Everyone has torrented programs or some kind of file in their lives. There’s a little shame in admitting to that. It’s a little known fact that people tend to hide to avoid getting into trouble. While it might have considered being illegal, there are ways to use torrenting programs legally without or the issues and viruses that could bring to its knees… literally. So, in this list, we gather some of the best uTorrent alternatives that you can use to download torrents.
Everybody who has Torrented before will surely have their favorite programs but it never hurts to search for alternatives. This is handy if something happens to the program you are currently using like it dies or something happens to it.
When using torrent programs, you need to be very careful not to infect your computer with viruses and be wary of AdWare which can be declined but they could also be more harmful to your computer then what it can help.
In this article, we will be talking about the best uTorrent program alternatives which will satisfy any person that wishes to torrent in a safe manner or wants to change the way they use torrents. So, without further ado, here is a list of the best uTorrent alternatives.
The program that is highly recommended for torrenting is qBitorrent. The program was created as a replacement for uTorrent which is highly popular with a lot of people that torrent. The app is an open-source program, is free, and doesn’t allow ads of any kind.
The interface of qBitorrent is simple enough to understand which is great as it does not have many menus that you have to search and navigate. The interface allows you do all the things you would do in other torrent programs which would include:
- Searching for torrents
- Adding filters to searches
- Control of the program’s bandwidth
- Viewing of real-time statistics
- Controlling Ports
What users of uTorrent will be glad of is that the same source code was used in the creation of qBittorrent. The users of uTorrent will have a very similar user experience with qBitorrent so they will not have to learn the program from scratch. However, the program lacks all of the advanced tools and is great for the average user or someone who is just starting out in Torrenting.
The app is free to download and install and is compatible with Windows operating systems XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 as well as Mac operating systems Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. The program will also work on Linux, OS/2, and FreeBSD.
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While qBitorrent is a great alternative to uTorrent, there is another that stands up and takes charge and it is called Deluge. It also comes from the same BitTorrent code as some of the other torrent programs.
Deluge does not have quite as many features as qBitorrent or that of uTorrent but it does come with plugin support for additional plugins.
Plugins can be downloaded from the official Deluge website. The plugins will help create just a little bit of functionality. Using these plugins will help you create the program with functions you will actually be willing to use.
Downloadable functions include:
- Bandwidth Control
- Peer Exchange
- Speed Limit
- Password Protection
There are also plugins that are already in the program that you can use to your advantage. These include:
- Web Interface
The app, much like qBitorrent is free to download and runs on Windows operating systems XP, 7, 8, and 8.1 as well as Mac operating systems Lion, Mountain, Mavericks, and Yosemite. The app is also compatible with Linux and FreeBSD.
A lot of people have used Vuze to torrent. It is very different from other torrent programs and is a closed source program. There is a catch that comes with the program. The installation comes with the addition of adware. There are also ads inside the interface so it might be best to buy a premium version of Vuze known as Vuze Plus to get the extra features and ad removal though none of this is actually mandatory.
The reason why Vuze was added to this little list was because of the great features that are aimed specifically at the more advanced users.
While the program comes with both basic and advanced features such as:
- Bandwidth Control
- RSS Subscription
- Plugin Support
- And Much, Much More
Vuze is very heavy and complex and can a bit hard to maneuver for beginner torrent users and that of the older PCs that the program might be installed on.
There is also a sister program called Vuze Leap which is basically a lighter version of the main program which allows:
- Searching for torrents
- Playing media files
- Downloading files
This version of the program is perfect for using the program on older computers and for beginner users and that of advanced users.
There are, however, things that you as the downloader will need to consider before you actually download the program.
Be sure to choose the custom install and uncheck any offers that are in the installer as these might cause viruses.
While using the program, there might be a chance that you will be asked to install extra programs for supposed ‘better performance’ so be very careful about what you choose.
Be sure to click the tiny little plus or cross button within the program to close any ads that might appear.
For the pro version of the app, it is only $29.90 per year while it is free to download the ‘basic’ version of the program.
The program is compatible with Windows operating systems XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 Mac operating systems Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite, the Linux operating system, and that of Android.
Want to try something totally new? Tixati is your ticket to a brand new torrent experience. It does not have crapware and best of all, it does not have ads.
Tixati is a free program and is a close sourced with options for beginner users as well as advanced users. The interface is very different to anything else you might expect from a torrent program. The appearance of the interface within the program is shown to be very clean to look at.
The program uses charts and data comes into the program in real-time. The program is still complex for any torrent users who are not tech-savvy.
Tixati is best known for the feature that has been dubbed as ‘channels’. With this feature, the user can add different channels that have already got what are known as ‘seeders’ and ‘peers’ to share files within the program.
Some of the features of the application include:
- Chatting with peers
- Staying up-to-date with the app’s statistics
- Search Filters
- Bandwidth control
- Searching for Torrents
The app is free to download and is compatible with Windows Operating systems XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Mac OSX Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, and the Linux operating system.
Are you a Linux user? Or maybe, you’re a Mac user? Whatever the case, perhaps you would like a very special torrent program known as Transmission which was made exclusively for Mac and Linux.
The program can be used on Windows but it will need to be downloaded and installed from a third-party website and the program has been tweaked for it be used on the Windows operating systems.
The program is open-sourced and does not contain any ads or crapware.
The program has very few menus so the interface is relatively easy to navigate which a few hidden features inside.
Some of the known features include:
- Support for web-seed
- A web interface
- A peer exchange
- Tracker editing
- Speed controls
Most people will love this torrent program as it is very clean and is a somewhat rich client for torrenting on Linux and Mac operating systems.
Ubuntu is built into the program as a default manager for the torrents.
Transmission is free to download and officially is supported by Linux operating systems as well as Mac operating systems Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite while it is unofficially supported on Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
BitTorrent was created by BitTorrent, Inc which in turn is owned by uTorrent. As long as you don’t have a problem with using uTorrent or that of BitTorrent you should be okay.
The app has a search engine that is different to that in its sister program uTorrent. BitTorrent will search for everything with a series of keywords or a single keyword while uTorrent will give you the option to use filters and other sources.
While you can’t create torrents in uTorrent there is a feature to do this in BitTorrent so if you have something you would like to share with the world in the form of a file you can do so with BitTorrent. If you use uTorrent and think that BitTorrent is the way to go, then we aren’t going to stop you. So basically, ditch uTorrent and download BitTorrent.
Like many of the other programs in this article, this program is free to download and install but if you want the more advanced version, the Pro version will cost you about $19.95 give or take.
Once again, like it fellow torrent programs, BitTorrent is compatible with Windows Operating systems XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, along with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite for Mac OS, Android, FreeBSD, Linux, and iOS for Apple portable devices.
There you have it. You wanted a simple list of Torrent alternatives, we gave you one. There are many other programs for Torrenting out there but these are just some of our overall favorites. If you have any others that you believe are worthy of our attention, be sure to comment for drop us a line in an email.