uTorrent 3 Final Bittorrent Client Released

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 23, 2011
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
Software, Windows software

After what felt like an eternity, the final version of the popular lightweight Bittorrent client uTorrent 3 has been released today. The final version is build 25406 and existing users should see update notifications when they start their client on their system, or by manually checking for updates by selecting Help > Check for Updates. Users of uTorrent 2.x can download the latest version of the program from the official website, where it is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit application for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The release notes are as usually available on the official forum. Version 3 of uTorrent adds features such as a portable mode, streaming, torrent ratings or drag and drop sending of files. The complete list of changes and fixes is available in the forum.

The drop files to send feature is incredibly easy to use. Just drop a file that you want to share on the drop area, and uTorrent will create the torrent for you. The program displays a tiny url link that the recipients of the file need to open. The torrent is then added to their uTorrent version. If they do not have uTorrent it is installed on their system.

Streaming needs to be activated in the uTorrent options before it becomes available. All suitable media players are automatically available for selection in the options.

torrent streaming

The Stream button becomes then available in the torrent listing. A click on the button loads the stream url in the selected media player. It is then possible to play the media in the player directly, even if it has not been downloaded completely yet.

Depending on your previous version, you may see a different looking client with additional features that you had not had access to before. This includes uTorrent apps which more often than not provide access to media and file releases of companies and organizations. You find some apps among the available ones that add features to uTorrent, a chat for instance.

The getting started guide in the client seems to be new as well. It offers a step by step guide, a beginners guide and links to faqs and information about the program (correct me if I'm wrong here).

The developers have fixed a boat load full of issues, from crashes and stability issues over freezes and hangs to cpu optimizations.

Users should take a look at known issues before they update, if they want to make sure that the program works on their system without difficulties. The list displays confirmed problems and issues that are not fixed in the uTorrent 3.0 stable release.

Most of the bugs listed seem to be limited to display issues, only a few indicate stability issues.

On a personal note. I'm running uTorrent 3.0 since the first alpha and did not have a single problem ever since. The update to version 3.0 went without difficulties. Some users in the release thread are on the other hand reporting problems with the version.

Have you made the update to uTorrent 3.0 yet? What is your impression of the new version.


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  1. b003 said on June 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I’ve always like utorrent, but I really don’t want other “apps” to possibly break it.

  2. Dan said on June 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    utorrent v2.0.4 is good enough for me.

  3. STUFF LIVES said on June 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    i am still using the version 1 series and i never thought of updating it
    but this time i will surely get this one

  4. Gogg said on June 24, 2011 at 3:26 am

    LOL I’m still using v1.85. Since utorrent when bloated with v2 I never see any real advantages of update when v1.85 works just fine. And did anyone forget just how instantaneous v1.85 launches from a cold start? Snap!

  5. Crodol said on June 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    One question, is there any advantage using the 64-bit version over the 32-bit version? According to the forum it is “buggier”. (I have Win7 Home Premium 64 bit).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      It is probably safer for now to stick with the 32-bit version. Don’t think there are any disadvantages in using this version. I’m using the 32-bit version on my 64-bit system and it works nicely.

  6. Crodol said on June 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I am using uTorrent 3 since the first beta and never had any difficulties. I do not really like the layout changes but noone is asking me! uTorrent is still a great p2p client and is as reliable and stable as ever.

    In the last weeks I was always suprised how few of the peers were using version 3, I was most of the time the only one on that version. Going forward I am sure this is going to change.

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