Written by: Alex Popa
Torrenting is still incredibly popular anywhere you go, with the P2P protocol being at the height of success. Even though there are other file-sharing methods out there, no one comes even close to the Peer-to-peer protocol.
To access this network, you need a good BitTorrent client. But the question is which should you choose? There’s a gazillion of them out there, each more impressive than the last, at least in appearance.
Don’t fret; you don’t have to do the digging yourself, because I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best BitTorrent clients as of 2018, so sit back and enjoy.
qBittorrent is one of the most popular torrenting clients out there, and many acclaims it as being the absolute best in the business.
It’s straightforward to use, and it requires an insignificant RAM to function. You won’t even notice it’s working in the background. Also, in spite of the somewhat ragged interface, you can be sure that beneath the rough façade, tons of features and functions will make your life a whole of a lot easier.
It’s free, and there are no ads, adware or malware to be found.
The essence of qBitTorrent is that it tries to put forth as much effort as possible while also trying to be seamless regarding memory used. Many other clients offer a plethora of functions and features, in the hope that everyone will be impressed.
However, qBiTtorrent is balanced in this regard, trying to position itself on the middle path.
It’s also good to know that you don’t have to stop everything else to download a torrent. As I’ve said earlier, it uses minimal resources, and you’ll be able to stream media, for instance, with no problems at all. It won’t interfere with your network speed in any visible way.
All in all, qBitTorrent is the closest thing we have to the reigning torrenting king that is uTorrent. On the plus side, when compared to uTorrent, qBittorent is ad-free, and this is always an advantage.
uTorrent is among the oldest BitTorrent client, and everyone uses it or has done so at some point. Don’t you even try to deny it!
Utorrent is just a BitTorrent alternative, but the functions are the same.
uTorrent is thought to be the easiest to use and useful torrenting client out there, mainly because it has a very low memory usage, around 6MB or less. The PC resources it uses are negligible at best.
The other reason why there is still a sky-high number of people who use it is that of the scheduling feature. With it, you can program which torrent to start at a time of your choosing, and when it should stop as well if you so desire.
The abundance of advertisements and other extraneous software that you could mistakenly install makes the whole experience less enjoyable overall. Many people have complained about this aspect, all to no avail.
Also, the fact that there’s no inbuilt search engine is very annoying because you have to do the searching on your own.
In spite of all this, uTorrent remains one of the most popular BitTorrent clients out there and a torrent downloader’s wet dream.
Bittorent is the very first torrenting client that spawned the beginning of the digital era as we now know it. Coincidentally, its creator was also the one who devised the P2P concept, so everything’s connected apparently.
It’s incredibly similar to uTorrent in mostly all regards, and it’s a very robust client overall.
This client is especially useful for users who have never used one before, for complete novices in the torrenting domain. Its neat and straightforward interface is easily understood, and the fact that it uses slim resources is another advantage.
It’s comfortable to know that you don’t have to do anything to get it up and to run. It can be set to download automatically in a specific folder, and it will work in the background without impeding your other activities.
You can set the bandwidth limits and schedule downloading torrents whenever you want to.
Bittorrent’s primary source of income consists of ads, and it doesn’t restrain itself in throwing them all at the user, in a constant stream. Couple that with the fact that it doesn’t support Android devices, and you might find it unsuitable for you.
However, putting this aside, BitTorrent is still one of the best torrenting clients out there, and also the one that started it all. The fact that it’s still at the top is proof enough of its efficiency and overall good condition.
Besides, you can buy the pro version if you’ve gotten used to Bittorrent’s interface and functions, but you loathe the ads.
The Deluge is another extremely easy-to-use app when downloading files from the internet. It’s seamless, clean, and riddled with plenty of functions and features to last you for an eternity.
It’s also open-source.
Deluge is pretty comfortable and straightforward to use, a true marvel in terms of simplicity and efficiency. Among its features, the ones that impressed me include:
Despite it not being as popular as uTorrent or qBittorrent, you can be sure that Deluge will cater to your every need and deliver top-notch services, all the while keeping any ads or unwanted software away from you.
