Uploading more than downloading

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On average, most people will download more than they upload. Mainly, the exceptions are people on extremely fast connections, who don't really have anything to complain about. :) However, downloads will usually start by uploading a lot of data. This is the process it usually goes through:

  • Download one piece of a file (pieces are 256 kB by default, but the size depends on the torrent and is typically 16 kB - 2 MB)
  • Upload that piece to several other people who don't have it
  • In exchange, they will upload pieces to you, increasing your d/l rate
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the d/l finishes

Notice that the process begins with a very small download, followed by quite a bit of uploading to get things moving. Your download rate will usually increase to equal your upload rate within a few minutes.

For more information, please see:

Good settings

Increase download speed

How swarm size affects download speeds

Network connection dying

Max upload slots per torrent


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