5 Best Linux Torrent Clients for 2021
If you are looking for a torrent client to use with Linux, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you prefer using Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, or just plain Debian to torrent, you’ll still need a good torrent client… to download more Linux ISOs, of course.
Fortunately, there are plenty of great, Linux-compatible options to choose from.
Gone are the days when Linux lacked the torrenting options of Windows. In this article, we highlight the best torrent clients for any Linux distribution.
While all the clients on this list have their own devoted following, qBittorrent is probably the fan favorite among Linux users.
It gives you tons of options and control, while still being easy to use. It can handle tons of torrents, but it’s still lightweight. And overall, qBittorrent is just a very good, very balanced torrent client for Linux, with solid security on top. Plus, it’s fully open source.
Download qBittorrent for Linux here.
Depending on what distro you’re running, you may already have Transmission. That’s because Ubuntu and many others come pre-packaged with this fantastic torrent client software.
Transmission is great for torrent users who want a clean, simple interface and a client that doesn’t hog up memory and resources.
However, some very heavy downloaders find that it lacks some of the options and functionality of other clients. But this is only a big issue if you’re dealing with huge numbers of torrents at a time.
Download Transmission for Linux here.
Deluge does everything you can ask of a torrent client – and then some. For instance, it can be configured with a client/server setup, where one computer downloads and seed torrents, while the other device, or client, simply manages the torrent activity remotely.
On the downside, Deluge can be slightly more demanding on your system resources, and sometimes struggles when running huge numbers of torrent files.
Download Deluge for Linux here.
rTorrent is a uniquely Linux-like torrent client, with a plain-text, command-line interface. Like Linux itself, it offers almost unlimited options and customization, while being the least demanding on your system resources.
That’s enough to make veteran users fall in love. But it also makes it the most difficult-to-use torrent client on the list for people who are new to Linux or simply aren’t that comfortable using the command line.
Download rTorrent for Linux here.
Ktorrent is another torrent client exclusive to Linux, this time developed by KDE. Free, open source, and lightning fast, it’s a great option for any kind of torrent user.
Especially since, unlike rTorrent, its UI is a little more accessible for people who are used to other popular torrent clients.
So, if you want to try something developed specifically for Linux but that’s a little easier to use, KTorrent is a great option. As an added bonus, it syncs perfectly with KDE’s Plasma desktop environment.
Download KTorrent for Linux here.
These two torrent clients didn’t quite make our top five, but they’re still worth mentioning.
Web Torrent is different from the other clients on this list, in that its focus is on streaming torrent files as you download them.
In that way, it’s similar to Popcorn Time, though the latter only streams, whereas Web Torrent streams AND downloads at the same time. If you’re impatient – and don’t mind using software that’s still in beta – Web Torrent might just be the perfect pick.
Download Web Torrent for Linux here.
Tixati has a nice, dark theme that many users might enjoy, an RSS downloader, and some other neat features.
Unfortunately, it’s not open source, which holds it back with some Linux users – and torrent trackers. For example, many private trackers have banned Tixati in the past because of security vulnerabilities. That’s one of the biggest reasons for its smaller following. We don’t really recommend it but still included it here for completeness.
Download Tixati for Linux here.
There you have it, the best torrent clients for Linux. While all of them have their advantages and disadvantages, everyone has their favorite, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them, whether you’re using Transmission on Ubuntu or qBittorrent on Fedora.
Which client is your go-to? Let us know in the comments.
And, remember, whichever Linux torrent client you use, please use it with a trusted VPN to keep your torrent downloading activities private, safe & secure. For Linux, we recommend PIA VPN.
Last updated: May 10, 2020