Vuze, previously known as Azureus, is a free open-source torrent client with plenty of attractive features and functions not unlike uTorrent. In this sense, they come pretty close.
It was released in 2003, so it’s not a newcomer on the market.
The installation process is pretty straightforward, even more, when considering that you can choose between three levels of “difficulty,” so to speak. You can choose between the beginner, intermediate or expert options. You can modify these even further in the settings menu.
IP filtering is supported, just as the magnet links.
There is also a premium version, but people will usually choose the freeware just because we’re not just talking about a one-time payment, no. The fee is annual.
One of the most exciting features is the Vuze Remote. With it, you can create, delete, modify, start or pause torrents without even being connected to the same computer. You can also use it from a phone just as easily.
A word of advice – during the installing process, watch out for any additional programs that you might have overlooked. They are there, in the same package, unfortunately.
Transmission is best known for being perfectly optimized for macOS users, and for consuming the least amount of resources among all other major torrenting clients. It’s simply a masterpiece, an efficient and seamless one that will get your attention from the first moment.
As I’ve said, Transmission is the ideal torrenting client for macOS users, and if Apple keeps on pumping updates for this platform, then I don’t see how uTorrent or qBittorent will keep the pace.
In this case, Transmission is left to take the crown and monopolize the market.
Coming with a nasty attitude and a score to settle, BitComet is free, open-source, and packs quite a punch in a small easy-to-install application.
It also includes an inbuilt antivirus check-up for all your downloads. There is also a policy against ads.
No ads, whatsoever.
I have no idea if I’ve mentioned this before, but it has no ads.
The Frostwire torrenting client is straightforward to use and one of the best out there, mainly because it’s compatible with any platform, from Windows, macOS, Android, even Linux.
It’s very lightweight and carefully uses the given resources so as not to impede on any of your other activities. The fact that there are absolutely no ads will only raise the standards for all other BitTorrent clients out there.
I am thrilled about the fact that Frostwire is compatible with any platform out there, and the fact that it also reinforces a no-ads policy only raises the standards even more.
However, I would have liked it better if it weren’t so adamant about trying to stuff additional programs down my throat during the installation.
Yet another dark horse in the race for the best Bittorrent clients, BitLord is certainly worth keeping an eye on. It’s an ad-free application that will be installed before you know it since it’s a small package.
Your antivirus might perceive it as a threat, but that’s just a false-positive alarm, so you’d best disable it before trying to install this beauty.
BitLord is a relatively unknown torrenting client, but it sure packs some heat. I like that they’ve thought about the user’s comfort and implemented a torrent searching browser into the client itself.
Even more, it sure comes in handy that you can protect it with a password.
However, not being opensoruce is a downside because you can never be sure what they’re doing behind the curtains. Combine that with the fact that it doesn’t support Android devices and Chromecast, and you get a double beat-down.
They should work on these issues if they want to really get things going in this industry.
First off, Web Torrent is a newcomer on the market; the upcoming junior that wants to get in bed with the heavy hitters out there.
It’s very easy to use, the most comfortable and intuitive I might say, and it’s entirely web-based. Sure, you can download the app for desktop, but who wants that? It’s much more seamless and efficient to use it directly from your browser.
You just copy the torrent or magnet URL into the Web Torrent page, and that’s it. It will start by itself and notify you when it’s done. You can even listen to some music while waiting, as it has an in-built player.
I have had absolutely no problems with running or using Web Torrent. Although the customization is slim to non-existent in terms of add-ons and plugins, those will come for sure.
It might be my imagination, but I’ve noticed a slight increase in downloading speed ever since using Web Torrent.
Anyway, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Happy torrenting and remember…
Always use a VPN when torrenting.
It will keep you protected and safe, you won’t have to worry about any ads, malware or adware, or even any other invasive programs spying on you.
Even more, not even your ISP will be able to check on your traffic or see what you’ve been searching for.
In this day and age, a VPN is a must for internet-users, even if you have no apparent reason to fear anything. The situation can go south in a matter of seconds, and you might suffer a cyber-attack and have your information stolen just like that.
Precaution beats everything else – use a VPN!