Torrent files are essentially containers that store information about a set of files to be downloaded via P2P.
Unfortunately it is not easily possible to simply list the files that are stored in a torrent. Using our python script
torrentls.py you can easily accomplish that task.
Start by installing the dependencies
sudo pip install bencode
After that, you can easily run the script using a shell command like
python torrentls.py <torrent file>.
torrentls.py is argparse-based so it provides a built-in help. Additionally, you can use it as library for basic parsing of torrent files.
#!/usr/bin/env python3 # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- import bencode import itertools __author__ = "Uli Köhler" __copyright__ = "Copyright 2014 Uli Köhler" __license__ = "Apache License v2.0" __version__ = "0.1" def listTorrent(filename): "List file paths within a single torrent" with open(filename, "rb") as fin: torrent = bencode.bdecode(fin.read()) #While the path element is usually a single-element list, we support arbitrary length return itertools.chain(*(f["path"] for f in torrent["info"]["files"])) if __name__ == "__main__": import argparse parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description="List the filenames in a torrent file") parser.add_argument("torrent", help="The torrent file to print") args = parser.parse_args() #Print files in torrent, one per line for filename in listTorrent(args.torrent): print(filename)