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best torrent clientBitTorrent is a fast, reliable and fairly straightforward way to download files large and small. We’ve got a guide right here. Whether you’re regularly downloading meaty Linux distributions or simply prefer to try-before-you-buy, you’ll be needing a decent torrent client to keep your downloads in check.

Windows users have the luxury of uTorrent, which (in my opinion, at least) is pretty much unbeatable if you’re using Bill’s operating system. Unfortunately there’s no uTorrent for Linux, but there are a few decent alternatives.

Here is MakeUseOf’s round-up of the five best Torrent clients for the Linux operating system.

qBitTorrent

As I’ve already mentioned there’s no official uTorrent client for Linux, but qBitTorrent attempts to fill the gap. The goal of the volunteer-led project is to provide a uTorrent-like client on the Linux platform.

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Written in C++, qBitTorrent provides a familiar and speedy interface complete with an in-built search engine for those hard to find downloads. There’s a whole host of usual features including support for encryption, uPnP, IPv6 and RSS.

You can also remotely control qBitTorrent with the web UI. For anyone searching for that replacement for uTorrent on the Linux platform – look no further.

To install qBitTorrent on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

Transmission (GNOME)

For anyone using the Ubuntu What's New In Ubuntu 10.10, "Maverick Meerkat"? [Linux] What's New In Ubuntu 10.10, "Maverick Meerkat"? [Linux] Read More distribution, Transmission Transmission, The Lightweight BitTorrent Client Transmission, The Lightweight BitTorrent Client Read More will be a familiar client. This is the default bundled client, and for good reason too.

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Transmission (which is also written in C++) is a basic-yet-functional torrent solution that has a number of powerful features. The client can be configured to watch certain directories, useful in conjunction with Dropbox. Encryption is supported as well as the blacklisting of known “bad” IP addresses.

The lack of RSS support and a slightly cumbersome UI are the only real drawbacks to this more than capable torrent client, which is built for simplicity.

Vuze

Formerly Azureus, Vuze is the only client in this list written in Java The Wonder & Beauty Of Java Applets [Technology Explained] The Wonder & Beauty Of Java Applets [Technology Explained] Read More . Unfortunately, Java applications are notoriously resource-intensive and Vuze probably isn’t ideal for those of you using older computers.

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If you’ve got the resources to spare, then Vuze makes for a feature-loaded client declaring itself “the most powerful BitTorrent app on earth”.  The team have literally covered everything, with full web UI, encryption, RSS support, IPv6, a fantastic search engine, HD-video playback and more.

Vuze is more than a BitTorrent client, with support for transferring to mobile devices including support for Android, iOS and Blackberry devices as well as Xbox 360, PS3, TiVO and Apple TV.

To install Vuze on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install vuze

Deluge (GNOME)

Popular amongst Mac users, Deluge is a cross-platform torrent client Deluge - An Awesome But Unappreciated Cross-Platform BitTorrent Client Deluge - An Awesome But Unappreciated Cross-Platform BitTorrent Client Read More that’s also compatible with Linux and Windows. It provides a lightweight interface written in Python and C++ for the GTK+ window manager that is reminiscent of Windows client uTorrent.

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Using libtorrent for its backend, and a choice of frontend interfaces including the GUI, web UI and console, Deluge is another client that packs in the features. There’s full support for encryption, magnet links, uPnP, IPv6 and support for plugins.

We’ve raved about it before, and that’s because Deluge is a powerful, clean and attractive choice for your download needs.

To install Deluge on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluge

KTorrent (KDE)

Written for the KDE interface How To Switch Between GNOME & KDE 4.5 On Ubuntu 10.04 How To Switch Between GNOME & KDE 4.5 On Ubuntu 10.04 Read More , KTorrent is the client of choice for Kubuntu and many other KDE-based distributions. Generally considered the most feature-rich KDE torrent solution, KTorrent has the usual bells and whistles that make for a top torrent client.

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There’s encryption, RSS support, search, magnet links, uPnP, and remote torrent control via the usual web UI. If you like the look of Deluge, but prefer KDE to GNOME then KTorrent is probably the answer.

Provided with Kubuntu, to install on Ubuntu type the following into Terminal:

sudo apt-get install ktorrent

Other Clients

These clients didn’t quite make the list, but if you’re still searching then maybe you could try:

rTorrent

A console-based BitTorrent client for Linux, useful if you spend much of your time slaving over a hot command line.

