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qBittorrent is a cross-platform BitTorrent client that aims to provide a free software alternative to uTorrent. The application comes with an integrated search engine, web interface, sequential download support, bandwidth scheduler, advanced RSS support with download filters, torrent creation tool, IP filtering and other useful features.

qBittorrent screenshot

qBittorrent 3.1.0 has been released recently, featuring some interesting new changes such as a new option to copy torrent files for finished downloads, support for Atom feeds, option to use a random port on each startup, a command line option to demonize qbittorrent-nox (which can be used to run qBittorrent without X server) and more.

Other changes in the latest qBittorrent 3.1.0 include:
  • many RSS bug fixes and greatly improved RSS manager performance;
  • added μTorrent-compatible "Flags" column in the peer tab;
  • added "Shutdown qBittorrent" button to Web UI;
  • added context menu to Web seed list;
  • added support for tracker tiers / groups to creator;
  • allow clearing execution and ban logs;
  • exposed the cache expiry to the user;
  • added "save path" column;
  • load magnet metadata in the background while the "Add New Torrent" Dialog is showing;
  • allow to enter only an info-hash for download;
  • bring the "Add New Torrent" Dialog to the front.

For a complete changelog, see the qBittorrent news page.

Install qBittorrent in Ubuntu

To install qBittorrent in Ubuntu 13.04 or 12.10, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/qbittorrent-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

The Ubuntu 13.10 package failed to build but if you don't want to wait until this is fixed, you can manually download the Ubuntu 13.04 package from the PPA and install it (tested on my laptop running Ubuntu 13.10). Unfortunately there are no packages for the latest qBittorrent 3.1.0 for Ubuntu 12.04.

Arch Linux users can install the latest qBittorrent via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OS X, see the qBittorrent downloads page.