Friday, June 15, 2007

All ubuntu's torrent clients (overview)

As you know torrents are a common way of sharing and downloading stuff, In this article you will read about my experience on all available torrent clients for Ubuntu including screenshots, I also introduce a web-based one :


if you dont use torrent that much and you dont download multiple torrents, then I recommend BitTornado, which is an enhaced version of the default Bitorrent ,
it is simple small stable program which does the job without using much cpu/memroy and crushing.

Only annoying things is ,it doesn't go to tray on hitting close, but you can force it to go to tray using AllTray.

you can install it using synaptic package managergo back to the menu


Azureus is full featured Java Based torrent client,
it is so known and probably most recommended by communities but I do NOT recommend it at all. because, it is extremly slow and it uses a lots of your CPU and memory. Azerus is slow on both windows and ubuntu, because it uses Java .

as I don't recommend Azureus, then "no screenshot for Azereus !"
You can install it using Automatix go back to the menu

  • Ktorrent does "everything" that a torrent client can do .
  • It has a good looking appearance.
  • It has a tray icon. (goes to tray on hitting close botton)
    and you can start or stop torrents in the tray (as you see bellow) .
  • You can preview downloading files .
  • You can choose selected files inside a torrent to be downloaded first or not to be downloaded (I love this feature).

Ktorrent is a way faster than Azerues, but still uses a feelable amount of cpu and memory, and it is because it is a KDE program (not a native gnome) if you want a full featured torrent, I recommend Ktorrent.go back to the menu


  • It intends to be Ktorrent for Gnome (using GTK+ and Paython).
  • It loads so fast (beats Ktorrent in cpu/memory usage)
  • It is is not beautiful . (it is ugly)
  • It has a tray icon, but there is not much you can do with the tray icon (like start/stop torrents in tray icon.)
  • You can choose selected files inside a torrent not to be downloaded , but unlike Ktorrent you can not choose them to be downloaded first .
  • It doesnt have built in preview feature.

Deluge guys are doing a great job, because I really care about the speed of the programs and the amount of cpu/memory they use .
Deluge is under developing, I will be checking every new version, I hope soon it can be as good as Ktorrent. (I hope they read my blog and add the features I listed)

+ You can install it using Synaptic package manager .
+ Here is Deluge's website.go back to the menu

TorrentFlux a web based one!

This one is another kind of torrent cilents, it is PHP based cilent,
means you can intall it on your hosting server, and download torrents using your hosting's fast internet, It is usefull for me , because I have slow internet, I download the torrents to my hosting using torrent flux, I believe there are many other usages of a web based torrent client which u can discover .

here is how it looks in browser :

  • It is open source.
  • You can limit upload speed.
  • You can see the download speed,free space and other information.
  • You can select specific files not to be downloaded.
  • You can close your browser and it continues downloading.
  • You can control your torrents anywhere you have internet (home, work, cell phone...)
  • The downloaded torrents are available for public .
  • It has built-in search .
+ You can also install it on your own machine but you have to install LAMPP (apacheserver/PHP/mysql). Soft pedia has a article about how to install TorrentFlux on your own machine

+ Here is TorrentFlux website.go back to the menu


This one is for Video geeks, it combines youtube and torrents and has some features for viewing torrents vidoes in a comfortable way .it is not easy to install on ubuntu, and it didn't click to me, but you may like it.
Here is their website .go back to the menu


there are other torrent clients, which are installable from source which you can give them a try too (a bit work) , Transmission, qBittorent

After all, I tell you, it is up to you what to choose, (according to your needs choose one of the above clients) but I myself use Ktorrent.
go back to the menu

+ I have spent many days testing all those programs and days to write this article with screenshots, and nobody pays me for blogging for ubuntu, in these days I need money so much, so if you liked this article, plz give me a small gift, the donate button is in the right side bar :) go back to the menu

+ I am writing so many GREAT GREAT GREAT articles for ubuntu, they will come soon (not very soon, after my university exams, but I am sure you will love them)


Ed said...

I like utorrent under WINE.

I am using Xubuntu on an IBM T22 with 256Meg of RAM.


Ed Reames

Shewdiz said...

I dont belive uTorrent under wine is faster than Ktorrent.
and Ktorrent has all uTorrent featuers. (can you tell me something which uTorrent does and Ktorrent doesnt ?)

and would uTorrent with wine give you a tray icon feature?

Marcel Maatkamp said...

You forgot the terminal program 'rtorrent', which in my opion is much slower than utorrent but can be attached/detached via screen.

"and would uTorrent with wine give you a tray icon feature?"

Yes it does!

Shewdiz said...

thanks for mentioning them, I will try to givem a them a try too :)

personally wine works so aweful on my pc, (I have 256 MV ram) so because of that I never felt like trying a torrent client VIA wine.

Quintin said...

rtorrent is the best ever.

ktorrent does all uTorrent does, but I've never been able to get good download speeds with it.

.: Zoph :. said...

I second the vote for rTorrent. Definitely the most full featured client. Terminal only though (but it's still easy to use).

For a more GUI type interface, I suggest BTG. Very pretty. Also has an Ncurses client.

uTorrent is still the best Windows client... it works fine it WINE, but I still think the above two I mentioned are better suited to Ubuntu.

Anonymous said...

Another option could have been: protocol encryption. It may be useful for some people

Currently i use Azureus although i have an old pc. I used Ktorrent earlier but Azureus is muc better since i use the 3.0.3 version instead of 2.5

Daniel said...

You cant use ctrl / shift for multiple file selection when adding a torrent in KTorrent, which is why i switched to Deluge... And got better speeds :D (Dont know if it is possible with KDE)

aman said...

fantastic have discribe so nicely all torrents applications.its nice blog post.



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