Frequently asked questions

New user system

This is an alpha version and there might be some bugs of course! If you notice any bugs or would like to make a suggestion then don't hesitate to contact admin. To do this follow this link: http://www.torrentzap.com/user/warcamel then go to Send Message menu and leave a message.

What is reputation?

Reputation is your overall site rank that is added for activity on Torrentzap. It varies depending on various actions, for example, for visting site, posting comments, reporting bad users etc. You can find the latest reputation changes in the History tab of your Profile.

What is Reputation Level?

Reputation level is your title, which depends on reputation. You can find your reputation level on your Profile page, in the User Info block.

What are Achievements?

Achievements are «medals» that you get for different activity, for example for uploading a certain number of torrents, a certain number of comments posted, or simply for a number of visits.

What is the profile page?

This is the page of your Torrentzap profile, here you can check your reputation, friends, achievements, also you can manage your profile, avatar and status.

How can I change my status?

To change your status — go to your profile, choose the «Edit Account» tab. Here you can change your password, e-mail and status.

How can I change my Avatar?

You can change your avatar on your profile page, at the «Info» tab, - just press the Browse button, choose your Userpic, and then press the Submit button.

How can I add new friend?

Go to the profile of the user and click on the «+ Add Friend» button. You can find it next to the username. We have created a system to encourage user activity and friend system. We have also implemented a lot of functions and new parameters, for which you can get reputation points. After receiving a certain number of points you'll get new opportunities. Below you can see the table of the levels of reputation and opportunities on the site. We look forward to your activity and your reviews.
Simple (1 point) Bronze (100 points) Silver (500 points) Gold (1000 points) Platinum (5000 points) Diamond (10000 points)
Downloading torrents (+1 point) up to 50 torrents per day up to 50 torrents per day up to 50 torrents per day up to 50 torrents per day up to 50 torrents per day up to 50 torrents per day
Searching for torrents (+1 point) up to 50 torrents per day up to 100 torrents per day up to 150 torrents per day up to 200 torrents per day up to 250 torrents per day up to 300 torrents per day
Posting comments (+10 points) up to 50 comments per day up to 50 comments per day up to 50 comments per day up to 50 comments per day up to 50 comments per day
Uploading torrents (+25 points) up to 10 torrents per day up to 20 torrents per day up to 30 torrents per day up to 40 torrents per day
Ability to change torrent description up to 20 torrents per day up to 40 torrents per day up to 60 torrents per day
Ability to raise the status of other User no more than once a month no more than once a month
Ability to remove other User's comments up to 20 per day up to 40 per day
Ability to remove torrents which are considered Fake up to 5 per day up to 10 per day
Ability to Ban Users up to 3 per day
T-shirt with torrentzap.com Logo You can get it!*

* T-shirt is only sent out to a Diamond user that has earned all Gold achievements(Searcher, Downloader, Commenter, Uploader).

What is Torrentzap?

Torrentzap is a big torrent search engine and directory. Our goal is to provide an easy-to-use directory and search engine for all kinds of torrent files. Visitors of Torrentzap can anonymously upload torrents to this website, tracked by any BitTorrent tracker. Scrape data (amount of seeds/leechers) is collected a few times a day. Note that we try to keep Torrentzap family-safe, so adult submissions are not allowed.

What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (or P2P) protocol used for the distribution of large files. More information: The official BitTorrent website
Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide
The Wikipedia BitTorrent page

Where can I get a BitTorrent client?

uTorrent (a lightweight and easy-to-use client) The official BitTorrent client
Azureus (a more advanced BitTorrent client)
BitComet (a user-friendly BitTorrent client)

Why should I register at Torrentzap?

Once you have registered an account on Torrentzap,
Other people can see which torrents you uploaded (if you prefer so).
You can rate torrents.
You can see which 5 last torrents you downloaded and need reviews by you.

I've got a suggestion, how can I reach you?

You can contact us through the contact page.

Is downloading torrent files illegal?

NO, torrent files are not copyrighted, so this is allowed. However, opening a torrent file in your BitTorrent client may start the process of downloading (and possibly uploading) copyrighted content. Depending on the circumstances, such as the content in question and the country you're living in, this might be illegal. In some countries, it is illegal to download and upload copyrighted material. In this case, make sure that you only download unlicensed content via BitTorrent. In some other countries, it is allowed to download copyrighted material, as long as you don't upload. If this is the case, we advise you to use the BitThief client. To be on the safe side, we advise you not to download any copyrighted content at all.

What to do if I want you to remove certain copyrighted files from your website?

Please note that we do not host any copyrighted content on this website. The torrent (metadata) files that we host do not contain data that might be copyrighted in any way. However, we offer a service to remove torrents from our website if the copyright holder of the content requests so. These removal requests are only valid if: You are, or your company is, the copyright holder of the content in question.
You provide the exact URLs to the torrents, no complete (sub)categories or search queries.
You provide the complete name(s) of the content in question.
You send the removal request using a verifiable email address (e.g. address@yourname/yourcompany.com). If your request complies with all of these rules, contact us thourgh the contact page.
We remove postings as soon as we can, usually within 72 hours. Keep in mind that we can only handle removal requests that comply with the rules mentioned above.

How can I advertise on this website?

Please send your advertising proposals through the contact page.

What is a .torrent file?

This is a small metadata file. Metadata here means that the file contains information about the data you want to download, not the data itself. Your BitTorrent client needs the .torrent file to connect to the tracker (see below) and download the actual data you're interested in.

What are seeds?

A seed is a client that has a complete copy of the data of a certain torrent. Once your BitTorrent client finishes downloading, it will remain open until you click the Finish button (or otherwise close it). This is known as being a seed or seeding.

What are leechers?

A leecher is a client that is currently downloading the data of a torrent. A leecher does not have the complete file, otherwise it would be called a seed.

What is a tracker?

A BitTorrent tracker is a service on the internet that assists in the communication between BitTorrent clients. When you open a torrent file, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of seeds and leechers to connect to.

What is a private tracker? private tracker

A private tracker is a tracker which requires registration at the tracker website (click on the tracker link in the red warning message on the general information page of the torrent) before you can use the torrent. This means that registering at Torrentzap won't help! Such trackers usually have a high amount of seeds, because users get banned if their ratio is too low. See for more information the Wikipedia entry regarding private trackers.

What is a magnet link?

Azureus magnet links are a new way of linking torrent files. Instead of downloading the torrent from a webserver, you download it directly from a seed/leecher. The biggest advantage is that you might be able to download the content of the torrent, even if the tracker is down or closed for registration. You need the latest version of the Azureus client with DHT enabled (open your UDP port) to use this feature.

What are all those .rar, .r01, .r02 files?

These files are so-called RAR archives. You need to install WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the data of the files.

What to do with password protected archives?

The password is most likely the URL that's in the name of the torrent (posibly even with [] if it's for example "Test torrent [www.test.com]"). If that is not the case try the URL of the tracker (see the details page of the torrent). If that still isn't the password try to go to the tracker URL (without the scrape part!) and look for a password there. You can also take a look in the community, where many passwords are posted.

How can I stay up-to-date with Torrentzap?

We offer an RSS feed to stay up-to-date with this website. You need an RSS reader to use this feature. In Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari, just click the RSS icon in the right corner of the address bar of this browser window. In Opera the newsfeeds will automatically be subscribed when you click this link, the feed will show up under "Newsfeeds" at the bottom of your "Mail" panel. Users with other browsers have to download a RSS reader, you can find a list here.
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