WebTorrent: Bringing BitTorrent to the Web (with WebRTC and Mad Science)

WebTorrent: Bringing BitTorrent to the Web (with WebRTC and Mad Science)

Feross Aboukhadijeh talking at CraftConf in Budapest, Hungary on April 25, 2013.

About the talk

WebRTC changes everything! For the first time, we can do peer-to-peer, or client-to-client, communication in the browser without plugins, extensions, or a software installation. This enables an entirely new class of applications to be built for the web! This talk will look at WebTorrent, a BitTorrent client for the browser that fully-interoperates with the regular BitTorrent network. WebTorrent uses WebRTC Data Channels and special "hybrid clients" to connect to the wider BitTorrent network. By making BitTorrent easier, we're making it accessible to new swathes of users who were previously intimidated, confused, or unwilling to install a program on their computer to participate.

About Feross

Feross Aboukhadijeh is a programmer, designer, teacher, and mad scientist. He is currently building WebTorrent, a streaming BitTorrent client for the browser, powered by WebRTC. Before that, he built PeerCDN, a peer-to-peer content delivery network that dramatically reduces bandwidth costs. Feross is a graduate of Stanford University and has worked at Quora, Facebook, and Intel. In the past, he did research in the Stanford human-computer interaction and computer security labs. Feross enjoys working on "mad science" -- projects that make people say, "Whoa! I didn't know that was possible!". Feross frequently wins hackathons by crafting code that gives the kids with spectacles spectacular fits, like his recent virtual reality piloting hack that lets you control a quadcopter with an Oculus Rift.


Feross Aboukhadijeh (http://feross.org)
CraftConf (http://craft-conf.com/2014/)


Feross Aboukhadijeh

April 25, 2014