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Best Free BitTorrent Client

 
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Introduction

Since its inauspicious public appearance just under 12 years ago  bittorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. For the downloader, bittorrent offers an uncorrupted copy of the original with the option to stop the download at any time and re-start from where the download left off (very useful for those on shaky internet connections)
f you haven't yet installed a Bittorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great freeware clients available.   In Bittorrent the best clients are free.  (In fact, if a client costs money, it is most likely a scam).

This article is part of a series of articles on bittorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware.  If you are not familiar with bittorrent, then before using this article you should read this:

There are setup guides here at Gizmo's Freeware for each of these suggested free bittorrent clients.  Links to the guides are with the product description in the Quick Selection Guide at the end of the review.

This review was prepared on February 8, 2013, and the testing was conducted in the two weeks before that date and used the latest versions of the clients at that time.

Testing

Anyone with knowledge of bittorrent knows that it is nearly impossible to have a testing procedure that is foolproof in measuring small differentials in speed among bittorrent clients.  This is due to the fact that your download speed depends on the upload of other active users and there is no control over their actions while testing.  However, I have been testing clients for this category for several years and am convinced that the better clients can be separated from the others.

There were 7 rounds of testing to boil down the 17 clients tested to the 7 in the review.    Six torrents and three magnet links were used in this part of the testing.  I then conducted several tests in two rounds of testing to determine the Top Pick.  I did post pdf copies of my notes for each round of testing:  Bittorrent Testing 2013 Notes

All of the clients listed in the review had excellent performance on all of the testing, so all are superior bittorrent clients.  The speed performance on the testing was a factor.  Even though the speed differences were small, some consistently performed slightly better.  Features and support were also factors.  CPU and RAM mattered in that a client without many features that had high CPU or RAM use would fall to one with low CPU/RAM use.  Toolbars and addons in the installation process were a slight factor.

Testing was performed on Windows 7 64bit.

About Me

I am not a technical expert, but I  have been using bittorrent since 2003.  Before coming to Gizmo's I was the Administrator at a general bittorrent forum site, giving assistance on a variety of clients, and a moderator at the Vuze fora.  I still view a number of bittorrent fora and the fora of the various bittorrent clients.  This gives me a good idea of what the average user is looking for in a bittorrent client.

Ranking

All of these clients have the basic bittorrent features like DHT, PEX, encryption and UPnP. 

All seven of the bittorrent clients listed here performed excellently on all test torrents.  Speed and performance was a factor, but features and support facilities were major considerations.  A clean installation (without toolbars or ads) was a plus.

Most people just want a client to download torrents, but there are some features that a number of users like to use, such as a built in IP Filter, use of RSS feeds, proxy support, a scheduler and a web interface.

I will make note of those that have installs or other changes to your system that are not necessary for the proper function of the bittorrent client.   I strongly suggest that if you choose a bittorrent client that has these unnecessary add ons, to not accept those changes or add ons.  I have put up guides to help with the installation of the three clients that have these unnecessary steps in the installation process.

 
Discussion

 All seven of these clients performed excellently on all the test torrents and any one of them will meet your needs as a bittorrent client.  There was some slight download speed differentials, but nothing too significant.

tixati-main-screen-thumbTixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and has the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. 
Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input.  The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users.  Tixati has all the features that an average user wants.
Their help facilities have grown, but have gotten a bit out of date..  Their forums are responsive,
I was surprised to find that Tixati does not support web seeds.  Generally not an issue, but there will be an issue with the 3 million torrents at Archive.org as many of those are seeded by web seeds. 
Many users will like the colored display and the many options for display as well as the vast amount of information offered within a program that uses relatively little system resources.  The clean install will appeal to all.

Pros:  Stable and efficient with a good variety of options.  Developers are active and responsive to user requests.  Attractive interface.  Good help resources.  Clean install.

