Since its appearance more than 15 years ago, sharing files over the Torrent network (BitTorrent) is one of the fastest and safest options. Virtually since its inception there have been torrent clients available, such as Azureus (now Vuze) or other more recent and extended ones such as Transmission, of which recently have released v3.0. But what happens when we cannot install software on a computer? That one of the best options is seedr, a service that will allow us to do everything from a web browser.
Before someone asks why we might need services like Seedr, we can imagine several situations where we can't download a torrent client. For example, if we want to download a torrent on a computer that is not ours, such as our office. Or, why not say it, the operating system we use restricts these types of applications, something that happens in iOS and the recently renamed iPadOS. Seedr works even on Apple devices.
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How to download a torrent with Seedr.cc
The worst thing about Seedr is that it only works with registration, but it is a low price to pay to be able to download torrents anywhere or on any device. The steps to follow would be the following:
- We open a browser.
- Let the project page.
- We add an email and a password to register. It is important to put a real email or, otherwise, we will not be able to complete the registration.
- Next, we check the email inbox, find the email, and complete the registration. We may have to wait a while and sometimes it may not arrive. If this is the case, you must write an email to the project support team. Steps 1 to 4 will no longer have to be done again.
- Once inside the main page, we will see something like you have below these lines (without the added file). What we have to do now is get a .magnet link. Although there may be many cases in which downloading a torrent is legal, we cannot facilitate search websites for .magnet links due to a legal issue.
- We copy the link .magnet. If what we have is a .torrent file, we can convert it to magnet in torrent2magnet.
- Next, we return to Seedr, paste the link where it says "Paste link URL Here" and press enter. It will be added as a task. As you can see, I have added the .magnet to download Kubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.
- Once the task is added, we have to start the download. We move the cursor over it and the options to download, copy or delete will appear. We have to click on the first icon. It will offer to download the file just as we would download any other file from the internet.
- We wait for the download to complete.
- Finally, we decompress the file, since Seedr automatically compresses it in ZIP.
The best thing about Seedr is that works in any browser. Just as there are services like instant.io o btorrent.xyz that, although I hope they improve, they work when they want (almost never), Seedr works perfectly in all types of browsers, even the most restricted mobiles. The only thing necessary for it to work directly from the browser is that it allows you to download files, something that even the iPhone browser allows.
The downside is that it has limitations. The free version only allows us to download files up to 2GB in size, but this capacity can be increased if we spread the word and invite people via Twitter, email, Facebook or Pinterest. If you need to remove all restrictions, we can go Premium with three different types of subscription:
- Basic: for € 6.95 / month we can download faster, play files in HD and raise the cap to 30GB.
- Pro: for € 9.95 / month we can use private trackers, save more files, faster downloads and a maximum of 100GB.
- Master: for € 19.95 / month we can also mount Seedr as a network drive or even use scripts, raising the ceiling to 1TB of storage.
Logically, what is explained in this article is not very interesting for those of us who can install a client on our computer, but surely those who cannot and will make Seedr one of their favorite web services do not think the same.