uTorrent has napalmed the last of its bridges, first by bundling adware with its installer and now, allegedly, a Bitcoin miner. If you’re ready to ditch uTorrent, there are plenty of alternatives available.
This post was originally published on Gizmodo Australia.
Rather than figure out the best options yourself through trial and error (and a cycle of installs and uninstalls), gHacks’ Martin Brinkmann has already done the hard yards, selecting a few of the top clients for users of any platform.
His personal recommendation is qBittorrent, which can be installed on Windows, Linux or OS X and comes with an interface similar to uTorrent, without the ads and other bloatware. If you’re on Android, Flud is worth a look, while another popular cross-platform option is Deluge, a good choice if you’d like to run a remote torrent server.
In my opinion, a great option if you have a NAS or other embedded system (such as a Raspberry Pi), is to run a lightweight torrent server and just connect to it via browser. It takes a little setting up, but it’s easily accessible from any LAN-connected device and acts as a centralised repository for downloaded content.