Cons:   Help resource, though very good, could use some updates.  No support for web seeds.

qbittorrent-main-screen-thumbqBittorrent is the choice for those users that just want to download torrents and are not interested in graphs, extra information and display.  qBittorrent tested slightly faster on the test torrents consistently.  Its RAM and CPU use make it the most efficient client here.
It has all the features that an ordinary user would want. Their built in search runs quick and has a good number of sites included at default.  I am usually not a big fan of built in searches, but this one is superior to the rest.  Plugins for additional sites are available.   
The Wiki  has improved, but is not among the best..  The situation at the forums is good.   Response at their bugs page is excellent and the responses are from the developer.  
qBittorrent has been the Top Pick here at TSA for a few years and was only a sliver behind Tixati this year.  This is an excellent client that is fast with all the features an average user needs with small CPU and RAM use and a clean install.

 Pros:  Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features.  Fastest performance on torrents.  Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users.  Clean install, no addons etc.  Cross platform client.

Cons:  Support has improved, but could be better.   Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).

These next three clients include the Spigot Toolbar along with home page and search engine changes in their installation.  The Spigot toolbar is considered malware by many and their site has a red (high risk) warning from WOT.  2 also have Open Candy software suggestions during install and 1 has software suggestions that may be Open Candy, but I cannot confirm. 

I suggest that you decline all such offers.  Since I have seen so many users complain of the toolbars and changes taking effect after installation, I have put up installation guides (see Quick Selection Guide)  to help avoid these unnecessary extras,

I had considered removing these three from the suggested list because of the Spigot toolbar.  However, since I am going to start re-testing (and re-writing this review) soon, I will leave as is for now.

I strongly suggest that you use one of the other 4 clients suggested here.

vuze-main-screen-thumbVuze  is a good choice for those users that utilize a VPN or proxy, due to its options that can stop all activity off the VPN or proxy (useful if the VPN/Proxy goes down) and its option to disable IPv6 support (for VPNs that have an IPv6 leak.
Vuze is still an excellent client with a wide variety of plugins  and options and information.   They were the first bittorrent client to add streaming capabiities.
Their help resources (Vuze-Wiki and Vuze forums) have taken a step back, but the Wiki is still an excellent source of information and the fora does provide decent support. 
Although the client has improved its RAM use greatly since the Azureus model, it still is the big RAM user here, though this is really not an issue in this day and age.
Their install includes a toolbar and home and search page changes enabled at default.  There is also a software install offered  and it also has advertisements in the Vuze portion of the client (can be avoided by  using the "Classic" interface).
Many users like the intricate details this program provides, its streaming capabilities and its VPN and Proxy support is superior to other bittorrent clients.

Pros: There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need.  Support for VPN  and Proxy use is superior.   Streaming capability.  Cross platform. 

Cons:  Toolbar install and home page change enabled at default on install.  Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).  Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers similar to Open Candy.

utorrent-main-screen-thumbµTorrent has been top pick here in the past and is still a superior bittorrent client.
With the excellent results on the test torrents, the fact that it is a stable and low resource using client and the vast amount of features packed into this tiny program, this is a top flight bittorrent program.  
The support provided by  µTorrent's FAQs, guides and forums is excellent, though it has diminished a bit from past years. 
Streaming to devices capability has been added in recent releases.
µTorrent does try to foist a toolbar, home page change, search engine change and a software download during install.     Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.
µTorrent has become by far and away the most popular bittorrent client due to its small, efficient, feature filled package.

Pros:  Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package.  Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.

Cons:  Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version).  Toolbar install (not necessary for program) and search/home page change enabled at default on install.  Unnecessary software offered during install.   Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

bittorrent-main-screen-thumbBitTorrent.  Everything I said about µTorrent, above applies to BitTorrent as the two are identical in their options and engine.  Both are owned by BitTorrent, Inc., and are developed by the same development team.  If you prefer the name BitTorrent and its purple color over the µTorrent name and its green color, then that would be the only reason to choose this client over µTorrent.

Even though the two clients are the same, BitTorrent is still banned at most private torrent sites (even though they accept µTorrent). 

Like µTorrent, BitTorrent is a small and efficient bittorrent client with a great deal of features and will appeal to many despite the "extras" in the installation.

