Over 1,000,000 Torrents of Downloadable Books, Music, and Movies

Dressed to Kill, 1946

The Internet Archive is now offering over 1,000,000 torrents including our live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots and lots of books, and all new uploads from our patrons into Community collections (with more to follow).

Night of the Living Dead, 1968 Torrent Link at the bottom of download box.

To download the Torrent of the files in the item, click the Torrent link at the bottom of the download box; your Torrent client (such as transmission and uTorrent) can use the Torrent file you get to download the files in the Archive item, including the original item files, plus all derivative and metadata files. Individual files can be selected (or deselected) from the list within most BitTorrent clients, allowing Torrents to be used to retrieve an entire item or a specific subset of files within it.

Gulliver’s Travels, 1939

BitTorrent is the now fastest way to download items from the Archive, because the BitTorrent client downloads simultaneously from two different Archive servers located in two different datacenters, and from other Archive users who have downloaded these Torrents already. The distributed nature of BitTorrent swarms and their ability to retrieve Torrents from local peers may be of particular value to patrons with slower access to the Archive, for example those outside the United States or inside institutions with slow connections.

Sex Madness, 1938

To upload files to the Internet Archive, please use
http://archive.org/upload or http://archive.org/create.

We are starting to track some BitTorrent statistics, which can be fun to watch.

“I supported the original creation of BitTorrent because I believe in building technology to make it easy for communities to share what they have. The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive,” said John Gilmore, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Thank you, BitTorrent community, for evolving such a valuable technology for the rapid,

New Riders of the Purple Sage 1973 Concert Recording

reliable, and resilient distribution of large numbers of files! And to Aaron Ximm, here at the Internet Archive, for helping the Internet Archive’s patrons and, we hope, libraries and archives worldwide to distribute public materials quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively.

 

 

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183 Responses to Over 1,000,000 Torrents of Downloadable Books, Music, and Movies

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  3. Dr Anon says:

    this is a great move in the fight for the internet

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  9. Magnus Schei says:

    I can’t thank you enough for doing this, I always wanted to have access to this kind of things, but I could never find it. My Grandfathers in the hospital at the moment and I know that he loved listening to a few of these programs. This will make his year. Thank you.

  10. Andrew me says:

    Nice , very nice. I am sure that people will be distributing this in its many forms throught the torrent world. So people can download the books torrent or movie torrent or music torrent separately. This is what torrenting is about. I am just holding my breath for the copyright czars to somehow claim copyright on some content and try to sue them for uploading it.
    This is the beginning of the end for those greedy copyright czars, access to so much entertainment /news and music will actually prevent people downloading the rubbish movies and music they release these day’s. not that there is much of it. Time to watch some good old favorites.

  11. Joshua says:

    Nice work team!

  12. paul vixie says:

    This is totally cool.

    • brewster says:

      Thank you, paul. And coming from you it means a lot to us.

      Gotta love the Internet. The BitTorrent tools are really solid at this point.

      -brewster

  13. BAReFOOt says:

    Honestly, if there ever is a global apocalypse, it is the Internet Archive above all things, that needs to survive!

  14. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for making so much material available via torrent. This is a great step forward. I’m much more likely to use Internet Archive stuff now.

  15. piranha says:

    oh, this is awesome news! it’s definitely a more resilient long-term storage solution, and i love to be able to help spread the collection far and wide. all my bandwidth R belong to you. ;)

  16. kieranmullen says:

    Some corrections… With utorrent anyway you can not select a more local peer over another. A slow connection will still be slow. However if the ISP’s backbone to the main servers at slow, utorrent might be able to find clients with the same ISP or another backbone connection…maybe..Anyhow it is a step in the right direction.

  17. Nosuchname says:

    Will ‘ya look at my jaw… it be on the desk, mon!

    This is caring for sharing! Thanks!

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  26. Very nice, Thanks ;). If im trying to download via torrent it downloads complete folder. As Example it downloads movie in 5 different file formats. Would be nice if it is possible to doenload single files using torrent this way making less traffic.

    • brewster says:

      you are right, that is what many users would want. we could not think of a way to do that simply. you can select what formats you do what in most clients, but that is a bit of a pain.

      so we thought if people wanted just one file, they would click on the http link. thank you for trying to service!

      -brewster

    • Vlad says:

      Most Torrent clients allow you to select which files to download

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  30. Timo Rinne says:

    I think that it would be an interesting experiment to make part of the collection available _only_ via torrent. Now there seems to be http-link next to the torrent-link.

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  35. What software are you using for seeding? (‘m one of the authors of Hekate, but I suppose you’d have told us if you were using our software.)

    • brewster says:

      We are using our web servers which run nginx. this is easier for us to manage than running a bittorrent client. we have heard good things about hekate.

