This Website Could Be The Ultimate All-In-One Torrent Machine

As I recently discovered whilst trying to teach my roommate about torrenting -- educationally, of course -- downloading illegal stuff off the internet still isn't the easiest thing in the world. Bitport is a website that's trying to change all that: it will find, download, and stream your torrents to you, all with a stupid level of security and ease.

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Using Bitport is pretty simple. Once you've got an account (either the basic free one, with limited storage, or one of the per-month premium options), you log into a web console, from where the magic happens. You can link to a torrent file or magnet link, or upload a file yourself. The torrent downloads (you can do a bunch at a time, or queue downloads for later) and once the file is saved in your personal cloud storage account, you can download it, or more likely just stream the file online.

Torrenting the file online has a few major benefits for the user. The big one is speed: because the torrent is being downloaded by a server sitting in a data centre, things happen much faster. A years-old file with a couple seeders got pulled down at 10MB/s, for example. In the case of popular torrents, the download is instantaneous (i.e, if another Bitport user has downloaded the same file recently, it seems to appear straight away in your storage account and you can stream instantly).

Privacy is another benefit: because files aren't stored on your personal computer, and connections are encrypted, it would be much harder for the movie studios to cut off infringement. And, if you're particularly paranoid, you can use a VPN or Tor to access the service.

Of course, that pushes all the risk onto Bitport. The company has strict terms of use which, surprise surprise, forbid downloading copyrighted material. Bitport also told me it would comply with takedown requests for copyrighted material if they needed to -- but since nothing is publicly available, that hasn't happened yet. Whether or not that lip-service to the letter of the law is enough to save them remains to be seen.

One thing worth bearing in mind is that there's a similar website, which has been around for a while, called It offers most of the same services -- but notably, doesn't have a free tier, although you do get more storage for your $US$US$US in the higher tiers. Prices on Bitport go from about $US5-$US15, getting you between 30GB and 250GB of storage.

That said, usual caveats about illegal activity and shady websites apply: Bitport offers payment options in Bitcoin and via PayPal, and you'd be wise to use them, rather than handing over naked credit card info. And, just because you *might* technically be skirting the letter of the law, a scary letter in the post still shouldn't come as a surprise. Torrent responsibly.




    Meh... Think I'll just keep downloading direct, via my VPN..! Less hassle, more secure, and cheaper too..! :)

    You forgot to link to

      Incorrect. Look again, end of article.

    So this is like a Seedbox. Seedboxes can do most of that already, and you can securely download from ftp...

    Upon reading this article i decided to try it out. Signed up for the free acct, which is seriously limited. You couldn't actually use it for anything. Example: 100mb/hour limit. Whatever, I loaded a file in anyway. The 100mb downloaded before I could even see the status bar. I figured, what the hell, I'll pay for a month. After paying, the rest of the file automatically downloaded before I got back to the transfers page. I transferred it to my computer. The download speed avereged 2164kB/s. The fastest I noticed was ~3000. My connection tops out at 115mb/s.
    I decided to try some more, that's where I ran into problems. Each file I tried to add gave an error "Torrent Damaged". I contacted their support team, they replied within 5 mins saying it was all fixed. To their credit, it is "better" but not perfect. I still get errors, and it seems like I can only add a file using a .torrent file.
    I haven't used torrents for years. Probably won't continue with this service. It's ok, but not great.

    I'll just keep using popcorn time. That way I can't be hassled for pirating and I don't think they are going to bring in a law against streaming movies even though the movies are all pirated.

    Last edited 05/01/15 6:19 pm

      Not sure if you realize that popcorn time does torrent. It just does so in order so it can play it to you at the same time. But in the background it's still seeding

        Oops. Didn't know. Thanks for the heads up.

        holy crap its seeding? any way to turn that off?

    Yes, I have used Bitport this site is almost like ultimate torrent but I am looking for another platform and hope that I will find that in the upcoming days.

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