Welcome to Pornbits!
Hello! Just want to let you know what we're here for. We are here to provide you the best place to share your adult content so others may download it.
This is a private tracker, and you have to register before you can get full access to the site. Before you do anything here at Pornbits we suggest you read the rules! There are only a few rules to abide by, but we do enforce them!
- Site Information
- User Information
- I registered an account but did not receive the confirmation e-mail!
- I've lost my username or password. Can you send it to me?
- Can you rename my account?
- Can you delete my account?
- So, what's my ratio?
- Why is my IP displayed on my details page?
- Help! I cannot login!
- My IP address is dynamic. How do I stay logged in?
- My account is IP Locked. What does that mean? How do I fix it?
- Why am I listed as not connectable, and why should I care?
- What are the different user classes?
- How does this promotion thing work, anyway?
- Hey, I have reached the requirements for a higher rank, but was not promoted.
- Why can't my friend become a member?
- How do I add an avatar to my profile?
- What are these trophies all about?
- Most common reasons for stats not updating
- Best practices
- May I use any Bit-torrent client?
- Why is a torrent I'm seeding/leeching listed several times in my profile?
- I've finished or cancelled a torrent. Why is it still listed in my profile?
- Multiple IPs (Can I log in from a different computer?)
- How does NAT/ICS change the picture?
- How do I use the files I've downloaded?
- Why did an active torrent suddently disappear?
- My client says "slot limit exceeded." What does this mean?
- How do I resume a broken download or reseed something?
- Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%?
- What are these "a piece has failed a hash check" messages?
- The torrent is supposed to be 100MB. How come I have downloaded 120MB?
- Why do I get a "Not authorized (xx h) - READ THE FAQ!" error?
- Why do I get a "rejected by tracker - Port xxxx is blacklisted" error?
- What's this "IOError - [Errno13] Permission denied" error?
- What's this "TTL" in the browse page?
- How can I improve my download speed?
- My ISP uses a transparent proxy. What should I do?
- What is a proxy?
- How do I find out if I'm behind a (transparent/anonymous) proxy?
- Why am I listed as not connectable even though I'm not NAT/Firewalled?
- Can I bypass my ISP's proxy?
- How do I make my Bit-torrent client use a proxy?
- Why can't I signup from behind a proxy?
- Does this apply to other torrent sites?
- Why can't I connect? Is the site blocking me?
What is this Bit-torrent all about anyway? How do I get the files?
Check out Our Basic guide to Torrenting.
Do you have a donation system? Where does all the donated money go?
At this time, we are currently not accepting any donations.
I registered an account but did not receive the confirmation e-mail!
Please contact an Admin in our IRC channel to get your account activated manually. The official IRC channel is #pornbits on the P2P IRC Network (irc.p2p-network.net).
You can access our IRC channel conveniently here.
I've lost my username or password. Can you send it to me?
Please use this form to have the login details mailed back to you.
If that fails, please contact an Admin in our IRC channel. The official IRC channel is #pornbits on the P2P IRC Network (irc.p2p-network.net).
Can you rename my account?
We do not rename accounts, we also do not transfer data from one account to another.
Can you delete my account?
We do not delete accounts. Upon request we will disable your account, which you may reclaim at any time.
So, what's my ratio?
Simply put, your ratio is a reflection of how much you've uploaded verse downloaded. A ratio > 1 means you've uploaded more than downloaded, and a ratio < 1 means you download more than you upload.
It's important to distinguish between your overall ratio and the individual ratio on each torrent you may be seeding or leeching. The overall ratio takes into account the total uploaded and downloaded from your account since you joined the site. The individual ratio takes into account those values for each torrent since you started your client and or you started the individual torrent.
You may see two symbols instead of a number: "Inf.", which is just an abbreviation for Infinity, and means that you have downloaded 0 bytes while uploading a non-zero amount (ul/dl becomes infinity); "---", which should be read as "non-available", and shows up when you have both downloaded and uploaded 0 bytes (ul/dl = 0/0 which is an indeterminate amount).
Why is my IP displayed on my details page?
