uTorrent

A slimmed-down BitTorrent client that is easy to use

7.0

89 Votes

  • Category P2P
  • License Free
  • Version 3.4.9.42973
  • Size 2.40 MB
  • Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by BitTorrent, Inc.

uTorrent is a powerful BitTorrent client that is stable, efficient and feature-rich and provides user with an extensive amount of information about and control over torrents being downloaded and uploaded.

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol that lets many users cooperate to share files among each other. In order to participate in this kind of sharing you’ll generally need a BitTorrent client, which is where a program like uTorrent comes in. uTorrent is one of the most popular clients around because it has an extensive selection of features, allows for additional features through add-ons, provides advanced information and capabilities concerning uploads and downloads, is highly stable and is on a fast development track, which means you don’t have to wait long for bug fixes and new features.

uTorrent has a very small file and memory footprint, runs very fast and doesn’t require many system resources even when managing a large list of torrents. Automatic bandwidth management helps you to maximize bandwidth in a hands-off fashion, which is great for casual users. You don’t have to worry about your downloads and uploads saturating your throughput and thus crippling other online activities. If you’re an advanced user, uTorrent also gives you granular control so you can determine how you seed and when and why particular downloads and uploads get priority.

uTorrent supports skins, which let you determine the overall aesthetic and UI of the program. uTorrent comes with a handful of skins to choose from, and there’s many more available free through the community. This BitTorrent client also supports extensions. Many users have asked for a built-in media player, and while the developers didn’t want to add bloat to the core version, a community-driven extension allows those who want to view videos and listen to music from within uTorrent. You can even expand on uTorrent’s already substantial reporting and automation capabilities.

The developer has added advertisements to the base version. The ads are non-obtrusive for the most part, but they’re ads nonetheless. The ad-free version requires a small annual subscription. Also, the built-in search is still very basic compared to many BitTorrent clients, and while this can be overcome to some degree with add-ons, there’s certain advanced search functionality that would have to be integrated at a fundamental level.

Pros

  • Lightweight solution
  • Extensive torrent information and control
  • Connection test for self-calibration
  • Add-on framework allows customization

Cons

  • Ad-supported
  • Limited search feature
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