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hTorrent

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HTTP to BitTorrent gateway with seeking support. Access torrents just like you would access any file served over a web server!

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Overview

hTorrent is a gateway that allows you to access torrents over HTTP.

It enables you to ...

  • Stream torrents with (almost) any video player: By setting the gateway as an HTTP source for a media player, you can stream & seek any torrent without downloading it.
  • Download torrents without a torrent client: Using i.e. cURL or a web browser, you can download a torrent just like you would download any other file.
  • Build web apps that consume torrent sources: While WebTorrent is a way to stream torrents via WebRTC, hTorrent can provide a gateway for clients that don't support that capability.

Installation

Containerized

You can get the OCI image like so:

$ podman pull ghcr.io/pojntfx/htorrent

Natively

Static binaries are available on GitHub releases.

On Linux, you can install them like so:

$ curl -L -o /tmp/htorrent "https://github.com/pojntfx/htorrent/releases/latest/download/htorrent.linux-$(uname -m)"
$ sudo install /tmp/htorrent /usr/local/bin

On macOS, you can use the following:

$ curl -L -o /tmp/htorrent "https://github.com/pojntfx/htorrent/releases/latest/download/htorrent.darwin-$(uname -m)"
$ sudo install /tmp/htorrent /usr/local/bin

On Windows, the following should work (using PowerShell as administrator):

PS> Invoke-WebRequest https://github.com/pojntfx/htorrent/releases/latest/download/htorrent.windows-x86_64.exe -OutFile \Windows\System32\htorrent.exe

You can find binaries for more operating systems and architectures on GitHub releases.

Usage

TL;DR: Provide a magnet link and path as the magnet and path URL parameters, authorize using HTTP basic auth or OpenID Connect, and process the resulting HTTP stream using i.e. MPV, cURL or your browser

1. Start a Gateway with htorrent gateway

The gateway provides the proxy from HTTP to BitTorrent and a info endpoint.

Expand containerized instructions
$ sudo mkdir -p /root/.local/share/htorrent/var/lib/htorrent/data/

$ sudo podman run -d --restart=always --label "io.containers.autoupdate=image" --name htorrent-gateway -p 1337:1337 -e API_PASSWORD='myapipassword' -v "/root/.local/share/htorrent/var/lib/htorrent/data/:/root/.local/share/htorrent/var/lib/htorrent/data/" ghcr.io/pojntfx/htorrent htorrent gateway
$ sudo podman generate systemd --new htorrent-gateway | sudo tee /lib/systemd/system/htorrent-gateway.service

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

$ sudo systemctl enable --now htorrent-gateway

$ sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=1337/tcp
$ sudo firewall-cmd --reload
Expand native instructions
$ sudo mkdir -p /root/.local/share/htorrent/var/lib/htorrent/data/
$ sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/htorrent-gateway.service<<'EOT'
[Unit]
Description=htorrent Gateway

[Service]
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/htorrent gateway
Environment="API_PASSWORD=myapipassword"

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target
EOT

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

$ sudo systemctl restart htorrent-gateway

$ sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=1337/tcp
$ sudo firewall-cmd --reload

It should now be reachable on localhost:1337.

To use it in production, put this gateway behind a TLS-enabled reverse proxy such as Caddy or Traefik. For the best security, you should use OpenID Connect to authenticate; for more information, see the gateway reference. You can also embed the gateway in your own application using it's Go API.

2. Get Torrent Infos with htorrent info

First, set the remote address:

$ export RADDR='http://localhost:1337/'

Next, set the API password using the API_PASSWORD env variable:

$ export API_PASSWORD='myapipassword'

If you use OIDC to authenticate, you can instead set the API password using goit like so:

$ export OIDC_CLIENT_ID='Ab7OLrQibhXUzKHGWYDFieLa2KqZmFzb' OIDC_ISSUER='https://pojntfx.eu.auth0.com/' OIDC_REDIRECT_URL='http://localhost:11337'
$ export API_PASSWORD="$(goit)"

If you want to now get information on a torrent, you can search it by magnet link:

