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free bittorrent clientsThere are a huge number of free BitTorrent clients floating out there in Internet space. Ever since its public launch in 2001, developers from all over the world have been working to improve and streamline the protocol, providing users with the best torrenting clients available.

If you know about BitTorrent, then you’ve likely already heard about the big name programs – uTorrent, Vuze/Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, etc. They’re so well-known in fact, that they don’t really need any more publicity – word of mouth does them just fine. But here is a list of some great BitTorrent clients that are less popular and unique in their own right.

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qBittorrent

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qBittorrent isn’t obscure by any means, but it still has a long way to go before it becomes a household name. But does it deserve to become a household name? In my opinion, yes. It most certainly does.

This client has high goals – to leave a small memory footprint, to be intuitive for users, to be aesthetically pleasing, and to be powerful in performance and customization. Basically, it wants to do everything – and luckily for us, it succeeds. Think of it as an open-source and cross-platform alternative to uTorrent.

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BitLord

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BitLord is an offshoot of the once popular BitComet. It’s written in Python and GTK+ and boasts a tagline of being the “easiest torrent downloader“. Is it much easier than the big name beasts like uTorrent? Not particularly. But it’s definitely on par in terms of ease of use and visual goodness, so it deserves some commendation for that.

This client is packed full of unique features – a torrent RSS reader, a torrent search engine, safety scores for torrents searched, and more. On top of that, it has all of the common features that one would expect from a torrent client, like super seeding, bandwidth throttling, and blocking IP ranges.

Tixati

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Tixati’s website claims that it is “one of the most advanced and flexible BitTorrent clients available“. It comes without ANY spyware, ads, or gimmicks – and it never will. You’ll find all the basic features here, like magnet support, connection encryption, and bandwidth throttling. Tixati runs native on Windows and Linux and the installation is easy. No Java or .NET required.

Tixati also boasts a great advantage that allows you to download torrents at ultra-fast speeds, all thanks to peer choking and unchoking algorithms. If you need your torrents fast, then Tixati will ensure that you get your files as quickly as possible.

OneSwarm

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Because of the BitTorrent protocol’s design, user privacy can often be placed in jeopardy. If a third-party asks for data regarding your torrent activity, many clients will hand over that information. In steps OneSwarm, which is a torrent client that prioritizes user privacy over all else.

How does it protect your privacy? For one, it rewrites the source address when sending network packets. For another, OneSwarm will forward your network packets through multiple intermediaries to further obfuscate you as the source.

The client uses a few other techniques as well, and the website links to a number of published papers detailing peer-to-peer privacy and how OneSwarm circumnavigates the issues.

BitThief

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BitThief is a torrent client that began (and continues) as a research project at ETH Zurich. The basic principle of the BitTorrent protocol is that it is user-operated – if there are no contributors, then there will be no files to download. However, BitThief is an attempt at creating a torrent client that contributes nothing. It is a pure leecher without any seed.

The creators of BitThief wanted to make a point – BitTorrent will collapse if the protocol is not modified to prevent individual selfishness and lack of contribution. However, even if you don’t really care about the research behind it all, you can still download and use BitThief. Just know that some metrics will be sent back to the research group for analysis of the performance of their exploit tactics.

BitSpirit

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As of a few years ago, BitSpirit commanded an impressive 2% share of the BitTorrent client market, even beating out well-known program FlashGet. It was written in C++ and released as freeware like most torrenting clients. In recent years, however, it seems that BitSpirit has fallen out of development, seeing as the latest build was released at the very end of 2010.

Still, the program works just fine. It has a very clean and sleek interface reminiscent of the latest versions of uTorrent. As old as it is, perhaps it was the inspiring design behind it all. When all is said, other than an “always on top” download tracker, there is nothing particularly fascinating about BitSpirit. It’s just out there for anyone you’re looking for a different client.

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  1. BUDA20
    October 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I'm switching to qBittorrent, Im a long time user of uTorrent, and I test them all, qBittorrent seems to be the sweet spot in simplicity and versatility, and without any bizarre spy methods... for tracking user activity.

  2. Lambvolution
    September 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

    i use BitTorrent to download torrent file, Vuze, Bitcomet and mtorrent are good too

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  4. solostand
    June 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I use Tixati. I really hapy that I've found it, this is really light, low memory-consuming, flexible, powerful and advanced torrent-client. It is quite ugly, but behind ugly duckling hides beautiful and feature-rich swan.

    • Joel Lee
      June 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I personally think that Tixati's UI is uniquely awesome, but I may be alone in that opinion. But as you said, Tixati is indeed a feature-rich swan. :)

      • itsok
        July 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        cheers for tixati even i use it

  5. Jon Smith
    June 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I heard of qtorrent but not so much of the others
    i'll stick with my old one

    • Joel Lee
      June 10, 2012 at 5:22 am

      Which one do you use?

      • Jon Smith
        June 11, 2012 at 4:14 am

        I use Miro because I dont want to QQ no just kidding; I enjoy Miro because of its other entertainment features

  6. Cliff Mccullar
    June 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    im fine with my utorrent :P

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Use whatever suits you best! No need to fix something that isn't broken. :)

  7. Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
    June 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

    bittorent... ahhhh that so in the past.. now since have idm, just download high quality cimpressed streaming anime that are more smaller then regular ddl anime.. save time torecompress it n can make room to many sereis more... but i used to used bittorent at 1st when carzy about gundam seed that time, n then transfer too vuze for better. now just ddl streaming or just watch online...

  8. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    qBittorrent is now what uTorrent was originally

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      That seems to be a common opinion for people who use qBittorrent now!

  9. Laga Mahesa
    June 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Great roundup, thanks. I've been using uTorrent for years, but since version 3 they've definitely lost their shine in many areas.

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I agree. I remember when uTorrent was all the rage across the Internet because of its tiny footprint and clean design. It's still good but it's definitely lost something along the way.

      Glad you liked the roundup.

  10. Bob Smith
    June 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Don't know about the windows version of qBittorrent but the Linux version is excellent.

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Back when I used Linux, I was stuck with Deluge because I didn't know about qBittorrent. But you're right, qBittorrent does look excellent!

    • ArtemZ
      June 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Yep, I'm using qBittorrent on my Ubuntu Linux and I can say it's works perfectly. It fits all my needs (I'm missing sequential download option in many torrent clients), it looks nice and runs really fast with quite low memory footprint. I'd recommend it to everyone.

  11. Brian Howard
    June 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I have been using BitSpirit for a few years now. Never saw the need to change clients. It does everything I need and is "new" enough to handle magnet links.

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      It's a shame that development has stopped. It looks like a great client otherwise.

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