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I am filesharing from home using a BitTorrent client in one of three scenarios:

  1. I am using my regular ISP connection
  2. I am using a tunnel (VPN) connection
  3. I am using a Tor connection (a)

Obviously I expose my home IP address in scenario 1, how else would my peers be able to share with me? But I have this notion (citation needed) that even in scenarios 2 and 3, the way the BitTorrent protocol works means that it exposes my home IP address anyway. Is this true?

Footnotes

(a) Do not do this.

  • You may want to consider using a seedbox instead. – forest Apr 10 '18 at 1:09
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The answer to #2 depends a little bit on your VPN provider and how the routing is configured. VPNs that you subscribe to for privacy should hide your IP properly.

The easiest answer is found by performing a test. Do a google search for "bittorrent ip leak" and you'll find results for tests that provide you with your IP address when using a BitTorrent client.

For #3, the answer depends a bit too. It's worth noting that in 2010 the Tor project itself doesn't recommend using Tor for BitTorrent: https://blog.torproject.org/bittorrent-over-tor-isnt-good-idea. It's possible that your BitTorrent client may ignore your proxy settings, for example. I'd recommend to test this by performing a similar test as in #2.

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