[Windows] qBittorrent is an excellent torrent client [Linux, Mac OS X]

qbt1Torrenting is pretty popular infamous at this point; some would even say infamous. Of course many people use torrents for illegitimate purposes, but there’s a ton of legitimate uses for torrents. For example, many Linux distributions distribute OS files via ISOs delivered over torrents, as it is a good way to save bandwidth. However, to download a torrent you need a torrent client. qBittorrent is one of the best torrent clients around

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

qBittorrent is a BitTorrent client. It is used to download files (torrents) via seeders/peers.

Take note qBittorrent is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. We specifically reviewed the Linux version for this review but all three versions are pretty much the same, so this review is applicable for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X users.

Pros

  • Supports BitTorent extensions
  • Support for Magnet and BitComet URIs
  • Built-in search engine
  • DHT support
  • Peer Exchange support
  • Full encryption is possible
  • Exceptional UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding functions
  • RSS subscription feed support
  • Powerful download filtering options
  • Has the ability to create torrents
  • Is IPv6 compliant and supports IP filtering
  • Supports sequential downloading and bandwidth scheduling
  • Available on most platforms
  • Can be controlled remotely with a web interface
  • User interface is very similar to uTorrent
  • Cross-platform — works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

Cons

  • Downloads can sometimes slow down immensely when they hit 99%
  • Sometimes forgets bandwidth allocation settings

Discussion

qbt2Torrents are an integral part of the Linux community. Pretty much every single distro has a few torrents up so that you can download your favorite distribution without having to worry about consuming a ton of bandwidth. BitTorrent protocol has long been stigmatized. It has been deemed bad or taboo because some people choose to do questionable things with the protocol.

In reality, BitTorrent protocol was never designed for that sort of thing. It was designed to make it easier to distribute files via ‘seeders’. Everyone contributes a little bit of upload speed and the files can be distributed. I’ve mentioned that a lot of Linux distros are available with torrent downloads, but if you didn’t know, a lot of independent projects are as well. A certain podcast network I listen to distributes all of their shows with torrent protocol (again to save bandwidth).

So with all this in mind, it is very important to find a torrent client that suits your needs. qBittorrent is my favorite. A lot of torrent clients on Linux are good, but it is my view that not a lot of them are as good as qBittorrent. The most useful thing I’ve found in qBittorent is the remote function. I’m aware that other torrents might have this feature, but I’ve gotten a ton of mileage out of it in qBittorent. Another feature that is extremely useful is the RSS subscription feature. As I mentioned that a few podcast networks I listen to publish via torrents, it makes it very easy for me to just subscribe to an RSS feed in my torrent client, and then whenever something new comes out it auto adds whatever new torrent file is available. Very handy.

I’ve only got a few critiques and they’re not really anything major. Sometimes when downloading something, you may or may not come into contact with a file that stops downloading at 99.9% and you may or may not have to restart the download several times to get it to go again. This is a rare occurrence but has happened to me a few times. Also, qBittorrent (for me at least) has occasionally forgotten what bandwidth settings I have given it.

qBittorrent is my client of choice on all platforms. I can’t really think of a better client that has severed me as well as this one. It’s simple and to the point, but it also has awesome features that will keep you coming back to it. qBittorrent is one of the best torrent clients in my humble opinion.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

If you’re looking for a great torrent client on Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X, you should consider qBittorrent. qBittorrent is easy to understand and has a familiar interface plus great performance. The program has tons and tons of great features, ones that will leave you wondering why you’ve never used it before. I always recommend qBittorrent to everyone that needs or wants a torrent client. Just keep it legal. (Ashraf made me say that. :-)

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.0.9

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7, any Linux distro, Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion

Supported software repositories for Linux: Ubuntu via Lunchpad, and it’s most likely in every distro’s software sources

Download size: 12.8 (Windows), 4.8 MB (Linux), 15.8 (Mac OS X)

Virustotal scan results: 0/45 (Windows)

Is it portable? No

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8 comments

  1. M.Anderson

    Great stuff! Besides these cool software, you can also use Torch browser, which got a very good built-in torrent client. I use it all the time since it can handle both magnet links and torrent files. Thx!

  2. mukhi

    hmmm, looks like worth trying it! the only problem is that it is not portable; this is why i don’t use vuze (also, heavy client). oh well, portable utorrent is not as good as before anyway.
    torrent is the best SW for downloading files with unstable and low-speed internet, period.

  3. Derrik
    Author/Staff

    [@AFPhy6] The reason I choose qBittorrent on all platform is because it is:

    Open source, not tracked and watched by certain groups of people, as well as the fact that uTorrent has gotten more and more bloated as time has gone on.

    I used uTorrent on windows for a bit but they introduced ads and I kind of just decided to install qBittorrent on everything.

    [@JMJ] My ISP has done it every once in a while and I’ve had no issue that was worth getting worked up about. qBittorrent is generally great with that sort of thing on my end.

  4. JMJ

    Thanks, Derrick, for the very readable article. I enjoy your writing style and your unequivocally expressed opinions. Refreshing and useful.

    The 99%-problem is not limited to qBittorent and can occur in any downloading software. There is a good discussion of, and possible remedies for it here: http://bit.ly/11HzsHh

    My ISP does deep-packet inspection in order to shape torrent and streaming-video downloading. How well does qBittorent handle this?

    How do you rate qBittorent -vs- Vuze? I get better speeds with the latter.

    Thanks again.

  5. AFPhy6

    Derrik,
    I’ve have and have used only uTorrent, and that quite uncommonly. Is there a good reason for me to get this instead? I would eliminate uTorrent if I got this.

    (interesting that the download size for linux is so much smaller)