UDP tracker

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The UDP tracker protocol is a high-performance low-overhead BitTorrent tracker protocol. It uses the stateless User Datagram Protocol (UDP) for data transmission instead of the HTTP protocol (over TCP) regular trackers use. The data is in a custom binary format instead of the standard bencode algorithm BitTorrent uses for most communication.

URLs for this protocol have the following format: udp://tracker:port.

Comparison with the HTTP tracker[edit]

The UDP tracker is better optimized and puts less strain on the tracking server. Neither tracker has any effect on transfer speeds.

Clients implementing the protocol[edit]



  1. ^ Vilches, Jose (2009-08-12). "First µTorrent 2.0 beta released". TechSpot.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 

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