The first layer encrypts your data before hiding your IP address with another layer and finally the third one encrypts again – meaning even if one of the proxy servers snooping on you detects encryption, but are unable to trace back what files are transferred, they still don’t have enough information about you for tracing back your activity back to you.

Tor’s encryption feature isn’t perfect though: an unscrupulous network capable of monitoring traffic entering its network could link unencrypted connections from your computer with the torrents you download from other people’s computers – no big issue for personal users; but could make Tor less useful to dissidents or groups who wish to share files under surveillance.

Also not supported is BitTorrent Protocol Extension 19 (BEP 19), which allows torrents to specify web servers for seeding their torrent. This feature can help increase success rates of newly emerging or lesser known torrents.

Tribler network’s “super peer” model exposes you to additional legal risks than you would encounter through regular torrent downloads, providing more tokens in its bandwidth token economy and earning additional tokens from it.

Overall, Tribler provides many features that make it a strong P2P client. It looks good, has an intuitive user interface and offers most of the same functions as popular clients; but for added protection you may wish to consider other software with stronger anonymity measures – there are various alternatives out there which offer different tradeoffs between features, performance and speed.

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