What are torrent trackers, are they websites, servers, or what?

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kiran
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What are torrent trackers, are they websites, servers, or what?

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The tracker just helps peers to find each other.

The peer sends a message to the tracker to register its interest in a torrent. The tracker responds with a list of other peers who have previously expressed interest.

Then the peer connects directly to each of the peers it received from the tracker.

Things the tracker does NOT do:

The tracker does NOT act as a proxy or middle-man between the peers.
The tracker does NOT relay data between peers.
The tracker CANNOT see what pieces of the torrent each peer has.
The tracker CANNOT see the .torrent file (or any metadata contained within the .torrent file, like the list of file names).

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