WebTorrent

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Description WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client for node.js and the browser. YEP, THAT'S RIGHT. THE BROWSER. It's written completely in JavaScript – the language of the web – so the same code works in both runtimes.
Has website https://webtorrent.io
Persons working on Astro, Feross
Self-organized sessions
Tags BitTorrent, P2P, WebTorrent, WebRTC, Browser, File transfer
Located at village OpenCodeTown
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Streaming torrent client for node & the browser

WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client for node.js and the browser. YEP, THAT'S RIGHT. THE BROWSER. It's written completely in JavaScript – the language of the web – so the same code works in both runtimes.

In node.js, this module is a simple torrent client, using TCP and UDP to talk to other torrent clients.

In the browser, WebTorrent uses WebRTC (data channels) for peer-to-peer transport. It can be used without browser plugins, extensions, or installations. It's Just JavaScript™.

Simply include the webtorrent.min.js script on your page to start fetching files over WebRTC using the BitTorrent protocol, or require('webtorrent') with browserify. See demo apps and code examples below.

To make BitTorrent work over WebRTC (which is the only p2p transport that works on the web) we made some protocol changes. Therefore, a browser-based WebTorrent client or "web peer" can only connect to other clients that support WebTorrent/WebRTC.

To seed files to web peers, use a client that supports WebTorrent, e.g. webtorrent-hybrid or instant.io. We're also working on WebTorrent.app, a desktop client with a familiar UI that can connect to web peers. We hope established torrent clients (Transmission, Vuze, uTorrent, etc.) will add support for WebTorrent so they too can connect to both normal and web peers.

Features

Torrent client for node.js & the browser (same npm module!) Insanely fast Download multiple torrents simultaneously, efficiently Pure Javascript (no native dependencies) Exposes files as streams Fetches pieces from the network on-demand so seeking is supported (even before torrent is finished) Seamlessly switches between sequential and rarest-first piece selection strategy Supports advanced torrent client features magnet uri support via ut_metadata peer discovery via dht, tracker, and ut_pex protocol extension api for adding new extensions Comprehensive test suite (runs completely offline, so it's reliable and fast) Browser-only features

WebRTC data channels for lightweight peer-to-peer communication with no plugins No silos. WebTorrent is a P2P network for the entire web. WebTorrent clients running on one domain can connect to clients on any other domain. Stream video torrents into a <video> tag (webm (vp8, vp9) or mp4 (h.264)) Supports Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Sauce Test Status

Node-only features

Stream to AirPlay, Chromecast, VLC player, and many other devices/players