How to check your torrent IP address

The most important thing to do after setting up your BitTorrent VPN or proxy is to Test your setup with an IP-tracking torrent. This is by far the most effective way to see your torrent IP address as peers and trackers will see it.

The entire process is really easy (and free) and you can leave the tracking torrent open in your torrent software indefinitely, to verify your IP address every time you start torrenting.

Checking IP address of torrent client

What you’ll need:

  1. An active VPN or proxy connection (we recommend NordVPN)
  2. Any torrent client (Vuze, uTorrent, Deluge, BitTorrent, Tixati, etc…)
  3. A magnet link for a torrent-IP tracker:

Overview: How this works (and why other methods don’t)

We’re going to use a simple magnet link torrent, that will send your IP address to its tracker (as all torrents do). The tracker website will then show the IP address the torrent is reporting. Many of the IP tracking torrents also display your IP address right in the tracker status tab as well.

Why this method is better:

  1. Actually measure the IP address your torrent peers see: 

Some guides suggest you simply go to a website like or and see if your IP address is showing a different location.

The problem? This only checks the IP of your browser which does no damn good if you’re:

  1. Using a torrent proxy (which doesn’t affect your browser’s IP)
  2. Have a VPN that leaks your IP address to torrent peers

2. IP address visible inside your torrent client

Just leave the tracking torrent there,  and you can reverify your IP address any time you want. Peace of mind is a beautiful thing!

How to install the tracking torrent

1. Visit the torrent IP tracking site:

You can use any of the following sites. We’ll use’s interface for this demo though.

2. Download the tracking torrent

On, locate the ‘Torrent Address Detection’ section, and click ‘Activate’. On other sites, the magnet link will be visible immediately.

Activate torrent detection

The download the magnet link, which should automatically open in your default torrent client. If it doesn’t open right away, you can copy the link location and paste it into your client manually.

torrent IP magnet link

3. Check your torrent IP address

After 10 seconds, the tracker page should update and display the IP address detected by the torrent file.

Torrent IP address detected

You can also see the IP address displayed in the ‘trackers’ tab for that specific torrent in whichever torrent client you use. This works for all 3 of the torrent IP tracking tools we mentioned.

IP address in torrent client
You can see the IP address by looking at the tracker status in your torrent client

Understanding the Tracking/IP results

Ok, you can see the IP address of your torrent client. But what does it all mean?

And how do you know whether your VPN is working properly? Here’s how it to tell…

If you’re using a VPN only (no proxy)

  • The torrent IP address should match your browser’s IP address
  • Your torrent & browser IP address should change when you disconnect from the VPN

If you’re using a Proxy (No VPN)

For security reasons, make sure you’re using a SOCKS5 proxy, and have a torrent client that supports proxy peer connections. If you use an HTTP(S) proxy, peers will still connect to your real IP address (because HTTP proxies can’t carry torrent data packets).

Here are the expected results:

  • Your torrent IP address should be different than your web browser’s IP
  • If you turn off the proxy, your torrent IP should change

Your torrent IP won’t match your web browser’s IP address, because your web browsing isn’t going through the proxy server. The torrent traffic is. If the IP’s match, something is wrong and the proxy isn’t working properly.

If you use a proxy + VPN together

If you use a proxy inside your torrent client, but also use a VPN simultaneously, here’s what you should see:

  • Torrent IP different than browser IP
  • If you disconnect from the VPN, torrent IP should stay the same
  • Your browser IP should change if you disconnect from the VPN

Tip: Make sure to start the VPN before you open your torrent client. Otherwise, the proxy might have a connection error when your connection changes to the VPN. This could cause it to freeze, or timeout.

Additional Tips

Here are a couple extra torrent security tips to help you out, now that you know how to very your torrent client’s IP address is properly hidden.

  1. Use a kill-switch (if using a VPN) to prevent IP leaks
  2. A VPN is more secure than a proxy, and has stronger torrent encryption
  3. Never use an HTTP proxy for torrents. SOCKS5 only.

I hope you enjoyed this guide, and if you still have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.


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3 thoughts on “How to check your torrent IP address”

  1. That’s a great article about simple vpn security check!
    just a torrent client and a magnet link to check ip leaks, exotic but efficent!


  2. When I connect using ipvanish, some torrents dont start, when I use my real ip, they start np. I dont get it. The open vpn port is 60590, my utorrent is above 60000, and the tests show the port is closed, but its forwarded in my router correctly.

    • Are you using the VPN or the Proxy? I’ve had some issues with the IPVanish SOCKS proxy, and it sometimes it doesn’t play nice with magnet links or DHT. The VPN worked fine for me.


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