November 8, 2008

qBittorrent – a real altanative to utorrrent for the linux*ers?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — yasi8h @ 3:41 pm

I’ve been in the torrenting scene for a while. torrents are a essential part of your Internet lives these days. you cannot ignore it or live without it. its a grate way of sharing large sums of data between people with distributed cost(meaning less cost of distribution for the initial distributor of the data). there are loads of bittorrent clients out there. for windows, linux, OSX… but i always liked the idea of utorrent and what it does as a client. it uses only a minimal amount of your system resources but have a grate deal of options aviliable at the same time. when i first got ADSL i was still an XP user. then i used utorrent. but soon i moved in to ubuntu. and then i switched to azureus. form that day i was looking for the ideal torrent client for linux. i have used a lot of clients till now. azureus needless to say was a major resource hog! it needed about 70-100megs 😛 then there was deluge. i still use it. its all good but the old stable version in the ubuntu repos are lacking some key features i need(i need to be able to set the number of active torrents for downloading and uploading separately). and the new version of the client seems to be a… bit buggy! it behaves weried and i don’t want to use such unstable software.

so i’ve been googling and tring to find out ‘the client’. people seems to sugguest a list of different clients. but when to take them and compare with utorrent deluge, ktorrent and qBittorrent are the ones that end up been close to what utorrent is. i am on ubuntu hence i don’t want to install kde libs, which will be needed if i am going to run ktorrent. so i didn’t try that. but i am pretty sure that its a good client(from what i hear).

anyways i tried this small elegant simple looking client called qbittorent. it have been around for a while. and it have been mentioned in a couple of places(torrentfreak) some time back. but i think it have not got the attention it deserves. it is based on the even popular libtorrent library. so yeah its is really fast 😉 and it written in c++(save a log ram if you compare this to something thats written in java :D). it have a clean and simple UI. and a plenty of features too. i have been using it for about 2 days so far. and all i have to say is that i am in love with it! well done Christophe! you have created the client of my dreams. its gpl’ed so you get that ‘warm fussy feeling’ when you you are using it :). its pretty fast. and have a very small foot print(8-10megs!!! lovely). it have a lot of room for improvement thats for sure but i think it have all the necessary ‘basic’ and not so basic features that we have come to look in a torrent client. its small and have the ‘micro’ look and feel. its gpl’d…. and what else do you want? i think i have found my ideal client.

here are some details about it from it’s home page(

About qBittorrent


The qBittorrent project was created in March 2006 with the idea of developping a new Bittorrent client for Linux (and possibly other systems) that would be easy to use, good looking, featureful but lightweight.

qBittorrent is a Free Software released under the GNU GPL license.

The author is Christophe Dumez, a French student in an engineer school (UTBM), in IT departement.

qBittorrent is based on the great Libtorrent by Arvid Norberg.

qBittorrent features

qBittorrent can now be considered as a good alternative to other bittorrent clients. It provides a lot of features such as:

  • A polished Graphical User Interface written with Qt4 toolkit
  • UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support
  • Encryption support (compatible with Azureus)
  • Multiple simultaneous downloads / uploads
  • Download from RSS streams
  • An integrated search engine
  • DHT (trackerless) support
  • uTorrent Peer eXchange support (PeX)
  • Directory scanning with automated download of torrents inside
  • Good internationalization (~25 languages supported)
  • Selective download of files in a torrent
  • Media File previewing while downloading
  • Torrent trackers edition and prioritizing
  • Seeders / Leechers displayed in download list
  • Styles support
  • Files prioritizing in a torrent
  • Torrent download in correct order
  • System tray integration
  • Tracker authentication support
  • Unicode support
  • Torrent downloading directly from their url
  • Connection though a proxy
  • IP Filtering similar to the one in eMule or PeerGuardian
  • Torrents queueing and prioritizing (new!)
  • Web user interface for remote control (new!)
  • Azureus spoofing to avoid ban (new!)
  • Allow to buy your downloads thanks to Sharemonkey (new!)

so if you are a linux user who have been searching for that ideal client of yours all this time. i higly sugguest giving qBittorent a try. you won’t regret it.


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