4 Best Free Torrent clients for Linux

Like Windows, there are several BitTorrent clients for Linux as well. This article should help you in choosing the best one for your Linux distro. Primarily, my focus while compiling the best ones out there is to filter out the ones that are 100% free, shows no ads, contains no malware, and lightweight on system resources. Personally, I prefer ‘qBittorent’ for being fast, light weight and rich in features, but if you want a basic ultra light weight with compromise on features, then ‘Transmission’ is the one for you. I am have tried and tested each one of these on elementary OS freya and will be giving the installation instructions for Ubuntu. Other Linux distros users can head-over to the respective website and download it from there.



qBittorent is super-fast and powerful Bittorent client that should fit to most of our torrent needs. It supports simultaneous download of multiple torrents, Torrent queuing and prioritizing, and includes Torrent creation tool too. Coming to features, it has integrated torrent search engine, integrated RSS feed reader, IP filtering, and auto-shutdown after downloads are complete. It is lightweight and the user interface resembles the immensely popular uTorrent for Windows, which I think was best 4 years ago when it was ad-free. The current uTorrent is fully bloated and shows ads.

qBittorrent v3.1.8_098
qBittorrent v3.1.8_098

Installation via Terminal (Ubuntu derivatives)

Launch terminal and copy paste each line at-a-time followed by enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

For installation on other Linux distros, head-over to qBittorrent to download.


Transmission is very popular in the Linux community for it’s simple user interface, and ultra lightweight on system resources. It doesn’t have any much features to talk about, just as programs for getting basic torrent tasks done.

Transmission BitTorrent Client
Transmission BitTorrent Client

Installation via Terminal (Ubuntu derivatives)

Launch terminal and copy paste each line at-a-time followed by enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install transmission

For installation on other Linux distros, go to Transmission to download.


Deluge is a another multi-platform, multi-interface BitTorrent client which has been designed to run as both a normal standalone desktop application and as a ​client-server. It has GTK UI for the desktop, Web UI for the browser, and Console UI for the command line, so you pretty much get everything. It doesn’t have much features when it comes for a front-end users, but it is light-weight and simple to use.

Deluge BiTorrent Client
Deluge BiTorrent Client

Installation via Terminal (Ubuntu derivatives)

Launch terminal and copy paste the following command:

sudo apt-get install deluge

For installation on other Linux distros, go to Deluge to download.


Tixati is yet another simple to use torrent client. It is 100% free, but not open source.  It supports DHT, PEX, and Magnet Link.  RC4 connection encryption for added security. Other features include RSS, IP Filtering, and Event Scheduler.

Tixati BitTorrent Client
Tixati BitTorrent Client

Tixati comes in debian package, so download and run to install it.

Kiran Kumar
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