This should be a pretty straightforward question.

If am seeding a torrent and there are no peers, do chunks continue to be broadcast? I believe the answer is no, but my research usually brought up definitions and differences between seeders and leechers.

  • Leechers request which chunk they need from the seeders, no leechers, no requests, no data sent. – El Turner Aug 7 '15 at 16:13
  • @ElTurner a 'leecher' is a 'peer' who minimizes the data they share with other peers. i.e. disconnects when they complete with a ratio of less than 1.0. A 'seeder' is a 'peer' who has 100% of the torrent data. – albal Aug 7 '15 at 16:58
  • Sorry, I use the term interchangeably when I talk about P2P. But yes my comment should read "Peers" Not "Leechers". – El Turner Aug 7 '15 at 17:02

If there are no peers for the torrent you are seeding then no chunks are sent.


No, it couldn't "continue" doing so, because it never did that in the first place – BitTorrent does not use broadcast (nor multicast); data is sent individually to each peer.

  • I think the OP means transferred over the network rather than the strict IP term of Broadcast. – albal Aug 7 '15 at 17:30

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