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bypass torrent blockingSince its first arrival, the torrent protocol has evolved into one of the most powerful P2P methods available. But due to many reasons such as copyright infringement or bandwidth abuse, not everyone embraces this convenient way of sharing files.

Many admins block connections to torrent networks preventing the users from acquiring the torrents and/or the files.

But there are ways for the less fortunate to bypass torrent blocking – and here they are :


Let us start with the simplest. Sometimes all the lazy network administrators do is filter the “.torrent” file. Their logic says that if you can’t get the torrent, you won’t be able to get the shared file. Well, yes – and no.

txtor - bypass torrent block

If your problem is only this shallow, you can use TXTor. Basically, the service works like this:

  • you tell TXTor the link to a “.torrent” file.
  • they will download it and rename the extension to .txt
  • then they will give your browser the link to the renamed file.
  • you download the file, rename it back to “.torrent”.
  • open the file using a torrent client and start downloading.

Unfortunately, TXTor can’t help you if your admin blocsk/filters the torrent traffic. The TXTor site suggests users to try to use different ports in the client or encrypt the traffic. But don’t fret. If meddling with ports and encryptions is too much for you, there are other easier online solutions to try.


 bypass torrent firewall

A pure online torrent client and behaves exactly like a desktop one:

  • users put the torrent link in the box (or uses an existing torrent file) then click “Download Torrent”.
  • BitLet will ask where to save the shared file.
  • after users give the location, the download process will start.

bitle online torrent client

But being a torrent client, it’s still possible that the traffic gets blocked by the admin. It might work on your connection, it might not. My tests on several different networks gave me more failures than successes. It’s worth trying, though.

Torrent Relay

Torrent Relay - torrent blocked by firewall

We can say that this is an online torrent client with a twist; accessible via normal browser, iPhone and iPod Touch, Play Station 3, and many other mobile devices. The service has been discussed before Download Torrents To Your Console Or Your Mobile Phone Download Torrents To Your Console Or Your Mobile Phone Read More .

Here’s the overview about how the service works:

  • users provide Torrent Relay with a torrent link.
  • the shared file will be downloaded to Torrent Relay’s server.
  • users will get a HTTP address to download the file from their server.

torrent relay

The good thing is, this service makes the process of downloading torrents accessible to everyone, everywhere. The bad things are, due to the heavy traffic (as expected from this kind of service) sometimes the process becomes unavailable, and unless you are their “Prime Users” (read: paid members) the HTTP file download is non-resumeable.

I found no problem using Torrent Relay for small files, but if you are downloading large files with an unstable connection, you might consider paying them or the process will become extremely annoying.

If there’s a web service which allows users to download a file from a HTTP address to a resumeable online server, the combination with Torrent Relay would be a perfect option. (anybody know any?)


One of my friends tipped me off about this service. I was not aware that other than image hosting, ImageShack also give users the ability to download torrents. You only need to open a free account with their service.

imageshack torrents

At first glance, this one looks like a perfect one: users download torrents and save the shared files into their ImageShack storage and the shared files can be downloaded from anywhere, and by anyone the users share their files with. The limitation for free users is also generous (considering you can apply for more than one account): 5 GB of storage and 10 GB of bandwidth usage.

But I still haven’t been successful in my trials of using their service. I’ve always been presented with a “try again” screen and options to upgrade to one of their paid subscription options, with more storage and bandwidth, and “prioritized bandwidth allocation”.

But then again, maybe it’s just me. Maybe you will have better luck using this service.

Instant Torrents

Another would-be winner, Instant Torrents was a perfect service. Users sign up, login and put in the torrent file address (or uses an existing torrent file). Then they will download and save the shared file to their server under their user’s account, keep the file(s) for 20 days, and they even seed the file(s) until the ratio reaches 1.0. But as I’ve said before, this kind of service will attract overflooded traffic and strain the servers.

So, Instant Torrents changes the rules. Users have to be connected first to Ivacy Network (a paid VPN service which gives 1 GB free traffic) then go to Instant Torrents dot site version to add torrent files. A bit of a complicated process if you ask me, but users can utilize their private tracker inside Ivacy VPN which provides no real IP address – total anonymity.

As an option, users can search completed torrents in the Instant Torrents site or browse their “Ratings” tab for popular files and download them instead.

instant torrent

So, all in all, I still haven’t found the perfect service along these lines. But if you know other good alternatives that lets you bypass torrent blocking, or just want to share your experiences, please use the comments below.

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  1. Wedgr
    January 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Linksnappy.Com, but it is not free.

    25gb storage. Download 10 torrents at the same time.

    Downloading the finished torrents from the site is slow though.

