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 to make sure they do exactly what you need them to do.
Despite what the media and many copyright holders would have you believe, torrenting isn’t the cause of all of the entertainment industry’s woes. It’s not inherently criminal. It’s just a protocol for sharing large files over the internet–often completely legitimate, legal large files between copyright owners themselves. BitTorrent does not equal piracy, and using the protocol does not mean you are a pirate. (Of course, you can use BitTorrent to share big media files, like movies, and that’s where the protocol gets its shady reputation.)
Always use a VPN when downloading from BitTorrent. If you use a third party firewall such as Comodo, configure a VPN kill switch to automatically stop downloads if your VPN goes down. If you need to figure out how to set up a VPN, Google is your friend–though we’ve also put together an article on setting up a VPN in Windows 10.
In no particular order, here are what I think are the ten best torrent clients for Windows 10.
qBittorrent strikes just the right balance between simplicity and complexity. It doesn’t use many resources, yet it has all the features you need to download files and manage them effectively. It is stable, and it has its own torrent search engine, media player, and file manager built in. It also has encryption to protect your files while they are out in the ether.
If you remember back when uTorrent was safe and easy to use, qBittorrent will remind you of that.
Deluge is an open source BitTorrent client that plays nicely with Windows 10. It is also one of my torrent clients. It’s more than fully featured with encryption, DHT, a search engine, and plug-in capability. It can also use peer exchange and magnet links, RSS, schedule bandwidth use, and more.
The interface is simple and easy to grasp, making it another reminder of when uTorrent was good to use. However, like qBittorrent, Deluge stands on its own feet as a very capable piece of software.
Tixati is the BitTorrent client that 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, Tixati works well and you can get started quickly: it only takes a couple of seconds to download Tixati and run a magnet link. This no-fuss operation is why it makes my 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 BitTorrent clients out there. It began life as a Mac client called Transmission before the developers created this Windows version for the rest of us. That means it is a port, but it’s a good one. It has all the features we need, including file management, magnet link and DHT compatibility, and more.
In keeping with its Mac origin, the interface here is different from other clients. It does away with a lot of the options of pure Windows apps, but downloading a magnet link is simple and takes only a couple of seconds to set up. The program does have a memory leak, though, so be aware that it might hog resources when downloading 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, and works well. It 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 I did with the others, but your mileage may vary. And BitTorrent Free is too solid and popular to leave out entirely.
Vuze is more of an all-in-one app than some of the more lightweight clients on this list. Vuze is more about features than being light on resources. It uses its own search engine, media player, torrent subscription engine, file management system, and more. It’s much more substantial than the other torrent clients here but it 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 from the early 2000s, Vuze is its successor. In addition to the free version, there’s a paid version of this app that offers even 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 BitTorrent client, but with fewer of the additional features and resource overheads I mentioned. It has a simple interface with three tabs. Despite its relative simplicity it can manage magnet links, files, bandwidth and the usual just fine, in a much smaller app than Vuze.
Vuze Leap is very simple and doesn’t have many of the configuration options of other bit torrent clients, but it’s great for such a lightweight app.
BitComet is a useful torrent client for Windows 10 in that it can not only handle torrents very well, but it can also handle FTP and HTTP downloads, too. If you use a variety of protocols and want one app to handle them all, BitComet could be it. It is as much a download manager as a BitTorrent client and works quite well.
The interface isn’t as nice to look at as some of the others, but everything is where you would expect it to be and works like 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 prettiest interface in the world, but gets the job done anyway. BitLord can handle the usual swarms, DHT, magnet links, files, bandwidth, and the like without hogging system resources.
If you want a simple, no-nonsense BitTorrent client for Windows 10, BitLord is definitely one to try.
10. Halite BitTorrent Client
Halite BitTorrent Client is yet another app that prefers function over form. This simple app eschews features for functionality. As a result, it is lightweight and easy to use. While the name isn’t exactly catchy, the app is. It has a simple and effective interface, and it can handle magnet links, files, queuing, and all the usual BitTorrent tasks.
This is another C++ app that is very resource-efficient. You can run it in the background of most computers without any fuss.