In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby Shryp » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:09 pm

Obviously it is Deluge. I switched from uTorrent for the client/daemon model as I thought that was better for remote access than the webgui of other clients as well as the open source nature.

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby shamael » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:54 am

+1000 Shryp

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby fuga » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:08 pm

I very much wish it was Deluge. uTorrent/Mac is 32-bit and there is no indication they are going to develop a 64-bit version. The next version of macOS will only support 64-bit applications. And even if it comes about it would be full of all that makes current uTorrent suck. qBittorrent is sluggish with my 2000+ torrents. Poor Deluge totally freaks out with those 2000+. I keep hoping the v2 beta becomes a legit/stable release.

So, to answer the question, Transmission is my best client. While uTorrent handles 2000+ torrents it hits resources worse than Transmission. Transmission is as lean as it gets. To make the most of its power requires some learning as compared the more usual GUI seen in the other clients mentioned. But even if the future Deluge does not run as lean, if it can handle my 2000+ I would likely switch as I much prefer it's combination of simplicity and GUI. qBittorrent is just too 'busy'.

I check daily in hopes of seeing either a much improved v1 or the dreamed of v2.

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby johnnyblaze » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:24 pm

There are many torrent clients, but personally i consider utorrent lightweight while adequate enough for my needs. Sounds like you want the pros and cons of torrent vs direct downloads

SPEED
direct downloads contain a pretty reliable speed
torrents' speed depends upon the quantity of seeders/leechers from the torrent (I've continually found primary download faster)
BUT
torrents could be interrupted without fretting about wasting time, while immediate downloads require that you simply stay connected before entire file is usually completed

PRIVACY
if you're downloading it something illegitimate (*don't perform it*), in that case your ip could be tracked applying torrents and followed to you, and you will be presented liable (nevertheless, you may use peer guardian +/- proxy machines to bypass that, but there's nonetheless a risk)
direct downloads, it is the host that's in charge of what's posted, and that means you won't be in virtually any problem for downloading

SIMPLICITY
torrents, you down load the torrent, you then have to trigger the torrent, that is pretty uncomplicated. There's some original configuration to obtain the best quickness, but once you've the settings placed, you're done
direct downloads, you don't need to concern yourself with it

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby johnnyblaze » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:28 pm

Even though i use uTorrent exclusively here is my review also on Deluge:

Deluge pros:
1. Very elegant GUI.
2. Multitude of features by default.
3. Boasts an excellent plugins system.

Deluge cons:
1. The GUI responds much more slowly due to the fact it is written in Python.
2. Has potential to become clunky and feel bloated at often.
3. The original pre-compiled package is also very large in filesize compared to other torrenting clients.

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby fuga » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:46 am

The new v2 is an improvement but still bogs under 2000+ torrents. But does handle them better than v1.

uTorrent folks are now on record that they will have a 64 bit version. Other than that there is no more info about it.

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby johnkaperoniz » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:53 pm

Shryp wrote:Obviously it is Deluge. I switched from uTorrent for the client/daemon model as I thought that was better for remote access than the webgui of other clients as well as the open source nature.


Yes Deluge is ofcourse for reasons here:

Deluge Pros and Cons

This torrent client is very easy to use and offers useful features, but it's also missing the ability to search for torrents from inside the software:

in brief my opinion on Deluge:

Pros

Simple design
Quick express installation
Allows you create your own torrents
Ad-free
Supports plugins

Cons

Not possible to search for torrents from inside the program!


Overall review Deluge client:

The champion of lightweight torrent clients, Deluge styles itself as a stripped-back and functional client for users who know what they’re doing.

While this is great news for your processing unit, Deluge can be a bit tricky for beginners to find their way around. If you’re an old hand at torrenting though, you’ll love the customization that comes via a range of useful plugins.