Bittorrent:  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

These last two clients offer a clean installation and performed excellently on the test torrents.  Their lack of support and some features is the reason they are last on this review.

Transmission-QT (Windows) is a basic bittorrent client that runs fast and has a simple interface.  It is missing some features and does not have much support.
This is not an "official" release of the Transmission team, but has been touted in their forums for years and now has its own site at Sourceforge.
Not quite as efficient, RAM and CPU wise as some of the other offerings here that have more features.
The clean install and basic interface will appeal to those who just want to download torrents and do not need any bells and whistles.  This Windows port of Transmission will give you speed with the best.

Pros:  Efficient and stable with excellent speeds.  Simple interface.  Clean install, no addons etc.

Cons:  Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources.  Missing some features

halite-screenshot-thumbHalite has the smallest RAM use of the seven clients.  It is a clean, small and fast bittorrent client, but lacks some features and has almost no support facilities.  If you just want to download torrents on a client with a simple interface, the Halite is a nice choice.
Halite was off this list in last review as it had not been updated within a year.  The version tested here was released just prior to the testing for this review.  So, there is some uncertainty for continued updates. 
This is a good client for those who want a simple, no frills bittorrent client.

Pros:  Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client.  Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.

Cons:  Missing some features.  Support is weak.  Releases have been sporadic.

 
Related Products and Links

  A full listing of the bittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware is now at

There are also links to the guides for each suggested bittorrent client in the Quick Selection Guide below.

Tixati
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable and efficient with a good variety of options. Developers are active and responsive to user requests. Attractive interface. Good help resources. Clean install.
Help resource, though very good, could use some updates. Does not support web seeds.
http://tixati.com/
1.96
10.1 MB (32bit) 11.1 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 7 & 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Linux
qBittorrent
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features. Fastest performance on torrents. Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users. Clean install, no addons etc. Cross platform client.
Support has improved, but could be better. Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).
3.0.10
12.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Linux Mac
Vuze
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need. Support for VPN and Proxy use is superior. Streaming capability. Cross platform.
Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers similar to Open Candy. Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).
http://www.vuze.com/
5.0.0.0
9.1MB (32bit) 9.0MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Java support /Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8, Linux, Mac
µTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.
Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.utorrent.com/
3,3.1
1.07MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux (Alpha)
BitTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Same as µTorrent above as they are identical bittorrent clients. Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability
Same µTorrent above, except that BitTorrent is not accepted at most private torrent sites. Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.bittorrent.com/
7.8.1
1.07 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux
Transmission-QT (Windows)
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Efficient and stable with excellent speeds. Simple interface. Clean install, no addons etc.
Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources. Missing some features
2..8.0
15.7 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Halite
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client. Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.
Missing some features. Support is weak. Releases have been sporadic.
0.3.4
2.8 MB (32bit) 3.4 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8

 

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by bash550 on 20. January 2013 - 13:06  (104671)

I guess, you're right. Development is currently ongoing with a new version out. Looking forward to seeing the test results.

by mr6n8 on 20. January 2013 - 14:10  (104672)

This page is viewed by a lot of new users, so it is best to keep to the stable versions. A couple times I have had to suggest an older version as the latest had quirks, but I do not like to do that either.

Anyhow, I just got an update on qBittorrent, though I do not think it is the complete update as it just went from 3.06 to 3.07. I have not checked the change log yet.

Hopefully, I'll start the testing this coming week and get the new review out shortly thereafter.

Thanks

Steve

by PeiPei on 19. December 2012 - 14:42  (103761)

My experiences with this bunch, all in their latest versions as of posting this:

QBITTORRENT: generally OK, but some interface issues that prevent it from becoming my choice client, namely:

- Torrent sort order by state moves active transfers to the top of the list automatically and then back down when not actively transferring data, causing torrents to change their relative positions in the list all the time, and making a big list with lots of active torrents impracticable to follow and use.

- Absence of a bandwidth graph to monitor performance over time.

- Assorted glitches such as an option to ask confirmation for exiting the program which simply doesn't work; not a big deal individually, but raises questions about the overall reliability of the program.

