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Searching for torrents from within qBittorrent

Did you know that the popular cross-platform torrent client qBittorrent has torrent search functionality baked directly into the client?

Torrent users have plenty of options when it comes to finding torrent files: from using torrent search engines and general search engines to public or private forums, trackers, or specialized torrent search software.

The torrent client qBittorrent supports searching for torrents straight from the client's interface; no plugins or extra software needed to do so.

The following guide instructs you how to run searches using the client, and what you may and may not use search for.

qbittorrent search

Probably the biggest advantage of using an in-built search option is that you can do the searching and downloading using a single program.

The search functionality is somewhat hidden in qBittorrent on the other hand.

To get started, select View > Search Engine; this unlocks the search tab that you may switch to. The interface is straightforward and easy to use.

Start by typing a search term in the search field at the top. You can hit search right away or use the provided filters to filter results right away.

The two main options that qBittorrent's search provides are to limit results to a specific category, e.g. TV shows, software, or movies, and to select the torrent search engines that you want searched.

The default selection includes The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, Demonoid, Legit Torrents and Kickass Torrents. You can block results from any site and install new search plugins for sites that are not supported by default.

Installation of plugins

qbittorrent search plugins

Go to the unofficial list of search plugins for qBittorent to find out if your favorite torrent search engines or sites are supported. The download link displays a Python file with the .py extension in the browser. Just save it to the local system and select the menu next to "Only enabled" on the Search tab, and in the context menu that opens "select".

Doing so lists all supported search plugins. Click on "install a new one" and select the downloaded file to install it as a new search plugin in qBittorrent.

Note that you can enable or disable plugins by right-clicking on them and selecting the "enabled" option which toggles the status.

Search results in qBittorrent

It takes only a brief moment before results start to show up on the same page. You can run multiple searches one after the other; each search is loaded in its own tab so that you don't lose previous search results when you do.

There is a handy option to search in the results only, and several filtering options as well.  A click on a table header sorts the data accordingly, e.g. by size, seeders, or name.

You can filter by the number of seeds or by size. Once you found a promising result you select it to hit the download button right away or click on the "go to" links to open the torrent file on the linked site.

The download button initiates the default torrent add dialog to add the torrent to qBittorrent to start downloading it.

Closing words

Torrent search functionality that is baked into the torrent client is quite the handy function. While it is limited to sites that plugins are available for, it may speed up searches for users who use qBittorrent as their main torrent client.

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  1. Steven Parker said on November 19, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    Just want to add that I needed to install Python in Windows 10 for the Search engine to even work. It can be found here https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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      Steven thanks for pointing that out!

  2. KyuBee said on November 19, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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    Well, rip magnetdl then. Been using qb for years and didn’t know.

    1. Steven Parker said on November 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm
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      It’s there https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nindogo/qbtSearchScripts/master/magnetdl.py Look in the unoffical search plugins link that Martin added in the article :)

  3. Paul(Us) said on November 19, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    Are you also familiar with the torrent search and download link program: TorrentRover (The latest version is 1.3.1 stable (‘-18-11-11)) (Its available in a portable & installer form.)
    https://www.torrentrover.com/

    There are also a few websites that I will not mention here (or anywhere even email) because every time I am mentioning sites with the same possibility, them there were gone in no time. So I am not jinxing the few that are still left by mentioning them anywhere.! :-)

    1. Anonymous said on November 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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      That is unfortunately only for Windows. For we mac owners, I am at a loss….

      1. Paul(us) said on November 20, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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        Hoi Anonymous, Yes it’s not yet for Mac.
        Do you know this webpage with torrent search programs (Its already a 1 1/2 years old article but most of the leads are still working) https://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac-software/which-is-best-torrent-software-for-mac-3501232/

        Did you ever try the for mac free torrent search dashboard program https://torrent-search-widget.en.softonic.com/mac ?

        I think you already know the 9 torrent sites for Mac who in 2018 will accomplish your streaming desires https://www.vpnranks.com/torrent-sites-for-mac/ ?

      2. Paul(us) said on November 22, 2018 at 1:09 am
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        I also forgot to mention Electorrent (For Windows (64 bit only), MacOS and Linux) (build around Electron, AngularJS and SemanticUI) so there is a program for Mac.
        https://github.com/Tympanix/Electorrent

  4. Peter said on November 19, 2018 at 10:11 pm
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    Be aware that when searching for torrents within qBittorrent any set SOCKS5 proxy server is bypassed.

  5. John C. said on November 20, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    Great article, Martin! However, since you forgot to mention qBittorrent’ home page URL, I’ll provide it here: https://www.qbittorrent.org/

  6. Maelish said on November 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm
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    I noticed that BiglyBT has the same feature. It’s kind of nice. Any significant difference between the search features between them? BiglyBT is the open-source ad-free version of Azureus/Vuze.

  7. Dave said on November 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    In the article it states QB comes with default plugins,but when i open the search panel the program tells me there is no plugins installed and to search for them.The unofficial search plugins page is missing some of the popular torrent sites.Anyone know how i get the default plugins ?.

    1. Anoir Ben Tanfous said on November 29, 2018 at 11:29 am
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      click update

  8. BenG said on December 8, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    qbittorrent 4.1.4. Pyton 3.7.1 (64 bit)
    No one plugin installed. Whenever I try (with all the plugins), always the same message: “Couldn’t install “*****” search engine plugin. Plugin not supported.
    Thanks

    1. yatra said on February 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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      same here

  9. MrX said on July 16, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    I know this article was written about 1.5 to 2 yrs back.. so a lot may have changed, I downloaded my qbit about 3 months ago and was new to it. I had to do extensive amount of reading and still learning. Maybe this may help. As mention above all steps to take are still in place, with new version of Qbit, once installed (if using windows10) it will prompted you to install Python. Once this is intstalled, open Qbit , click on the search plugins(located bottom left). New box will open, then check for updates (located at bottom), then click “install a new one” . This will automatically install a bunch on plugins that are currently working. Basically doing the work for you.

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