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A screenshot of qBittorrent v4.1.1-2 running under Manjaro Linux
A screenshot of qBittorrent v4.1.1-2 running under Manjaro Linux
Original author(s) Christophe Dumez[1]
Developer(s) Sledgehammer999,[2] Christophe Dumez, Ishan Arora, Stefanos Antaris, Mohammad Dib[1]
Initial release May 16, 2006; 12 years ago (2006-05-16)[3]
Stable release
4.1.2 / August 12, 2018; 3 days ago (2018-08-12)[4]
Preview release N/A [±][5]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++ (Qt)[6], Python
Operating system Cross-platform: FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2, Windows
Platform ARM, x86
Available in ~70 languages[7]
Type BitTorrent client
License GPLv2+[8]
Website qbittorrent.org

qBittorrent is a cross-platform client for the BitTorrent protocol that is released under the GNU GPL, version 2. qBittorrent aims to be a free and open-source software alternative to popular clients such as μTorrent.[9]

qBittorrent is written in C++, and thus is a native application. It uses Boost, Qt toolkit (version 4 or 5), and libtorrent-rasterbar library (for the torrent back-end). Its optional search engine is written in Python, so systems without a Python implementation installed cannot use that.


qBittorrent was originally developed in March 2006 by Christophe Dumez,[1] from the Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard) in France.

It is currently developed by contributors worldwide and is funded through donations,[2] led by Sledgehammer999 from Greece, who became project maintainer in June 2013.[10]


Some of the features present in qBittorrent include:

  • Bandwidth scheduler
  • Bind all traffic to a specific interface
  • Control over torrents, trackers and peers (Torrents queueing and prioritizing and Torrent content selection and prioritizing
  • Cross-platform: Windows, Linux, macOS, FreeBSD, OS/2
  • DHT, PeX, encrypted connections, LSD, UPnP, NAT-PMP port forwarding support, µTP, magnet links, private torrents
  • IP filtering: file types eMule dat, or PeerGuardian
  • Supports IPv6, but cannot use IPv4 and IPv6 at once[11]
  • Integrated RSS feed reader (with advanced download filters) and downloader
  • Integrated torrent search engine (Simultaneous search in many Torrent search sites and Category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Software))
  • Remote control through Secure Web User Interface
  • Sequential downloading (Download in order)
  • Super-seeding option
  • Torrent creation tool
  • Torrent queuing, filtering, and prioritizing
  • Unicode support, available in ~70 languages[7]


qBittorrent is cross-platform, available on many operating systems, including: FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2, Windows.

As of July 2017, SourceForge statistics indicate that the most popular qBittorrent version of all supported platforms, 81% of downloads, were for Windows computers.[12]

Packages for different Linux distributions are available, though most are provided through official channels via various distributions.[4]


Ghacks suggested qBittorrent as a great alternative to μTorrent, for anybody put off by recent changes made to μTorrent.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Authors file". qBittorrent.org. 
  2. ^ a b "Team members", qBittorrent.org 
  3. ^ Oldest available changelog
  4. ^ a b "Download", qBittorrent.org 
  5. ^ qBittorrent unstable builds, SourceForge.net 
  6. ^ "qBittorrent", Analysis Summary, Ohloh, retrieved 2012-08-23 
  7. ^ a b "Localization of qBittorrent". qBittorrent.org. Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Copying file", qBittorrent.org 
  9. ^ "qBittorrent Official Website". 
  10. ^ "qBittorrent is under a new maintainer". qBittorrent official forums. 
  11. ^ "GitHub Pull Request to enable dual-stack for qBittorrent". qBittorrent on GitHub. 
  12. ^ "Download Statistics: All Files". SourceForge. 
  13. ^ Martin Brinkmann (21 February 2012). "Looking For A uTorrent Alternative? Try qBittorrent". Ghacks. gHacks Technology News. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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