DELUGE: too many bugs and interface glitches, things that work opposite as stated in the interface options, general program instability and erratic behaviour. I had hopes for this client, but had to scratch it off my list less than 1 hour into trying it out. Seeing that even being in this state, it was last updated in April 2012 doesn't spell good things for it.

UTORRENT: not a desirable client anymore due to the path followed by developers over time, as anyone with eyes and ears know by now. Any further questions ? Good.

BITTORRENT A.K.A. MAINLINE: for all practical purposes owned by the U.S. government. Any further questions ? Good.

TRANSMISSION-QT: generally OK, some issues that prevent it from becoming my choice client, namely:

- Annoying dbus background process which is loaded on program start but not unloaded after you've closed it.

- Oversimplified user interface which provides too little information for the experienced user; need to open multiple windows to access said information instead of having it all displayed at once like with all other clients.

- Absence of a bandwidth graph to monitor performance over time.

VUZE: needs Java. Any further questions ? Good.

TIXATI: generally the best client of this bunch in my experience, to start with because it doesn't suffer from any of the above problems, and with a nice bandwidth graph as a bonus. Not sure what testing methodology was followed by the author of the article above, but personally I didn't notice any performance differences in torrents compared with other clients. My one reserve with it at the moment is not a problem with the program itself, but the fact that a few places don't allow it yet (slow-minded admins who don't keep up with times and that is all really, but unfortunately that's not something the user can do much about other than waiting).

BITCOMET: haven't bothered to try it due to the fact that it's still banned on too many places, for reasons that *at least in the past* were true and justifiable. Could again be a case of tracker admin incompetence in not following up with the times, but in the particular case of this client I'm not entering that argument. At least the devs should be awarded the persistence medal for keep trying despite all the adversity ?!

All of which doesn't leave a lot of room for choices, unfortunately. Some of these clients are really promising but they need to get their act together about the above issues.

by baii on 10. January 2013 - 19:21  (104393)

Have to agree on this one , try everything lastest version and have same conclusions.

IMPORTANT !! PLATFORM - WINDOWS, LARGE FILE DOWNLOADS MAINLY

QBITTORRENT
- Interface is ok.
-bug : random IO error especially if large torrents 20GB+
-Use sparse files -> bad on NTFS
-No STOP, only pause.. ok....
-Create unwanted files _. I only need half of the files...

DELUGE:
Similar to qbittorrent w/o the IO error bug. With a patch (compile part of the program DIY), you can get rid of using sparse file.

utorrent and bittorent is same client with different name, period. Great if purple is your favorite color.

Tixaiti :Everything work well, not sure it is implementation problem but their is a file initialization phase(which render the disk almost unusable for a period), but I can live with it.

"Leechers":
Xunlei 5 -
Great speed, slim
Outdated
File history is stored in crappy method -> crash
Xunlei 7 -
BT on 7 Probably don't work outside china, period.

by mr6n8 on 29. January 2013 - 15:52  (104930)

I have not run into I/O error on qBittorrent 3.0.8, even with a 76GB torrent.

Is your problem with sparse files anything more than what is listed at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparse_file

The delay in Tixati is due solely to the allocation. Changing to sparse eliminates the delay (almost 20 minute delay on the 76GB torrent).

Not sure why everybody always thinks Xunlei is "fast". I tested it a couple years in a row and found nothing special about it (except being loaded with junk). In fact, it tested poorly on my "weak torrent" (dead trackers) test torrents.
Any one of the top clients gets me my max speed on my connection (2MB/s) on a healthy torrent. Its main benefit is to Chinese users for getting around ISP blocks there (if it still even works). I have had users who are blocked in other countries test and it did nothing for them.

Deluge is not a pick this time around. After testing, it was eliminated.

Steve

by baii on 29. January 2013 - 18:55  (104937)

The IO error may be tied to the fact I am doing selective download.

