Best free torrent clients for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

While the world of torrents is nothing new, there are so many available online that come with annoying bundled software and adware that it makes finding a good torrent client a hard task. Don’t worry, because we at PC Advisor have compiled a list of the best free torrent clients to get you downloading those “Linux installers” and all that “open-source software” via your favourite torrents.

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  • qbittorent qBittorrent
  • transmission Transmission
  • vuze Vuze
  • utorrent uTorrent
  • bitcomet BitComet
  • bitlord BitLord
  • tixati Tixati
  • deluge Deluge
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Best free torrent clients: qBittorrent

In the torrent client community, you’ll usually come across two types of client: lightweight and simple to use, or insanely feature packed. It’s hard to come across a client that offers the best of both worlds, until now. qBittorrent offers a great balance of speed, features and simplicity, including everything from a built-in torrent search engine to a media player, without putting a strain on your CPU. It’s open-source and thus junk-free, and ticks all the boxes that make it a great all-round torrent client.  

Download: qBittorrent

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In the torrent client community, you’ll usually come across two types of client: lightweight and simple to use, or insanely feature packed. It’s hard to come across a client that offers the best of both worlds, until now. qBittorrent offers a great balance of speed, features and simplicity, including everything from a built-in torrent search engine to a media player, without putting a strain on your CPU. It’s open-source and thus junk-free, and ticks all the boxes that make it a great all-round torrent client.  

Download: qBittorrent

Read next: How to download torrents

Best free torrent clients: Transmission

Transmission is the go-to torrent client for Mac users, and is funded by donations rather than adware, meaning the interface is relatively clean and users don’t need to worry about annoying adverts or browser toolbars being installed at the same time. It requires a tiny amount of processing power, making it ideal for use on older Macs, whilst still offering more advanced options for power users.

Download: Transmission

Best free torrent clients: Vuze

One of our personal favourites, Vuze claims to be the most powerful BitTorrent client on Earth – a bold claim, considering there are more torrent clients online than we can shake a stick at. Offering not only torrent download and media playback, Vuze also offers support for magnet file links, making the torrenting process that much easier.

Other features like plugin support, remote control via web or mobile, along with video conversion for various platforms, from iOS to PlayStation, are available to paid Vuze Plus users, which costs UK customers £22.90 per year at the time of writing. You’ll also get Bitdefender antivirus thrown in too, for good measure.

Download: Vuze

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Best free torrent clients: uTorrent

uTorrent is maintained by BitTorrent itself and is the most widely used torrent client outside of China, and has been in use since 2005. While some users hit out at recent versions of the software for being a little ad- and software bundle heavy, it’s still one of the most useful and effective torrent clients available. In fact, it takes up nearly nothing on your PC – the app is smaller in size than a digital photo at 2MB. It’s a great all-round client, although we’d advise reading each step of the installer so you don’t end up installing extra software and browser toolbars.

Download: uTorrent

Best free torrent clients: BitComet

While BitComet can handle torrent downloads, it goes much beyond that, offering the ability to download via HTTP and FTP too. Similar in design to Windows’ own Windows Explorer, it’s easy to navigate and unlike its rivals, doesn’t install annoying toolbars in your browser, nor does it barrage you with adverts. Sure, it’s not the best-looking client available, but if you want a download manager spanning across torrents, HTTP and FTP, BitComet is a decent candidate.

Download: BitComet

Best free torrent clients: BitLord

If simplicity is at the top of your list of requirements from a torrent client, then look no further than BitLord. The developers claim it’s one of the simplest torrent apps around, and features no kind of bundled software like others in our roundup. In addition to being fairly simple to use, users also have the option of using the software’s built-in VLC Media Player to play almost any kind of media file available – including those you torrent. Apart from that, it’s fairly light on features so not ideal for hard-core torrent fans, but it is a great place to start for those new to the torrenting world.

Download: BitLord

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Best free torrent clients: Tixati

Tixati is described on its website as having “NO spyware. NO ads. NO nonsense” and while that’s a great start for a free torrent client, we’re not so sure about the look. Sporting a rather old-school UI may put off some users, but if you can look past that, Tixati is a lightweight torrent client with decent filtering options and, as it says, spyware, ads and ‘nonsense’ free.

Download: Tixati

Best free torrent clients: Deluge

Deluge is an open-source, cross-platform BitTorrent client available for not only Windows but macOS/Mac OS X and Linux too. While Deluge is a torrent client like others in this roundup, it takes a different approach to the torrenting system: instead of providing an all-in-one solution, Deluge offers a plug-in system that provides the advanced features that you require.

While Deluge starts off as a fairly minimal torrent client, you can add plug-ins like RSS support to expand what is possible with it, providing possibly the most personal torrent experience of all in our roundup.

Download: Deluge

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