Only you and the site staff can view your IP address and email. Regular users do not see that information.
Help! I cannot login!
This problem sometimes occurs with MSIE. Close all Internet Explorer windows and open Internet Options in the control panel. Click the Delete Cookies button. You should now be able to login.
My IP address is dynamic. How do I stay logged in?
You do not have to anymore. All you have to do is make sure you are logged in with your actual IP when starting a torrent session. After that, even if the IP changes mid-session, the seeding or leeching will continue and the statistics will update without any problem.
My account is IP Locked. What does that mean? How do I fix it?
IP locking occurs when somebody logs into your account under a different IP/Country/ISP (depending on your settings).
While your account is IP locked you will not be able to edit your profile, or download any torrents until you verify that you are the owner of the account.
We have different options you can enable in your profile for this extra added security feature.
Host: Locks if your hostname appears to change
IP match: Locks if your IP has changed drastically
Disabled: Does not lock your account at all
Why am I listed as not connectable, and why should I care?
The tracker has determined that you are firewalled or NATed and cannot accept incoming connections.
This means that other peers in the swarm will be unable to connect to you, only you to them. Even worse, if two peers are both in this state they will not be able to connect at all. This has obviously a detrimental effect on the overall speed.
The way to solve the problem involves opening the ports used for incoming connections (the same range you defined in your client) on the firewall and/or configuring your NAT server to use a basic form of NAT for that range instead of NAPT (the actual process differs widely between different router models. Check your router documentation and/or support forum. You will also find lots of information on the subject at PortForward.
For more information, see Why is being firewalled bad?
What are the different user classes?
User: The default class of new members.
Power user: User class obtained upon reaching requirements; good ratio standing.
Elite User: User class obtained upon reaching requirements; better ratio standing.
Uploader: Assigned by the staff to those who provide content, has the right to upload official PB uploads.
Moderator:Lower-tier staff, can do most things.
Administrator:Mid-tier staff, can do almost everything.
SysOp:Top-tier staff, can do everything.
How does this promotion thing work, anyway?
Must have Downloaded 5.0GB and have uploaded at least 10GB and have a ratio at or above 1.0.
Note: You will be automatically demoted from this status if your ratio drops below 0.95 at any time.
Must have downloaded at least 5.0GB and have uploaded at least 100GB and have a ratio at or above 1.0.
Note: You will be automatically demoted from this status if your ratio drops below 0.95 at any time.
Must have downloaded atleast 5.0GB and have uploaded at least 250GB and have a ratio at or above 1.10.
Note: You will be automatically demoted from this status if your ratio drops below 1.0 at any time.
Appointed by Admins/SysOps. Want to become an official uploader? Just keep uploading content and, if you stand out enough, it'll be granted.
Moderator, Administrator, SysOp:
You don't ask us, we'll ask you!
Hey, I have reached the requirements for a higher rank, but was not promoted.
The promotion system does not work instantly, instead it will do promotions once every 12 hours, give it some time.
If you've waited a long time and still haven't been promoted, feel free to contact a staff member.
Why can't my friend become a member?
The site is invite only. This means that new users can only become a member if they get invited. Invites will be given about by staff at their discretion.
If you meet the requirements, you can request an invite on this forum thread.
How do I add an avatar to my profile?
First, find an image that you like, and that is within the rules. You can upload your avatar at your profile, or use your own hosted picture by copying the url into your profile page.
Please do not make a post just to test your avatar. If everything is alright you'll see it in your details page.
What are these trophies all about?
Trophies are earned by a variety of different actions on the site. They do not affect your ability to use the site in any way and are just for fun.
Haven't been active on the site for a month
Tag a torrent
Tag 100 torrents
Tag 1,000 torrents
Upload a torrent
Upload 100 torrents
Most common reasons for stats not updating
- The user is cheating. (a.k.a Summary Ban)
- The server is overloaded and unresponsive. Just try to keep the session open until the server responds again. (Flooding the server with consecutive manual updates is not recommended, and can result in your stats not updating at all.)
