In this article, I will show you how to set up NordVPN with qBittorrent. By the end of this tutorial, all the torrents you download will be downloaded with NordVPN directly and you will be anonymous.
A video version of this tutorial also exists:
Setting up qBittorrent with NordVPN is a great way to stay anonymous while downloading torrent files. Setting up qBitorrent to download with NordVPN is simple and works the same way on Mac and Windows. All you have to do is follow these steps:
To open the connection preferences, click on the jog wheel to open the preferences window. Then click on "Connection".
Under "Proxy Server", select "SOCKS5".
It is not 1080 by default, so you have to change the port number.
Go to the page where NordVPN host addresses dedicated to torrenting are listed and choose your address. I advise you to select a city near you because the download will be faster.
Enter this address in the Host field of qBittorrent.
Don't forget to check this box.
To find your NordVPN configuration credentials, log into your account on the NordVPN website. Then, under "Services", click on "NordVPN". Finally, scroll down to the very bottom where you will find your credentials you can copy.
This way, these settings are saved on qBittorrent and the P2P software is ready to download with NordVPN integrated.
After setting up qBittorrent to work with NordVPN, you may ask yourself the question, "How do I verify that it works and that my torrents will be downloaded with NordVPN, and not with my own IP address?"
To answer this question and to check that our configuration has been set up correctly, we will use the IPleak website and its "Torrent Address detection" feature. This feature will allow us to download a "test torrent" and the IP address with which we download this torrent will be displayed on Ipleak (only for us).
So go to the IPleak website (link above), then scroll down to "Torrent Address detection". Then click on "Activate".
Then, IPleak will give you your magnet address for the test torrent. Right-click to copy the torrent's magnet address before entering it into qBittorrent.
Then go to qBittorrent, click on the top left to add a magnet link, and paste the link. Then click on "Download".
As you can see, the torrent is active and all you have to do is come back to IPleak to click on "Refresh" so that it updates the data and displays the IP address that downloads the torrent.
Finally, go to a website that finds the geographical location of an IP address, IPlocation. Copy the address in the search field of IPlocation then confirm.
As you can see, our configuration with NordVPN is working well because the IP address is detected in Amsterdam. This corresponds to the Host address we entered in step 4.
If everything works for you then congratulations, you have correctly configured qBittorrent to directly download its torrents with a NordVPN server!
Thank you for following this tutorial to the end. Torrenting is a great way to download files quickly and efficiently, but it can often leave you vulnerable to download watchdog networks.
To improve your privacy when downloading via P2P, make sure your connection is protected by a VPN. Use what you learned in this tutorial and set qBittorrent to automatically download with NordVPN.
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