How To Cheat With Your BitTorrent Ratio

Simon Slangen 08-02-2009

how to cheat bittorrent ratioThere are many great advantages to using private torrent trackers. For instance, the reliability and speed of the downloads exceeds those of free trackers, mainly because of the ratio systems. These ratio systems oblige everyone to upload about at least as much as they download.


Ironically, the biggest disadvantages lie also with the ratio system. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should upload as much as they can, but sometimes your ratio obligations can put you in some pretty nasty situations.

I remember looking for a certain private tracker invite for a few months. When I finally got in, I tried to get my ratio up as high as possible – stacking up reserves. But however hard I tried, I wasn’t able to reach an approachably decent ratio. There were just too many seeds and too few leeches.

I had my computer running day and night, trying to upload as much as I could, but in the end I wasn’t even able to reseed my first download and I got nicked.

Cheat With Your Torrent Ratio

Some time ago, I found out that there were ways to manipulate your ratio. However, the consequences are not to be excluded.


Before we go on, I want to emphasize that everyone with a decent mindset should upload as much as possible. Don’t be the parasite on the backs of this unconditional medium, try to support it as much as possible.

Also – obviously – torrent trackers don’t like you doing this, and if they find out you’ll probably get banned. MakeUseOf will not be held liable in this matter – all blame for your actions lies with yourself.

Through the use of applications, we can spoof our upload count, and hereby alter our Torrent Ratio. There are several applications that can do this, all working in the same way. They fake the tracker update reporting protocol with fake data, to boost your ‘upload’.


Tracker Pro

Tracker Pro is one of these applications, and very easy to use.

trackerpro - how to cheat bittorrent

To spoof your upload count, just add a torrent to the program. One of the great features that distinguishes this application from others is that you don’t even have to download the torrent to start “uploading”.

Tips For Staying Undetected

Like I mentioned in the disclaimer, if trackers notice that you’re spoofing your upload, you’ll most likely get banned. To prevent this, you need to lay low.


Limit your usage

Don’t use this application excessively. People will notice it if you suddenly become a master uploader – try using it only if you must.

Limit your upload bandwidth

You can limit the false upload speeds in the options. The lower you keep this, the harder it’ll be to get noticed. Note that this number is in Kbits (8 Kbits = 1 KByte).

Also, change this number as often as possible. Trackers use scripts to detect cheaters. By keeping your speeds low, and ruining your pattern, you can mislead these scripts.

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Changing your User Agent

This is for the paranoid people amongst us.

Also in the options, you can also define which program you’re using, by changing the User Agent code and Client ID, although I’d advise you to refrain from this if you don’t know what you’re doing – messing up these codes will be like lighting a beacon.

You can search for these codes on User-Agents or plain ol’ Google.

Do you personally have any other tricks for getting one up on BitTorrent or any other file sharing network?


Related topics: Bandwidth, BitTorrent.

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  1. Paul Harris
    March 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    RE: Cheats never win.

    Actually, they do often win, however, we mostly-honest people hope that eventually they will get what we think they deserve.

    Meanwhile, let's download some really cool stuff and Best Wishes to all!

    • Paul Harris is Imbecile
      September 22, 2019 at 3:48 am

      "we mostly-honest people hope that eventually they will get what we think they deserve"
      You are a hypocrite and an Idiot on top of that and the more you write, the more you prove it.

  2. NSAaintGotNuthinOnMe
    February 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

    can this be used to make it think I'm uploading when really I'm not uploading at all. and will this work through a proxy chain and VPN?

  3. Archipelago
    May 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I wonder if this is when people start asking for more no-seeders, to give the seeders an easier time getting a "good-guy ratio"?

    Food for thought.

