Tixati Bittorrent client review
Tixati is a Bittorrent client - a program to download torrents - for the Windows operating system and Linux. Its no spyware and adware, and no nonsense guarantee makes it interesting for users who are looking for a client and developers that respect user privacy.
With all the fuss about uTorrent's drive towards in-content ads, came the desire for some to switch to a client that would never turn on ads in the client itself. Development is financed entirely through donations.
If you are running Windows you can either install Tixati on your 32-bit or 64-bit version of the operating system, or use a portable version of the program instead.
The installer displays the usual disclaimer that torrent programs display these days. You may associate torrent files with the client but the step is entirely optional. If you skip it, you may do so at a later point in time by opening the program settings and there the shell integration section.
The program displays an initial configuration screen that you should pay some attention to as it lists the selected incoming port (useful when configuring port forwarding and firewall rules if required), as well as the main download directory and bandwidth throttling options.
Torrents can be added via drag and drop, a double-click if Tixati has been associated with the .torrent file type, or with a click on the add button in the main interface. The developers worked on the file browsing functionality that used to take very long in older versions for Windows.
It may still be a lot faster to drag & drop torrent files into the program interface to add them but if you prefer to use the file browser, you can do so. Tixati supports magnet links next to torrent files and you may use the program to create a new torrent file from scratch as well.
Once you have added at least one torrent you will notice that downloads will start immediately. What I recommend you to do is switch to the bandwidth tab to limit the outgoing bandwidth to avoid that a maxed out outgoing connection is limiting the download speed or other activities on the PC. You can select an outgoing limit in Kilobyte, or configure advanced rules like the ratio of seeding and trading traffic.
A load transfer screen is displayed by default when you add torrents to the system, allowing you to uncheck files that you do not want to download, change priorities for files, or change the location the files get saved to.
You can disable the screen with a click on Settings so that torrents get added directly to the client without user interaction. The program displays detailed information about each torrent and its files in the main program window. Here you see connected peers, trackers, the completion status and availability of individual files, and an event log for each torrent.
As far as features go, here is a rundown on some of the client's features:
- Supports DHT
- Decentralized channel feature where users can join channels and communicate directly with each other
- Bandwidth throttling
- Loading torrents from RSS feeds directly
- IP Filter
- Schedule torrent downloads
- Tracker and peer TCP proxy support
- Peer connection encryption
- Lots of configuration settings
The program settings are quite extensive and maybe even intimidating to inexperienced users. The program works well out of the box but if you want to make use of advanced functionality such as RSS, IP filtering, or manage transfer settings, you need to spend time in the settings app as everything is listed there.
Tixati is a well designed client for torrent transfers. It is available for Linux and Windows, easy to use but with enough advanced options to make it an interesting application for advanced users.
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