$ htorrent info -m='magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent'
name: Sintel
infohash: 08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10
description: ""
creationDate: 1659737923
files:
    - path: Sintel/Sintel.de.srt
      length: 1652
      streamURL: http://localhost:1337/stream?magnet=magnet%3A%3Fxt%3Durn%3Abtih%3A08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10%26dn%3DSintel%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Fexplodie.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.empire-js.us%253A1337%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.opentrackr.org%253A1337%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.btorrent.xyz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.fastcast.nz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com%26ws%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252F%26xs%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252Fsintel.torrent&path=Sintel%2FSintel.de.srt
    - path: Sintel/Sintel.en.srt
      length: 1514
      streamURL: http://localhost:1337/stream?magnet=magnet%3A%3Fxt%3Durn%3Abtih%3A08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10%26dn%3DSintel%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Fexplodie.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.empire-js.us%253A1337%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.opentrackr.org%253A1337%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.btorrent.xyz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.fastcast.nz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com%26ws%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252F%26xs%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252Fsintel.torrent&path=Sintel%2FSintel.en.srt
# ...

Alternatively, you can also do this using cURL directly:

$ curl -u "admin:${API_PASSWORD}" -L -G --data-urlencode 'magnet=magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' http://localhost:1337/info
[{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.de.srt","length":1652,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.en.srt","length":1514,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.es.srt","length":1554,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.fr.srt","length":1618,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.it.srt","length":1546,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.mp4","length":129241752,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.nl.srt","length":1537,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.pl.srt","length":1536,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.pt.srt","length":1551,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/Sintel.ru.srt","length":2016,"creationTime":1655501577},{"path":"Sintel/poster.jpg","length":46115,"creationTime":1655501577}

For more information, see the info reference. You can also embed the client in your own application using it's Go API.

3. Stream using a Media Player or cURL with htorrent info -x

If you want to stream the file directly by selecting i.e. the first .mkv or .mp4 file in the torrent, you can use the -x flag to return the URL directly:

$ htorrent info -m='magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' -x='(.*).mp4'
http://localhost:1337/stream?magnet=magnet%3A%3Fxt%3Durn%3Abtih%3A08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10%26dn%3DSintel%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Fexplodie.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.empire-js.us%253A1337%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%253A6969%26tr%3Dudp%253A%252F%252Ftracker.opentrackr.org%253A1337%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.btorrent.xyz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.fastcast.nz%26tr%3Dwss%253A%252F%252Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com%26ws%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252F%26xs%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwebtorrent.io%252Ftorrents%252Fsintel.torrent&path=Sintel%2FSintel.mp4

If you want to stream the resulting file in a video player like MPV, run it like so (note --http-header-fields for authentication):

$ mpv "$(htorrent info -m='magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' -x='(.*).mp4')" --http-header-fields="Authorization: Basic $(printf admin:${API_PASSWORD} | base64 -w0)"

Alternatively, you can also download the stream by using cURL directly:

$ curl -u "admin:${API_PASSWORD}" -L -G --data-urlencode 'magnet=magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' --data-urlencode 'path=Sintel/Sintel.mp4' http://localhost:1337/stream -o ~/Downloads/sintel.mp4
# ...
$ file ~/Downloads/sintel.mp4
/home/pojntfx/Downloads/sintel.mp4: ISO Media, MP4 Base Media v1 [ISO 14496-12:2003]

For more information, see the info reference.

4. Get Torrent Metrics with htorrent metrics

If you want to check metrics such as download progress or the amount of connected peers, you can use the metrics endpoint:

$ htorrent metrics
- magnet: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F
  infohash: 08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10
  peers: 2
  files:
    - path: Sintel/Sintel.de.srt
      length: 1652
      completed: 1652
    - path: Sintel/Sintel.en.srt
      length: 1514
      completed: 1514
    - path: Sintel/Sintel.es.srt

For more information, see the metrics reference.

🚀 That's it! We hope you enjoy using hTorrent.

Reference

Command Line Arguments

$ htorrent --help
Access torrents just like you would access any file served over a web server!


