The 10 Best Torrent Clients For Windows 10

Torrents and peer-to-peer sharing have a bit of a bad rep on the internet among general consumers and media makers. Sure, torrent sites and P2P file transfers are no doubt used for piracy, malicious intents, and plenty of other harmful and unsafe technologies, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for good. There are several legal uses for torrents and torrent clients that make use of of the speed and efficiency that torrenting can offer a Windows user, all without the legal tightropes people are forced to walk to avoid retribution by copyright holders and legal groups. BitTorrent and other torrent services have been used for game updates and patches, downloading content from the internet archive, grabbing Linux and other free or open-source ISOs, and distributing any large amounts of data in a quick and efficient manner. And this even discounts free and non-copyrighted content, including films like Night of the Living Dead that have been entirely removed from the US Copyright Office. Some artists, most notably Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke, have teamed with BitTorrent in the past to use the service as an online, totally-legal store interface.

Of course, we know that some users are going to be putting torrent clients to work downloading illegal or copyrighted content as well, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t cover some of the best the service has to offer. BitTorrent clients are a dime a dozen, especially on Windows 10, where the software has existed for years. And though a new platform seems to pop up every year or two, our recommendations typically stay the same two or three clients, with some alternate choices depending on your needs or wants. When you’re looking for a torrent client, you want to find something simple and easy-to-use, totally free of ads or unwanted malware, and as small a footprint on your PC as possible.

With these restrictions and ideas in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best in torrent clients on the market for Windows 10 today.

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Tixati

Tixati is another cross-platform BitTorrent client that promises t o be light on your system resources, with standalone and portable versions available for your USB drives if needed. The program is the project of Kevin Hearn, originally published in 2009. Since then, the program's been updated a number of times, with features and system functions that we haven't quite seen in other platforms. Design-wise, we'd be lying if we said Tixati looked good. The design of the app is rather ugly even by the low standards set by torrent clients, a category of application not exactly known for winning any beauty contests. Still, the app is programmed to be lightweight in both size and resources, and it more than accomplishes that, being one of the most efficient apps we tested on this list. Tixati also includes a few other features, including a chat room option complete with private encrypted messaging, an interesting idea for a torrent platform. These channels can be used to share lists of magnet or URL links, along with streaming audio and video media. Finally, despite being a proprietary platform, Tixati promises no spyware or adware in their programs, making it one of the most trusted commercial products on the market. If you're looking for the slimmest application you can find—especially one that supports multiple platforms—this is the client for you.

Transmission

Transmission has long been one of our favorite Mac and Linux torrent clients, with a lightweight and simple interface and footprint. It's sister-product, Transmission QT, has been developed for Windows for sometime, and while it's not quite as fully-featured as what we've seen on Mac and Linux products, Transmission is a good torrent client that's worth looking into. It was one of the first clients to add broad support for magnet URIs, as well as support for file creation compatible with both Vuze and uTorrent, two major players in the torrent client game. The app focuses on using as few resources as it can, and keeping things as simple and straightforward as possible. Unfortunately, there's a couple reasons we can't give Transmission our full recommendation. First, the QT platform just isn't as advances as applications like qBittorrent; in general, we like the functionality and features of apps like that and Deluge more. Second, in 2016, MacOS-versions of Transmission were infected with a ransomware application that encrypted and held user files ransom, only unlocking if about $400 were transferred to the attacker's account. Though this isn't Transmission's fault, we still have a difficult time giving this app our full recommendation following the attacks on their website and .DMG server.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent is effectively the original torrent client, originally developed to support uploading and download files using the BitTorrent protocol, still used today by most torrent sites. First released over fifteen years ago in 2001, BitTorrent as a client has someone of a hazy history. Though originally considered one of the better torrent clients you could download for Windows for many years, eventually, with the release of version 6.0, the client effectively became a reskinned version of uTorrent, another highly-popular and commercial torrent client on the market. As such, BitTorrent is no longer considered open-source, and there are some payment options here for users to select from. The free BitTorrent client includes normal download speeds with auto bandwidth management and included ads; an ad-free subscription costs $4.95 a year and removes ads from the app. For $19.99, you receive BitTorrent Pro, a premium version that nets you "protection from viruses and malware," a customer support line, the ability to stream torrents instantly, and the ability to convert downloads to different file formats. While these are interesting ideas, they can also be done with other apps for free, without the cost of a $19.99 per year membership fee. Outside of these features, BitTorrent is a pretty standard torrent application. It has a solid design and a great color pallette, but it just isn't worth paying for—or putting up with ads, for that matter.

Vuze

Vuze began life as a torrenting client called Azureus, and while the platform allowed users to download data, files, and other content linked to the torrent files we've come to know today, Vuze originally also allowed users to view and share content in both DVD and HD quality, presented through channels containing files like TV shows, movies, games, and other assorted media. In 2006, the program was rebranded by Vuze, designed to be seen as a social client rather than a torrenting client. Like BitTorrent or uTorrent, Vuze has both free and premium tiers, called Vuze+, available for $29.90 upfront. While the free version allows for access to torrent bundles, media playback, magnet link support, remote control through Vuze's mobile app, and access to a plugin library for customization, it's the premium version that removes ads, allows you to stream media during a download, includes a built-in antivirus protection, and more. Vuze is considered to be adware due to its inclusion of a Vuze-branded toolbar, so while the software might have a long history of torrent support for years, we do suggest steering clear of Vuze and going for an ad-free experience, like the ones provided by qBittorrent and Deluge.

