On the topic of downloading torrents, what exactly are "seeders" and "leechers"?

I have a feeling that seeders are people who you can download stuff from. But I'm not sure. What are leechers? How do you become one of those two things?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    peter has the general idea yes

    seeders are the ones whom already have the file in question

    and are giving parts of it to the leachers whom are in need of the file

    something you can tell from the numbers of seeders/leachers is the quality of the torrent if it has many seeders and many leachers its probally a good torrent

    granted if a torrent has 100000 seeds and 10 leachers its prolly fake

    you want a seed leach ratio thats about 3 to 1 seed to leach thats gives the best connection and DL speed

    seeders have file uploading it

    leachers need file downloading it

    Source(s): torrenting for about 10 years
  • 1 decade ago

    Seeders are those having complete copy of the file and are uploading only. Leechers are having a percentage of the file and downloading and uploading to others at the same time. without a seeder a file cannot be completed. so there should be at least on seeder in the process.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In p2p File Sharing/ Torrents

    people downloading the file are leechers

    and

    People uploading the file after downloading are seeders

    the more seeders the better the download (Generally Speaking)

    it is courteous to other people to seed the file so others may download the file too

    Source(s): Experience and online sources
  • 1 decade ago

    seeders are the uploaders who have the complete file

    and leechers are uploaders who are also downloading

    hope that helped

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