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7 Best BitTorrent Clients for Linux in 2019

Best BitTorrent Clients for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

We recently published an article on the 10 Best Cloud Torrent Service Providers for readers who enjoy operating from the cloud so check it out if you haven’t.

Today, we’ve curated a new list of the best BitTorrent client apps for the desktop and while they have unique features, they are reliable and available for free.

1. Vuze

Vuze is a powerful BitTorrent client with which you can download torrent files as well as view, publish, and share original DVD and HD videos.

Vuze’s features include metasearch, torrent download subscription, web remote, built-in video converter, video player, etc. You can also extend its functionality using an extensive number of plugins and even subscribe to its payment plan to access cooler features.

Vuze Bittorrent Client for Linux

Vuze Bittorrent Client for Linux

2. Web Torrent

WebTorrent is a free, cross-platform, open-source P2P torrent client available to run in web browsers and on desktops.

It is written completely in JavaScript and you can use it to stream content from Internet archives, music from creative commons, and audiobooks from Librivox.

Unlike more common clients on this list, Web Torrent Desktop fetches content on demand and makes it available for instant playback without any extra charge.

WebTorrent Desktop

WebTorrent Desktop

3. qBittorrent

qBittorrent is a free, multi-platform Qt-based torrent client that aims to be the ideal open-source µTorrent alternative.

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Among its many features are a polished µTorrent-like UI, category-specific search, support for many BitTorrent extensions, a built-in torrent creation tool, IP filtering, sequential downloading, etc.

To install qBittorrent on Ubuntu and its derivatives, run the following commands.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qbittorrent 
qBittorrent Client for Linux

qBittorrent Client for Linux

4. Deluge

Deluge is a free, lightweight, cross-platform, and open-source torrent with several features including encryption, local peer discovery, bandwidth control, and a simple User Interface.

Deluge may look too simple at first launch but it can handle a lot more tasks that the above-listed features thanks to its support for plugins which extends its features to include a scheduler, web interface, auto RSS downloader, email notifier, etc.

To install Deluge on Ubuntu and its derivatives, run the following commands.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install deluge
Deluge Bittorrent Client for Linux

Deluge Bittorrent Client for Linux

5. Transmission

Transmission is a free, lightweight, cross-platform BitTorrent client that makes it easy for users to download torrents quickly and easily.

The open-source BitTorrent client’s features include a simple, clutter-free UI, local peer discovery, full encryption support, tracker editing, etc. Transmission is among the most popular torrent clients known for its simplicity and reliability because it gets the job done.

Transmission Bittorrent Client for Linux

Transmission Bittorrent Client for Linux

6. Tixati

Tixati is a 100% free, lightweight torrent client for GNU/Linux and Windows. Its features include an intuitive User interface, RSS, IP filtering, event scheduling, and support for DHT, PEX,  and magnet links.

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Tixati also features analytic tools which analyze your connection bandwidth and other statistical information and displays the results in likeable charts.

Tixati Bittorrent Client for Linux

Tixati Bittorrent Client for Linux

7. FrostWire

FrostWire is a free, multi-platform, open-source BitTorrent client and cloud downloader for speedy torrenting. Its features include a neat UI, a built-in media player, in-app search, media preview, and a media library.

FrostWire offers some features other torrent clients require premium subscriptions for e.g. playing media content while torrents are downloading. However, it’s not top of my list because it is cluttered with ads.

FrostWire Cloud Torrent Downloader

FrostWire Cloud Torrent Downloader

These are the best reliable Linux BitTorrent client apps of 2019. What has been your experience with any of them so far?

And do you have any suggestions that can make our list 10? Let us know in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.