Torrent client qBittorrent 3.3 ships with massive list of features

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The developers of the popular torrent client qBittorrent have released version 3.3 of the software for Windows and Mac systems.

I switched from uTorrent to qBittorrent years ago as I did not like the direction the once-popular torrent client uTorrent was taking. Just this year for instance, uTorrent shipped a Bitcoin Miner with the application which wasted resources on unsuspecting user systems.

The client shipped with cross-promotions and advertisement as well since 2012.

I picked qBittorrent as my client of choice after testing a good dozen or so clients as it served my purpose perfectly.

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The UI of the client is streamlined, it ships with all the features that I could possibly need, and is updated regularly as it is in active development.

The update to version 3.3 introduces new features, changes and fixes to the torrent client which can be partially attributed to the “healthy amount of devs contributing to it”.

So what are the core changes in qBittorrent 3.3.0?

The project switched from Qt4 to Qt5. Qt is a cross-platform application development framework. Along with it comes core code refactoring which should resolve issues with labels, temporary folders and other core features that some users experienced while using the client.

Note: When you upgrade to qBittorrent 3.3.0 you won’t be able to go back to an earlier version anymore. The program displays a notification to you on first start about that.

Speed Graph

speed graph

A new speed graph is provided that highlights the total upload and total download speed over a selected period of time (minutes or hours are selectable, and you may add more information to the graph such as overhead, payload, DHT or tracker upload or download stats).

Add multiple peers / copy peers

add peers

You may add multiple Peers to the “Add Peers” dialog. You find that dialog by selecting a torrent first, switching to Peers in the lower toolbar, right-clicking in the peer list and selecting “add a new peer”.

A selection of peers, one, multiple or all, can be copied right away now as well. Select peers, right-click on the selection and pick “copy selected” to copy the IP address and ports of all peers to the clipboard.

Additional “run external program” parameters

run external program

The client supports running an external program when a torrent completes. This can be an antivirus program for instance to scan the downloaded files.

The following list of parameters are now supported by qBittorrent:

  • %N: Torrent name
  • %L: Label
  • %F: Content path
  • %R: Root path
  • %D: Save path
  • %C: Number of files
  • %Z: Torrent size
  • %T: Current tracker
  • %I: Info hash

Other changes

This is a list of other changes in qBittorrent 3.3

  • Option added to “use proxy only for torrents”.
  • GeoIP2 database for IPv6 peers.
  • Detection of network interface state changes (VPN connection resets).
  • Automatically add trackers to new downloads.
  • You may select a download path for watched folders.

In addition to those, you find more than 40 bug fixes, cosmetic changes, Web UI changes and more listed on the official release announcement page of the project.

Now You: Which torrent client, if any, are you using and why?

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