- You are using a faulty client. If you want to use an experimental, Beta, not recommended or CVS version you do it at your own risk.
If a torrent you are currently leeching/seeding is not listed on your profile, just wait or force a manual update.
Make sure you exit your client properly, so that the tracker receives "event=completed".
If the tracker is down, do not stop seeding. As long as the tracker is back up before you exit the client the stats should update properly.
May I use any Bit-torrent client?
Yes. However, we still recommend that you avoid the following clients:
- Nova Torrent
There are several problems when you use these clients. We do not allow or support any of these clients. Also, clients in alpha or beta version should be avoided.
We recommend the following clients:
Make sure you use the latest stable version, older versions can get you in trouble. (i.e. cheating suspicions)
Why is a torrent I'm seeding/leeching listed several times in my profile?
If for some reason (e.g. pc crash, or frozen client) your client exits improperly and you restart it, it will have a new peer_id, so it will show as a new torrent. The old one will never receive a "event=completed" or "event=stopped" and will be listed until some tracker timeout. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.
I've finished or cancelled a torrent. Why is it still listed in my profile?
Some clients, notably TorrentStorm and Nova Torrent, do not report properly to the tracker when canceling or finishing a torrent. In that case the tracker will keep waiting for some message - and thus listing the torrent as seeding or leeching - until some timeout occurs. Just ignore it, it will eventually go away.
Multiple IPs (Can I log in from a different computer?)
Yes, the tracker is now capable of following sessions from different IPs for the same user. A torrent is associated with the user when it starts, and only at that moment is the IP relevant. So if you want to seed/leech from computer A and computer B with the same account you should access the site from computer A, start the torrent there, and then repeat both steps from computer B (not limited to two computers or to a single torrent on each, this is just the simplest example). You do not need to login again when closing the torrent. We now have IP locking in place, for account security, you can (if you access from multiple IPs disable it in account.
How does NAT/ICS change the picture?
NAT can prevent you from being connectable but should not cause any other adverse effects to your experience.
For more information on becomming connectable, see here
Why Can't I upload torrents?
Only specially authorized users (Uploaders) have permission to upload PB torrents.
All users are now allowed to upload their torrents into the regular uploads. You can do that here.
If you have problems, post about it in the forums.
What criteria must I meet before I can join the Uploader team?
- You would be able to seed, or make sure are well-seeded, for at least 24 hours.
- You should have at least 4MBit upload bandwith.
- (Note: Exceptions can be made if you intend to upload smaller torrents)
- You have the ability to upload more then 10 torrents a week.
- You are able to create a decent description and screenshots of the torrent you are uploading.
If you think you can match these criteria do not hesitate to contact one of the administrators. Remember! Write your application carefully! Be sure to include your UL speed and what kind of stuff you're planning to upload. Only well written letters with serious intent will be considered.
Can I upload your torrents to other trackers?
No. We are a closed, limited-membership community. Only registered users can use the PB tracker. Posting our torrents on other trackers is useless, since most people who attempt to download them will be unable to connect with us. This generates a lot of frustration and bad-will against us at Pornbits, and will therefore not be tolerated.
Complaints from other sites' administrative staff about our torrents being posted on their sites will result in the banning of the users responsible.
This goes for the actual .torrent file which is specific to PB. The files you download from us are yours to do as you please. You can always create a new torrent, pointing to some other tracker, and upload it to the site of your choice, though show some respect and credit the original uploader.
How do I use the files I've downloaded?
Most files you download will be video files in various formats. For those, we recommend using VLC Player or MPC-HC to view.
If your torrent contains .zip, .rar, .r##, .7z, or other archive formats, you may need additional software to exact them. 7-zip is a good, free, all-round program for exactly that.
.img or .iso files are known as "disk images" and can be played natively by VLC player, burned to a disk using software such as ImgBurn, or "mounted" to a virtual device with Daemon Tools.
HandBrake can be used to "transcode" (convert to another video format) videos. You might want to do this for size reasons or to convert for play on different devices.
Why did an active torrent suddently disappear?