  4. Seushimare
    February 24, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    lol. it comes way back to pirates and corsairs era and pirate ports(here trackers). basicaly you should not cause too much mayhem(cheat ratio), because they may not let you in next time. i basically avoid private trackers because they keep data on every user (dl and ul ratio) which can be obvious evidence to each users activity. its same shitty rule as with facebooks and such. public ones maybe arent as fast but are much more anonymous

  5. Will
    December 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    How do i change use agent on torrent or other download applications

  6. chelseafc
    February 7, 2010 at 2:35 am

    cheats never win

  7. duesbag
    January 14, 2010 at 2:30 am

    really most use of torrents is illegal :P

    so how could cheating on torrent site be illegal ?

    best pgm by far is ratiomaster - not that I use it LOL my upload speed is 20MB

  8. Mike
    December 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I just run VMWare and upload to a torrent client there at the same time, so my ratio is close to 1. It is impossible to catch me cheating

  9. boomer!
    October 17, 2009 at 3:46 am

    TOTAL LOL @ PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING THIS "omg you guys are horrible cheaters, think of morals! ethics! it's just like stealing!"

    While these same people are pirating software, tv shows, movies, games, porn, etc.


    and especially LOL @ pakko's comment making analogies to stealing gas and picking locks. i bet you he's downloading some keygens at this very moment

  10. g0tti
    October 3, 2009 at 1:59 am

    your all bias idiots, like "shapes" said, where do u assholes draw the line, your so brain washed that's its all right to steal peoples software/music/movies, ooooohhh noooooooo god forbid you cheat on ur ratio....... you reckn im gonna have a cry over or feel guilty over my ratio, i don't think so... stop and think what you really doing first off before your call people "ratio criminals" ...loosers

  11. shapes
    June 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    You people are ridiculous. You have no problem stealing, and make all the crazy justifications you like, it's still stealing. Yet you're all indignant when someone dares mess with their ratio via dubious means. It's truly an interesting place where you draw that line.

  12. Nick
    June 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Shame on you, if you can't upload enough, go find another site. There are loads and loads and loads of private trackers out there, offering exactly the same releases. If you can't maintain a decent ratio at one, you simply go elsewhere and you try your luck there. Your excuses are lame. I have never, ever come across a site where I couldn't maintain a decent ratio, with even the slowest ul. People who can't are either lazy or dumb or both. Make your ul problems known in the forums, on irc or to staff, and you practically always get a hand, or some good advice that fits that particular torrent site (Partial seeding, newer torrents, popular pr0n?)
    This kind of tripe is to the detriment of private trackers as a whole, I hope you get booted. As if this kind of thing wouldn't be taken advantage off...

  13. Todd
    May 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Trust me, this is highly useful and necessary in certain circumstances. For instance, broadband speed in my area is limited to 256kbps and I share that with 3 other people. So, by the time I finish downloading an episode of The Office, for example, I have maybe 2 hrs of uploading at a speed of 4kbps, then nothing no matter how long I upload, because everyone that wants it already has it, or because the multitude of other seeders on my private tracker already cater to those that are left downloading. So, this app is highly appreciated (even though I can't get it going).

  14. Emily
    March 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    One of the most crappiest article I've ever read in my life.most of the tricks written in this article even don't work... What happened to makeuseof standards?

  15. Keith
    February 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    My first thought was this is terrible, but then I reflected that a lot of the "Scene" sites are making a lot of money off "donations" from people who want to download "Scene" releases. And while I am a pirate myself, making money off someone else's work is stealing...sharing is not. So whatever, rip off the thieves. But there are much easier ways to steal ratio than running some questionable third party software, study the bittorent protocol and find out for yourself. :)

  16. Vivek
    February 10, 2009 at 5:41 am

    I don't agree with most of the folks. You see even if my intention is good to try seeding but uploads on my university campus are blocked, I really dont have a choice. I think knowledge is good and this article is trying to do exactly that!

    • Nick
      June 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

      Yes you do have a choice: public trackers. Tough shit that you can't ul from campus, go do it at home or don't do it at all.

  17. Len
    February 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    All of you that think this is "wrong", how ironic that you're against this when in fact all you use torrents for are TV shows and movies and cracked software. Take a look at what you're doing first and then pass around judgment.

  18. Chris
    February 9, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    My current uTorrent statistics:

    Total Uploaded : 787 GB
    Total Downloaded : 83.0 GB
    Total Ratio : 9.480
    Total Running Time : 751:42:21 (751 hours)
    Torrents Added : 167

    I'm usually upping at ~520kbps all day long.

  19. Bob
    February 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Simon - if you haven't seen it yet keep tabs on this site tells you when sites are open for membership. (Can't remember where I found it maybe here on Makeuseof!)

