While Torrents is a bad rap, there are still many legal reasons to download them. You are not able to use BitTorrent itself on your Chromebook, but there are still great alternatives available.
Torrents are synonymous when downloading illegal content, but there are still legal reasons for torrents. Any file can be shared as a torrent, meaning that there isn’t any server that gets bogged down by managing all the traffic. You can legally download domain films, and other media directly from the Internet Archive through torrents.
Set Up a VPN
Torrents might be the easiest way to get a malicious file on your computer. While it’s not a problem on a Chromebook, you should also take an extra precaution before downloading the entire Internet. A VPN is not difficult to use on the Chromebook, and you will get an extra peace of mind. You can also turn ISP off your back since many of them are looking for torrent traffic.
How to Download Torrents with JSTorrent
JSTorrent is now available for only $3 on Chrome Web Store, and there is not a trial or free version. You have to set a download directory for the first time opening JSTorrent. Start it by choosing “Settings.” Next, click on “Choose” next to “File Download Location.”
It will then open the Downloads folder in Chrome browser. Click on “Open” to use it as your JSTorrent download directory. You can also choose “New Folder” if you want something different.
From there, set JSTorrent to automatically open Magnet links, which are typically used to share torrents. Click on “Setup” next to the bottom.
Click on the overlapping squares of the address bar. Now, choose the bubble next to “Allow” and click on “Done.”
Navigate to the site, including your torrent and click on the download the torrent file.
Open the Files app, right click on the torrent file name. Select “JSTorrent” and the app will then start downloading your media. You can see the progress of your downloads in the notification area.
Download Torrents with Deluge
Deluge is a free and good torrent client for Linux OS, and more Chromebooks can now install Linux apps. Before getting started, you have to enable Linux apps for your Chromebook first.
Once you’ve enabled Linux app support, open the Terminal app. Now, simply type in “sudo apt-get install deluge” and hit Enter. Next, press “Y” to continue the installation.
Once the installation is done, close the terminal. Next, open the Files app, and right-click on the torrent file name. Choose “Copy” > “Linux files” on the left side.
Right-click and choose “Paste.” You can now open Deluge from the app drawer. Simply choose “Add Torrent” next to the top and click on “File.”
Click on your username on the left, and then double click the torrent file copied to the Linux folder. Now, choose “Add.” The torrent will now start the download.
The torrent can also be downloaded by URL. All you need is to select “Add Torrent” at the top and choose “URL.” Paste the URL into the box and then click “OK.” That’s it! The torrent will start the download. But the file will be in the “Linux files” folder of the Files app when the download is completed.