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The Top 8 Torrent Clients on the Web

Organize your files, increase your download speeds, and find more content

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If you want to download torrents - small files that are make up a much larger file, delivered in part as a "swarm" to many users at the same time - you have to have a torrent client. A torrent client is a simple software program that manages your torrent downloads and uploads, helps you find files, and even organizes your download library.

Once you have your torrent client installed, you're ready to search for torrents. Many torrent clients offer you the ability to search for torrents from multiple sites directly from the client itself. You can also use the Web to search for torrents, such as torrent search engines or torrent sites.

Once you've found the torrent file you want to download, simply click "download this file". Your Web browser will usually ask you what you want to do with this program; make sure you select the torrent client that you just downloaded in order to download and manage it.

If your Web browser for some reason does NOT ask you what you want to do with this file, save the file to an easily accessible spot on your computer, such as a special folder that you've designated specifically for torrent files. That way, it will be easier to find and organize. Once you have the torrent file tethered on your computer, you can use your torrent client to find and download the torrent. Note: it's easiest to search for torrents from within a torrent client, if this option is available. Most of the clients on this list give you the ability to search multiple torrent sites at once, track your torrent downloads, and organize them just the way you want them.

While searching for torrents and P2P sharing technology is completely legal, many of the torrent files that you will come across on the Web are actually copyrighted. Copyright law in the United States and other countries (excluding Canada) puts these torrent files and downloading these torrent files at risk for legal action, including lawsuits. Please use common sense and know your local laws before using torrent technology.

1. uTorrent

uTorrent is a lightweight, open source, torrent client that's easy to set up and easy to use. It's extremely small, which means that it provides extremely fast downloads of very large files. uTorrent works on both Windows and Mac systems. You can search for torrents within the software itself, download files and manage them in the download manager, even remotely access and organize your downloads from anywhere you might be.

2. BitLet

BitLet is simply an application that lets you download any torrent file directly in your browser instead of using a separate torrent client, which makes it a very convenient application to use if you'd rather not download anything. Simply use a torrent search engine, copy and paste the URL into BitLet's simple to use interface, and click the "download torrent" button.

3. Transmission

Download torrents even easier with Transmission, a fast, easy, and free multi-platform BitTorrent client with a focus on being lightweight with lots of interesting features, such as watchlists, a streamlined integration, and a very user-friendly interface. It's also an open source client, which means that people who enjoy Transmission can choose to add more features if they so choose.

4. Vuze

Vuze is one of the most popular torrent clients on the Web and with good reason. It's easy to use, it organizes your torrent downloads, and it offers lots of very useful features, including a meta search, subscriptions to your favorite content, fast downloads with multiple streams, remote control, and drag and drop device playback.

5. BitComent

BitComet is a complete download management/organizational tool that is completely free, promising to increase download speed by several times over. Features that BitComet offers include easy seeding and sharing, preview options while downloading, and complete download customization.

6. Deluge

Deluge is a free torrent client that is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows systems. It offers full encryption for security and peace of mind, a wide variety of plugins for increased functionality, and private torrents that can be remotely controlled for easy access.

7. BitTornado

BitTornado is a free, streamlined torrent client that is easy to use for the beginner. Features include upload and download speed settings, batch downloading, and specific information about connections to any peers.

8. BitTorrent

BitTorrent is the original torrent software client, offering many features that make it even easier to use for beginners and advanced users alike. Features include:
  • A hub for searchers to connect with independent artists
  • A streamlined, intuitive interface that is simple to start using immediately
  • Skin personalization and the addition of new features through the App Studio
  • Fast downloads
  • Maximization of network bandwidth so you can keep doing what you're doing with little to no interference

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