Find more information at:
https://github.com/pojntfx/htorrent

Usage:
  htorrent [command]

Available Commands:
  completion  Generate the autocompletion script for the specified shell
  gateway     Start a gateway
  help        Help about any command
  info        Get streamable URLs from the gateway's info endpoint

Flags:
  -h, --help          help for htorrent
  -v, --verbose int   Verbosity level (0 is disabled, default is info, 7 is trace) (default 5)

Use "htorrent [command] --help" for more information about a command.
Expand subcommand reference

Gateway

$ htorrent gateway --help
Start a gateway

Usage:
  htorrent gateway [flags]

Aliases:
  gateway, g

Flags:
      --api-password string     Password for the management API (can also be set using the API_PASSWORD env variable). Ignored if any of the OIDC parameters are set.
      --api-username string     Username for the management API (can also be set using the API_USERNAME env variable). Ignored if any of the OIDC parameters are set. (default "admin")
  -h, --help                    help for gateway
  -l, --laddr string            Listening address (default ":1337")
      --oidc-client-id string   OIDC Client ID (i.e. myoidcclientid) (can also be set using the OIDC_CLIENT_ID env variable)
      --oidc-issuer string      OIDC Issuer (i.e. https://pojntfx.eu.auth0.com/) (can also be set using the OIDC_ISSUER env variable)
  -s, --storage string          Path to store downloaded torrents in (default "/home/pojntfx/.local/share/htorrent/var/lib/htorrent/data")

Global Flags:
  -v, --verbose int   Verbosity level (0 is disabled, default is info, 7 is trace) (default 5)

Info

$ htorrent info --help
Get streamable URLs and other info for a magnet link from the gateway

Usage:
  htorrent info [flags]

Aliases:
  info, i

Flags:
  -p, --api-password string   Username or OIDC access token for the gateway
  -u, --api-username string   Username for the gateway (default "admin")
  -x, --expression string     Regex to select the link to output by, i.e. (.*).mkv$ to only return the first .mkv file; disables all other info
  -h, --help                  help for info
  -m, --magnet string         Magnet link to get info for
  -r, --raddr string          Remote address (default "http://localhost:1337/")

Global Flags:
  -v, --verbose int   Verbosity level (0 is disabled, default is info, 7 is trace) (default 5)

Metrics

$ htorrent metrics --help
Get metrics from the gateway

Usage:
  htorrent metrics [flags]

Aliases:
  metrics, m

Flags:
  -p, --api-password string   Username or OIDC access token for the gateway
  -u, --api-username string   Username for the gateway (default "admin")
  -h, --help                  help for metrics
  -r, --raddr string          Remote address (default "http://localhost:1337/")

Global Flags:
  -v, --verbose int   Verbosity level (0 is disabled, default is info, 7 is trace) (default 5)

Environment Variables

All command line arguments described above can also be set using environment variables; for example, to set --raddr to http://example.com:443/ with an environment variable, use RADDR=http://example.com:443/.

Acknowledgements

To all the rest of the authors who worked on the dependencies used: Thanks a lot!

Contributing

To contribute, please use the GitHub flow and follow our Code of Conduct.

To build and start a development version of hTorrent locally, run the following:

$ git clone https://github.com/pojntfx/htorrent.git
$ cd htorrent
$ make depend
$ make && sudo make install
$ export API_PASSWORD='myapipassword'
$ htorrent gateway # Starts the gateway
# In another terminal
$ export API_PASSWORD='myapipassword'
$ htorrent info -m='magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' # Get info
$ mpv "$(htorrent info -m='magnet:?xt=urn:btih:08ada5a7a6183aae1e09d831df6748d566095a10&dn=Sintel&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com&ws=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2F&xs=https%3A%2F%2Fwebtorrent.io%2Ftorrents%2Fsintel.torrent' -x='(.*).mp4')" --http-header-fields="Authorization: Basic $(printf admin:${API_PASSWORD} | base64 -w0)" # Stream using MPV

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License

hTorrent (c) 2022 Felicitas Pojtinger and contributors

SPDX-License-Identifier: AGPL-3.0