BitComet

BitComet is another classic application dating back to the early oughts, and not without its fair share of controversies and criticisms as well. The app isn't the prettiest or slimmest torrent client available on the market today, but it is a step up from some of the other apps on our list. The app has a few features other platforms don't offer, including the option to download the first and last portions of each media file so you can preview the contents before finishing download. There's an embedded Internet Explorer window on Windows platforms that allows you to search for torrents right within the app itself, though in the era of magnet URIs, this isn't quite as useful a feature as it was six or seven years ago. A built-in video player also allows you to view Flash video files. There have been some controversies over BitComet as a platform, including some legal issues with host site FileHippo last decade, though overall, BitComet is a dependable service that, despite a busy interface, is great for downloading content quickly through your torrent and magnet URIs.

BitLord

BitLord represents another ad-supported, proprietary torrent client that is available for both Windows and MacOS platforms. Originally released in 2003, BitLord spawned from the aforementioned BitComet, and includes a number of features we haven't seen in other platforms, including an embedded VLC player for watching videos within the app, subtitle support using an API from opensubtitles.org, and a built-in torrent search engine, along with some added abilities like a comment system for reading and writing comments on various torrents you're downloading at any moment and a torrent RSS reader that allows you to follow some of your favorite sites. Perhaps the coolest feature included here: the ability to use Airplay to watch torrents on your Apple TV while downloading content straight from a source. Unfortunately, it's closed-source status and the inclusion of ads make it a difficult proposition to download over apps like qBittorrent or Deluge, which offer less features but in an open-source state and without any advertisements included. Still, we're fans of BitLord, an application that seems to be intent on adding cool features that we don't see in many other apps. If you're looking for something a little different in your torrent client, check this one out.

Halite BitTorrent Client

Halite is a super-lightweight, super barebones torrent client that comes with all of the programs and features you'd expect a modern torrent client to include, including a managed torrent queue system, magnet URI support, super-seeding, and the ability to create torrent files within the app. Halite has a clean, basic look that doesn't appear out of place within a standard Windows 10 environment, with a standard queue list that shows progress, download and upload speeds, seeds, and an ETA for the finished application. The bottom of the program features support for display torrent information like trackers, peers, remaining data, and the ability to change your transfer rates on a per-torrent basis—pretty cool stuff, overall. The app is open-source, with the code available for download from GitHub, and while it's unfortunate that the program hasn't seen an update since December of 2015, it's robust enough to function as your primary torrent client. Still, without a confirmed feature for upgrades and no promise of support down the line, it's hard to give this program the full recommend over other items on this list. It's a good application, though—good enough, in fact, that we're very hopeful to see an upgrade continuation to a version 0.5 sometime in the future.

uTorrent

Though uTorrent was once at the top of our—and many others'—lists, it's become a harder program to recommend over time due to its now-overabundance of advertisements. The program was originally developed to be a lightweight and easy-to-use torrent client, with its tagline reading "a (very) tiny BitTorrent client." While the client is certainly still lightweight, other open-source applications like Deluge have, over the years, eroded at uTorrent's mindshare of the market. In 2010, uTorrent began including a Conduit Engine toolbar within its download utility, along with making the homepage and default search engine Conduit without consent. In 2011, uTorrent began including the Bing toolbar instead, before announcing a paid version of the application titled uTorrent Plus. Even worse, in 2012 (starting with uTorrent version 3.2.2), users began to see advertisements, along with "featured torrents" within the app, and while these could be disabled, for some users, this was the final straw. For many others, uTorrent became unusable in March of 2015 when the program began bundling another application titled "Epic Scale," which mines cryptocurrencies called "Litecoin" in the background of your computer and gives that money to BitTorrent. Though this program has since been discontinued from being bundled with the software, uTorrent still represents a difficult recommendation in the face of qBittorrent, Deluge, and even other paid apps like BitTorrent or Vuze.

Posted by Jamie on July 30, 2017

3 thoughts on “The 10 Best Torrent Clients For Windows 10”

sal says:
Your download link for Vuze actually links to Tixati download
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Alvaro Frederico Ramos Pompeia says:
I used utorrent but now it is unsafe. I try Qbittorrent and I don1t know what happens, it becomes poor on downloading time. I did it before with utorrent and after look the video I deleted it. My son tell me he want to see and I use the same torrent I used with utorrent. With it the 800mb was loaded in 4 minutes. When I did again with qbittorrent it takes 3 hours and a half. I change to deluge but it lets all files in a wait status. I do not see a easy way to select only the files I want, set the place to download in a different folder and a lot of downloads showing “error”. Now I will try tiatxi. English is not my native language so sorry by the mistakes.
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Hardy says:
I stick with uTiorrent 2.2.1 version, and don’t upgrade. It work fine for me.
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NeedingInfo says:
Thanks for the list. Even coming here very late this tops several queries and is just what I need, except… Before I go trying out everything I thought I’d ask. I installed BitComet, it’s eMule (no idea how to use) Plugin, and even a Windows Store torrent app but they lack one important thing and don’t even address it as far as I could see. The IP Block list. I actually used the original Napster in the day and on that point I know the basic protocol operation but I used P2P so little and so much in that area popped up so fast that, with other requirements in life, I never learned anything more. I’ve been fortunate for the few periods over the years that I used P2P to find great software with built-in, auto update, ip filter lists, even on smartphones. When you open and read the file as text you find many places not desireable to be connecting with, if you know what I mean. Also, a person may not want, know how, or be able to use a vpn. My opinion, therefore, is that clients w/o at least a manual ability to add an IP filter is nothing but dangerous waste. However, which clients do or don’t have that feature is something I’m finding very difficult to find by search engines. Is there any way you could please address that particular feature regarding all possible solutions you recommend? Additionally, a backward view towards Win7 on the same info would be great as would a cross-platform list covering at least Linux, Win7, and Winblows 10, of course, keeping the IP filter option in mind? Regardless, thank you for your time and efforts.
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