If you’re trying to figure out how to setup qBittorrent to use a proxy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll also cover the basics on what proxies are, whether they’re worth it, and how they compare to some of the alternatives for qBittorrent and torrenting in general.
Keep reading to learn more.
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How to Setup a Proxy with qBittorrent
1. First, in case it’s not obvious, you’re going to need a proxy. We’d recommend Private Internet Access, but there are other options out there.
- Warning: Avoid using free proxies for torrenting!
2. Once you have one, navigate to Tools > Options in qBittorrent.
3. Click on Connection in the side bar.
4. Next, find the Proxy Server settings. From there, you want to set the Type and Port.
- If you’re using Private Internet Access or a similar service, these with be SOCKS5 for the type and 1080 for the port.
5. Enter the Host address. For PIA, this is proxy-nl.privateinternetaccess.com
6. You should also click the box for Use proxy for peer connections (and leave Use proxy for hostname lookups selected as well; it should be by default)
7. Next, click Authentication and enter the Username and Password for your proxy service.
8. Finally, select Apply.
- Your proxy should now be working. That being said, it’s a good idea to check and make sure.
9. To do this, you can navigate to IPLeak.net and find the section on Torrent Address detection.
10. By clicking Activate, you’ll be given a magnet link that you can add to qBittorrent. If IPLeak does not show your real IP address, then the proxy is working. And if it does… it’s not working.
Can I Use a Free Proxy?
Can you? Sure. Should you? No. Especially not if you’re torrenting anything you don’t want other people to find out about.
At worst, a “free” proxy is making their money off you or your data in some way or another. At best, you have no idea who’s managing it: whether they’re reliable, whether they know what they’re doing, etc. In short, you simply can’t trust free proxy servers with your information.
On top of that, they typically provide much poorer service than you would receive with a paid service.
Both of these points are very important when you’re using qBittorrent or other torrent clients, since it means your downloads will be less secure and slower.
However, if you absolutely insist on using a free proxy, we’d recommend the one offered by PrivadoVPN.
Alternatives to Using a Proxy for Bittorrent: Proxy vs. VPN
We’re going to keep this explanation super simple:
- A proxy changes your IP address
- A VPN changes your IP address and encrypts your traffic (along with other security/privacy features)
In short, a VPN is a straight upgrade: it does everything a proxy can do – and a lot more. The encryption is particularly important for activities like torrenting, since it stops your ISP and other parties from seeing what you’re downloading.
If that weren’t enough, VPNs are a lot easier to use. Rather than go through all of the steps we outlined above, you simply install an app and click a button. And that will protect all of your traffic, not just what you download in qBittorrent.
Many of them even have their own SOCKS5 proxy servers that you can use. Private Internet Access actually has a feature called Shadowsocks, which lets you use their VPN and proxy at the same time.
You can read more about the subject in our full article on VPN vs Proxy vs Online Downloader vs Seedbox.
qBittorrent Proxy: Wrap-Up
Learning about proxies can be a little confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Hopefully the simple steps and advice above has given you everything you need to know about using a proxy with qBittorrent VPN.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments.