Torrents are one of the most efficient ways to download large files from the web. Instead of downloading a file from one person, you're downloading bits of the file from many people. Using a torrent file search engine will allow you to easily find torrents of the file you need and determine if the torrent is healthy and working. Here's how to get started:
Finding a torrent search engine is easy. A simple Google search will return thousands of results. The biggest and most popular are The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, Mininova, BTJunkie, and TorrentFinder.
Using a torrent search engine is much like using any other search engine. First, go to the torrent search engine homepage. Many allow you to browse categories on the homepage; they may even feature the latest or most popular torrents.
Specificity is Key for a Torrent File Search
To most efficiently use a torrent file search engine, make sure you have a specific search term. Peer-to-peer networks contain so many files that generalized searches aren't always useful. If the file you're looking for has a version number, include it lest you inadvertently find an outdated version. Enter your specific search term and click "Search."
Many torrent file search engines allow you to search within specific categories. This has a drawback, however. If files are miscategorized, your category-limited search won't find them. First try a broad search of all categories. If you get too many results, try refining by category after this.
Interpreting Torrent Search Engine Results
Torrent file search engine results may appear confusing. You will get a list of several columns. One contains the filenames, the next contains the size of the file, then the columns for seeds and leechers. A bittorrent search engine may also use color-coding to give you more information - green for healthy and red for unhealthy. Generally, you want a file with the highest number of seeds - these are the people from whom you can download the file. The higher the number of seeds, the faster the download will go.
Once you see the file you want, click on it. This will take you to the page where you can download the torrent itself. Make sure to read the comments left by other torrent file searchers. Many will note problems with the file or download; these can be a valuable source of information. If everything looks good, download the torrent to your computer and then you're set to open it with a bittorrent client.