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.

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

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.

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

  2. Then click Download

    Download Tribler

    Wait for Tribler to download

  3. Now launch the downloaded Tribler-installer file (just click on it)

    Tribler installer

    Launch the Tribler installer

  4. If your computer asks if you’re “sure” you would like to allow this app to make changes to your computer, click Yes.
  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Finally, click “Next” when the Tribler installer asks about the Install Location.

    Click Next

    Tribler install location

  8. 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

  9. Click “Finish” to complete the Tribler install process.

    Finish Tribler Install process

    Click Finish to complete the Tribler install

  10. Click the “Start” button on your PC.
  11. Then type in “tribler” to search your PC for Tribler.

    Search for Tribler

    Search for Tribler

  12. In the search results, select Tribler to launch Tribler!

    Launch Tribler

    Click Tribler to launch it

  13. When Tribler starts up, it will start to “Discover content”:

    Tribler discovers content

    Now Tribler is Discovering content

  14. You’ll then see Tribler’s main window “populated” with content:

    Tribler main window

    The Tribler main window

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.