Convert Direct HTTP Links Into Torrents For Easier Downloading

An itechtics user asks; “My Internet connection is unreliable and disconnects frequently. When I want to download any large file from the Internet, I have to restart the download again and again. To get rid of this, I have installed DownThemAll. It is good for most downloads, but the problem comes again when I try to download a file which doesn’t have resume capabilities. Is there a magical way to download files easily without breaking in the middle?”

And my answer is yes of course there is a way. We can convert http based direct download links into Torrents for easier downloading. Torrent files have the capability to pause and resume without breaking in between.

URLHash – Create torrents from direct http links

URLHash is an online service that creates torrent files from direct download links. Insert the file URL in URLHash, solve the captcha and press Create .torrent button. That’s all you have to do, and URLHash will take some time to create the torrent file for you.

Here are a few restrictions for URLHash:

  • The http link should be a direct download link. There should be no redirection or authentication.
  • The file size should be more than 10 MB.

Here is how to convert http links to torrents easily:

  1. Open urlhash.com in any web browser on your mobile or PC.

    urlhash com opened in Microsoft Edge
    urlhash com opened in Microsoft Edge

    Please note that the site only supports http and not on https secure connection. You may warn that the page opened is not secure. Just ignore it and open the page.

  2. Copy and paste the direct download file link and paste it into the URL field.

    Insert link into the URL field on urlhash com
    Insert link into the URL field on urlhash com
  3. Solve the captcha and click Create .torrent button.

    Create torrent
    Create torrent

Please note that if your file is large, it will take some time for urlhash to create the torrent link. The page will refresh itself multiple times until the torrent is created successfully. If the file torrent already exists in their database, the torrent file will be created instantly.

As an example, I created a torrent file for Windows Server 2022 direct download link and it took at least 2 to 3 minutes to generate the link, because the ISO file size was 5.2 GB.

Create a magnet link for the torrent

If you have used urlhash.com, you should have noticed that apart from the .torrent file link, you will receive the following additional information:

  • Infohash
  • MD5
  • SHA256

From there, infohash can be of interest to us as it can be used to create a magnet link out of the torrent file. Here’s how to create a magnet link from infohash:

  1. Copy the infohash code from the above mentioned method (from urlhash.com)
  2. Open magnet link creator from this link.
  3. Insert the infohash code in the info hash field.
  4. Enter any name in the torrent name field.
  5. Click the Generate button.
Generate magnet link from infohash
Generate magnet link from infohash

This will generate a magnet link that can be opened for any BitTorrent client to start downloading the file.

The magnet link can be useful as you get a direct link to the torrent instead of downloading the torrent file.

Burnbit – A free tool to convert download links into torrents

Burnbit is a free online service which lets you “burn” your direct download links into torrent files. The meaning of burning the download link that the file is uploaded to the torrent servers first and then the user can use his or her torrent client to download the file from the torrent servers. Let’s go through the process step by step.

  1. Copy the direct download link of the file you want to download through torrent client.
  2. Open Burnbit.com and paste the URL in the field.
    Burning the URL
  3. Click on the Burn button.
    Processing the file
  4. This will take a few moments depending upon the size of file to be converted and the speed of the server on which the file is hosted. After that the page will refresh and you will get the .torrent file which can be started using a Bittorrent client.
    Converted file to torrent

That’s it. Once the file is turned into a torrent, you can use it anywhere. I find Burnbit service very effective and easy to use. The only issue I find here is that the user has to use the direct download links for any file to turn it into a torrent. If you don’t have the direct download link then it will not be converted.

Visit Burnbit @ www.burnbit.com

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11 Comments

  1. barbarian says:

    hi, I confirm these 2 sites are down.
    anyone find an alternative guys ?

    1. Saran K R S says:

      Try downloading Free Download Manager . It works like a bit torrent client but grabs both torrents and direct downloads .

  2. burnbit and url# are not working properly please give another best website.

    1. Saran K R S says:

      Try downloading Free Download Manager . It works like a bit torrent client but grabs both torrents and direct downloads .

  3. kealaxshan says:

    Burnbit.com is not working
    Sent me a working site for is

    1. Hi,

      I tried accessing the site but it keeps saying this “Application error
      An error occurred in the application and your page could not be served. If you are the application owner, check your logs for details. You can do this from the Heroku CLI with the command
      heroku logs –tail” Can you still access it, if so, can you tell me how? Thanks a lot

      1. Seems like the website is down. Let’s see when it comes up again. Otherwise, we’ll be forced to find a new solution :)

  4. Amyrakunejo says:

    The site is down, or something…

    Comes up with this weird OpenResty thing.

    1. Chris Rahmé says:

      Still no alternative?

  5. Nay .. it’s taking way too much time for me .. direct downloading is the best for me :)

    1. It’s specially for those who have unstable Internet connections. If the Internet connection is breaking every now and then, even the download managers won’t be able to download some files while the torrents will download those too!