There may be three reasons for this:
- The torrent may have been violating site rules
- The uploader may have deleted it because it was a bad release. A replacement will probably be uploaded to take its place.
- The upload was removed by a staff member.
My client says "slot limit exceeded." What does this mean?
This means you have a low ratio so your up- and downloads will be automatically limited to prevent you from downloading to much at once.
if ratio < 0.25 & Upload Gb < 1 Slots = 2
if ratio < 0.50 & Upload Gb < 4 Slots = 3
if ratio < 0.65 & Upload Gb < 6 Slots = 4
if ratio < 0.80 & Upload Gb < 10 Slots = 5
if ratio < 0.90 Slots = 10
Remember, you need to meet both condition to get your slot limit lifted. For example, you have downloaded 3.0 Gb and uploaded 1.0 Gb wich would result in a ratio of 0.333 you will have 2 slots available.
How do I resume a broken download or reseed something?
Open the .torrent file. When your client asks you for a location, choose the location of the existing file(s) and it will resume/reseed the torrent.
Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%?
The more pieces you have, the harder it becomes to find peers who have pieces you are missing. That is why downloads sometimes slow down or even stall when there are just a few percent remaining. Just be patient and you will, sooner or later, get the remaining pieces.
What are these "a piece has failed a hash check" messages?
Bittorrent clients check the data they receive for integrity. When a piece fails this check it is automatically re-downloaded. Occasional hash fails are a common occurrence, and you shouldn't worry.
Some clients have an (advanced) option/preference to 'kick/ban clients that send you bad data' or similar. It should be turned on, since it makes sure that if a peer repeatedly sends you pieces that fail the hash check it will be ignored in the future.
The torrent is supposed to be 100MB. How come I have downloaded 120MB?
See the hash fails topic above. If your client receives bad data it will have to redownload it, therefore the total downloaded may be larger than the torrent size. Make sure the "kick/ban" option is turned on to minimize the extra downloads.
Why do I get a "Not authorized (xx h) - READ THE FAQ!" error?
From the time that each new torrent is uploaded to the tracker, there is a period of time that some users must wait before they can download it. This delay in downloading will only affect users with a low ratio, and users with low upload amounts. The basic rule is, the lower the ratio the longer the wait time.
Why do I get a "rejected by tracker - Port xxxx is blacklisted" error?
Your client is reporting to the tracker that it uses one of the default bittorrent ports (6881-6889) or any other common p2p port for incoming connections.
Pornbits does not allow clients to use ports commonly associated with p2p protocols. The reason for this is that it is a common practice for ISPs to throttle those ports (that is, limit the bandwidth, hence the speed).
The blocked ports list include, but is not neccessarily limited to, the following:
Direct Connect 411 - 413
Gnutella 6346 - 6347
BitTorrent 6881 - 6889
In order to use use our tracker you must configure your client to use any port range that does not contain those ports (a range within the region 49152 through 65535 is preferable, cf. IANA. Notice that some clients, like Azureus 220.127.116.11 or higher, use a single port for all torrents, while most others use one port per open torrent. The size of the range you choose should take this into account (typically less than 10 ports wide. There is no benefit whatsoever in choosing a wide range, and there are possible security implications).
These ports are used for connections between peers, not client to tracker. Therefore this change will not interfere with your ability to use other trackers (in fact it should increase your speed with torrents from any tracker, not just ours). Your client will also still be able to connect to peers that are using the standard ports. If your client does not allow custom ports to be used, you will have to switch to one that does.
Do not ask us, or in the forums, which ports you should choose. The more random the choice is the harder it will be for ISPs to catch on to us and start limiting speeds on the ports we use. If we simply define another range ISPs will start throttling that range also.
Finally, remember to forward the chosen ports in your router and/or open them in your firewall, should you have them. See the Why am I listed as not connectable? section and links therein for more information on this.
What's this "IOError - [Errno13] Permission denied" error?
If you just want to fix it reboot your computer, it should solve the problem. Otherwise read on.
