How to Check Your Torrent IP Address
1. What Is an IP Address and How Is It Important
2. How to Check Your Torrent IP Address
3. How You Can Do Torrent Address Detection Using This Method (and Why Other Methods Don't Work)
4. How to Install the Tracking Torrent
5. How to Understand the Tracking/IP Results
Torrenting can save you a lot of time, money and allow you to access resources that are usually difficult to access. When you're protecting your torrent activity, it's always necessary to have a tool that allows you to check your torrent IP address and help you verify that your proxy or VPN settings are working as planned.
This article will help you learn how torrent address detection works and how to check your torrent IP address, and more.
An IP address is a set of unique numerical characters that make up an address that identifies and distinguishes a specific location on the internet. Similar to your street's address, your internet connection also has an IP address.
Your IP address is assigned to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and is shared by all the devices connected on your home network and use the same network connection.
The thing about your IP address is that it is visible to the public, and every website you visit and every torrent peer you connect to can see your IP address. This is how they can correctly route the data that is being sent to your PC. Of course, you can always use specific tools to hide your IP address.
Once you set up your BitTorrent VPN or proxy, it is essential to test your setup with an IP-tracking torrent. This has proven to be the most effective way to check how peers and trackers see your IP address.
The whole process is relatively easy, and you can leave the tracking torrent open in your torrent software so you can verify your IP address every time you want to do torrenting.
You need to have the following for torrent address detection:
- An active VPN or proxy connection.
- Any torrent client (uTorrent, Vuze, BitTorrent, Tixati, Deluge, etc.)
- A magnet link for a torrent-IP tracker:
We will teach you how to do this using a simple magnet link torrent that will send your IP address to its tracker. The tracker website will show you the IP address that the torrent is reporting. A lot of IP tracking torrents display your IP address in the tracker status tab as well.
Why this method works better than other methods:
- Because it measures the IP address your torrent peers see
You will notice that many guides suggest that you go to websites like iplocation.net or ipmonkey.com to see if your IP address is showing a different location. However, this method is ineffective because it only checks the IP address of your browser, which would be an issue if you're using a torrent proxy or have a VPN that leaks your IP address to torent peers.
- IP address visible inside your torrent client
If you leave the tracking torrent there, you can reverify your IP address any time you want.
All you need to do is follow a few simple steps, and we will walk you through all of them.
- First, visit the torrent IP tracking site.
For this guide, we will be using ipleak.net as checkmytorrentip.upcoil.com is down for maintenance when writing this article.
- Next, download the tracking torrent.
- On IPleak.net, find the 'Torrent Address Detection' section and click on the 'Activate' button.
You might be able to see the magnet link immediately on other websites.
Now, download the magnet link, which should automatically open in your default torrent client. However, you can manually copy the link location and paste it into your client if it doesn't open immediately.
- Check your torrent IP address.
After 10 seconds, the tracker page will update and display the IP address detected by the torrent file.
If you check the 'trackers' tab for that specific torrent in the torrent client you use, you will be able to see the IP address displayed there. This applies to all 3 of the torrent IP tracking tools we mentioned.
What does seeing the IP address of your client means, and why are we doing this whole process? How do you even know whether your VPN is working correctly or not? We will unravel everything you need to know in this section.
If you're using a VPN without a proxy
The torrent IP address will match your browser" s IP address, and your torrent and browser IP address will change when you disconnect the VPN.
If you're using a Proxy without a VPN
If you're using an HTTP/HTTPS proxy, peers will be able to connect to your actual IP address because proxies can't carry torrent data packets. So, make sure you're using a SOCKS5 proxy and that you have a torrent client that supports proxy peer connections.
This is what you should expect to see:
- Your torrent IP address will be different than your web browser's IP.
- If you turn off the proxy, your torrent IP will change.
Your torrent IP doesn't match your web browser's IP address because your torrent traffic is running through the proxy server and not your web browsing. If the IPs match, something should be wrong, and the proxy isn't working properly.
If you're using a proxy and a VPN together
If you use a proxy inside your torrent client and a VPN simultaneously, this is what you should be able to see:
- Torrent IP is different than the browser IP.
- If you disconnect from the VPN, the torrent IP should not change.
- However, your browser IP should change if you disconnect from the VPN.
Make sure you start the VPN before you open your torrent client. Otherwise, the proxy might have a connection error when your connection changes to the VPN, which could cause it to freeze or timeout.
Here are a few extra torrent security tips to help you out after you make sure that your torrent client's IP address is adequately hidden.
- First, it's better if you use a kill-switch (when using a VPN) to prevent IP leaks.
- A VPN is more secure than a proxy and has more robust torrent encryption.
- Finally, never use an HTTP/ HTTPS proxy for torrents; you should use SOCKS5 only.
This article should help you learn what an IP address is and how to hide your torrent IP address properly so peers can't see it. Remember to use SOCKS5 proxies and not risk it by using an HTTP/HTTPS proxy. We also recommend using a VPN instead of a proxy because it has stronger torrent encryption and is generally more secure than a proxy.
We hope this guide was helpful to you!