Looking for the best torrent client in Ubuntu? Indeed there are a number of torrent clients available for desktop Linux. But which ones are the best Ubuntu torrent clients among them?
Best torrent programs for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions
I am going to list top 5 torrent clients for Linux, which are lightweight, feature-rich and have impressive GUI. Ease of installation and use is also a factor.
Since Ubuntu comes by default with Transmission, I am going to exclude it from the main list. This doesn’t mean that Transmission doesn’t deserve to be on the list. Transmission is perhaps the best Linux torrent client. One of the reasons why it is the default Torrent application in several Linux distributions, including Ubuntu.
Deluge has been chosen as the best torrent client for Linux by Lifehacker and that speaks itself of the usefulness of Deluge. And it’s not just Lifehacker who is a fan of Deluge, check out any forum and you’ll find a number of people admitting that Deluge is their favorite.
Fast, sleek and intuitive interface makes Deluge a hot favorite among Linux users.
It is available in Ubuntu repositories and you can install Deluge in Ubuntu Software Center or by using the command below:
sudo apt-get install deluge
As the name suggests, qBittorrent is the Qt version of famous Bittorrent application. You’ll see an interface similar to Bittorrent client in Windows, if you ever used it. Sort of lightweight and have all the standard features of a torrent program, qBittorrent is also available in default Ubuntu repository.
It could be installed from Ubuntu Software Center or using the command below:
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent
Tixati is another nice to have torrent client for Ubuntu. It has a default dark theme which might be preferred by many but not me. It has all the standard features that you can seek in a torrent client.
In addition to that, there is an additional feature of data analysis. You can measure and analyze bandwidth and other statistics in nice charts.
Tixati is not open source software.
Vuze is the favorite torrent application of a number of Linux as well as Windows users. Apart from the standard features, you can search for torrents directly in the application. You can also subscribe to episodic content so that you won’t have to search for new contents as you can see it in your subscription in the sidebar.
It also comes with a video player that can play HD videos with subtitles and all. But I don’t think you would like to use it over the better video players such as VLC.
Vuze can be installed from Ubuntu Software Center or using the command below:
sudo apt-get install vuze
Frostwire is the torrent application you might want to try. It is more than just a simple torrent client. Also available for Android, you can use it to share files over WiFi.
You can search for torrents from within the application and play them inside the application. In addition to the downloaded files, it can browse your local media and have them organized inside the player. The same is applicable for the Android version.
An additional feature is that Frostwire also provides access to legal music by indie artists. You can download them and listen to it, for free, for legal.
On Windows, uTorrent (pronounced mu torrent) is my favorite torrent application. While uTorrent may be available for Linux, I deliberately skipped it from the list because installing and using uTorrent in Linux is neither easy nor does it provide a complete application experience (runs within the web browser). Also, uTorrent is not open source.
You can read about uTorrent installation in Ubuntu here.
Most of the time, torrent applications do not start by default. You might want to change this behavior. Read this post to learn how to manage startup applications in Ubuntu.
What’s your favorite?
That was my opinion on the best Torrent clients in Ubuntu. What is your favorite one? Do leave a comment. You can also check the best download managers for Ubuntu in related posts.