This week's series of tips is all about downloading files via BitTorrent. We'll highlight ways in which to torrent more efficiently, obtain higher download speeds, and generally make the whole process easier. For more tech tips, check our Tips index
If you've decided that text-based console torrenting
isn't for you, the next best solution is automating your torrent downloads with RSS. Most big-name BitTorrent clients support RSS feeds, but for this tip we'll focus on uTorrent
First, your favorite torrent source needs to actually have
RSS feeds. The Pirate Bay has them
, and Torrent Reactor
has per-category and per-genre feeds. For TV shows, you can't go wrong with EZRSS
. Once you have the URLs for an RSS feed or two, open up uTorrent, click Feeds
on the left bar, and then the Add RSS Feed
button. Paste the URL in, give it a name, and make sure "Do not automatically download all items" is selected. Do the same for all of the RSS feeds that you want to use.
Now it's time for the fun bit! You have to create filters that parse each of the RSS feeds for the torrents that you want to download. Hit Options > RSS Downloader
(or Ctrl+R). In general, you type the name of what you want to automatically download into the Filter text box, such as "Heroes" or "Ubuntu". Rather than walk you through the entire process, the uTorrent site has a good tutorial
that you can follow -- and EZRSS's guide
is excellent, too. Once you've set up some filters, they become active immediately -- and if you've set them up correctly, you can minimize uTorrent and never manually add torrents ever again!
Finally Mac users, if you're using Transmission (which you should be!), check out this guide on setting up RSS feed automation