IOError means Input-Output Error, and that is a file system error, not a tracker one. It shows up when your client is for some reason unable to open the partially downloaded torrent files. The most common cause is two instances of the client to be running simultaneously:
- The last time the client was closed it somehow didn't really close but kept running in the background, and is therefore still locking the files, making it impossible for the new instance to open them.
- A more uncommon occurrence is a corrupted FAT. A crash may result in corruption that makes the partially downloaded files unreadable, and the error ensues. Running scandisk should solve the problem. (Note that this may happen only if you're running Windows 9x - which only support FAT - or NT/2000/XP with FAT formatted hard drives. NTFS is much more robust and should never permit this problem.)
What's this "TTL" in the browse page?
The torrent's Time To Live, in hours. It means the torrent will be deleted from the tracker after that many hours have elapsed (yes, even if it is still active). Note that this a maximum value, the torrent may be deleted at any time if it's inactive.
How can I improve my download speed?
How can I improve my download speed?
The download speed mostly depends on the seeder-to-leecher ratio (SLR). Poor download speed is mainly a problem with new and very popular torrents where the SLR is low.
(Proselytising sidenote: make sure you remember that you did not enjoy the low speed. Seed so that others will not endure the same.)
There are a couple of things that you can try on your end to improve your speed:
- Do not immediately jump on new torrents
- Make yourself connectable
- Limit your upload speed
- Limit the number of simultaneous uploads
- Just give it some time
The upload speed affects the download speed in essentially two ways:
Bittorrent peers tend to favour those other peers that upload to them. This means that if A and B are leeching the same torrent and A is sending data to B at high speed then B will try to reciprocate. So due to this effect high upload speeds lead to high download speeds.
Due to the way TCP works, when A is downloading something from B it has to keep telling B that it received the data sent to him. (These are called acknowledgements - ACKs -, a sort of "got it!" messages). If A fails to do this then B will stop sending data and wait. If A is uploading at full speed there may be no bandwidth left for the ACKs and they will be delayed. So due to this effect excessively high upload speeds lead to low download speeds.
The full effect is a combination of the two. The upload should be kept as high as possible while allowing the ACKs to get through without delay. A good thumb rule is keeping the upload at about 80% of the theoretical upload speed. You will have to fine tune yours to find out what works best for you. (Remember that keeping the upload high has the additional benefit of helping with your ratio.)
If you are running more than one instance of a client it is the overall upload speed that you must take into account. Some clients (e.g. Azureus) limit global upload speed, others (e.g. Shad0w's) do it on a per torrent basis. Know your client. The same applies if you are using your connection for anything else (e.g. browsing or ftp), always think of the overall upload speed.
Limit the number of simultaneous connections
Some operating systems (like Windows 9x) do not deal well with a large number of connections, and may even crash. Also some home routers (particularly when running NAT and/or firewall with stateful inspection services) tend to become slow or crash when having to deal with too many connections. There are no fixed values for this, you may try 60 or 100 and experiment with the value. Note that these numbers are additive, if you have two instances of a client running the numbers add up.
Why is my browsing so slow while leeching?
Your download speed is always finite. If you are a peer in a fast torrent it will almost certainly saturate your download bandwidth, and your browsing will suffer. You should limit your upload and download speed to achieve decent results. Feel free to experiment.
Browsing was used just as an example, the same would apply to gaming, IMing, etc...
My ISP uses a transparent proxy. What should I do?
What is a proxy?
Basically a middleman. When you are browsing a site through a proxy your requests are sent to the proxy and the proxy forwards them to the site instead of you connecting directly to the site.
How do I find out if I'm behind a (transparent/anonymous) proxy?
Try ProxyJudge. It lists the HTTP headers that the server where it is running received from you. The relevant ones are HTTP_CLIENT_IP, HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR and REMOTE_ADDR.
Why am I listed as not connectable even though I'm not NAT/Firewalled?
The Pornbits tracker is quite smart at finding your real IP, but it does need the proxy to send the HTTP header HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR. If your ISP's proxy does not then what happens is that the tracker will interpret the proxy's IP address as the client's IP address. So when you login and the tracker tries to connect to your client to see if you are NAT/firewalled it will actually try to connect to the proxy on the port your client reports to be using for incoming connections. Naturally the proxy will not be listening on that port, the connection will fail and the tracker will think you are NAT/firewalled.