      • In case anyone is as puzzled as I initially was — what brewster is saying is that they aren’t running any seeders, they are using the “webseed” extension to the BitTorrent protocol that causes clients to bridge between HTTP and BitTorrent. Which makes a lot of sense.

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  41. SeaGROL says:

    I can’t be the only one who just thought of building cheap “bunch of drives” server boxes and donating them to various specifically for hosting Archive.org book torrents. Say, a cheap motherboard (Mini-ITX?) with 2-4 gigs of memory and 1+ TB drives, configured as linux based webserver/torrent box with a script that updates every time a torrent completes?

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  43. flowolf says:

    are you thinking about supporting magnet links too?
    this would make sharing even easier!

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  47. carlos says:

    One ant is insignificant. A trillion ants is a MARABUNTA.

    A famous Spanish scientist reminded that man does not own women, that man does not own children, and that man would make a mistake if we thought we owned culture.

    You cannot beat your wife, you cannot beat your children and you cannot exclude culture from the rest of the world.

    Thank you archive.org

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  50. It is amazing to see the news. I think BT is a very nice technology to share files with other and without any censorship.

  51. manjim says:

    This is truly awesome! After years of downloading the content at the expense of archive.org (thanks!), we consumers can finally give back to the cause/effort with our bandwidth. With all the turmoil pointed at torrents these days, this will help torrents stay in the main light as the best way to share.

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  64. Greg Ackerson says:

    For folks (like me) that are interested in contributing disk space and bandwidth to supporting this, it would be nice to have a list of “media in need of more seeds”… or even better yet, a “meta-torrent” that you could download and would automatically, randomly pick several media items in need of more seeds and download them. It would probably need to take the form of a plugin to a torrent client.

    • brewster says:

      wonderful idea. in our experience there are a couple of pieces missing in the bt protocol to support distributed preservation, but that could be a very good step in the future. (and maybe not that far into the future).

      -brewster

      • Yeah, this would be a really nice idea ;)

        Perhaps a sort of distributed P2P Filesystem wich can guarantee redundancy. So Archive.org might stay more independent in the future, not needing Government or Private money to run its services but just enough community members providing disk space and bandwith. But such a thing might be very complicated to develop.

  65. LarchOye says:

    *ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED*

    Congratulations, you WELL DESERVE the bragging rights you’ve earned-

    You are hereby granted the rank of “PIONEER”, and also deserve honorable mentions for “Efficiency”, “Gigantic amount of unique content.

    While you’re at it, why don’t you guys go ahead and beat YouTube to the punch… (That is, implementing BT / p2p distribution to the youtube streaming video concept).

    Then sell it to Netflix, HULU, and everyone else!

    Direct repositories of frequently accessed, Large data files (Like video, Game installations, Application Installs, etc..) are a ridiculously inefficient, and out-dated server model!

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  74. Ganesh Murugesan says:

    Great move.
    Freedom of internet still prevails. Thanks for the collection.

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  77. Nikodem says:

    It would be nice to see abandonware software and games.

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  81. Martin says:

    Just wondered if it would be useful to add rss feeds for all top torrent lists, to allow users to support torrents automatically by adding e.g. all ‘top 25 torrents sorted by leechers’ via rss subscription in torrent client? possible downside could be that those ‘supporters’ could also add extra and unnecessary load to your servers. but maybe those could disable http leeching to prevend loading from your servers, this way it would accelerate the distribution of the data between users only without stressing your servers. (just a spontaneous idea ^^)

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  85. Tim Bannister says:

    This would be a good use for Metalink/HTTP, as described in http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6249

    People with Metalink-enabled user agents could benefit from BitTorrent without having to know too much about the details.

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  91. Buck says:

    You guys rock. Thank you for saving the internet and our creative heritage so that future generations will be able to look back, enjoy and be inspired by the creative content of the human race.

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  94. Arnold Ziffle says:

    Nothing but SPAM!
    I came here looking for books. Found a couple, but the other 999995 links were SPAM for illegal drugs.
    Great idea, but the SPAM makes it not worth looking.

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  96. DaveK says:

    This is really great, and what you guys at archive.org are doing is great – a modern day Library of Alexandria, but one that can’t ever be destroyed; however, you need to get some spam filters on the self-upload service: right now there’s a bunch of trailer rentals firms, resumé services, kitchen suppliers, religious zealots and loan sharks using it to advertise their wares, completely drowning out all the real material. (Library of Alexandria never had spambots to contend with!)

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  122. Janie says:

    Superb! Think of all the content prior to the electronic age that has been lost to fires, floods or pillaging. By using Torrents to distribute content, we will never again risk losing our artistic creations to fate.

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    Wow, This is wonderful news. Many Thanks for hosting the Old Time Radio section, and all the other wonderful collections.

    Mike D.

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