qBittorrent

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qBittorrent
Qbittorrent logo.png Qbittorrent mascot.png
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qBittorrent 3.0.5 maximized on Ubuntu 12.04
Developer(s) Sledgehammer999,[1] Christophe Dumez, Ishan Arora, Stefanos Antaris, Mohamadad Dib[2]
Initial release March 2006; 8 years ago (2006-03)
Stable release 3.1.9 (March 1, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-03-01)) [±][3]
Preview release N/A [±][4]
Written in C++ (Qt)[5]
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, Windows, Android
Available in 35 languages[6]
Type BitTorrent client
License GPLv2+[7]
Website qbittorrent.org

qBittorrent is a free software cross-platform BitTorrent client. The program uses libtorrent-rasterbar library for the torrent back-end (network communication) functionality.

qBittorrent is written in the C++ programming language (utilizing the Boost C++ libraries) and thus is a native application, it also uses the Qt framework (version 4.8 as of qBittorrent 3.1.8). Its optional search engine is written in the Python programming language; users not willing to install Python can choose not to use the search functionality.

It aims to have a small foot-print, to be powerful, intuitive and visually attractive going beyond the current functions widely provided by other applications. qBittorrent is an attempt to provide a μTorrent equivalent that is open-source and multi-platform adding a streaming-like function to let users download-and-play video files.[8] qBittorrent currently offers functionality comparable to other BitTorrent clients such as Vuze but without requiring the Java Virtual Machine. qBittorrent requires Python only for the search engine while other clients such as Deluge and BitTornado require it for the BitTorrent protocol itself. For its BitTorrent and uTP implementation, qBittorrent uses the Rasterbar libtorrent library, which is itself written in C++.

History[edit]

qBittorrent was originally developed in March 2006 by Christophe Dumez,[2] from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard in France.

It is now developed by contributors from all over the world,[1] led by Sledgehammer999 from Greece, who became the current project maintainer in June 2013.[9]

Features[edit]

Some of the features present in qBittorrent include:

  • Sequential downloading (stream torrent media files)
  • Unicode support, availability in 35 languages[6]
  • Cross platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
  • Integrated torrent search engine
  • Integrated RSS feed reader and downloader
  • DHT, PeX, Encryption, LSD, UPnP, NAT-PMP, µTP
  • Torrent queuing, filtering and prioritizing
  • Bandwidth scheduler
  • IP filtering (eMule dat files or PeerGuardian files)
  • IPv6 compliant
  • Control over torrent trackers
  • Torrent creation tool
  • Remote control through Secure Web User Interface
  • Bind all traffic to a specific interface

Versions[edit]

qBittorrent is cross-platform, available on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD, and Android[10][11]

As of September 2012, downloads on SourceForge indicate the Windows version of the application was the most popular of all platforms that qBittorrent supports. SourceForge statistics report that 89% of downloads were for the Windows version of the software.[12]

Packages for different Linux distributions are available, though most are provided through official channels by the distributions themselves.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Team members", qBittorrent.org 
  2. ^ a b "AUTHORS file". qBittorrent.org. 
  3. ^ qBittorrent Win32 Build, SourceForge.net 
  4. ^ qBittorrent unstable builds, SourceForge.net 
  5. ^ "qBittorrent", Analysis Summary (Ohloh), retrieved 2012-08-23 
  6. ^ a b "Localization of qBittorrent". qBittorrent.org. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ "COPYING file", qBittorrent.org 
  8. ^ "qBittorrent Official Website". 
  9. ^ "qBittorrent is under a new maintainer.". qBittorrent official forums. 
  10. ^ "qBittorrent Client for Android". 
  11. ^ "qBittorrent Remote for Android". 
  12. ^ "Download Statistics: All Files". SourceForge. 
  13. ^ "Download", qBittorrent.org 

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