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NordVPN proxy setup for BitTorrent

When you connect to NordVPN’s servers, you can use BitTorrent and most other peer-to-peer platforms. But if you want to avoid using the NordVPN app, setting up a VPN proxy is the next best thing. 

Note that 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.

How to set up NordVPN with BitTorrent

  1. Open BitTorrent.
  2. In the menu bar, click Option > Preferences. Alternatively, press Ctrl + P on your keyboard.

    Select “Preferences” in your BitTorrent client to begin setting up a proxy through NordVPN servers
  3. Select the Connection section.
  4. Under Proxy Server, from the Type dropdown, select Socks5.

    To use BitTorrent with NordVPN, you must select “Socks5” as your proxy server type
  5. In the Proxy field, enter an address of a selected proxy server.

    Here is a list of servers you can choose from:

  6. In the Port field, type in 1080.

  7. Select the following checkboxes:
    • 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

      You have to manually enter your chosen NordVPN server address in the “Proxy” field
  8. Enter your authentication details.

    Username: NordVPN service username
    Password: NordVPN service password

    You can find your NordVPN service credentials (service username and service password) in the Nord Account dashboard:
    1. Click Set up NordVPN manually.

    2. You will receive a verification code in your email that you use for NordVPN services. Type the code in: 

    3. Copy the credentials using the “Copy” buttons on the right:

  9. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

How to check if your proxy setup is working 

  1. Visit the website.
  2. Scroll down to the Torrent Address detection section, click Activate, and click this Magnet Link.

    The “Torrent address detection” tool should be showing the IP address of the NordVPN proxy server
  3. A new window will show up, prompting you to open BitTorrent. Select Open BitTorrent.

    Important: keep open.
  4. Once BitTorrent opens, click OK to add the torrent.

  5. While the torrent is downloading metadata, return to the ipleak website.
  6. Under Torrent Address detection, you should see the IP address of your chosen proxy server.

    If no address is showing, click the Refresh button to update the results.

You should find that BitTorrent is securely downloading files via the NordVPN SOCKS5 proxy server you selected.

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