uTorrent Review

A look at uTorrent, one of the best free torrent client programs

uTorrent is a popular torrent program that tops the list of best free torrent client software for good reasons.

The RSS Downloader and remote web interface are excellent features in uTorrent. Let your favorite RSS items download automatically and control the uTorrent program from any web browser.

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Pros:

  • Small setup file
  • Can create your own .torrent file
  • Option to hibernate/standby/reboot/shutdown when a torrent is finished downloading
  • Works with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • Can be installed on Android mobile devices
  • Start, monitor, and stop torrents remotely from a browser
  • Automatically download torrents from an RSS feed
  • Schedule upload/download speed caps for certain times and days

Cons:

  • Includes advertisements
  • Unable to search for new torrents from inside the program (must use an internet browser)
  • May try to install more software during setup

uTorrent's RSS Downloader

Because uTorrent's RSS downloader is such a useful feature, it's important to understand how to set it up and use it correctly.

This feature works best with recurring files such as TV shows, which normally are released on a scheduled basis.

  1. Go to File > Add RSS Feed

  2. Enter the URL of the torrent feed in the window prompt.

  3. Choose Automatically download all items published in feed to ensure newly updated feed items are downloaded with uTorrent.

  4. Select OK to save the feed and display all items contained within it.

  5. Right-click the RSS feed from the side panel in uTorrent (from within the Feeds menu) and select RSS Downloader to configure these filter options:

    • Filter: This section includes the name of the item you wish to download. It should have a common name that can be found in each new feed item, such as the name of a TV show.
    • Not: Enter text to exclude certain keywords from a feed. For instance, exclude previous years' episodes if you only want episodes from a current season.
    • Save in: Choose where to save the downloads from the feed.
    • Feed: Because the RSS Downloader settings allow filters for multiple feeds, select the feed to which you want to apply the filtering options.
    • Quality: Specify the quality of the feed item. If you wish to download only 1080p TV shows, choose that option.
    • Episode Number: This should be defined so you're not downloading TV shows you already have. Enter numbers for this filter in this form: SeasonXEpisode-Episode. For example, 02X01-20 downloads episodes 1-20 of season 2.
    • Minimum interval: Select how often uTorrent is allowed to download items from the feed. If you choose 1 week, uTorrent won't download a matched feed item for at least a week.
    • Label for new torrents: Input a label so the downloads have a consistent name.
  6. uTorrent should now be fully configured to download RSS items such as TV shows automatically.

uTorrent Considerations

uTorrent in Windows 8

uTorrent is popular for a reason: it's a great torrent client. uTorrent doesn't hog system resources and runs smoothly.

uTorrent is easy to use. For example, if you're in the middle of downloading files and realize your network bandwidth is being almost entirely consumed by uTorrent, quickly right-click the icon in the notification center and change the download or upload speed limit to something less extreme, or even pause everything.

uTorrent's RSS downloader and remote-management feature are excellent tools, as is its Scheduler option, available from Settings, which defines bandwidth caps for specific days and time of day. Crank up the allocated bandwidth uTorrent can use during hours when you're away and lessen it when you're likely to be on your computer. This is very helpful if you're on a regular schedule and don't want your other internet activities to suffer because of uTorrent.