uTorrent Alternatives

Remember when uTorrent was great? The upstart BitTorrent client was super-lightweight and trounced other popular BitTorrent clients. But that was long ago, before BitTorrent, Inc. bought uTorrent and crammed it full of junkware and scammy advertisements.

Whether you need to download a Linux ISO or whatever else you do with BitTorrent, you don’t have to put up with what uTorrent’s become. Use another BitTorrent client instead.

Deluge (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Deluge – This is a cross-platform BitTorrent client available for windows, Linux and Mac OSX. supports a wide variety of features: BitTorrent Protocol Encryption, uTorrent Peer Exchange, Local Peer Discovery, Mainline DHT, RSS, bandwidth scheduling and speed limits.

Deluge supports client and server operations meaning that you can run it on a remote server and connect to it from your desktop. That’s one option though and if you want to run it only on your desktop, you can do that as well.

Deluge looks fairly similar to uTorrent before BitTorrent took over. So, a clean interface without advertisement that puts you in control.

Flud (Android)

Torrent downloader for Android. It is powered by advertisement but supports a variety of features including universal plug and play, nat-pmp, DHT, RSS feeds, magnet links, priorities and more.

If you like to download torrents on Android Flud is one of the apps you can use for that. What speaks for it is its support of all important features.

The one thing that you may dislike is that it is powered by ads.

qBittorrent (Windows, Mac, Linux)

qBittorrent is another cross-platform client that ships with a clean installer and an impressive list of features. Supports all Bittorrent extensions (magnet and BitComet uris, DHT, Peer Exchange, Full Encryption), torrent queuing and prioritizing, UPnP and NAT-PMP support, RSS support, bandwidth scheduler, IP filtering and sequential downloading. The interface is similar to uTorrent as well.

Transmission-Qt (Linux, Mac)

Transmission-Qt is a popular BitTorrent client on Mac OSX and Linux. In fact, it’s installed by default on Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions. Unfortunately, Transmission doesn’t officially support Windows.

Transmission-Qt Win (Windows)

The Transmission-Qt Win project is an “unofficial Windows build of Transmission-Qt” with various tweaks, additions, and modifications to work better on Windows. Transmission uses its own libTransmission backend. Like Deluge, Transmission can run as a daemon on another system. You could then use the Transmission interface on your desktop to manage the Transmission daemon running on another computer.

Aria2 (Linux, Mac, Windows, Android)

If you don’t mind working from the command line, Aria2 is the best tool. It supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, BitTorrent and Metalink.

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