ZBIGZ Review

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Screenshot of the ZBIGZ online torrent client
ZBIGZ.

ZBIGZ is a free torrent client that runs in a web browser, which means no software download is needed.

Although ZBIGZ is ad supported, it lets you resume paused downloads, helps protect your privacy, and includes a built-in search to find torrents.

What we like

  • No software download necessary

  • No registration required

  • No need to upload/share/seed any files

  • Supports resumed downloads

  • Protects privacy with a hidden IP address

  • Can download files in bulk

  • Includes a built-in torrent search engine

What we don't like

  • Ad supported

  • Torrents aren't cached unless you're actively using the website

  • Restricts download size and speed

How to Use ZBIGZ

ZBIGZ is a little different than a regular torrent client because it's not actual software. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use Zbigz.

  1. Once you're logged in, paste a torrent link, upload a .torrent file, or enter a magnet link into the text area and then click the GO! button. ZBIGZ will start caching the torrent so you can download the files. 

  2. To download a torrent file, use the arrow next to the Download button and choose Copy link.

  3. Copy the link when you see it and then paste it into the address bar in your browser to immediately start the download. If it's a media file you're downloading, you can use Play instead to open the file online without having to download it first.

Limitations

ZBIGZ users are restricted in numerous ways, which certainly separate it from a regular torrent client.

The maximum size of any torrent can only be 1 GB. This means the sum of every file size that's in the torrent must be at or below 1 GB. Anything above will be rejected by ZBIGZ.

Download speeds with ZBIGZ cap out at 150 KB/s, which is much slower than with regular, downloadable torrent clients. Desktop torrent programs typically have no download restrictions apart from that which is set by the speed of your internet connection.

Free users can only download up to two torrents at the same time using ZBIGZ, which, again, is a huge restriction you won't find in most other free torrent clients.

If you create a free account on ZBIGZ, your torrent files will stay on your account for seven days. This means after you've added a torrent and it's ready for you to download the files, you have one week from that day before your files expire and are removed.

These restrictions, and others like not being able to copy the torrent files to your Google Drive account, are lifted if you pay for the premium version.

My Thoughts on ZBIGZ

I have conflicting thoughts about ZBIGZ, but I do find myself using it often.

I like that you don't need to download anything and all the torrents you add to your account are accessible from any browser. Also, you can choose to receive emails when torrents are cached, which is a nice feature for when you're away from your computer.

However, the awfully slow download speeds are extremely obvious. When you download any other file on the Internet, you are used to a regular speed, and ZBIGZ is much slower.

Some ISPs throttle, or control, torrent traffic. ZBIGZ isn't torrent traffic from your ISPs perspective, so because it runs like any other HTTP download, your ISP is less likely to limit it's bandwidth. So if your service provider is restricting your access to the BitTorrent network, an online torrent client like ZBIGZ may actually be one of your only remaining options to download torrents.

Though the limitations I mentioned above are pretty extreme, ZBIGZ is still valuable because it's entirely online and won't be controlled by most ISPs.