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What are seeders and leechers?

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May 03, 2014 9:16AM

Seeders are people who have already downloaded the file earlier. Once a user has finished downloading a torrent, whenever he's is online, he will upload tiny bits of file to those users who are still downloading the torrent. The downloading process of your torrent depends on the number of seeders online. The more seeders the faster the download will go.

Leechers are people who has a negative effect on the swarm of the torrent. Leechers are commonly the users who download much than they upload. They are the users who doesn't leave their bit torrent clients seeding after downloading the file. They didn't spread the share of seeds that has been downloaded to the user.

When searching torents, always magnet those links with high seeded torents. If there are no seeders, you will never finish the download, no matter how many leechers there are!