mktorrent − simple BitTorrent metainfo file creator


mktorrent [OPTIONS] <target directory or filename>


mktorrent is a text-based utility to create BitTorrent metainfo files used by trackers and torrent clients. It can create metainfo files for single files or complete directories in a fast way.


−a <url>[,<url>]*

specify the full tracker announce URLs. At least one is required and additional −a add backup trackers

−c <comment>

add a comment to the metainfo


don’t write the creation date


show help screen

−l <n>

set the piece length to 2^n bytes, default is 18, that is 2^18 = 256kb

−n <name>

set the name of the torrent, default is the basename of the target

−o <filename>

set the path and filename of the created file, default is <name>.torrent


set the private flag (dissalow DHT and Peer Exchange)


verbose output

−w <url>[,<url>]*

add web seed URLs, additional −w add more URLs


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.


Emil Renner Berthing <esmil [AT]>

This manpage was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution by Nico Golde <nion [AT]>


Please send bug reports, patches, feature requests, praise and general gossip about the program to: esmil [AT]