A lot of users rely on the popular uTorrent Bittorrent client when it comes to downloading files with the help of torrents from the Internet.
In past years, things have changed when it comes to that client. It first was purchased by Bittorrent, and then started to integrate features into the client that were not loved by all of the program's user base. A uTorrent Plus version was released recently for instance, that is offering additional capabilities for a price, and while those features are not necessary for the program's core functionality, it is something that many users do not like.
In addition to that, advertisement is now shown in the client. It can be disabled for now though, but many users probably do not know how to do so.
UTorrent users looking for alternatives might want to check out qBittorrent, a lightweight Bittorrent client for Windows, Linux, Mac OS x, FreeBSD and OS/2.
When you look at the list of features you will notice that it offers a very similar feature set. From an easy to use interface that should work right out of the box for most users, to features such as torrent creation, bandwidth scheduling, IP filtering and port forwarding.
You can make the program your default application for torrent files and magnet links on the system to load them directly when you click on the files or links, or use drag and drop to load them into the program. The program window displays all the important information right in its status bar. From the current upload and download speed and totals to the system's connection status and speed limit configuration.
A quick look in the options reveals that everything that you expect a torrent application to support is listed here. From switching the interface language, notifications and download directory, to port and connection settings, and a web user interface. Everything's there to configure the program like you want it to be.
There are also some advanced features available, like configuring alternate speed limits for specific days and time frames, configuration of an SMTP server to receive email notifications when torrents are finished downloading, or watching folders for torrent files to automatically download them to custom save folders.
Does uTorrent support features that qBittorrent does not? Sure it does, like the option to stream videos while they are downloaded, or the portable mode that the program is offered alternatively in.
But qBittorrent has all the bells and whistles you'd expect to find in a torrent client making it a great uTorrent alternative.
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