As I mention, NTFS and sparse file do not get along well due to fragmentation.

by mr6n8 on 29. January 2013 - 19:13  (104938)

As to the NTFS/sparse file, NTFS is the only Windows file system that allows sparse file. I have never found an issue with the fragmentation. I just ran close to 100 downloads through the various bittorrent clients, set to sparse on some, and have 1% fragmentation.

Not sure if it is true on qBittorrent (and any libtorrent client now) as that was a bug that was supposedly fixed and when I set my qBittorrent to Full Allocation, the file shows full size immediately upon starting the download.

Tixati does clearly provide for 3 options which could be a factor in a tie.

On the I/O error, there are a small number of qBittorrent users who seem to see this error with every new version that comes out. Part of my testing was using a 40GB torrent with only 10GB selected and the other big one was the 70+GB with all selected. I did not see the error, but as I say it does pop up.

Thanks for the response

Steve

by John The 2nd (not verified) on 21. November 2012 - 23:42  (102704)

New one, might be worth a look: [removed]

:-)

by mr6n8 on 21. November 2012 - 23:51  (102706)

Yeah, that does look interesting. I will put it in the next round of testing coming up soon.

Thanks

Steve

Edit: Whoops - I just noticed the Web of Trust (WOT) rating.
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/miniget001.com

Rules here would not permit that.
Bummer, tiny program would have been worth a look.

by Chris57 (not verified) on 18. November 2012 - 17:19  (102522)

Tried qBittorrent but couldn't search for anything, It said I needed python and do I want to download it, I clicked yes and it downloads it but nothing happens So I did some digging and I found out that I need to download the search engines run them through python and install them into qbittorrent If I wanted a unfinished product I'd just build it myself.

by mr6n8 on 18. November 2012 - 18:35  (102526)

I do not know where you did your digging, but the information you got was incorrect.

The qBittorrent search engine comes with a good number of search sites included.

In fact, it comes with more sites, at default, than any other bittorrent client.

See here for information to help with the search:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/qbittorrent-help-torrent-search-engine

Steve

by Chris57 (not verified) on 18. November 2012 - 20:12  (102528)

I read it on the python site..but mainly it doesn't load any search engines,
I am using Win 8 so maybe thats the problem..

by mr6n8 on 19. November 2012 - 0:39  (102533)

When I installed Python, I did it through qBittorrent. I believe I had to install and then exit qBittorrent and then try a search. But it has been a while.

You could try uninstalling Python and then just try a search in qBittorrent and it should ask to install Python. The page I linked to has info.

All the other bittorrent clients removed many sites (leaving only sites that carried only legal content) due to the possibility of legal action. So it is possible I am still showing sites on the latest version of qBittorrent because I had them already. But, as far as I know qBittorrent still offers these at default.

Media copyright holders are even going after download sites, like CNET download, for facilitating copyright violations because they offer bittorrent clients (and other file transfer clients).

I guess my point is, get used to adding search sites in as bittorrent clients are not going to include them.

Steve

by EX Utorrent user (not verified) on 14. November 2012 - 2:49  (102276)

i was a user of utorrent for over 6 years .. almost 7 and now am forced to switch details in link below:

https://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=127086

id made an account JUST to post that

by EuroMIX (not verified) on 28. November 2012 - 6:16  (103005)

I clicked the link, but I get an error page. Any chance that it has been removed? Shame, as I was genuinely interested in why because I think I could maybe guess.

I am also switching from uTorrent.

by Baii (not verified) on 11. November 2012 - 3:54  (102140)

I find the top few client all lacking feature : sorting file by size/type. It is just painful to sort through a long list to pick stuff you need out of a torrent...

by mr6n8 on 13. November 2012 - 13:11  (102246)

Perhaps I am misunderstanding, but a quick look at qBittorrent, Deluge and BitTorrent/uTorrent shows they all have the option to sort by size.

Steve

by Bird77 (not verified) on 8. November 2012 - 10:54  (102035)

Tixati all the way!

by mr6n8 on 4. November 2012 - 13:03  (101860)

I have been away from the internet for a couple of months, so I was not able to respond to questions here.

I will be here regularly for the next few months at least and will be re-testing soon.

