Looking For A uTorrent Alternative? Try qBittorrent

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 21, 2012
Updated • Nov 15, 2019
File Sharing, Software

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.

torrent client options

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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  1. Tavish Nicola Sturgeons boyfreind said on June 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    look at the dates of the comments this program freezes and locks you out its garbage it scans ports why its got no adverts thats the only thing it has going for it as uttorent is crawling with them anyway i wouldent touch this program it will freeze you like a boot code

  2. Stamsarg said on July 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Why is everybody talking about Tixati? The topic here is qBittorrent. Tixati is also great, but no comparison to qBittorrent.
    Btw its name is qBi tt o rr ent.
    I’ve tried to install μTorrent a couple of years ago and I got so many viruses and crapware on my PC that I did a format. Never tried to use it since, apart from once, when it was just awful. I gave up on torrents but I saw a qBittorrent recommendation on PCsteps.com. I used it on Ubuntu instead of Transmission (also great) and after installing Windows 8.1, I re-installed it. It’s perfect as it is.
    Oh, for the morons who are talking about Tixati and speed: News! Tixati is the same as Halite, they’re both great, yeah, I’ve used them. When it comes to speed, EVERY torrent client is the same, apart from very few differences. The speed depends on the peers of a torrent. It’s all about interface, options, ads, installment etc.
    There are plenty of torrent clients out there. Just find whichever’s interface you like and install it. qBittorrent is great, the best one for me, and really fast. Use whichever you like minus uTorrent. Not even old versions, there may be security holes which will never close. I wish it were better.
    In March 2015, uTorrent was trying to install EpicScale alongside itself, a Bitcoin mining program which threw aDSL to the trash. And it had no benefits for the user: the only people who benefit from that are Bittorrent, Inc. and a couple of miners. Every time, μTorrent tries to install malware and bloatware on people’s PCs. So fuck you, uTorrent.

  3. Nick said on January 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I just finished downloaded and installed Tixati – and, one download later I’m happy with the results! Already outclass uTorrent in my experience.

  4. Nili said on January 2, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Hello, I am using Tixati since almost two years on Linux/Debian distro.

    1) Yes you can continue downloading the files in progress from uTorrent, easy to go where you get the download files and save to the where you’ve saved. Wait to do hashchecking… and in the end will continue to download the rest.

    2) Ofcurse come with directory and a lot of feature regarding directories and stuff.

    Tixati is worth client,
    Seeding 24/7 800DVD every day.

    Two feature missing for me, “skip hashchecking” and menu > “refresh tracker”.
    I wish Tixati devs will make it possible in new version 1.97 as a new additional.

    1. Nick said on January 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Thank you so much. I’m going to give Tixati a chance.

      1. Nili said on January 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

        Np, yw,

        So far we have a good news regarding update interval feature, thanks to Pete a Tixati member he discovered and made ​​public this feature on official forum http://forum.tixati.com/support/429/?p=1 more or less by the end of the page. I am personally now interested in the option “skip hashchecking” or this feature be present as On/Off In future versions.

        I hope Tixati do the job for your everyday needs.


  5. Nick said on December 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Has anybody who’s been using Tixati got some positive feedback about the program? Can I transfer downloads still in progress in uTorrent into Tixati? Does it come with a similar directory feature such as that of uTorrent?

  6. sadday said on December 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

    It is a sad day. I just upgraded utorrent, and low and behold, suddenly utorrent now has ads… Now it didnt mention anywhere this will be the case, thats 2 times the trickery. I knew utorrent was doomed when bitorrent bought it, and now I must leave uttorrent, the once %99,99 perfect software.

    Why do parasites choose to be retarded, why do they kill their host? Why do they not try to make their host healthy and more efficient and better, so they the parasites can thrive even better on the host? Well because parasites are retarded, its in their nature to do bad things.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      You can disable the ads in the settings.

  7. rob said on December 8, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Tried ut till 3.2.2 but now impressed with bloat free qbit 3.0.6

  8. plumber said on December 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Avoid using this, it is based on libtorrent and has many bugs as that libtorrent…..and the most annoying bug will be I/O error, completed torrent 100% reverted to 0%, requires to repeat “set location” many time before it is effective, etc…..

