I’ve been thinking for a while of how to make a program like this distributed but I’ve found no way. So I’m thinking of implementing a client-server model with the server behind tor. Would the server be sued out of existence?

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Server would have to be somewhere in the world like China or Russia probably to go without disruption.

Think about the Unix philosophy. Make a database (e.g. with SQLite or MongoDB) which can be distributed/exported as a file, make a merge algorithm which can merge other DB files and then let the user sync their data themselves.

Syncthing can be used as a kind of “private tracker” in that regard. I wouldn’t include TOR in the equation because that would make it harder to use for people without TOR. Look at stuff like torrents-csv-server.

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Check out Tribler.

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This looks really interesting! Does the tor element of the network mean that using VPNs are not as important to have? I basically don’t trust downloading without one, but it is always nice to have an option that can be used in a pinch if needed or otherwise be okay if the VPN went down.

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For clarity, it doesn’t use Tor. It uses its own onion/relay network. The website says “Do not put yourself in danger. Our anonymity is not yet mature.”

That depends on your threat level and danger. I use it to avoid DRM violations and my ISP, and it’s been 100% mature for that. I have no other “danger” or need of “anonymity”, so it works exactly like I need it to.

The other option is I2P or something like BiglyBT+I2P plugin.

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