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Qbittorrent logo.png Qbittorrent mascot.png
QBittorrent v3.1.8.png
A screenshot of qBittorrent v3.1.8 running under Ubuntu MATE
Original author(s) Christophe Dumez[1]
Developer(s) Sledgehammer999,[2] Christophe Dumez, Ishan Arora, Stefanos Antaris, Mohamadad Dib[1]
Initial release March 2006; 9 years ago (2006-03)
Stable release 3.3.3 (January 21, 2016; 23 days ago (2016-01-21)) [±][3]
Preview release N/A [±][4]
Written in C++ (Qt)[5]
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, Windows
Available in 35 languages[6]
Type BitTorrent client
License GPLv2+[7]
Website qbittorrent.org

qBittorrent is a open source 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 or 5. 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 footprint, to be powerful, to be intuitive, and to be 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 and in 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 μTP implementation, qBittorrent uses the Rasterbar libtorrent library, which is itself written in C++.


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

It is now developed by contributors from all over the world,[2] led by Sledgehammer999 from Greece, who became the current project maintainer in June 2013.[9]


Some of the features present in qBittorrent include:

  • Bandwidth scheduler
  • Bind all traffic to a specific interface
  • Control over torrent trackers
  • Cross platform (Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, OS/2)
  • DHT, PeX, Encryption, LSD, UPnP, NAT-PMP, µTP
  • IP filtering (eMule dat files or PeerGuardian files)
  • Supports IPv6, but cannot use both IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time[10]
  • Integrated RSS feed reader and downloader
  • Integrated torrent search engine
  • Remote control through Secure Web User Interface
  • Sequential downloading (stream torrent media files)
  • Super-seeding option
  • Torrent creation tool
  • Torrent queuing, filtering, and prioritizing
  • Unicode support, availability in 35 languages[6]


qBittorrent is cross-platform, available on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, and FreeBSD.

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.[11]

Packages for different Linux distributions are available, though most are provided through official channels by the distributions themselves.[12]


A review by MakeUseOf described the software as "a very stable and elegant tool" with a clean and clutter-free interface.[13] Ghacks thought qBittorrent was a great alternative to μTorrent.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "AUTHORS file". qBittorrent.org. 
  2. ^ a b "Team members", 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. ^ "GitHub Pull Request to enable dual-stack for qBittorrent". qBittorrent on GitHub. 
  11. ^ "Download Statistics: All Files". SourceForge. 
  12. ^ "Download", qBittorrent.org 
  13. ^ "qBittorrent – A Polished, Simple & Reliable Cross-Platform BitTorrent Client". MakeUseOf. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Martin Brinkmann (21 February 2012). "Looking For A uTorrent Alternative? Try qBittorrent". Ghacks. gHacks Technology News. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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