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Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux

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UPDATE: The article was moved (and updated). For the new location of the list please click here 

Here is a list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

Azureus (now Vuze)

The most future rich torrent client for Linux, but being based on Java, is also a memory and performance hogger.

“Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users” read more…(dead link)

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Written by nongeekboy

October 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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  1. [...] a non-geek’s linux notes put an intriguing blog post on Top 5 Torrent Clients for LinuxHere’s a quick overviewA very lightweight bit torrent client that is ported to iPhone too and the default torrent client in Ubuntu…. [...]

  2. Azureus works very well. Get the Cubit plugin for search as well while at it for easy lookups.

    arrrrrr

    October 6, 2008 at 12:36 am

  3. rtorrent is incredible, I used it over ssh and its very easy and feature-rich for a console app

    BTW, Deluge has plugins, my favorite being the bandwidth scheduling, pretty much like utorrent’s, but seems to allow 2 speeds…

    meh

    October 6, 2008 at 1:40 am

  4. I personally run a copy of TorrentFlux off my home server. it does an awesome job and it always there, once it’s done I just read the stuff off over NFS. I’ve also quite liked BitTornado.

    ultra

    October 6, 2008 at 1:52 am

  5. No btdownloadcurses.py? For shame, bruh

    Tofusensei

    October 6, 2008 at 3:04 am

  6. No btdownloadcurses.py? What kind of lunix geek are you? :(

    Tofusensei

    October 6, 2008 at 3:05 am

  7. Good list. I think you’ve forgotten about Torrentflux and torrentflux-b4rt, though. Especially on linux’s strength as a server, these two clients can be invaluable.

    lukemcr

    October 6, 2008 at 4:05 am

  8. Hey, why do you have pictures of Deluge next to Azureus and Transmission?

    Eric

    October 6, 2008 at 6:46 am

  9. Some of the screenshots are old. Ktorrent now has a KDE 4 interface, and Vuze has a dark interface, with a web browser built in. I wouldn’t recommend it.

    aronzak

    October 6, 2008 at 8:05 am

  10. Azureus screenshot shows Deluge. Transmission screenshot shows Deluge.

    Ovidiu C.

    October 6, 2008 at 8:21 am

  11. Deluge has served me well for quite some time now. Didn’t like transmission, couldn’t choose the files I didn’t want to download. Azureus is kind of unstable and eats up loads of memory. Really want to try out rtorrent. Thanks for a great list.

    chestyle

    October 6, 2008 at 10:28 am

    • You can choose what files to download in transmission you just have to right click the download.

      v0ltag3

      May 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

  12. Dude,

    Transmission has Deluge’s screenshot.

    Otherwise, nice summary ;)

    kotnik

    October 6, 2008 at 11:12 am

  13. I’m using BitTornado, specifically because it has a console “curses” mode which makes it much easier to run over a remote SSH login session.

    Still, I’ll be checking out Deluge. Thanks for the reviews.

    Bob Robertson

    October 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm

  14. Torrentflux-b4rt

    http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/

    Its more gooder

    sam

    October 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  15. First of all, sorry for the image error. Now it’s fixed.
    @meh:
    Yeo, that is why I choose rtorrent too.
    @ultra, lukemcr and sam:
    torrentflux needs apache, php and mysql, that’s why I didn’t include it on the list. I thought that, a regular user wont install apache&co in order to use torrentflux. Anyway, for a server torrentflux is the best choice. That’s why I will make an update with torrentflux.
    @tofusensei:
    I consider rtorrent as being a better alternative than btdownloadcurses. Of course, I may be subjective.
    @chestyle:
    You can choose the files you want to download in Transmission. If you are comfortable with the console, you’ll love rtorrent ;)
    @Bob Robertson:
    I never used BitTornado, but I did used Deluge and I liked, it’s somehow like utorrent.

    Regards,
    Marius

    nongeekboy

    October 6, 2008 at 1:38 pm

  16. My favorite is KTorrent. Never have used the others.

    Binny V A

    October 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm

  17. [...] Read more at a non-geek’s linux notes [...]

  18. Nice summary. I’ve used all of the mentioned clients (and a couple more). Today I only use the two that work the best in my opinion. KTorent for local downloads (the new version 3.1 especially rocks) and rTorrent on my remote server where I mostly share Linux distros and various other stuff.

    Andrej Novak

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm

  19. I am for a long time a huge fan of Azureus. However I begin to find the latest (Vuze) versions too cluttered and full of unnecessary options. If this goes on I would consider using Deluge.

    Mitko

    October 7, 2008 at 7:52 am

  20. [...] Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux [...]

