Some researchers at Delft University of Technology combined two interesting technologies: File sharing and blockchain.  This hybrid creation is termed Tribler.  Check out Tribler yourself (and download it) at tribler.org.

NOTE:  This does not mean you shouldn’t still use a VPN with Tribler.  You should always use a VPN when streaming content, torrenting, or even daily browsing.  Tribler will add to your existing security layer provided by your VPN.

Why did Delft University of Technology’s researchers create Tribler?

Tribler provides some features that standard Torrenting does not:  increased anonymity.

In fact, Tribler’s tag line says that its users are able to download & torrent with “less worries or censorship”.

 

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How does Tribler work?

The Tribler protocol utilizes standard bittorrent technology + some blockchain concepts (the same tech behind Bitcoin) to achieve a higher level of anonymity than standard torrenting.

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Here are some screenshots from the Tribler website, showing how Tribler works:

See how Tribler (torrenting app) works in this Screenshot from their website
How Tribler Works

How many people have downloaded Tribler?

Over 1,000,000 (that’s 1 million)

How old is Tribler?

Tribler is over 9 years old.  It was launched in 2006.

How to Download & Install Tribler

  1. On your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC, go to Tribler.org in your browser.
Tribler website
Official Tribler website
  • Then click Download
  • Download Tribler
    Wait for Tribler to download
  • Now launch the downloaded Tribler-installer file (just click on it)
  • Tribler installer
    Launch the Tribler installer
  • If your computer asks if you’re “sure” you would like to allow this app to make changes to your computer, click Yes.
  • Then you will see the Tribler installer window (with the “license agreement”).  Click “I accept”, then “Next” if you agree.
  • Tribler install window
    The Tribler install window
  • Now, if you’re an advanced user and you know what the next screen means, you can select some options.  But if you’re not an advanced user, just click “Next”.
  • Tribler Options
    The Tribler options screen
  • Finally, click “Next” when the Tribler installer asks about the Install Location.
  • Click Next
    Tribler install location
  • Wait for Tribler to install on your Windows / Mac / Linux PC or laptop.
  • Wait for Tribler to install so you can begin torrenting anonymously
    Tribler install progress
  • Click “Finish” to complete the Tribler install process.
  • Finish Tribler Install process
    Click Finish to complete the Tribler install
  • Click the “Start” button on your PC.
  • Then type in “tribler” to search your PC for Tribler.
  • Search for Tribler
    Search for Tribler
  • In the search results, select Tribler to launch Tribler!
  • Launch Tribler
    Click Tribler to launch it
  • When Tribler starts up, it will start to “Discover content”:
  • Tribler discovers content
    Now Tribler is Discovering content
  • You’ll then see Tribler’s main window “populated” with content:
  • Tribler main window
    The Tribler main window
  • Now click on any “Channel” that looks interesting, such as “HD Movies” (like in this screenshot):
  • HD Movies in Tribler
    The “HD Movies” category in Tribler torrent app
  • At this point, you’ll see a Preview of some of the items in whatever category you clicked.  I clicked HD Movies, so here’s what I saw:
  • The HD Movies category in Tribler
    Tribler HD Movies
  • Now, you can click the “Download” button next to an item to begin a download.  NOTE:  We only recommend you download Public Domain movies (such as Night of the Living Dead).  If you do choose to download movies, we recommend you use a VPN.