Bittorrent vs qBittorrent: Which Torrent Client is Better?

Bittorrent and qBittorrent logos side-by-side

Which of these torrent download software clients is the best?

Ah, the classic question: which torrent client to use? In this case, we’ll be comparing Bittorrent vs. qBittorrent to see which one comes out on top.

Keep reading to see how they stack up in terms of features, usability, security, and more.

Bittorrent vs. qBittorrent: Which One is Easier to Use?

In general, both torrent clients are easy to use.

However, there are a few differences. First, Bittorrent will try to get you to install other programs on your computer when you’re setting it up. And unless you pay (or use this trick to remove ads from Bittorrent), you’ll have to deal with the in-app advertisements every time you use it.

They’re not only annoying, they’re a slight drain on resources.

With qBittorrent, you won't have to worry about either. Though if you’re used to uTorrent, it will seem slightly different.

Bittorrent vs. qBittorrent: Which One Has More Features?

Both torrent clients have most of the same features, with two notable differences:

With qBittorrent, you get the option to install and use plug-ins, which can further customize the client to your specific needs or preferences.

And with Bittorrent, you can take advantage of the mobile and web apps to remotely manage and even download torrents.

Which of these features is “better” really depends on your personal tastes: would you prefer plug-in support or a mobile/web app?

Bittorrent vs. qBittorrent: Which One is Faster?

In general, Bittorrent and qBittorrent should download files at roughly the same speed.

That being said, qBittorrent’s lightweight, ad-free design makes the app itself a bit faster than Bittorrent (or uTorrent), in our experience.

Bittorrent vs. qBittorrent: Which One is More Secure?

To be clear, no torrent client is completely safe, and we always recommend protecting your P2P activities with a good torrenting client, like PIA VPN.

With that out of the way, the major difference between Bittorrent and qBittorrent is that one is “closed source” and the other is “open source”.

That is, qBittorrent’s code is open to the public, or open source. This is considered to be inherently safer, since it allows users to inspect the code and identity any weak points or back doors.

On the flip side, it’s possible for closed source software, like Bittorrent, to hide security vulnerabilities within its code, either purposely or on accident. In fact, Bittorrent’s sister app, uTorrent, was caught installing crypcurrency miners on people’s computers back in 2015.

In short, we’d consider qBittorrent to be more secure, both because of the design of its software – and its track record.

Advantages of Bittorrent

  • Almost identical to uTorrent, which is the web’s most popular torrent client
  • Mobile and web apps, for easy torrent management
  • Easy to use

Advantages of qBittorrent

  • Completely free, with no ads
  • Open source, with support for plug-ins
  • Fast and minimalist design, which doesn’t hog resources

Which Torrent Client Should You Use?

Now that we’ve compared their features, ease of use, and security, let’s sum it up and discuss which one you should actually use.

uTorrent is the most popular torrent client. And while Bittorrent isn’t technically uTorrent, they are pretty much identical.

But we prefer qBittorrent. It’s fast, free, customizable, and it doesn’t come with any ads or bloatware. Plus, it’s open source, which is a good thing for security.

If you’re already used both torrent clients, let us know which one you prefer in the comments!

January 14, 2024

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