Steve

by bash550 (not verified) on 1. November 2012 - 23:11  (101704)

Hi mr6n8,

When will you post the results for tests?

by 4n0nym0u5 (not verified) on 8. October 2012 - 18:56  (100498)

qBittorrent is truly the best, thanks for the recommendation!

by GrosManche on 2. October 2012 - 4:07  (100088)

I've tried qBittorrent and was very disapointed.
Couldn't have a direct connection despite using an open incoming port (no DHT).

Also trackers added to the list of unactive torrents were lost after restart !

Back to the best : Tixati, definitely.

by ckarthik17 on 31. August 2012 - 16:08  (98575)

I am not sure about others, but in my machine, bitcomet is very much faster than qBittorrent (No tweaks in both, default settings)

For the same torrent, I tried one after another
qBittorrent - 200kbps
Bitcomet - 450kbps

by Annoy-Numb-Us! (not verified) on 31. August 2012 - 5:34  (98549)

Was getting fed up with Utorrent and its non-responsive arrogant forum,(I wonder how you mention responsive in this post?! You mean if responding arrogantly, not responding at all, or closing a thread if they don't know the answer or don't like that a flaw is pointed out, that's not the right kind of response one would hope for! Don't trust me?! Go read the forums again!)

I tried out Qbittorrent and Tixati! Trust me! You can use either of these and it will be "Bye, Bye Utorrent!" FOREVER!!! Tixati is a little on the easier and straightforward side and it has very simple guides on the site and even the techsupport optimizing Tixati link too is more than sufficient.(Appreciate the Same). It's the same case for Qbittorent.

Utorrent might have been the Best all this while, but the Truth is, its time is UP!!! Pride and Arrogance will make Anything OR Anyone FALL! "Favoritism makes for a $#!TTY Judge!" Hence people tend to overlook flaws once they claim to like/love something. So before I'm flamed by fannies(new word for fanboys and a milder variant of a profanity) take a look at the real world picture, the trends are changing!

A note to author: BRILLIANT JOB!!! Your point about review frequency duly noted, BUT one bother though is that programs these days are updated too often and yearly reviews might have to become monthly or quarterly the way programs are updated these days!

Seriously, It's difficult to create a system restore point, because by the time you've updated all programs and run scans and give a restore point, there's already a bunch more updated versions to the programs installed! :( Sorry for the long post!

by up (not verified) on 13. August 2012 - 4:59  (97635)

Tixati had its own update also.

Changelog is huge with many optimizations and fixes!

http://www.tixati.com/news/

by EX Utorrent user (not verified) on 14. November 2012 - 4:59  (102280)

so far so good i may just stick with tixati for now. seems rto be working alright

by mr6n8 on 13. August 2012 - 12:18  (97648)

Thanks for the link.

Steve

by bash550 (not verified) on 15. August 2012 - 21:15  (97760)

Sorry, I meant to say that since I started using qBittorrent, I haven't looked back.

by bash550 (not verified) on 15. August 2012 - 21:09  (97759)

Hi mr6n8, would you mind re assessing the clients to find out which is the best? I used to use utorrent until I read this review. I've been using qBittorrent since and I haven't looked back since.

by mr6n8 on 15. August 2012 - 21:24  (97761)

This review is based upon testing done in June, 2012.

Generally, I re-test once per year as the testing process is quite involved.

After missing a Deluge update last year that improved the client greatly, I now do a quick test of the clients suggested here when a new version comes out. This is not nearly as involved as the testing I do for the full review. However, if the testing shows a significant difference from the review testing (positive or negative), I will make note of it in the review.

There are several clients that I am in the process of retesting as they were recently updated.

The qBittorrent recent update is one of those.

From what I have seen so far, qBittorrent will continue to be the top pick here for now. If this changes, I will make note.

All the testing of these new versions should be done by next week.

Glad you like qBittorrent. It is a pleasure to find a client that works so well and does not have any of the toolbars/offers that uTorrent has.

BTW uTorrent will soon be having ads within the client, "suggested content" or something like that in addition to the toolbar and offers during install.

Steve