Reviews Of The Linux Torrent Clients

Bittorrent is the clear leader when it comes to efficiently distributing large files online. Just about any media site or Linux distribution offers files as torrents, and there are several options when it comes to the client you use to download those files. So many, in fact, that it can quickly become overwhelming when you attempt to find the “best” one. As with most software, “best” can mean different things for different people. Today we’ll round up X of the top clients for Linux and compare features to help you decide the right one for you.

1. Transmission

As a baseline for comparison, we’ll start with Transmission, the default client in Ubuntu. It’s reasonably fast and powerful, but it does not include some of the fancier features like web content browsing or support for non-torrent filesharing. If you don’t need anything fancy, Transmission gets the job done.

torrentclients-trans

  • DHT Support: Yes
  • Magnet Support: Yes
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: Yes
  • CLI Client: Yes
  • Web Content: No

2. KTorrent

As the name implies, KTorrent is a Bittorrent client for KDE. We’ve covered it in detail previously, as it’s a very capable client, and one of the few that include browseable web content. In this case, there’s a small browser window inside the program and a search box to go with it. A particular useful feature of KTorrent is that instead of manually prioritizing files as High, Medium, Low, you can put them in a simple list of the order you’d like them to download.

torrentclients-ktorrent

  • DHT Support: Yes
  • Magnet Support: Yes
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: Yes
  • CLI Client: Yes
  • Web Content: Yes

3. BitTornado

While apparently no longer under active development, BitTornado is a very simple, lightweight client for CLI and GUI that can still get your files fast. It’s missing some of the fancier features of newer clients, but its speed and small footprint keep it a good option for many.

torrentclients-tornado

  • DHT Support: No
  • Magnet Support: No
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: No
  • CLI Client: No
  • Web Content: No

4. OneSwarm

OneSwarm fills a particular niche in the world of torrent clients. It emphasizes the use of the OneSwarm network of peers instead of the standard torrent model. With it, you can create encrypted connections to people of your choice to browse and share files securely. It’s built on Azureus so it remains a perfectly capable torrent client as well. We’ve covered this useful application before and it remains a favorite.

torrentclients-oneswarm

  • DHT Support: Yes
  • Magnet Support: Yes
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: Yes
  • Web Content: No

5. Deluge

Deluge is a very lightweight and flexible torrent client. It’s intended to blend in with any desktop scheme and generally stay out of your way. Deluge makes a great option for those who want all the power of a full-featured torrent client without unnecessary bells & whistles.

torrentclients-deluge

  • DHT Support: Yes
  • Magnet Support: Yes
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: Yes
  • CLI Client: Yes
  • Web Content: No

6. FrostWire

To add in a little bit of Gnutella P2P with our torrents, we’ve got Frostwire. It’s open source and built on Limewire so you have access to Gnutella search as well as torrents. This is another one that we’ve checked out in detail previously and it still stands out as a great tool to handle two of the most popular sharing mediums simultaneously and seamlessly.

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  • DHT Support: Yes
  • Magnet Support: Yes
  • Torrent Prioritizing: Yes
  • File Prioritizing: Yes
  • Web Client: No
  • CLI Client: No
  • Web Content: Yes

7. Vuze

Vuze is a powerful bittorent client cum media player that allows you to search, browse, download, share torrents and playback media files. It has a great library of HD stuffs that you can download for free. We have also covered it previously in great detail. Feature-wise, it is one of the powerhouse, but it does take up lot of memory and system resources which doesn’t make it suitable for old machine.

vuze

These examples are some of the best among the dozens of clients out there. If there’s a quality client you’d like to see on the list, let us know in the comments.

14 comments

  1. I have recently rediscovered Miro (http://www.getmiro.com/). I was impressed with the way it manages torrents and have the downloaded file accessible within Miro to play. It is available in the repositories of Ubuntu and I presume also of other Linux distributions. .

  2. I think you forgot one of the best clients for linux: qbittorrent. It's extremely stable and fast.

  3. i have been using rtorrent for a long time now – its always been great – but more recently its feature set is lacking compared more cutting edge clients. regardless, with screen, libnotify and a good config rtorrent makes up for it by being a righteous invisible client.

  4. you forgot to mention which ones have a build in ipfilter capability .
    transmission
    deluge
    ktorrent
    vuze
    for the others im not sure

  5. Nice reviews, but you missed at least qbittorrent, Opera and rtorrent.

    Thanks!

  6. Deluge was my favourite, before I discovered joy of qBitorrent

  7. I like Deluge its give me all information about what happened

  8. I've used many clients, but have never heard of any of these. I must be getting old or something, hehe.

  9. there will be soon utorrent linux version

  10. qbittorrent is the best client, I found it efficient, lightweight, more than ktorrent and vuze (java is too heavy). With qbittorrent you can add more trackers in a very simple way because it search for them on www.torrentz.com or add your own list at once.

  11. For those who don’t want to flood your screen with the client window and don’t want to look at all the unwanted/unnecessary info, try SKDownloader. It is also java based available for basically any platform supporting java. What I like is it’s minimalistic interface and the “One click download” functionality :).
    http://www.toolsbysk.com/skdownloader

  12. Me too like SKDownlaoder. I use it on my Fedora box :)

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