11 Best Free Torrent Clients

A List of the Best Free Torrent Clients Out There

You'll need a free torrent client if you want to download files over the BitTorrent network. Once you've located a torrent file, you'll need some way to download it - and that's where a torrent client becomes necessary.

There are several different kinds of free torrent clients. Some torrent clients have more features than others and some even run from a website, meaning you don't need to install any software at all.

Below is an updated list of the best free torrent programs and web services available online. Use any of these clients with your torrent files to download content over the BitTorrent network.

Important: While these programs are free and legal to use, it doesn't mean the actual content you're downloading via the torrent is legally available in this way. You should be familiar with the copyright laws in your country before using a torrent client to download movies, music, software programs, etc.

If you're not sure about the legality of downloading movies or music via torrents, see my Where to Download Free Movies and Where to Get Free Music Downloads for sources that I've already checked out for you.

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uTorrent

Screenshot of uTorrent in Windows 8
uTorrent.

uTorrent is one of the more popular free torrent clients. The installer size is tiny and only a fraction of system resources are used when the program is running.

You can subscribe to RSS feeds in uTorrent to automatically download new torrent items that are pushed through the feed.

uTorrent Remote is a feature that comes built-in that allows remote monitoring and administration of your uTorrent client. You can add, pause, and delete torrents from any browser or Android device. More

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FileStream.me

Screenshot of the online torrent client FileStream.me
FileStream.me. © Filestream.me

FileStream.me is another online torrent client that works by entering torrent links or uploading torrent files into your account and then having FileStream.me upload the files for you so you can then download them through your browser.

The free version of FileStream.me is ad supported, limits torrents to 300 MB, gives you three days to download your torrents, can fetch two torrents at once, and might restrain your download speed if you're downloading lots of files.

However, it does hide your IP address, let you resume downloads, allows streaming video and audio files, offers an Android client, and doesn't limit your monthly access. More

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ZbigZ

Screenshot of ZbigZ in Chrome
ZbigZ. © ZbigZ.com

ZbigZ is similar to Filestream in that it downloads and seeds torrents for you and then lets you download the files as regular HTTP data. Because it works this way, it may be preferred if your ISP is restricting your access to torrent downloads.

Among other limitations, ZbigZ allows your torrents to be no larger than 1 GB. Plus, your download speeds are topped off at a mere 150 KB/s. More

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BitLord

Screenshot of BitLord in Windows 7
BitLord. © BitLord

BitLord is a free torrent downloader for Windows and macOS.

You can password protect the BitLord program, stream video/audio before the download is complete, and search for torrents inside the program without leaving the client.

You can also add RSS feeds to BitLord to help keep track of new torrent releases. More

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Vuze

Screenshot of Vuze
Vuze. © Azureus Software, Inc.

Another free torrent program is Vuze (formerly Azureus). There are tons of awesome features in this program, such as media playback support and a built-in browser for searching for torrents.

Vuze lets you control its functions from an Android device or browser in addition to the desktop client.

A folder that connects directly to iTunes is included in Vuze so that you can drag downloaded media into it to include them in your iTunes library.

Vuze can automatically hibernate your PC, shut it down, or run a program when downloading or seeding is finished.

Note: This torrent client can also be downloaded as an ad-free, more lightweight and easy to use version, called Leap. See my review of Vuze for more information on their differences. More

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FrostWire

Screenshot of FrostWire in Windows 7
FrostWire. © FrostWire.com

FrostWire can search for torrent files on several websites at once, with available filters to narrow down results by file size and seed count.

There are also tons of Internet radio stations included with FrostWire with the ability to add custom streams.

In addition to using it on Windows, macOS, or Ubuntu OS, a FrostWire app is available for other devices too, like Androids. If on the web, you can chat with other FrostWire users through their community chat room. More

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Deluge

Screenshot of Deluge
Deluge. © Deluge Team

Deluge is a pretty simple, free torrent client. You can adjust the max upload slots and speeds, as well as download speeds and encryption.

There are plenty of plugins you can grab for expanding Deluge's settings. There are plugins for an email notifier, scheduler, web interface, stats, auto RSS downloader, and many others.

Deluge is available for many Linux distributions along with macOS and Windows. More

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BitComet

Screenshot of BitComet
BitComet. © BitComet

BitComet is a free torrent program with remote access and virus scanning.

There are advanced options like scheduled bandwidth limits, long-term seeding, and CometID VIP Acceleration.

BitComet can be configured to auto shutdown, reboot, hibernate, or sleep when all downloads are complete, which is a useful function. More

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qBittorrent

Screenshot of qBittorrent
qBittorrent. © The qBittorrent Project

qBittorent is for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has a clean interface with a password protection option, built-in RSS reader and web browser, web interface for remote control, and many detailed advanced options like anonymous mode and defining a particular network interface for transmissions.

Even with the advanced features, qBittorrent is easy to use and isn't confusing in the slightest. More

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Miro

Screenshot of Miro
Miro. © Participatory Culture Foundation

Miro is a media player for Windows, Ubuntu, macOS, and other operating systems that allows file downloading, so it functions as a free torrent client as well.

You can share your Miro files across a network and to the Miro iPad app for streaming downloaded torrent media.

Searching for new torrent downloads is easy with Miro because you don't ever leave the program due to the built-in internet browser. More

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Torrent2exe

Screenshot of Torrent2exe
Torrent2exe.

Torrent2exe is a unique free torrent client. It's said to work by integrating torrent information into a single executable file and doing all the necessary steps for you.

Though it has never worked for me, you're given the option to simply enter a torrent's URL into the Torrent2exe website, or upload your own torrent file, and then choose Start downloading to download an EXE file that does the downloading and seeding for you.

What has worked for me is installing the Torrent2exe program to my computer and using it as a fully developed torrent client, complete with upload and download bandwidth restrictions, drag and drop support, and the ability to create a torrent file from scratch. More