  20. Varun
    February 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    As much as i support free information and all that,this is just shameful.No one should be trying to do this.There are sites going down,we should support the community,how so ever hard it seems to upload,its easy to keep ratio,saying its impossible is lame.
    This article is a double edged sword.information v the right thing.

  21. Bootstrike
    February 9, 2009 at 12:46 am

    being a author of the popular bittorrent guide, i can say this will further discourage seeders from seeding hence affecting the whole swarm. if you want to maintain a good ratio, go after those new torrents where ppl will be rushing to download.

    • Ege
      February 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

      You have to be very quick to do that. Maybe donating should be considered, if those sites provide some kind of premium membership that prevents low-ratio ban.

    • Peter
      February 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      New torrents are the worse. I find the best way to get the ratio up is to download an older TV series with "free leech" and only a couple of seeds. Not many people will probably download it but when a person does, they pretty much download the whole thing from you. It didn't add to the ratio to get it and its many GB's in size. Also keeps the number of individual files in your torrent client down as well.

  22. tiems
    February 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    nice article..
    is there any other softwares to do the same

  23. Ege
    February 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    But, there are situations that forces you to do this. For example, if a tracker has excessive number of seeders, every new torrent will become overseeded before your ratio is even 1.00. I can barely upload at 40KB/s and believe me, I have a long list of seeded torrents in my client.

  24. Pakko
    February 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    What's next, How To Siphon Gas From Your Neighbor's Car? How To Pick The Locks At School? No good comes to the community from behavior such as this, so why promote it?

    • Simon Slangen
      February 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Actually, I'm a fervent supporter of seeding, and try to do as much as I can myself (no artificial seeding used to obtain that ratio). However, there are some times that your best just won't do (e.g. blackcats-games in my case).

      I only mean people to use this in such cases.

      Of course, there will be "people" who won't stop at that, but frankly, I hope for every last one of them to get banned.

      • Sean
        February 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

        Very nice, x264 is a great site. It's definitely my favorite place to get movies, although the selection is sometimes a bit lacking.

        • Simon Slangen
          February 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

          You've got a good eye ;-)

          I've been trying to get into Demonoid for a while, but x264 is one of the best trackers I've seen so far.
          I especially love their selection of 'free torrents', which helps solving and avoiding the above mentioned ratio problems.

        • LOL
          February 9, 2009 at 7:45 am

          You're on x264 but not Demonoid?!

          I have invites if you want one.

        • Simon Slangen
          February 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

          Sorry, Demonoid is fairly easy to come by, I was talking about TorrentLeech :-D

        • anon
          February 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

          "However, there are some times that your best just won’t do (e.g. blackcats-games in my case)."

          This is exactly why blackcats-games has seed points. I hope you get banned.

        • Simon Slangen
          February 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

          Never used this with BlackCats-Games. I meant that I got banned because I wasn't able to upload enough.

          I downloaded one game, had my PC running most of the time, but the upload rate was not even mentionable. I almost had enough seed points, but missed it by a hair.

          Does blackcats even exist anymore? The domain seems to be on hold for quite some time.

        • Simon Slangen
          February 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm

          I do actually, and a spare would be hugely appreciated. :-D

          I wouldn't post it here though, if I were you (think that's a ToS infraction) but my mail address is

        • dj
          February 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

          Simon, you need a TL invite still?

        • tedy
          August 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

          I'm a true fan of TorrentLeech but don't have an invite.. so if someone could help

    • John
      December 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

      I'll have to assume you're by no means engaging in illegal activities here, when you open up that bittorrent client. I mean, judging by your comment, I would expect so.
      Nevermind you can't be bothered to spend a dime on other people's work and efforts, don't you dare fake those seeding ratios or you're nothing but worthless scum!
      How funny.

  25. Jakob
    February 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    lame article...Seed instead.

    • Sean
      February 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      I do have to agree that cheating is never something you should do on a private tracker. There are other ways to go about fixing your problems, and usually PM'ing a staff member and proving to them that you do care but are just having difficulty will keep you from getting banned and even get you a few tips. I've yet to join a site I couldn't keep a good ratio on, and I'm on quite a few sites (such as, blackcats, x264, etc.)