  9. mario said on November 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    qBitorrent it’s 2x faster than μTorrent. And μTorrent is full of add-s & another craps.
    qBitorrent is highly recommended.

  10. EuroScept1C said on November 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    It was time for change… μTorrent became a billboard and additionally, the last months its size has been increased at least 200%. If you see the alpha 3.3 version, the number climbs to 300%. This only means useless garbage -bloatware.

    Now… I truly find qbittorent fast. It handles Magnet links extremely faster and gets my full speed faster as well. I don’t ask much from my torrent-client. I don’t also want it to be bloatware. qBitorrent is truly great.

  11. Minsik said on October 14, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Got utorrent crap adds! Its History for a free client the change was deathly to them .

    Trying qbittorrent and seems nice so far.

    good work,.

  12. nonW00t said on September 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Tixati is crap because it doesn’t support certain proxies properly (yes, GreedyTorrent, haha). qBittorrent is definitely the most capable in direct comparison to uTorrent, it’s main problem is its add-torrent dialog does not come to the front like uTorrent’s can (and the author refuses to change this after submitting a request).

  13. Perambulator said on September 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    The main reason I am looking for an alternative to uTorrent is that since version 2 it basically kills my internet connection. The forums are full of people saying this – one thread goes back to 2006 – but the response is always ‘you have a crap router’ and ‘it is not a uTorrent problem’ – even to people using decent Cisco equipment.

    If I start the latest version of uTorrent, my connection (120 MBit fibre, directly connected to the DOCIS modem, tried on no less than 5 different computers ranging from Windows 7, 8, and Server 2003 to 2008R2), it will kill my connection within 10 minutes, even if I adjust the half-open connections and connections down to 1.

  14. TWelch said on July 20, 2012 at 3:49 am

    uTorrent quit working completely ony computer. Any time I try to download, I get no download and an infinite ETA. I’ll try anything.

  15. S said on June 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Qbittorrent is incredibly buggy and unstable.

    In another year or so it might be worth using, but right now it’s just a joke — options which don’t actually do anything, “I/O errors”, random pausing of torrents . . . the list goes on and on.

  16. Chris Hunt said on May 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    How much spam is acceptable for your comments?

  17. Anonymous said on March 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Arrrg mateys!

    I assure you all that qbittorrent did go super fast in comparison with utorrent, at least in my case. I made a switch today because of the sudden drop in speed in my good old U. No matter what I do I cant go higher than 20-100kib. In Q I get steady 500kib that can jump up to 900+kib which was max in U.

    I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, it may be the port issue. I’ve changed it for the one in Q and the speed got a bit better, still miles behind.

    I recommend to try Q, at least as an experiment. maybe it will do good for you speed wise.

  18. Chris said on March 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I’m here because the Utorrent 3 ‘upgrade’ is just unuseable and I cannot find the good stable V2.1.2 anywhere. So any alternative to Utorrent will now be better.
    Their forums are full of it, yet they act as though it is a user inteface problem. In fact, as though they have gone commercial and want to sell their Plus version by disabling the free version.
    I will try qBittorrent because , after a few years of being happy with utorrent, it has become a nightmare.
    Many thanks for the review

    1. Anonymous said on March 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      hae you tried the old apps

    2. Dan said on March 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

      You can download old versions here:


  19. Bindy said on March 1, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I prefer Tixati. It’s way faster than other clients and doesn’t have the bloatware / spywre that uTorrent carries these days.

    It seems to me that the majority of those who use uTorrent are end users who don’t know much by way of security because they insist upon using p2p software that is full of social plugins that track them and connect them with other spying agencies to share what movie was downloaded.

    But what doesn’t surprise me is the fact that any police officer in disguise and with a geeky username like “Morphius” will dismiss the privacy issues in uTorrent to all the uneducated end users because they desire those records that uTorrent allows to be collected for the sake of prosecuting victims on behalf of the RIAA.

    It really amazes me how many people still use uTorrent. They are like a bunch of lemmings running off a the cliff because the first lemming did so first.

