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µTorrent is a free application that allows you to share information online while taking full advantage of your network speed. Built for creating and downloading torrents, it packs plenty of useful features beyond its original purpose.
It preserves a simplistic interface which can be navigated even by reluctant users.Read More
The µTorrent major function is to open torrent files that contain metadata about files and folders to be downloaded, and trackers, which help participants in the system find each other and form distribution groups. A torrent file doesn’t contain the content itself; there is only information about those files, such as their names, sizes, and folder structure.
Once you open a torrent file, you can change the file’s name and choose a saving location. After that, it’s going to the downloading queue. If the torrent file contains multiple files, they can be handpicked for downloading.
By default, µTorrent verifies a torrent’s integrity by checking its hash to retry downloading if any issues appear; however, this option can be skipped. Also, you can place the torrent at the top of the queue or postpone its downloading.
You can override default settings in case of minimum ratio, a number of available seeds and seeding time. Other options focus on enabling peer exchange, DHT, initial seeding, and local peer discovery. Also, web seeds can be added by writing the HTTP, HTTPS or FTP links.
In the advanced settings, you can edit the list of trackers leading to the same torrent to increase downloading speed, specify the number of uploads, or limit the maximum upload and download rate.
If you want to create a new torrent, you will need to fill out a simple form which addresses the source files, web seeds, trackers, piece size, website, comment, similar torrents, encryption, privacy, and file order.
µTorrent also supports RSS feeds with custom aliases, which can be automatically downloaded. Enabling “smart episode filter,” it will fetch only the first version of a particular episode.
Finally, the program integrates an option for moving torrent files to remote devices, after turning them into playable media. It supports, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Xbox 360, PS3, and other BitTorrent Certified devices.
µTorrent has a simple interface that makes downloading an easy job. At the same time, it accommodates multiple advanced functions to configure the program's entire behavior.
The application’s main window shows detailed torrent information: file name, size, status, download and upload speed, remaining time, rating, seeds, and peers ratio, date of addition, label, completion percentage, etc.
µTorrent’s installation is done in no time. However, it also installs third-party apps that are not needed for it to function within normal parameters, so they can be declined. Plus, the installer may add an exception to Windows Firewall and set the utility to run at system startup automatically.
Once installed, the application automatically makes .torrent format files associations. You can add torrents from file or URL into the main frame. Then, opening the context menu of a selected torrent brings new options: it can be transferred to a paired device, paused, rearranged in the queue, re-checked, and removed.
You can make further tweaks to the download and upload limit, as well as bandwidth allocation priority. There is also a feature to prioritize torrents by their order and relocate each of them.
If you’re less experienced user, you may resort to a setup guide that triggers µTorrent to run network tests that reveal your PC’s maximum download and upload speed, bandwidth statistics, and port details to configure itself for optimized performance.
µTorrent can minimize to the system tray, start minimized, install updates automatically, and use a “boss key” to protect itself from other users. The interface can be personalized regarding system tray, displayed dialogs, and action when adding torrents. Moreover, you can point out locations for new downloads, completed ones, and for automatically loading torrents from.
Cross-platform use 5/5
μTorrent is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.5 or newer.
You can purchase µTorrent ad-free version for $4,95/year or µTorrent Pro for $19,95/year.
µTorrent Pro offers advanced features such as:
- Automatic protection from viruses and malware;
- Premium customer support;
- Convert downloads to play on any device;
- Stream torrents instantly.
μTorrent is a user-friendly and highly configurable BitTorrent client. It has an excellent feature set, stability, and support for older hardware and versions of Windows and Mac OS X.Collapse
μTorrent consumes minimal system resources, offering a high-quality performance.
Pros : Cross-platform (Windows, Mac OS X);
Leaves a small RAM footprint;.
Cons : Ads can be hidden from plain sight only by purchasing adfree version.
Cross-platform use 5.0