10 Best Torrent Downloader Software Tools

Dedicated torrent downloaders for your torrent files

Keyboard with big green Download key
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You can't just download torrents like you do other types of files. Instead, you need a dedicated torrent downloader — also called a torrent client — a special kind of program that downloads the actual movie and music files that the torrent file is pointing to. These 10 torrent clients are among the best available. Each one has a unique set of features, strengths, and weaknesses. Take a look, and discover the right torrent client for you.

Before you pick a torrent site to download from, make sure you have updated anti-malware protection and a solid VPN service running.

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Bitport.io

Screenshot of the Bitport.io website loading a torrent

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What We Like

  • No setup on your computer

  • Simple pricing model

What We Don't Like

  • Limitations on file storage and number of downloads

Bitport.io is an excellent torrent client service based in the Czech Republic.

This cloud torrent service does not require an install on your computer! Instead, you log into your online account 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 1 GB of storage. You can subscribe to get more storage and unlimited transfer speeds.

Bitport is an excellent service, and considering the risks that they incur, the small $5, $10, or $15 monthly fee is an excellent value.

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Tixati

Tixati screenshot
Tixati software for torrent downloading.

https://www.tixati.com/

What We Like

  • Cross platform

  • No ads

  • Powerful features

What We Don't Like

  • Interface looks a bit dated

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, meaning magnet links, PEX, and DHT swarming work very well in Tixati.

The throttling features and range of priority adjustments appeal to fussy P2P users, plus 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 among the best torrent clients today.

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Transmission

Screenshot of the Transmission torrent client

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What We Like

  • Open source

  • Cross platform

  • Simple and straightforward

What We Don't Like

  • Feature set might be too limited for some

Transmission is a no-nonsense torrent client for Windows, Mac and Linux.

This open-source product is designed to work quickly and efficiently out-of-the-box without the need for messy configurations or low level tweaks. Transmission is the default torrent client that ships with Ubuntu and plenty of other Linux distributions for just that reason.

With a simple interface and none of the limitations imposed by freeware clients, you can install Transmission on any computer and get started right away.

Transmission is available in most Linux distribution repositories.

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Deluge Torrent Software

Deluge torrent software screenshot
Deluge torrent software.

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What We Like

  • Open source

  • Cross platform

  • Lightweight and speedy

  • Awesome client/server option

What We Don't Like

  • Configuration can be complex

Deluge is another great open source torrent client Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This this client is designed to be lightweight, using minimal CPU and memory resources on your system. It offers prioritization features, as well as selective and scheduled downloading, which is invaluable to serious P2P users.

Deluge offers a unique client/server configuration option that lets you set up a dedicated "torrent server" on one device, even something as small as a Raspberry Pi, and access it over your network from another computer. That kind of flexibility opens worlds of new possibilities.

Deluge is available in most Linux distribution repositories.

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uTorrent

uTorrent downloading software screenshot
uTorrent downloading software.

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What We Like

  • Feature rich

  • Fast and lightweight

What We Don't Like

  • Primarily focused on Windows

Known as both "u-torrent" and "micro torrent", this is one of the most popular client-based torrent clients out there.

uTorrent has all the functions a great torrent client will ever need, and it only requires minimal hard drive space. This one is certainly built for speed.

uTorrent comes in a few variants. There's the classic client that's available both in free and pro versions. Don't worry about ads in the free one, either. The pro version just comes with additional features, like a built-in virus scanner. The latest version is uTorrent Web, which allows you to stream and view content from your torrents while you're downloading them.

The Linux version of uTorrent is severely outdated.

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Tribler

Tribler torrent software screenshot
Tribler torrent software.

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What We Like

  • Open source

  • Cross platform

  • Built-in search

  • Innovative security features

What We Don't Like

  • Some features aren't mature

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.

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Boxopus

Screenshot of the Boxopus online torrent client

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What We Like

  • No setup

  • Use your own cloud storage

What We Don't Like

  • Finish your downloads before your sub ends, or lose them

Boxopus, like bitport.io, is a cloud-based torrent downloader.

Conveniently, Boxopus can store your torrents in your Google Drive or Box accounts.

Subscription plans are; $1.50 per week, $14.50 per month, or $50 per year, all USD. While that 7-day price might sound expensive, it's actually very reasonable if you plan your downloads so that you can use the week-long access to its maximum.

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Vuze

Screenshot of the Vuze torrent client

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What We Like

  • Tons of features

  • Powerful

What We Don't Like

  • Ads

  • Yearly subscription for "Plus"

You can call it bloatware, or you can call it the Lexus of torrent downloaders! 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 on 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.

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BitComet

screenshot of BitComet Torrent Software
BitComet Torrent Software.

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What We Like

  • Great options

  • Loads of features and configuration

What We Don't Like

  • Dated feel

  • Banned by some sites

BitComet used to be a favorite client among torrent fans, but it 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.

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.

10
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qBittorrent

qBittorrent

What We Like

  • Open source

  • Cross platform

  • Excellent balance of features and simplicity

What We Don't Like

  • Might not look great, depending on your system

qBittorrent is widely regarded as one of the best multi-platform torrent clients available and for good reason. qBittorrent strikes a wonderful balance between providing as many useful tools and features as possible and remaining light weight and simple. qBittorrent features some fantastic security options as well including encryption and the ability to limit your torrent activity to a single interface, i.e. your VPN.

Linux packages are available on most distributions.