If you’re looking for a torrent client for Windows 10, I have tried and tested ten of the best. I have installed, used and evaluated all of them and have made sure they do exactly what you need them to do.
Despite what the media and copyright holders would have you believe, bit torrent isn’t the cause of all of the entertainment industry’s woes. It is merely a protocol for sharing large files. Often, completely legitimate, legal large files between copyright owners themselves. Bit torrent does not equal piracy and using the protocol does not mean you are a pirate.
Always use a VPN when downloading from bit torrent and if you use a third party firewall such as Comodo, configure a VPN kill switch to automatically stop downloads if your VPN goes down. Google is your friend here but we may write an article on it at a later date too.
So in no particular order are what I think are the ten best torrent clients for Windows 10.
qBittorrent gets the balance between simplicity and complexity just right. It doesn’t use many resources yet has all the features you need to download files and manage them effectively. It is stable, has its own torrent search engine, media player and file manager built in. It also has encryption to protect files as they are in the ether.
If you remember when uTorrent was safe and easy to use, qBittorrent will remind you of it.
Deluge is an open source bit torrent client that plays nicely with Windows 10. It is also one of my torrent clients of choice. It’s fully features with encryption, DHT, a search engine and plug-in capability for even more features. It can use peer exchange and magnet links, RSS, schedule bandwidth use and more.
The interface is simple, easy to get to grips with and is another reminder of when uTorrent was good to use. However, like qBittorrent, stands on its own feet as a very capable piece of software.
Tixati is the bit torrent client I use most often. It is small, light on resources and very competent. Written in C++, it comes in an installed or portable version too. It can handle trackerless torrent swarming, magnet links, DHT, encryption, file management, port management and a whole lot more.
While the interface is basic compared to Deluge, it works well and only takes a couple of seconds to download and run a magnet link. This no-fuss operation is why it makes this list of the ten best torrent clients for Windows 10.
4. Transmission-Qt Win
Transmission-Qt Win is based on one of the oldest and most established bit torrent clients out there. It began life as a Mac client Transmission before having this Windows version created for the rest of us. It is a port, but a good one. It has all the features we need, including file management, magnet link and DHT compatibility and more.
The interface is different, doing away with a lot of the options of pure Windows apps but downloading a magnet link is simple and takes a couple of seconds to set up. It does have a memory leak though, so be aware that it might hog resources on larger files.
5. BitTorrent Free
BitTorrent Free is run by BitTorrent, the company behind the protocol. They own both this app and uTorrent but the two are very different. For one, BitTorrent Free isn’t full of adware and is much more widely accepted. For another, it is easy to use, works well, can interact with swarms, magnet links and the usual protocols, has a simple interface and is quite efficient.
I didn’t get on with this app quite as well as the others, but your mileage may vary.
Vuze is more of an all-in-one app that is more about features than being light on resources. It uses its own search engine, media player, torrent subscription engine, file management and more. It’s much more substantial than the other torrent clients here but can do more too. If you’re looking for a do-it-all app to manage torrents and files, Vuze could be it.
If you remember Azureus, Vuze is its replacement. There is a paid for version as well as a free version that offers more features should you require them.
7. Vuze Leap
If you like the look and feel of Vuze but don’t want all the bells and whistles, try Vuze Leap. It’s a lighter version of the same bit torrent client but with fewer features and resource overheads. It has a simple interface with three tabs, can manage magnet links, files, bandwidth and the usual but in a much smaller app.
Vuze Leap is very simple and doesn’t have many of the configuration options of other bit torrent clients, but is great for such a lightweight app.
BitComet is a useful torrent client for Windows 10 in that it can handle torrents very well but can also handle FTP and HTTP downloads too. If you use a variety of protocols and want one app to handle them all, this could be it. It is as much a download manager as a bit torrent client and works credibly well.
The interface isn’t as nice to look at as some of the others but everything is where you expect it to be and works as you would expect it to work.
BitLord is another torrent client that aims for simplicity over features and does it well. It is also another client that doesn’t have the best looking interface in the world but performs well despite that. It can handle the usual swarms, DHT, magnet links, files, bandwidth and the like and do it without hogging system resources.
If you want a simple, no-nonsense bit torrent client for Windows 10, BitLord is definitely one to try.
Halite BitTorrent Client
Halite BitTorrent Client is another app that prefers function over form. It’s a simple app that eschews features for functionality and is lightweight and easy to use as a result. While the name isn’t exactly catchy, the app is. It has a simple interface that is easy to use, can handle magnet links, files, queuing and all the usual bit torrent tools.
This is another C++ app that is very resource efficient and can work in the background without any fuss.