The Best Torrent Downloading Software

Cloud and Client Tools for Torrent File Sharing

The Best Torrent Downloading Software Tools

The Best Torrent Downloading Software
The Best Torrent Downloading Software. E Plus / Getty

Here they are: the most popular downloaded software products for torrent file sharing. This list is compiled from hundreds of user comments and reader suggestions. Definitely, examine all the choices that follow and try them for yourself.

You have two broad choices when it comes to torrent downloading tools:

  • cloud software. online services that you subscribe to; 
  • client software. programs that you install directly onto your machine.

​While cloud software is arguably better at cloaking your P2P habits, both cloud and client software have their advantages; they each offer different levels of price, control, and customization to suit different tastes.

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Torrent Cloud Downloader: cloud torrent downloader cloud torrent downloader. screenshot

This is an excellent newer 3rd party torrent downloader service in the Czech Republic.  This cloud service does not require an install on your machine; instead, you log into your online account with them and they will download torrents for you onto their own private servers. Once your large files are transferred to them, you then log on and download the completed file directly to your computer.

The free version allows 100MB per hour transfer.  You can subscribe to get faster transfer speeds. Bitport is an excellent service, and considering the risks that they incur, the small $5/month fee is an excellent value for the customer.

Tixati Software

Tixati software for torrent downloading
Tixati software for torrent downloading. screenshot

Tixati is a reliable and fast torrent program authored by the architect of the WinMiX OpenNap program.  Displaying a forward-thinking architecture, Tixati embraces the shift towards trackerless torrent swarming: magnet links, PEX, and DHT swarming work very well in Tixati.  The throttling features and range of priority adjustments appeal to fussy P2P users, and the download speeds are as fast as Vuze and uTorrent.

The bitfield graphs and 'executive dashboard' display are very professional. This product certainly earns a place amongst the best torrent clients today. Give Tixati a try, and decide if you agree with why so many P2P users like this software.

Transmission-bt Software for Mac

Transmission-bt Downloading Software for Mac
Transmission-bt Downloading Software for Mac. screenshot

Mac users: Transmission-bt software is one of the first tools you should test-drive!  This open-source product is designed specifically for Mac so that it achieves the fastest download speeds possible.  It's not as feature-rich as some of the other PC-based and Linux-based competitors, but it will definitely meet regular user demands and get your torrent files downloaded quickly.

p.s. there is a version for PC Windows machines, too. It's called Transmission-qt.

Deluge Torrent Software

Deluge torrent software
Deluge torrent software. screenshot

Deluge is open source software that runs on Windows, Linux, and Unix. This software is built to be a very 'lightweight' product that uses minimal memory and processor power.  It offers to prioritize if you like to download many files at once.  It also offers selective and scheduled downloading, too, which is invaluable to serious P2P users. users describe that the speeds they get on Deluge are the same or faster than Tixati or BitComet or uTorrent.

uTorrent Software

uTorrent downloading software
uTorrent downloading software. screenshot

Known as both "u-torrent" and "micro torrent", this is one of the most popular client torrent tools today. uTorrent has all the functions a torrent downloader will ever need, and it only requires 1 MB of hard drive space and memory. uTorrent has all the downloading and seeding performance of its competitors, but with minimal impact on the rest of your computer's speed.

Tribler Torrent Software

Tribler torrent software
Tribler torrent software. screenshot

Tribler is special.  It is both a torrent client and a built-in search engine for finding torrents on the Web. If more people use Tribler, this actually circumvents the repeated issue of people's favorite torrent sites being temporarily shut down.  So, if you are very pro-downloading, Tribler actually helps the torrent ecosystem to grow and stay alive.

Boxopus Cloud Torrent Downloader

Boxopus Cloud Torrent Downloader
Boxopus Cloud Torrent Downloader. screenshot

Boxopus is like, a 3rd party cloud downloader.  The service does charge $1.50 to use for a week or $50 for a year.  If you want to integrate with Dropbox, then you'll need to look elsewhere, as Dropbox has blocked Boxopus torrents. But there are some very convenient features here that some readers really rave about.  The price is actually very reasonable if you plan your downloads so that you can use the week-long access to its maximum.

Vuze Software

Vuze Downloading Software
Vuze Downloading Software. screenshot

You can call it 'bloatware', or you can call it 'the Lexus of torrent software': Vuze is a large software product that offers a smorgasbord of features (most of which you may never use). You can play any media in Vuze, including HD videos. You can play music, and run most any media in this product. Apparently, you can also use Vuze to run media on your iPhone, Xbox, or PSP. Vuze is very popular, and you'll want to give Vuze a try for a couple days and decide for yourself if this powerful product fits your style of downloading and viewing media.

BitComet Software

BitComet Torrent Software
BitComet Torrent Software. screenshot

BitComet software is very good but has lost many users to uTorrent, Transmission, Vuze, and Tixati.  If you are a serious downloader who has particular tastes in interfaces, definitely give BitComet a try.  If you are a new user, start with uTorrent or Vuze first. Note that many private torrent sites will ban you for using BitComet, as there is a pervasive belief that BitComet reports incorrect ratio information, and also leaks data to DHT.