Modern, well-organized interface
In terms of design, the application stays in fashion with a modern interface, well-organized layout and intuitive features. A side panel provides quick access to most areas you’ll visit, such as the home page, fetched results, channels, list of downloads, as well as an implemented video player. Needless to say that all corresponding options pop up in the rest of the space.
Going under the hood
The application is built around the idea that gave birth to Tor in order to achieve that critically acclaimed level of security. When a download is established, you are not directly connected to the source itself, but rather to a relay point, such as yourself, to fetch bits of data while a different connection gathers from a different source.
As a result, your IP address is lost track of. However, this is made possible by using UDP over TCP protocols. The difference is that UDP doesn’t keep track of when or how data packets are sent, not even who sends them. What’s more, unlike the TCP connection, the packets are simply sent without establishing a mutual connection with the destination, which makes it even more difficult to track, thus practical in this situation.
Integrated search tools quickly provide results
At its core, the application heavily relies on peer to peer for nearly every process it puts in motion in order to retrieve files and keep your download or upload sessions active. Unlike most such applications, you don’t necessarily need to go online to fetch .torrent files, because there’s an integrated search engine to quickly look up items of interest.
A handful of filters can be applied to better sort through results, with a neat slider that lets you limit maximum or minimum file size to narrow down options. Corresponding details are also displayed, such as size, file type and health, as well as a button to initiate the download session.
Join channels or create new ones
To further keep you from filling up system resources with external applications, there’s also an integrated feature that displays all users connected to the same service as yourself, along with files you can grab, namely user created channels.
The application prevents you from initiating conversation, but this is not an issue since anonymity is supposed to be a strong feature. On the other hand, you can bookmark channels to constantly keep an eye on content for new additions.
Moreover, you can create custom channels to share files, either by simply selecting a .torrent file to make open for sharing or create new ones using local items. Several settings are available to better hide your identity, manage playlists and organize the list of files you’re sharing.
View and organize downloads
Download sessions are displayed in a clean list, with filter criteria you can add or remove. Default ones let you view name, progress, estimated time, speed related details and more. In addition, you can choose which processes to be displayed in case content needs to be downloaded again.
When you stumble upon files of interest, you can specify general settings, such as whether to download faster and risk exposure, or slower while tunneling your IP through as many peers as possible. A default destination folder can also be set individually or for all downloads.
Poor set of scheduling options
However, when it comes to managing ongoing processes, options are a little shallow. You can display various labels for more info, forcefully attempt to start the process, remove the session, allocate bandwidth or open the file location. Sadly, there are no options to create queues for time-consuming sessions, nor any way to have one of your computer’s power options triggered when downloads are finished.
To sum it up, Tribler is a slightly different approach on peer to peer downloading, moving focus from speed to security. It comes in handy because you never know who can track down your IP address and become a victim of Internet attackers, given you stay within legal boundaries of the information superhighway. The overall design gets you instantly up and running, implemented search engines quickly fetch results, while support for .torrent files and speed make it definitely worth a try.
Tribler is an application that enables its users to find, enjoy and share content. With content we mean video, audio, pictures, and much more. Tribler has three goals in helping you, the user:
· Find content
· Consume content
· Share content
Tribler is a social community that facilitates filesharing through a peer-to-peer (p2p) network. A p2p network is different from a centralised service, where every user downloads his files from one central server. With p2p, the user/downloader is also an uploader to another user. This way, there is no central computer required that provides every file to all users.
When the Tribler application program is started it will automatically start searching other users that have Tribler running on their computer. After starting a successful connection, Tribler begins to search for data.
First it exchanges personal information (such as your avatar picture, your friends list, download history, etc.) and information about files that are available in the network. These files can be personal, shared files, but also files that one has received from another person