  2. Basith Paykat
    August 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    hello there , Nice article .
    i am in a totally different situation now.
    i can't torrent with my normal IP , so i used Softether to change the VPN and the problem gone. but ive got only few data left and by using this VPN method, data consumes much faster and am getting only half of the download traffic.
    ( if my pc gets 200 kb/s , softether uses 100 kb/s and torrent uses 100 kb/s )

    why can't i download with my normal IP ? , why do i need to change to different IP in other country ?
    is it because my service provider blocking me ? if so
    is there any work around for not loosing too much data with the VPN method

  3. Naman
    June 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I made a video demonstrating how to run torrents anonymously . It will work even if torrents are banned by your ISP.
    Please note that it only supports HTTP trackers so none of your UDP trackers would work. What it does is basically route all your torrent traffic through the TOR network (which is so secure that even the NSA hasn’t been able to crack it. )
    Have a look ( .

  4. Jay Perez
    July 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey guys, if you have problem with Chrome block or some other block screen try site filespook dot com and you will be able to download w/o issues and everywhere

    • Mustufa KAgzi
      August 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Jay your your idea worked icredibly thanks

  5. Govind
    February 25, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I think the best one right now is Though it gives you only 1GB per torrent(still its enough) ,it downloads super-fast and has no blocking or throttling.

    P.S Sorry for my English.

  6. imageshack torrent
    June 9, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for your advice.please do keep on posting more about torrents.

  7. tonio09
    May 7, 2009 at 7:29 am

    One way to dowlnoad torrent is use somthing called SSH tunnel. If u have some experience with unix, then u can set up one to another computer (home?) , forward the ports to your machine via the tunnel and u're ready to go.

    However, if u lack an outside computer as i do, u need to find sth more inventive.
    Has anyone had any experience with tor and privoxy to bypass firewall?

    • Karel
      June 7, 2009 at 6:03 am

      I use VPN tunnel to unblock torrent downloads. Two months ago my ISP started blocking P2P an I found the solution for 4.99 USD per month.

      There are many VPN providers like blacklogic, strongvpn etc. the price is too high I think. I use


      which is the cheapest solution that I found. They give you public IP address and hide all torrent downloads to the Tunnel, so my ISP is not able to block my downloading any more. Moreover you are not behind firewall so you can be ACTIVE. If you want to try it, there is a 3 days free trial I think, so try it first for free.

  8. Moofius
    March 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Well, my school's blocking has you all beaten. I can't get anything related to a torrent through. Any help?

  9. alex smith
    February 15, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I always thought that a firewall and a virus protection program like Norton would provide full privacy protection. vpn has added to privacy by securing the connection between my computer and destination :)!

  10. Anthony
    February 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I really think you should have added the best and most powerful of those! Just not free..

  11. xje4bv
    February 13, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Or if you have the money, invest in a good seedbox. Btw, concerning imageshack's service..

    • Josh
      February 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      xje4bv: look at the comments, that article is not accurate. Any torrent (public/private) can be seeded to 150% at imageshack, whether the account is free or paid.

    • Joss
      November 28, 2016 at 5:22 am

      Thanks! I was about to try that one!

  12. lmanpig
    February 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I've tried all of them; none works for me.

  13. Aaron
    February 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Using, is it possible for someone to monitor the torrent file directly to a user's IP address?

  14. sofak
    February 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I've always liked Enter in your torrent address and it will let you download a standalone exe that will download and seed the file, for as long as you want.

    Granted if you have an admin that is blocking torrent files, they probably block unknown exe files. But I can't tell you how many times this has saved me when I've need to use BT at work, since I don't think they would appreciate me installing a torrent client.

    • Jeffry Thurana
      February 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks for the tips. I'll look at Torrent2Exe.

  15. College.Student
    February 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    You have just contributed to a drastic increase in network traffic on every college campus.

    Thank You.

    • dork
      December 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

      like your gaming doesn't use any bandwidth idiot. besides, universities have plenty of money from us to continue accommodating our selfish desires.

  16. sofak
    February 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I've always liked Enter in your torrent address and it will let you download a stand alone exe that will download and seed the file, for as long as you want.

    Granted if you have an admin that is blocking torrent files, they probably block unknown exe files. But I can't tell you how many times this has saved me when I've need to use BT at work, since I don't think they would appreciate me installing a torrent client.

    • Anti Torrentexe
      February 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      Watch out! I tried once torrentexe and all the exe files downloaded where matched as virus by a wide range of antivirus in So Its not an option for me (I can´t trust it). It can be a lame or just a false positive but i´m not taking the chance.
      One more thing: I would add to the list (another P2P Web based Client)

      • Joss
        November 28, 2016 at 5:24 am

        Thanks, good to know!