Yes, the BitTorrent file sharing protocol is completely legal for sharing and downloading files. However, sharing copyrighted material without permission is not legal. We do not endorse or condone the use of BitTorrent to illegally share copyrighted material, and our support of P2P protocols is intended only for downloading and sharing legal content.
The best VPN for torrenting
With Proton VPN you can quickly and safely download torrents over our optimized P2P VPN servers.
- Prevent your ISP from throttling or blocking your BitTorrent downloads
- Hide your IP address from those you are sharing files with
- Keep your torrenting activity private from your ISP
How to torrent with Proton VPN in three steps
Why choose Proton VPN for torrenting?
Your ISP can see when you share or download files via a P2P sharing network, and can sometimes even throttle BitTorrent downloads. By using a VPN for torrenting, your ISP cannot see your online activity, nor hand it over to third parties. Proton VPN’s dedicated P2P servers encrypt your torrenting activity, keeping it secure while providing fast download speeds.
Optimized P2P servers
Our global network of servers includes over 140 specialty servers which are optimized for P2P file sharing (denoted by a two-arrow icon). These servers allow anyone with a Proton VPN Plus plan to download and share files via BitTorrent quickly and securely.
Fast download speeds
Downloading torrents via VPN doesn’t mean compromising on speed, with P2P servers delivering up to 10 Gbps connectivity. Proton VPN ensures that sharing and downloading large files via BitTorrent is both fast and secure.
Unlimited bandwidth and data
We don’t impose data or bandwidth restrictions on any Proton VPN plan, meaning you can use torrenting clients to share and download files of any size without interruptions from data limits or throttling.
Secure high-speed torrenting over VPN
Our kill switch feature will immediately block your network traffic if your VPN connection is lost, preventing leaks which would otherwise reveal your torrenting activity to your ISP. Using the kill switch function also protects your true IP address from being revealed to others on the same P2P sharing network.
By using split tunneling on Proton VPN, you can route your P2P traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel while excluding other traffic. This helps you to ensure your torrenting activity is always secure while leaving you able to use the open network when you need to.
Using our VPN Accelerator, you can share and download large files faster than ever — even if you’re connected to a P2P server that is far away. The VPN Accelerator utilizes our large network capacity to increase speeds by up to 400%.
Torrent securely with Proton VPN
- Keep your IP address private
- Protect your torrenting activity from your ISP
- Fast upload and download speeds
- Optimized servers for P2P sharing
- No artificial data or bandwidth limits
Frequently Asked Questions
P2P stands for Peer-to-Peer, which is a network protocol that allows people to search for and download content. The unique structure of the network means downloading large files is very efficient.
On a P2P network, the software locates copies of a file that you are searching for within that network, and allows your computer to create multiple connections with several sources that have all or part of the requested file. As parts of the file are downloaded, they are also uploaded to the other people who are requesting the same file.
You can — and should — torrent via VPN. Using a VPN that supports P2P sharing allows you to share files via BitTorrent just as you would across the open network. By using a secure VPN to torrent, you keep your IP address hidden from others in the network and also hide your torrenting activity from your ISP.
If you do not want to route all of your traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel, you can use split tunneling to only route your torrenting activity via VPN.