Can I bypass my ISP's proxy?
If your ISP only allows HTTP traffic through port 80 or blocks the usual proxy ports then you would need to use something like socks and that is outside the scope of this FAQ.
You may be able to try using HTTPS to access the site, or may need to change your DNS settings.
Otherwise you may try the following:
- Choose any public non-anonymous proxy that does not use port 80.
- Configure your computer to use that proxy. For Windows XP, do Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, Connections, LAN Settings, Use a Proxy server, Advanced and type in the IP and port of your chosen proxy. Or from Internet Explorer use Tools, Internet Options, ...
- (Facultative) Visit ProxyJudge. If you see an HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR in the list followed by your IP then everything should be ok, otherwise choose another proxy and try again.
- Visit Pornbits. Hopefully the tracker will now pickup your real IP (check your profile to make sure).
Notice that now you will be doing all your browsing through a public proxy, which are typically quite slow. Communications between peers do not use port 80 so their speed will not be affected by this, and should be better than when you were "unconnectable".
How do I make my Bit-torrent client use a proxy?
First, check your client's settings/preferences and see if there is any way to configure the proxy through there. Every client is different so there is no way we are able to give you simple step-by-step instructions.
If you are not able to find these settings, just configure your operating system as above. When you configure a proxy for Internet Explorer you're actually configuring a proxy for all HTTP traffic (thank Microsoft and their "IE as part of the OS" policy ). On the other hand if you use another browser (Opera/Mozilla/Firefox) and configure a proxy there you'll be configuring a proxy just for that browser.
Why can't I signup from behind a proxy?
It is our policy not to allow new accounts to be opened from behind a proxy.
Does this apply to other torrent sites?
This section was written for Pornbits, a closed, port 80-81 tracker. Other trackers may be open or closed, and many listen on e.g. ports 6868 or 6969. The above does not necessarily apply to other trackers.
Why can't I connect? Is the site blocking me?
Maybe my address is blacklisted?
Your failure to connect may be due to several reasons.
The site blocks addresses listed in the (former) PeerGuardian database, as well as addresses of banned users. This works at Apache/PHP level, it's just a script that blocks logins from those addresses. It should not stop you from reaching the site. In particular it does not block lower level protocols, you should be able to ping/traceroute the server even if your address is blacklisted. If you cannot then the reason for the problem lies elsewhere.
If somehow your address is indeed blocked in the PG database do not contact us about it, it is not our policy to open ad hoc exceptions. You should clear your IP with the database maintainers instead.
Your ISP blocks the site's address
(In the first place, it's unlikely your ISP is doing so. DNS name resolution and/or network problems are the usual culprits.)
There's nothing we can do. You should contact your ISP (or get a new one). Note that you can still visit the site via a proxy, follow the instructions in the relevant section. In this case it doesn't matter if the proxy is anonymous or not, or which port it listens to.
Notice that you will always be listed as an "unconnectable" client because the tracker will be unable to check that you're capable of accepting incoming connections.
What if I can't find the answer to my problem here?
Try the forums
Post in the Forums, by all means. You'll find it is usually a friendly and helpful place, provided you follow a few basic guidelines:
- Make sure your problem is not really in this FAQ. There's no point in posting just to be sent back here.
- Before posting read the sticky topics (the ones at the top). Many times new information that still hasn't been incorporated in the FAQ can be found there.
- Help us in helping you. Do not just say "it doesn't work!". Provide details so that we don't have to guess or waste time asking. What client do you use? What's your OS? What's your network setup? What's the exact error message you get, if any? What are the torrents you are having problems with? The more you tell the easiest it will be for us, and the more probable your post will get a reply.
- And needless to say: be polite. Demanding help rarely works, asking for it usually does the trick.
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You can find us on:
#pornbits on irc.p2p-network.net
Or you can join us directly through the IRC Applet.