How To Find Out If ISP Is Throttling BitTorrent Traffic

by on May 8, 2008 · 3 comments· LAST UPDATED May 16, 2008

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You can now easily determine if your ISP throttling and shaping Bittorrent traffi with simple online tool.

From the project web page:

Certain ISPs have been shown to rate limit or block BitTorrent traffic sent by their customers. While there are multiple reports of this on the web, only a few ISPs have admitted that they manipulate BitTorrent traffic. And, to date, it is hard for users without networking expertise to gain evidence about the behavior of their ISP.

This test suite creates a BitTorrent-like transfer between your machine and our server, and determines whether or not your ISP is limiting such traffic. This is a first step towards making traffic manipulation by ISPs more transparent to their customers.

=> Glasnost: Test if your ISP is manipulating BitTorrent traffic

You can also load this tool on your own server or laptop computer running Apache and PHP 4.3 or above:
$ cd /var/www/
$ sudo apt-get install libpcap0.8 libpcap0.8-dev
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf glasnost-1.1.tgz
$ cd glasnost
$ make
$ su -c "chmod a+s bt_client"
$ mkdir logs
$ chmod 0777 logs

Fire a web browser and type http://localhost/glasnost/selftest.php or

Updated for accuracy!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jalal Hajigholamali May 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm


mkdir 0777 logs

i think mkdir must be replaced by chmod ?

Jalal Hajigholamali


2 nixCraft May 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm


Thanks for the heads up. The post has been updated.


3 Anonymous July 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm

chmod 0777 is retarded


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