How To Create A Torrent From Any Direct Download with Burnbit

00 Download to Torrent   How To Create A Torrent From Any Direct Download with BurnbitAmong the many file download methods available today, “direct download from HTTP server” and “Torrent” might be two of the most popular methods. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The direct download method guarantees the availability of the file(s) as long as the provider doesn’t take the file down and also stable speed. On the other hand, the Torrent method can give you top notch speeds on popular files but it depends heavily on the availability of seeds. Older files tend to have less seeders and slower speeds to the point that the files that we want are no longer available for download.


It would be very great if we can combine the best of both worlds: the download speed and the availability of the files. The best way to do that is to combine the direct download with a Torrent. But do you know how to create a Torrent?

The answer is a web service called Burnbit.

Before The Fire

Burnbit has a motto: “If a file exists, there is a torrent of it. If not, it will be burned.” The motto clearly suggests that this web service will help users to create a torrent file out of (almost) every existing downloadable file.

All you’ve got to do is visit their website, type the URL of the file in the field provided, then click burn.

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There are limitations though. First, Burnbit can only help you with HTTP direct downloads. So if the file that you want is not from that category, you’re out of luck. Secondly, the download URL should be alive and won’t “die out soon”. Third, you must not submit copyrighted files without explicit permission from the author. And last, pornographic materials are strictly prohibited.

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Just for the sake of experiment, I tried submitting a download link which forwards users to the real temporary personal download link and I got this error message. I was hoping that I could use this service to download files from those annoying file sharing services, but I guess my expectations were too much.

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It is also advisable to search for available torrents prior to burning your own torrent. If the file that you want is popular enough, someone else might’ve already burned it as a torrent and saved you the effort.

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Burn Baby, Burn

After pasting the link and clicking the burn button, Burnbit will start to process your file.

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The service will begin burning the file. This process could take a while depending on the speed of the server where the file is stored. There’s the display of estimated time to help you predict how long should you wait. Normally it would take just a few minutes. There is also other additional information about the file.

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After the burning process is finished, you can click on the “Download Torrent” button, and then later open the torrent file using the torrent client of your choice.

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After The Fire

So who can benefit from this service? Why would anyone choose this method over direct downloads? Regular downloaders can get additional speed if there are a lot of people who are downloading the same file. Even the worst scenario is still acceptable: there will never be less than one seeder, and the speed will never drop below the file’s server speed.

But the one who will benefit the most are the file providers. They can deliver their files to their audience faster without having to put a lot of strain on their server because the bandwidth burden is shared among the downloaders.

All they have to do is burn their file(s) and share the torrent file(s) with their audience instead of the direct download link.

Tips

I curiously tried to burn a file in my Dropbox “Public” folder by pasting the “Public Link” in Burnbit’s URL field and it worked like a charm. You can actually host your torrent file in your Dropbox storage.

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If you want to share large files to a group of people, this method could be a killer solution and with less effort than creating your own torrent. Moreover, Burnbit provides file sharers with a nice tracking device. Go to the “Get live download buttons” pane of your burned file page and click the “Generate button” button.

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You will get a line of code that you can copy and paste in your website/blog (or if you are a WordPress user, you can utilize the widget), and you will get a live status of your file downloads (the number of seeders and leechers).

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Have you tried Burnbit? Would you prefer to download/share files using this method? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Saikat Basu

The torrent download should also allow us to resume downloads in case a connection goes down, that’s the constant problem with direct downloads.

d.g.

It “should”, ideally, but if no one else is seeding, it may not. I don’t know, as I haven’t tested, but since the original 1st seeder is the HTTP server itself, I’m not sure if resume will always work. I think the HTTP server has to support it. If you know more than I, let me know. I haven’t researched it carefully.

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d.g.

Critically important details from the site

1. “We support only HTTP protocol currently as major BitTorrent clients support it.”

2. “…you can download the torrent of your file powered by the original location of the file…”

So, from what I understand, this service is doing what anyone can do themselfs, which is to generate a bit torrent file for an HTTP hosted file. The “Burning” process is simply the BurnBit server creating a torrent file. The only hard thing about that *may be* the possible need fetch the complete original file to generate a hash or gather other critical stats needed for creating bit torrent files. (Again, as far as I understand).

So, this is why it can’t help downloading from file sharing sites like RapidShare and all those type of sites.

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d.g.

Critically important details from the site

1. “We support only HTTP protocol currently as major BitTorrent clients support it.”

2. “…you can download the torrent of your file powered by the original location of the file…”

So, from what I understand, this service is doing what anyone can do themselfs, which is to generate a bit torrent file for an HTTP hosted file. The “Burning” process is simply the BurnBit server creating a torrent file. The only hard thing about that *may be* the possible need fetch the complete original file to generate a hash or gather other critical stats needed for creating bit torrent files. (Again, as far as I understand).

So, this is why it can’t help downloading from file sharing sites like RapidShare and all those type of sites.

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