Looking for an alternative to BitTorrent or uTorrent? In this post, we will go into not only alternatives to these torrent clients but also the top BitTorrent clients for Windows.
Legal Note: While torrent files might exclusively be known for their role in facilitating piracy, there are many perfectly legal files such as open-source software and public domain material that are distributed via torrent files.
The legality of your download is all dependent on whether the copyright holder has given permission for the file to be distributed in this manner.
18BitTorrent / Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android
BitTorrent is the namesake of the very protocol that makes the download of torrents possible. Bram Cohen, who authored the BitTorrent protocol back in July 2001 was its original creator.
The Ad-supported Torrent client is currently developed and maintained by BitTorrent Inc. which also operates uTorrent. The BitTorrent Classic Torrent client is available for Windows, Mac and Linux powered devices.
There is also the news client dubbed BitTorrent Web which unlike the classic edition, doesn’t have a desktop User Interface but will instead open in your web browser along with giving you the power to watch films while they are being downloaded to your system.
The company that operates the BitTorrent client was recently acquired by TRON, A cryptocurrency which is integrates BitTorrent + TRON via their Project Atlas.
17µTorrent (uTorrent) Classic / Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android
Owned and Developed by BitTorrent, uTorrent is yet another ad-supported torrent client with a much smaller installation footprint. The application has over 150 million users it is the most widely used BitTorrent client outside China.
16Motrix / Mac, Windows and Linux
15TransmissionBT / Mac, Linux and Windows
Transmission is another free torrent clients available on a wide selection of platform and user interfaces.
PicoTorrents is an ultra-friendly torrent client designed to be a friendly BitTorrent client for Windows with high performance and low memory usage.
It is my personal recommendation which guarantees a much faster download of your file when compared to other clients which are ultra sluggish depending on your device.
13Deluge / Windows, Mac and Linux
12Vuze / Windows, Mac and Linux
11qBittorrent / FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2 and Windows
10WebTorrent / Mac, Linux and Windows
WebTorrents with its very simple interface is listening or viewing media files while you download your file.
This torrent client has the disadvantage of having an interface that lacks key features, frequent updates, and has a few bugs.
9Free Download Manager / Windows and Mac
Free Download Manager not only helps to manage and accelerate your average downloads on Windows and Mac but also torrent files.
The app allows you to adjust traffic usage, organize downloads, control file priorities for torrents, efficiently download large files and resume broken downloads.
8FOXL / Mac
7Torch Browser / Windows
The Torch Browser is a media-friendly web browser that ships with a built-in torrent client. It is useful if you are someone who downloads a lot of media files.
Frostwire is not just a BitTorrent client but also a Cloud Downloader and media player.
Features: in-app search, Preview/Play while downloading, Selective file downloading, Media Player and media library.
A cloud downloader allows you to store downloads on a server as opposed to directly on your device. Cloud downloaders are a benefit if you have a slow or inconsistent internet connection.
5Tribler / Windows, Mac and Linux
Tribler is a torrent client that differs from others on this list by being packaged with built-in encryption, onion routing and hidden seeding using a Tor-like network.
The client also has a built-in search which allows you to find torrent files easily without the help of a website or browser. It also has a video player which allows you to play videos being downloaded even before they are complete much like WebTorrents or BitTorrent Web.
Tribler is unique for having a built-in reward system that can be converted to crypto but has the issue of being to slow per my experience get testing it against Picotorrents which downloaded a file in minutes compared to Tribler.
4BiglyBT / Android, Windows, Linux and Mac
3BitComet / Windows and Mac
2BitLord / Windows and Mac
1Tixati / Windows and Linux
Did we forget one of your favorite torrent software on the desktop? Share it below in the comments and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts on the clients that made our list.
Can’t make up your mind? The following are very resourceful websites that can give you an additional perspective or help you further make a decision for the right torrent client.