Is there a BitTorrent client that can download files "in sequence"?

For example, download

clip 01.avi (high priority)
clip 02.avi (normal priority)
clip 03.avi (low priority)
clip 04.avi (low)
clip 05.avi (low)

then when clip 01.avi is done, it will automatically make it:

clip 01.avi (high priority)
clip 02.avi (high priority)
clip 03.avi (normal priority)
clip 04.avi (low priority)
clip 05.avi (low)

this can be useful when download *.rar as well, since download clip.rar, and then clip.r00, r01, r02, in sequence can allow previewing the file by using RAR to recompose the file (even though incomplete file, but will allow previewing).

Update: will making all files active still considered a bad use of BT?

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    Using your example, it's not 'bad' to download only clip 01.avi. It is considered rude to download a file and not seed it. That's why those people are called 'leechers'. The very nature of a torrent swarm is fundamentally opposed to trying to piece files together in some predetermined order. It's very dependent on the number of seeders available. My guess is you are trying to access a torrent with few seeders and you happen to be getting lower priority clips before the others? If these files had lots of seeders, you'd have all the files already. The arrival order wouldn't matter. Oct 28, 2009 at 18:43
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    If you want an example of a community generally failing to make torrents work, checkout Jamendo jamendo.com/en/forums/discussion/5155/no-torrent-seeder/#Item_0. Most of the people who visits that site expects someone else to seed the torrents they want. Oct 28, 2009 at 18:49

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I don't think you are going to find a client that will do this for you. There's some feeling in the torrent community that sequential downloading is bad.

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    Agree, it defeats the purpose and benefits of the torrent distribution mechanisms. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:35
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    +1 Sequential downloading makes you a bad member of the BT community.
    – phoebus
    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:18
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    But this useful when you get an series pack for example. You need episode 1 prior then 2.
    – Zote
    Oct 28, 2009 at 12:18
  • @zote In which case, set priority to high on ep1 and normal on ep2. Feb 1, 2011 at 9:31
  • @neurolysis it's what I'm doing. I think sequential, can do it automatically.
    – Zote
    Feb 1, 2011 at 13:50

It's called "Sequential downloading" or "Download in order". It's not only possible to do it between files, but also between the parts of them.

For example, libtorrent-rasterbar supports it, and therefore clients such as qBittorrent have that option available:


As you can see on the screenshot, the first parts were prioritized and downloaded (blue).

It is considered a bad practice because it hurts the swarm's health. It works great for watching videos straight away though.

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