    1. Morphius said on January 30, 2015 at 4:15 am

      I gave you almost 3 years to figure out that you’re an idiot. What reason do you have for insisting so viciously that uTorrent has “spyware” (and “bloatware”? hilarious!)? None. There, I answered for you.

      I know plenty of people who have never had CAD orders who absolutely would have by now if uTorrent were up to that sort of thing.

      While we’re being randomly paranoid and stupid, how do you know that your beloved crap client Tixati isn’t secretly offered by the RIAA or the NSA?

      1. Daniel said on July 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Cut the crap

        The bloatware can be seen by filesize/ resources used

        Thinking of spyware is reasonable and educated guess for a proprietary software + ads

  20. Fred Flinstone said on February 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Tixati is the best alternative to uTorrent for me and it works on both Linux and Windows.

  21. BiS said on February 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Just to comment, in qbittorrent if you use the “Download pieces in order” and then open the .avi/mkv file with VLC, its the same than using streaming in utorrent i think, at least it works (except that utorrent opens video player automatically so it looks the easy-way).

    For now i use utorrent, since it looks like it gives more priority to uTP connections (and libtorrent/qbitorrent dont support uTP yet, they’ll soon tho, in beta now), so what makes it keep it, is that now utorrent seeds will prefer other utorrent peers (or any client which uses uTP).

    Good review anyways

  22. Womble said on February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    “A quick look in the options reveals little to be desired.”

    Hope I’m not being rude but the quotation above is extraneous. Little to be desired means “rubbish” yet you describe no negatives in the paragraph that follows.

    qbittorent looks nice I never spotted that a couple of months ago when I switched.

    Another nice lightweight torrent client to try is Tixati, It’s ugly as hell but works really well and has some nice features.

    1. Hiromant said on July 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

      “Leaves little to be desired” means the opposite of rubbish. The options are good enough so there is little that could be done to improve them.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on February 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I have corrected the sentence.

  23. Dan said on February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    The best alternative to the uTorrent 3.x.x client is uTorrent 2.0.4. qBittorrent it is a little slower than uT and since it’s not as popular, it may not be in the whitelist of most private trackers. uT is the de-facto BT client and no other alternative can assure universal compatibility and broad acceptance across various p2p communities.

    1. Don Johnson said on February 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

      I’m surprised that private trackers allow uTorrent at all giving the fact that it’s advertising features are a back door for ACTA.

    2. ReX said on February 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      All three private trackers I use have qBittorrent whitelisted.
      You can always ask the admins to whitelist it, there’s no reason to not do it.

  24. Abel said on February 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

    qbittorrent may have most of the same features, but utorrent’s got the jump on speed – as most torrent clients are utorrent , its easy for utorrent to stay the fastest – dunno about anyone else, but speed is by far the most important feature of my torrent client

    1. ATLien said on September 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Speeds are no different, regardless of the client. Maybe you’re having connection issues.
      My speed are the same, if not better.

    2. ReX said on February 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I’m sorry, but that’s just nonsense.
      Being uTorrent doesn’t make it download faster in any way.
      I get the same speeds as I used to get in uTorrent, maybe you’re not using the same settings (number of connections, number of upload slots, etc).

  25. Dougle said on February 22, 2012 at 2:11 am

    You should take a look at Tixati.


    1. SCBright said on February 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I’m using Tixati for a few monts and do not intend to replace it so soon, is an excellent alternative to uTorrent.

      I’ll give a try to the windows version of qBittorrent, I’m currently using it in my Ubuntu machine and it is verey good.

  26. Matt said on February 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome, I’ll switch tonight!
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  27. Matt said on February 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Does it do RSS feeds?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm


  28. ReX said on February 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    That’s exactly what I did a couple days ago.

  29. Robert Palmar said on February 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I second qBittorrent. I picked it up to handle magnet links
    when my version of µTorrent could not handle them.
    I did find the PortableApps version and use that.


  30. Gilhooley said on February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Portable version of qBittorrent, as well as many other programs, is available at PortableApps:


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Nice, thanks.

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