The 4 best torrent software (BitTorrent clients)

BitTorrent is a data transfer protocol peer-to-peer (P2P) which allows you to download and share files with other users worldwide via the Internet faster and more effectively.

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Unlike the HTTP protocol where the download is provided by a single distributor that can cause overloads and slowness, with the BitTorrent protocol the download and file sharing is done decentralized : All users who download a file share the parts of the file they have downloaded with other users, thus creating a virtuous circle.

No more queues or saturated servers: availability is immediate, downloads are faster.

How do I download a file via BitTorrent?

To download a file via BitTorrent, you need two things:

  • A client BitTorrent.
  • The .torrent file of the file you wish to download. The .torrent file contains the IP address of the BitTorrent tracker which helps communication between the seeders – those who share the file – and the leechers – those who download the file. You can also recover the lien Magnet magnet: of the file (if available), it performs the same function as the .torrent file.

There are a plethora of BitTorrent clients but what is the best software to download these precious torrents?

In this guide, we will see the 4 best torrent software (BitTorrent clients) preferred !

Ranking of the best BitTorrent clients

N°1 : qBittorrent

qBittorrent is a cross-platform, lightweight and open source BitTorrent client available on Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD and OS / 2.

If you are looking for the BitTorrent client the most complete, choose qBittorrent.

qBittorrent on Windows 10
  • Clear and easy to use user interface
  • No advertising
  • Integrated search engine (simultaneous search on many Torrent search engines)
  • Many BitTorrent extensions supported: Magnet links, DHT (Distributed Hash Table), PEX (Peer Exchange), LSD (Local Service Discovery), private torrents, encrypted connections…
  • Remote control via web interface
  • Sequential download (read files being downloaded)
  • Advanced torrents, trackers and peers control (queue, prioritization)
  • Bandwidth control
  • Torrent creation tool
  • IP filtering (compatible with eMule and PeerGuardian formats)
  • Compatible IPv6
  • UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding
  • Available on all platforms in ~ 70 languages
Options de qBittorrent

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N°2 : Transmission

Transmission is another open source BitTorrent client, extremely light and very easy to use, available on Linux, macOS, Windows and embedded systems.

If you are looking for the BitTorrent client the lightest and simplest, choose Transmission.

Transmission on Windows 10
  • No advertising
  • Minimalist and easy to use interface
  • Nothing to configure: everything is configured by default so that downloads and uploads work right away
  • Transmission uses less CPU and RAM than any other BitTorrent client. It even uses less CPU than some torrent clients without GUI
  • Advanced features: encryption, web interface, peer exchange, Magnet, DHT, µTP, UPnP and NAT-PMP links, port forwarding, download and upload speed limitation, etc.
Transmission Options

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N°3 : Deluge

Deluge is another lightweight, free, cross-platform BitTorrent client available on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

It’s a alternative interesting to qBittorrent and Transmission.

Unfortunately, the latest versions 2.0.x are currently only available on Linux. On Windows and macOS, we must for the moment be content with version 1.3.15.

Deluge sur Windows 10
  • No advertising
  • Three user interfaces available: GTK interface for desktop environments (Windows, Linux, macOS), web interface for web browsers (Firefox, Chrome) and command line interface
  • All the advanced functionalities are available: jamming of the protocol, DHT, discovery of peers in the local network (LSD), exchange of peers (PEX), UPnP, NAT-PMP, global speed limit and by torrent…
  • Many plugins are available to get the most out of Deluge and extend its functionality, developed by members of the Deluge community.
Options de Deluge

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N°4 : Tixati

Tixati is a 100% free, simple and easy to use BitTorrent client, available on Windows and Linux.

Tixati uses download algorithms which in some cases allow you to download faster.

Rather reserved for experienced users, Tixati is an ultra-complete BitTorrent client which allows you to configure the BitTorrent network and transfers to little onions.

Tixati on Windows 10
  • No spyware, no ads
  • Advanced configuration to configure your BitTorrent client perfectly
  • Ultra-efficient peer throttling / unblocking algorithms that guarantee the fastest downloads
  • RC4 connection encryption for added security
  • Detailed bandwidth mapping
  • Support for DHT, PEX and Magnet links
  • Easy and quick installation (no Java, no .NET)
  • Advanced features such as RSS, IP filtering, event scheduler
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BitTorrent clients not recommended

The following BitTorrent clients are not recommended:

  • µTorrent 3.x : closed source code, invasive ads, malware-infested installer, some features only available in the paid version.
  • µTorrent 2.2.1 : obsolete (software dating from 2001), makes your PC potentially vulnerable to hackers and malware due to unpatched security holes.
  • BitTorrent Classic : same as µTorrent 3.x (they are the same software). To avoid.
  • Vuze : too heavy, installer infested with malware. If you are nostalgic, turn to BiglyBT which is a fork of Vuze / Azureus.

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