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How to download Torrents on Windows in 2023: A guide to the best tools

With more than 20 years behind it, this fast and reliable way of downloading files is still with us. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear anytime soon. Torrents are not going out of fashion, mainly for two reasons. The first is that the Internet and its capacity to host files of all kinds is immense. Secondly, download speeds are not affected if an originating source is slow or unavailable. If you are here, it is because maybe it is your first time with torrents. Or maybe you want to resume downloading. Or maybe you are simply looking for a good torrent downloader that works on Windows 10 or 11. Then don’t worry because we list the best alternatives with their main features.

uTorrent

The torrents download program par excellence needs few introductions. We are talking about a veteran tool (dating back to 2005). However, it has not lost its essence: it is surprisingly light (if you install it carefully). Additionally, it works for Windows, Mac, and Android. It also has an interesting extra. The tool is available in a web version, so you don’t even have to download it, ideal for computers you don’t own.

The free version works well, is functional, and no more downloads are needed. However, in return, you will have to watch ads and pay attention during installation to minimize the extra programs that may be installed. Throughout its history, it has had the occasional major security problem. Although being under the control of BitTorrent implies a decent support and updates, with their respective patches.

BitTorrent

It is the official BitTorrent client, and it is also a light and ad-supported alternative (the good thing is that it is free). Among its assets, a configuration so simple that makes it ideal for beginners (but it is well stocked in terms of options), an intuitive interface and you can schedule downloads. Also, its operation is impeccable.

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As a curiosity, the BitTorrent app is a version of uTorrent but with a different name. Certainly, they are very similar in terms of functions. Although it has substantial differences as it is open to seeds (those who share a complete file within the torrent network once they have completed the download). In addition to comments and opinions of the web.

qBittorrent

qBittorrent offers an interesting balance between speed and simplicity at zero cost and without ads. In reality, some torrent clients offer a huge amount of features. On the other hand, others go for the basics. However, this program is right in the middle. In fact, it has the premise of meeting the needs of the majority of users, using as little CPU and memory as possible.

The software comes with a torrent search engine, multimedia player, encryption, IP filtering, torrents rating… In short, it is the closest thing to the open source version of uTorrent, but with less bloatware. It is available for Windows 10 and 11, but also macOS and Linux.

Vuze

Formerly known as Azureus, Vuze claims to be the most powerful BitTorrent client out there. To be honest, it aims high. There are two versions, a simpler one called Vuze Leap and the more complete Vuze Plus. In both cases they offer torrent downloading, multimedia player and support magnet file download links. The difference is that the Plus version includes integrated antivirus protection and the possibility to preview files.

One of Vuze’s strong points is its interface. In fact, it is clear and designed with special care. Therefore, even the most advanced functions are clear (ideal for those who are just starting out and are looking to get the most out of this way of downloading). It also has IP filtering functions, bandwidth limitation, integrated search engine and plugins to extend its functionality.

Transmission

If you want to download torrents without any more stories or complications, Transmission provides a fast download speed with a simple interface and low resource consumption. Best of all, it is open source. The interface is intuitive and basic. Therefore, it is a good choice for beginners. Moreover, it neglects details such as remote access. This comes in handy for downloading files to the computer while controlling the process from a tablet or a phone.

On the downside: you will find few advanced features that are present in the previous ones, and the customization is scarce.

Tixati

Tixaty is a BitTorrent and Linux work written in C++. In addition, its two best assets at a functional level is that it is designed to be light in terms of resource consumption. Additionally, it has tools to achieve high-speed downloads.

But it also has a fairly basic interface and comes free of ads and additional software. However, it does have useful features such as a peer selection system, Magnet link support, IP filtering, bandwidth limits and even scheduling.

BiglyBt

If you are looking for an open source and ad-free client for Windows, BiglyBT is a candidate to consider. This program is the continuation of the Vuze-Aureus project.

It has a lot of features such as bandwidth speed limits, media player, download scheduling. It is also compatible with third-party plugins and in general has extensive customization.

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