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Proxy setup on BitTorrent

Note: You don't have to set up a proxy if you are using the NordVPN app. Using a VPN for BitTorrent lets you safely download files while the rest of your connection is secured.

Please note that the NordVPN service should never be used to bypass copyright regulations. NordVPN does not promote, condone, or endorse the use of the service for such purposes. For more details, please read the NordVPN Terms of Service.

This tutorial explains how to set up the Socks5 proxy on the BitTorrent client for torrenting with NordVPN.

  1. Open BitTorrent.

    Open BitTorrent by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop or running the app from the Start menu
     
  2. Click on “Options” and select “Preferences.”

    Select “Preferences” in your BitTorrent client to begin setting up a proxy through NordVPN servers
  3. In the left sidebar of the new window, choose “Connection.”

    Continue NordVPN setup for BitTorrent in the “Connection” tab of the “Preferences” menu
  4. In the “Type” field under “Proxy server,” choose Socks5.

    To use BitTorrent with NordVPN, you must select “Socks5” as your proxy server type
  5. In the “Proxy” field, enter any of the addresses from the list below. For the best connection speed, choose a country or city close to your physical location.

    amsterdam.nl.socks.nordhold.net
    atlanta.us.socks.nordhold.net
    dallas.us.socks.nordhold.net
    los-angeles.us.socks.nordhold.net
    nl.socks.nordhold.net
    se.socks.nordhold.net
    stockholm.se.socks.nordhold.net
    us.socks.nordhold.net


    You have to manually enter your chosen NordVPN server address in the “Proxy” field
  6. Enter “1080” in the “Port” field and check the following boxes:

    Authentication
    Use proxy for hostname lookups
    Use proxy for peer-to-peer connections
    Disable all local DNS lookups
    Disable features that leak identifying information
    Disable connections unsupported by the proxy


    Check all the options under “Proxy server” to ensure BitTorrent works properly with the NordVPN proxy
  7. Type in your NordVPN service username and password in the authentication fields and press “OK.”

    You can find your NordVPN service credentials in the Nord Account dashboard. Copy the credentials using the “Copy” buttons on the right.

    Copy your NordVPN credentials from your Nord Account dashboard to continue proxy setup on BitTorrent

    Paste your NordVPN credentials in the “Username” and “Password” fields under “Proxy server”

Congratulations! You have now set up a Socks5 proxy for BitTorrent. If you want to check whether it works, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ipleak.net and click “Activate” under the “Torrent address detection” section. Then, click on a link titled “this Magnet link.”

    Click “this Magnet link” to detect the torrent address and leave the IPLeaks.net tab open for now
  2. A new window will pop up. Choose “BitTorrent” and press “OK.” Do not close the IP Leak website.

    Select BitTorrent from the list of applications to launch it automatically
  3. BitTorrent will open automatically. Save the torrent file to your computer and press “OK.”

    The “Magnet tracking link” file needs to be saved to your computer to begin synchronization
  4. The file “Magnet tracking link” will start synchronizing.

    The BitTorrent client will start connecting to peers to synchronize the “Magnet tracking link” file
  5. While the file is connecting to peers, go to ipleak.net. A new IP address, the one that you chose, should appear.

    The “Torrent address detection” tool should be showing the IP address of the NordVPN proxy server
  6. This is the IP address of a NordVPN server. This means that BitTorrent is downloading files through a NordVPN proxy, ensuring that your downloads are hidden and secured.

Because generating and remembering strong and secure passwords is not an easy task, we recommend downloading a free password manager like NordPass. It generates secure passwords for you and stores them safely, letting you avoid time-wasting password resets in the future.

NordPass offers native apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, so you can reach your passwords whenever and wherever you need them, even offline.

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