Deluge can also be integrated with Chrome and Firefox and supports scheduled downloads


My opinion on other common clients are:

qBitTorrent

qBitTorrent is the best torrenting client out there, being both open source and full of features

PROS

Open source
Lightweight
Efficient
Can bind to VPN
Fully featured

CONS

Can't think of any

As a long-term Vuze fan, it took quite something for this lightweight open source BitTorrent client to replace Vuze on my desktop. One reason I stuck with Vuze for so long is the ability to bind the torrent client to my VPN interface.

Although not strictly necessary if your VPN software features a kill switch, I have always appreciated this extra layer of security. It prevents the client downloading torrents when the VPN is not active.

qBitTorrent not only supports this feature, it makes it much easier to implement. This was a big factor in me making the change, as was qBitTorrent’s lean-and-mean 100 MB or less install size (exact size depending on platform). There is no bloat with qBitTorrent!

Despite this, qBitTorrent features just about everything most torrenters will need. This includes BitTorrent protocol encryption, torrent prioritization, torrent querying, selective content download, torrent creation, remote access, and RSS subscription. You can search for torrents from within the client, and the built-in media player is handy.

qBitTorrent is 100% free and ad-free. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. For a more detailed look at this excellent software, including instructions on how to bind qBittorrent to your VPN interface, please check out 5 Best VPNs for qBittorrent.


Second comes

Transmission

Transmission has overcome older problems to build a reputation for itself as a great torrent client

PROS

Open source
Lightweight
Tons of features
Pretty
Available natively on many obscure OSs

CONS

Not much (vulnerability should be fixed by the time most of you read this)

Transmission started life as a Mac and Linux-only BitTorrent client, where it built up a formidable reputation. Windows users can now also get in on the act. Although a very capable BitTorrent client, the main draw of Transmission is its beautiful user interface, complete with Growl notifications for Mac users.

But it’s not all about looking pretty. Transmission features webseed support, BitTorrent protocol encryption, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more. It also supports optional add-ons that can expand its feature-set. These include RSS subscription tools and a Kodi plugin.

Transmission has recently hit the headlines thanks to a vulnerability that can be exploited by hackers. I discuss this a little later in the article, but a patch is available, and the issue is very easy to fix yourself, anyway. I have therefore decided to not let this problem affect Transmission’s ranking in this 5 Best guide.

Transmission is 100% free and open source. It is available for Windows, Mac OSX/macOS, Linux (many distros), FreeBSD, Gentoo, and more.
The Transmission Vulnerability

A security researcher discovered a flaw in Transmission that could allow hackers to execute malicious code on targets’ computers. In theory, this could allow them to completely take over the infected system.

The flaw took advantage of lax security in Transmission’s remote web access feature. Note that this is a proof of concept attack, and there has been no evidence of it being exploited in the wild. The current version of Transmission has already implemented a fix.

Alternatively, if you wanted to be sure, the flaw is easy enough to fix for yourself. If you don’t use the remote web access feature, simply turn it off! Go to Preferences -> Remote and uncheck “Enable remote access.” If you do use the remote web access feature, then change the default password to something secure. Easy!

Note that the security researcher who discovered the flaw has hinted that other BitTorrents clients may also be vulnerable. It is probably a good idea to check similar settings in whatever client you are using.

Deluge

Deluge has no ads, compared to some of the more popular torrent clients out there

PROS

Open source
Lightweight
Lots of features
Expandable via plugins (incl. RSS)


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CONS

Less fully featured than some other clients

Like qBitTorrent, Deluge is a fairly conventional but lightweight and open source BitTorrent client. Its feature list is not huge, but should be more than enough to satisfy most users. Features include remote web management and support for magnet links.

Functionality can be further extended with a range of both in-house and third-party plugins. Highlights include plugins for RSS support, Growl notifications, streaming while downloading, and more.

Deluge is completely FOSS, with no ads or crapware. It is available for Windows, OSX, Linux (various distros), and FreeBSD.

Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time has taken a leaf from Netflix's streaming book to present a video-only torrenting service

PROS

Instant streaming of high quality BitTorrent content!
Open source
Very smart interface
Chromecast, Airplay and DLNA support
Available on just about every platform

CONS

Only for video content

All the other programs on this list are BitTorrent clients. You download a .torrent file or click on a magnet link, and the content downloads to your computer where it is stored locally.

Popcorn Time is different; It is an open source app that uses BitTorrent technology to stream high quality video content to all major platforms. This means that unlike with traditional BitTorrent clients, you can watch a film or show without waiting for the download to complete. You might be thinking "is Popcorn time safe?" While it can be dangerous for your computer, using a VPN can keep your machine secure.

It is notable for having a very slick and intuitive interface, and for providing access to a huge library of up-to-date content.

Although primarily a streaming platform, content can also be downloaded locally (and some content is always cached). Various versions (forks) of Popcorn Time are available, but I strongly advise only using one of the forks recommended in Best VPN for Popcorn Time guide.

Specific features vary a little depending on which fork you use, but steaming to your big-screen TV via Chromecast, Airplay and DLNA is pretty standard.

Popcorn Time is free, and respectable versions are free from ads and other crapware. It available for Windows, Mac OSX/macOS, Linux, and Android. PopcornTime.to even has an iOS VPN App that can be installed without jailbreaking your device.

Vuze

Vuze might not be as lightweight as others in this list, but its feature-packed approach will appeal to some

PROS

Ridiculously fully featured
Can bind downloads to VPN
Lots of plugins available to increase functionality
Built-in video player
Great Android apps

CONS

Somewhat bulky and resource-heavy
Ads
Tries to install crapware
Only partially open source
Interface could be prettier and more intuitive

Vuze is a granddaddy of BitTorrent clients. It is no longer open source, and it creaks somewhat under the weight of its myriad features. It is, in other words, the polar opposite of lightweight clients such as qBitTorrent.

But who said a shed load of features is necessarily a bad thing? Most torrenters will never use all the tools available, but there is really almost nothing Torrent-related that Vuze can’t do. This includes being able to bind Vuze to your VPN adapter, but also loads more funky stuff such as content discovery through automated subscriptions, having an integrated media player, remote management, and much more.

You can convert files to multiple formats using Vuze’s drag-and-drop interface and analyse your downloads using a wealth of statistics and visualizations. Vuze is a power user’s dream.

On the downside, Vuze is resource-heavy and rather ugly (especially when compared to Transmission!) Its clunky interface is also showing its age. This situation is not helped by the inclusion of ads in the free version, or by the fact that you need to be careful during installation if you do not want to also install a load of crapware.

Although Vuze is primarily free, a premium version is also available for $29.90 USD per year. A Vuze Plus subscription removes the ads and provides built-in anti-virus scanning, a DVD burner, and "play now" support. It is, admittedly, pretty funky!

This also brings me to the point that, despite its open source roots, Vuze is now closed source proprietary software. It is worth noting that reports of Vuze’s demise appear to be very premature. Vuze 5.7.6.0 was released in October 2017 and is fully functional.

Unlike the desktop client, the excellent Android app is lightweight and ad-free. A pro version is now available via in-app purchase (about $4), but I have been unable to determine what features this adds (and am too skinflint to shell out the money necessary to find out!).

Vuze Remote is a handy app for Android that allows you remote control your desktop torrent downloads.
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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby johnkaperoniz » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:55 pm

Here are other most common clients that dont hold a candle to Deluge though in my oinion:

µTorrent
Azureus
BitComet
BitTornado
Shareaza
Official BitTorrent

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby FlappyJeffrey » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:30 am

Well of course it's Deluge but a qBittorrent is a close second for me, i think it's necessary to try out a variety of clients

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Re: In your Opinion, what is the best Torrent Client and Why?

Postby lucyhales » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:36 am

qbittorrent and DELUGE work fine for me. However, to stay on the safe side I still have to use a torrent VPN.

How good would that be if VPNs came with torrent clients so I won't have to pay for another vpn?


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