When you download a torrent file, you may only get a single file that has the entire contents of the file. However, if you look in the folder where you have downloaded that file, there are likely several other pieces of information and files related to the downloading process. These additional files or directories are called “torrent metadata” because they are not strictly necessary for viewing the file – they only provide additional information about the file itself. These additional files are called a “torrent directory” because they reside in a specific directory on your computer, rather than as separate files. Each of these separate directories contains information about one part of the overall torrent download and acts as a sort of index for locating all these different files if you ever need to find them again after downloading them.
Information In The Torrent Directories
All the information you might find in torrent directories are related to the person who created the torrent. This information is essentially the same type of information you would find on any website that hosts the file, such as how long the file is, how large it is, and when it was last modified. The information in a directory can include things such as:
- The file name of the torrent.
- The size of the torrent, in both bytes and kilobytes.
- The number of seeds, peers, or leechers connected to the torrent.
- The creation date of the torrent.
- The total number of pieces that the torrent is divided into.
- The total number of pieces that have been downloaded from the torrent.
- The average number of pieces that are currently being downloaded from the torrent.
- The last time the torrent was modified.
- The user who created the torrent.
Torrent directories are an important part of the overall download process. They also can often be helpful to see what other information is being tracked or saved by a torrent. However, they are not strictly necessary for the download process, nor do they affect the actual downloaded file. If you decide you want to delete the torrent directory, you can do so while the download is still in progress. This will not affect the download or download speed in any way. You can also delete the directory at any time after the download is done. You can also rename the directory so that it is easier to find if you want to keep it around.