Since the arrival of the BitTorrent Protocol within the last decade, we've seen the rise and fall of many popular torrent trackers. Trackers are persistent in retaining swarm transmissions, and allow the scrape of public torrents worldwide. With the fall of so many popular trackers, everyone always asks what trackers remain, and what they should use. Here I'll outline for you a small list of public and open torrent trackers, all of which you can use when creating a new .torrent file. I'll also unveil to the public, a new and interesting tracker, the Genocide tracker.
The Open BitTorrent tracker(s):
The Public BT tracker(s):
The Bit Trek tracker(s):
The I Stole It tracker:
The TorrentBox tracker:
The BitTorrent AM tracker(s):
The h33t tracker:
The Russian Open Sharing tracker:
The Slavik Open BitTorrent tracker(s):
The always infamous denis stalker tracker(s):
The Ill BitReceptor tracker:
The Sharing Headquarters tracker:
The MightyNova tracker:
The BT Fans tracker:
The RARBG tracker:
The BT Miner tracker:
The Torrent To tracker(s)
The PeerHub tracker:
The Torrent Download tracker:
The Torrent Box tracker(s):
The 1337x tracker(s):
The newly released Genocide tracker:
All of these above mentioned trackers, work great. While there is no need for all of the trackers above, these are possibly the best public trackers available at the moment. Some of these may go down temporarily, but I assure you all of these will remain alive and well within due time. These are considered trusted, reliable, and respected trackers, in the world of torrents.
If however one tracker were to go down, it's always a great idea to add another as a backup, so your torrents are still able to scrape (show proper stats) in torrent clients and on torrent sites. So if you use a few backups, you should be okay. The only problem with using various trackers, is that by doing so you can "split" the swarm of peers. A healthy swarm usually consists of those being held amongst one set of trackers, but none the less, the benefits of a backup tracker or two far outweigh the downside to the situation.
While creating torrents, I find it's always great and almost a must to enable the Distributed Hash Table (DHT) function on torrents. Doing so will allow a torrent to seed/leech even after a tracker has died or timed out. This is convenient for all public sites, although private sites tend to not allow this.
If you don't already know, trackers which are in groups, and have a .php tracker, is typically the tracker of the set which allows a tracker to scrape. So if a set of trackers include multiple trackers, then remember to always add them all. Also the majority of trackers are in http:// protocol, which means that if the server is down, the tracker is surely down as well, but, can easily be set back up from a backup server. The UDP tracker protocol is a high-performance low-overhead BitTorrent tracker protocol. It uses the stateless User Datagram Protocol (UDP) for data transmission instead of the HTTP protocol (over TCP) regular trackers use. The data is in a custom binary format instead of the standard bencode algorithm BitTorrent uses for most communication. Sadly, many clients do not allow UDP trackers, such as the Transmission torrent client.
Many new trackers are popping up daily, using the Creative Commons license, which is enabling more and more programmers and coders to invent a tracker. Also the majority of the world's largest torrent trackers, including the world's largest tracker which has now fallen, all used the OpenBitTorrent software. This software is responsible for some great public trackers, and we presume will continue to evolve with the times. Change is necessary for survival, and OpenBitTorrent realizes this.
With all the creativity and technology that arises from torrents, and file sharing in general, we can only expect trackers to get better. What many researchers are in the process of doing, myself included, is trying to creat a new kind of torrent tracker. Everyone knows that a tracker helps embroil you into a swarm, but what if the tracker instead of pinpointing swarms that are healthy from various continents, could develop a swarm that is closer to you, such as within a few hundred miles? Doing this is the future of trackers, instead of bubbling within a swarm in various regions of the world, you would be directed into an area that is within range of you, thus not only creating a healthy swarm, but a faster swarm, since the distance for the file transfer would not be as far.
These are just some of the ideas that are still in the developmental stages, and I will assure you that the next releases of the Genocide tracker for one, will include these technologies, which as of now, are only in a "beta" or test phase, not fully available for widespread public use. Either way, the future of torrent trackers looks exciting, and we can only hope that it gets more interesting.
I hope you all enjoy this list, and find it somewhat useful or at least found a few helpful tips in my writings. Remember, seeding is of the absolute importance if you are downloading, in order to keep strong and healthy swarms for everyone. If anyone else has any great trackers they know of, and I know there are hundreds upon hundreds, feel free to post them in the comments below. It just would not be possible for me to emphasize each and every tracker here, I just hand picked some of the most reliable and trusted trackers, as well as unveiled to you a new one, which the public may now feel free to use here on ET. Stay safe guys, and remember, sharing is caring.
October 24, 2009Posted by: Date:
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
|posted by (2009-10-24 13:13:50)|
|Thanks Obs Another great read.|
I am on DSL and between 4:30pm and 2:30 am I am heavily throttled on Torrents. Last night on your advice I downloaded Black Doll which I noticed was not on a usual tracker but on what looked like an ISP address (which is I assume the new genocide tracker). I was getting 4.5MB down instead of 25kps (as this was during throttling times). I am very greatfull for the way black doll was put up. I just thought I would put that out there as maybe some people might find it interesting that this new tracker can defeat throttling in Canada. Maybe people from different Countries can confirm this is true for theirs also. I for one will be keeping an eye out for this tracker for sure.
|:) The new tracker has functions that almost no tracker has... it will be very fulfilling although its just now been announced as a "beta". Although it's completely stable, we're still in the begginning pahases of this. Expect the arrival of a sister tracker soon, as well as a udp tracker, for those whom have the clients which allow such a tracker. I ask as many people to use the tracker as possible, so we can monitor the success of it before it goes "stable".|
|EXCELLENT. This will help alot of New and Existing Uploaders. I'm REALLY GLAD to see this post. Thank you OBS. Will start using the Genocide Tracker as well. :D|
|Awsome read man.Obs is like the guru of the bittorrent world,very knowledgeable.|
|As ALWAYS OBS.....Thank You!!! I feel like I was told a secret....and I wanna tell everyone...lol. Thanks again man...for your passion and your work.|
|Thanks for the Info..*update* |
http://genesis.1337x.org:1337/announce ((NOT WORKING))
|Genesis and Nemesis are down right now, they'll be back up soon :D|
|Thanks OBSCENE, u r great. This will help me a lot.|
|posted by (2012-05-05 19:12:14)|
|Hello Everyone, I built an Open Tracker / Public Tracker, feel free to use it.|
|USING THE ISTOLE.IT TRACKER IS BAD DO NOT USE IT ITS A TRICK, it worksfor a while then it only tries to connect and rejects you, but its been associated with numerours infringmentnotes and port scanning, people all over have been getting infringment notes with the istole.it tracker identifying them, and thoes who are more tech savy have noticed its constantly trying to call home under some scenerios bypassing user defined rules of engagement on there own systems and routers, that it tries all available ports one after another even though they are not assigned to utorrent, i dont know enough about it but the informations out there, and not only does it port scan possiby report you, if its not connecting to you and giving you good speeds(so it can screw your later with isp notices) the constant port scanning and such if you are blocking it, and its ability to hang uttorent after you close it somehow so it can continue its dirty business, it slows down the rest of your speed, this is a compilation of words used to describe istole.it from across the internet on various boards.|
|INFECTIOS i need toknow what your avatars from. it makes me want to know more|
|posted by (2013-09-30 20:02:03)|
|I think is a good idea to add 3 000 000 files 10 000 000 peer 4 year of existance|