BitStorm Lite

A lightweight BitTorrent client that lacks many of the features mentioned in this article. Reminiscent of the original classic BitTorrent client, written for GNOME.

Do you have a favourite BitTorrent client for the Linux platform? Perhaps you miss uTorrent a little too much? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. Charles
    February 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    The PPA for qBitTorrent is out-of-date, please refer to the software publisher's website for the specific PPA per distribution.

  2. Alex
    February 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hey thx for the cool article!
    Can you explain how to setup RSS downloads on qBittorrent? I banged my head against it for some time to no avail...
    Thx!

  3. Jim
    January 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Check out TIXATI... written in C++... extremely fast... with install versions for 32 and 64 bit Windows, and portable versions for Windows and 32/64 Linux!!! http://www.tixati.com/

  4. Paul
    February 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    former utorrent user - a linux version seemed redundant at first with WINE, but things were slow. Too bad the linux version is in alpha right now.

    Deluge is my thing for the moment, on an LXDE Ubuntu variant.

    Vuze is picky about trackers, where you get the torrent from, and tries too hard to be a media player; Transmission (last I knew) didn't exchange peers well at all; Ktorrent was clunky with all those KDE libs on my non KDE system, and sometimes wouldn't run.

    Again, Ktorrent was a pain *because I was running a specialized desktop environment*.

    and qTorrent was a close second place for me. I'm sure if I weren't using ubuntu and gtk based desktop environments, I'm sure qTorrent and even deluge would behave as poorly as ktorrent.

  5. Paul
    February 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    former utorrent user - a linux version seemed redundant at first with WINE, but things were slow. Too bad the linux version is in alpha right now.

    Deluge is my thing for the moment, on an LXDE Ubuntu variant.

    Vuze is picky about trackers, where you get the torrent from, and tries too hard to be a media player; Transmission (last I knew) didn't exchange peers well at all; Ktorrent was clunky with all those KDE libs on my non KDE system, and sometimes wouldn't run.

    Again, Ktorrent was a pain *because I was running a specialized desktop environment*.

    and qTorrent was a close second place for me. I'm sure if I weren't using ubuntu and gtk based desktop environments, I'm sure qTorrent and even deluge would behave as poorly as ktorrent.

  6. Michaelamstrong
    January 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    SKDownloader.. allows adding torrents directly from browser. So you can use your favorite torrent site to search and add torrents for download without downloading the torrent files to computer manually. Oh and it has a torrent search feature as well.. just like azureus/vuze. The best and easist one I found for linux :)
    http://www.skdownloader.toolsbysk.com

  7. Michaelamstrong
    January 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

    SKDownloader.. allows adding torrents directly from browser. So you can use your favorite torrent site to search and add torrents for download without downloading the torrent files to computer manually. Oh and it has a torrent search feature as well.. just like azureus/vuze. The best and easist one I found for linux :)
    http://www.skdownloader.toolsbysk.com

  8. the mainliner
    December 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    @Pm: ah, good to see a fanboy wade in with a personal opinion dressed as fact.

  9. Mikia Andy
    December 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Transmission

  10. Pm
    December 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    forgot the BEST of all, torrentflux

  11. guest
    December 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Good summary. Another alternative, if you're looking for a fast and lightweight client, is "Flush" : http://sourceforge.net/projects/flush/

  12. guest
    December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Good summary. Another alternative, if you're looking for a fast and lightweight client, is "Flush" : http://sourceforge.net/project...

  13. Jginspace
    December 9, 2010 at 2:55 am

    > "Unfortunately there’s no uTorrent for Linux"

    Erm, could I interest you in:
    http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux

    That sort of kills the premise of the whole article now I suppose.

    • Aibek
      December 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

      thanks for heads up :-)

  14. Jginspace
    December 9, 2010 at 3:55 am

    > "Unfortunately there’s no uTorrent for Linux"

    Erm, could I interest you in:
    http://www.utorrent.com/downlo...

    That sort of kills the premise of the whole article now I suppose.

  15. cyrusza
    December 9, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Actually, a Linux version of uTorrent exists: http://www.utorrent.com/intl/it/downloads/linux

    However i'd go for Deluge on desktop and Transmission on servers.

  16. ciroprincipe
    December 9, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Actually, a Linux version of uTorrent exists: http://www.utorrent.com/intl/i...

    However i'd go for Deluge on desktop and Transmission on servers.

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