  21. where is qbittorrent ? :/

    desss

    October 8, 2008 at 5:10 am

  22. Azureus is feature rich but crahes occasionaly(plugins?), and eats alot of system.
    Ktorent reasonable features, and very stable.
    Ktorrent is more useful when run by excuting as:

    nnice -n 10 ktorrent %i %m -caption “%c” %u

    for lower CPU usage/more as a backgound activity.
    NB nice -n 0 is default. Never run a program as n 10,
    as this assumes n is preceeded by a Plus, and will domonate your CPU, until
    your system is slows to a crash.

    Linux user

    October 16, 2008 at 11:57 pm

  23. Sorry about last instruction.

    Should be:

    nice -n 10 ktorrent %i %m -caption “%c” %u

    (not with extra n)

    Linux user

    October 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

  24. Very useful tip! Thank you alot.

    nongeekboy

    October 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  25. I was a big fan of ktorrent but found that transmission serves my torrenting needs perfectly. Lightweight and very fast. Nice list.

    golfswingdigest

    October 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

  26. thank you, great post

    kisho

    October 27, 2008 at 2:44 am

  27. [...] Alternativní programy pro linux: PySoulSeek (v síťi SoulSeek se primárně sdílí hudba mp3, wma, flac, ape ale i jiné soubory) – http://www.sensi.org/~ak/pyslsk/ Torrent stahovače – top 5 torrent klientů pro linux: http://alinuxblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/top-5-torrent-clients-for-linux/ [...]

  28. Transmission? What ?

    iMhatimi

    January 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  29. Wait, where the hell is Transmission?

    Zeeded

    January 27, 2009 at 6:49 am

  30. @Zeeded:
    I have moved my blog; you can find the full version of the article at http://linuxnongeek.com/2008/10/05/top-5-torrent-clients-for-linux/ Transmission it’s listed 5th.

    nongeekboy

    January 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

  31. [...] [...]

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    August 10, 2009 at 5:44 pm

  32. Azureus used to be pretty awesome.
    Vuze blows though. I don’t know what the hell they did or what the project’s goal is now, but it certainly isn’t a bittorrent client.

    Joe

    August 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  33. unfurtenutely i installed it but had a some trojan for control of my pc.
    i don’t like it.

    pary

    October 6, 2009 at 1:40 am

  34. why does to title say top 5 when obviously there’s only one client listed

    jani

    December 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    • There is a link at the end of the fragment. Try it…

      nongeekboy

      December 21, 2009 at 6:06 am

  35. Hi,

    Good article. As per my view Azureus is best.

    Rahul

    March 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

  36. Transmission could be reluctantly satisfactory if it had the ability to automatically add additional trackers from a .torrent file with the same name downloaded from a different site. As it is, its a real pain to try to get all the trackers from all the different sites. They have to added one at a time. But the user interface for Transmissions is really bad.

    I’m new to Linux and I’m looking for a torrent client that is as small, fast, light, and feature rich as uTorrent was for Windows.

    btw, I’ve been using computers since 1982, so I can perfectly handle the command line, but that is also the reason I wish to avoid it as much as possible, unless I’m missing the point of the advancement to a GUI. lol.

    80063r

    March 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  37. what list all u mentioned was crappy ram eating vuze :-/

    lys

    June 9, 2010 at 5:34 am

  38. thank you, great post

    Fbml kod

    July 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

  39. hi,
    i have newly installed ubuntu on my laptop.

    i am having difficulty installing Vuse and would be grateful if someone could help.

    these are the instructions for installation:
    REQUIREMENTS:
    Azureus requires Sun Java 1.5.x or newer to run.
    JRE 1.6 (6.0 series) is highly recommended.

    http://java.sun.com

    RUNNING:
    1. Extract the contents of this .tar.bz2 file.
    2. Change to the ‘azureus’ directory where the files were extracted.
    3. Start Azureus by running the script named ‘azureus'; ex. “./azureus”

    NOTE:
    If you have the Java JRE installed somewhere unusual (or not in your PATH),
    use the JAVA_PROGRAM_DIR option in the script.

    …………………………………..
    i have no clue yet as i learning this OS.

    samo

    August 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  40. Why don’t you try skdownloader.. It has a nice installer for linux as well.
    It is as powerful as any other torrent client out there with a nice looking GUI and lots of themes to choose from. Also there is a browser integration feature which enables a “download with skdownloader” in browser right click menu. If this is used on a torrent link, skdownloader will download the torrent file by itself and automatically start downloading using the torrent file…. :) :)

    http://www.toolsbysk.com/skdownloader

    Jack

    November 26, 2010 at 5:29 am

    • I will have a look. Thanks for the tip.

      nongeekboy

      November 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

  41. nice list…Azureus is best.

    Rahul

    March 18, 2011 at 11:40 am


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