Best uTorrent alternatives for Windows 10 PC

uTorrent has been one of the most preferred & widely used torrent clients globally. It was an open-source application and extremely lightweight and probably hailed by every torrent downloader. Torrent files are those small files that make possible downloading larger files efficiently over the BitTorrent protocol.  However, ever since BitTorrent Inc. bought it, they made it closed-source and stuffed it with unwanted advertisements and offers. With all that fuss created by uTorrent, came the desire to switch to a better torrent client.

Torrent clients have been pretty sought after since they allow us to download stuff without having to rely on a central server. It is also pretty easy to share larger files with other by creating a torrent link. Over the time, some sophisticated alternatives to uTorrent have been introduced. In this article, we have lined up some of the best (and free) uTorrent alternatives for Windows 10/8/7 PC.

uTorrent alternative software for Windows PC

1] Deluge

uTorrent alternative software for Windows PC

Deluge is an open-source & cross-platform application for Windows. This torrent client is excellent, super smooth, and powerful. The application is highly customizable via a lot of additional plugin options. The user interface of the torrent client is a bit tricky to get by at first. It is a bit different than the regular torrent clients. But you won’t have a hard time using it; the layout is quite smooth. The standard installation adequately covers all the essentials & you should be able to quickly get started without much of a hassle.

Key Highlights:

  • Light-weight & Add-free
  • Highly Customizable via plug-ins
  • Doesn’t have a built-in search engine
  • Doesn’t support sequential downloading.

You can download it from its homepage.

2] Tixati

Tixati is another free torrent client that can be used as a convenient alternative to uTorrent. If you are looking for an application that provides detailed information for your torrents, Tixati is just for you. The client provides details on files, pieces, peers, trackers, and even provides event logging individually for all peers. The user interface requires a bit of improvement, but the application is fully packed to include all the major features. The application is a bit slower leading to an average overall user experience.

Key Highlights:

  • Ad-free, Fully Featured
  • Portable version available
  • Slower & High-contrast User Interface
  • Doesn’t have a built-in search engine.

Download it from the homepage.

3] Transmission

Transmission started off as a Mac-only client at first and immediately became so popular that the developers had to come up with a Windows version as well. This torrent client has arguably one of the best user interfaces. It is open-source, includes most of the features, and uses less than 25 MB in download state – making it one of the most lightweight clients in the business. However, it does lose out on some of the advanced mechanisms such as embedded trackers. The torrent client recently hit the news because of security vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers. However, the patch fix is out, and the problem had been taken care of. Transmission is one such torrent client which will ensure you have a great overall user experience.

Key Highlights:

  • Ad-free, Super Lightweight
  • Minimalistic yet Fully Featured
  • Doesn’t have an embedded tracker
  • Doesn’t have a built-in search engine.

Get it from its homepage.

4] BitTorrent

BitTorrent is more like a rebranded version of the classic uTorrent. This torrent client is proprietary, which means that the source code is not available publicly. BitTorrent is also power-packed and highly customizable. However, the free version contains ads, and some advanced features are only available in the Pro version that can be purchased for $19.99. The application provides a fair overall user experience. This torrent client is cool, but often finds a tough competition from many other ad-free and open-source clients.

Key Highlights:

  • Good UI, Available on Android too
  • Loaded with Advanced Features
  • Requires purchase to go Ad-free
  • Doesn’t have a tracker exchange functionality.

Download it from the homepage.

5] qBittorrent

qBittorrent

The qBittorrent project aims to provide an open-source software alternative to µTorrent. It is an advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice Qt user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. The free open source software aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. You can download it from sourceforge.net.

6] Vuze

Final in the list, Vuze is a smarter cross-platform alternative to uTorrent. It has a built-in search, can be expanded via plug-ins, and can be set-up to run only on a virtual private network. The application also allows faster downloads by merging the swarms of multiple torrents that contain the same file. It is a truly loaded application and also contains built-in virus protection. The app scans all of your downloads for malicious files. While the application does have a lot of greatness packed-in, it also has some drawbacks of its own. The free version has a lot of ads and even pushes unwanted software. The user interface is not as intuitive as its peers, and the overall experience is only satisfactory because the application is heavy and slow.

Key Highlights:

  • Good UI, Available on Android too
  • Loaded with Advanced Features
  • Requires Installing Java Runtime, Not Lightweight.

You can download it from its homepage.

All of the uTorrent alternatives come with their own set of pros and cons. I would suggest you try each one and then decide which software suits you best. Personally, I prefer open source options like the Vuze since they offer an exhaustive set of feature without ending up being too commercial.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Windows enthusiast, a blogger & a keen follower of everything Microsoft. He loves to keep a track of the Windows ecosystem and enjoys covering Windows 10 features & freeware.