When comparing qBittorrent vs Tixati, the Slant community recommends qBittorrent for most people. In the question“What are the best Torrent clients?” qBittorrent is ranked 1st while Tixati is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose qBittorrent is:
qBittorrent is available as free, ad-less software licensed under GPL with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/qbittorrent/qBittorrent/). Being open source allows anyone to check if the software has no malicious code, is secure and respects privacy.
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Pro Free, ad-less and open source
qBittorrent is available as free, ad-less software licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub. Being open source allows anyone to check if the software has no malicious code, is secure and respects privacy.
qBittorrent covers basics such as Prioritization, Selective Downloading, DHT, PEX, LPD and Magnet URIs as well as Broadcatching, Sequential downloading and Search. It includes MSE/PE for security. It has graphical, web and command line interfaces. Has UPnP, NAT-PMP, NAT traversal for automatic router configuration. Has UDP tracker and µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers Tracker Exchange, IPv6, web seeding, Embedded tracker, Super-seeding and proxy servers.
Pro Sequential downloading
Allows to download the first file of a series prior to the following items.
Pro Preload Magnet metadata
Obtain lists of files in Magnet before prompting the user for a download location.
Pro Auto torrent adding
Torrents can be automatically read from a folder.
Pro Enables streaming media while it's downloading
qBittorrent supports sequential downloading that allows users to download files in sequential order. That means that media such as video or audio can be streamed a the same way it can be with any other streaming service.
Pro Allows share ratio limiting
Can configure to what ratio (amount uploaded/amount uploaded) the torrent should be seeded. You can also configure on whether you want them to be paused or removed after this.
May also set this directly in the
[Preferences] Bittorrent\MaxRatio=2.5 Bittorrent\MaxRatioAction=0 # 0=Pause, 1=Remove
Pro Can be used to create torrents (embedded tracker)
qBittorrent can be used to create a torrent to share large files/folders with other people.
Pro Good web interface
The remote API and web interface works well. There is headless version too (called qbittorrent-nox).
Algorithm that helps downloaders to be able to become uploaders more quickly.
Pro Has a command line interface and a daemon
Can be run on a headless Linux (for text-only mode from the command-line without requiring X11). The package is commonly named qbittorrent-nox (and it's officially supported by qBittorrent).
Pro RSS support
Add RSS feeds for automatic downloading. Apply filters to only download what you want.
Pro Tracker exchange
Makes it possible for BitTorrent peers to learn about new trackers for a swarm they have joined. Ideally ending up with every peer knowing about every tracker used for the torrent
Pro IP filtering
IP filtering blocks set IP addresses. It's usually used to block communications with certain companies that are against p2p activity, etc.
Pro In-Program torrent search via various search-engines
Pro Free and ad-less
Tixati is a completely free, ad-less torrent client.
Pro Provides detailed statistics
Provides detailed information about peers, pieces, files, trackers, has advanced bandwidth charting on a per-transfer basis and provides individual event logging for all peers.
Tixati covers basics such as Prioritization, Selective Downloading, DHT, PEX, LPD and Magnet URIs as well as Broadcatching and Sequential downloading. It includes MSE/PE for security. It has graphical and web interfaces. Has UPnP, NAT-PMP, NAT traversal for automatic router configuration. Has UDP tracker and µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers Tracker Exchange, IPv6, Super-seeding and proxy servers.
Pro Highly customizable
Pro Encourages optimizing settings and teaches how to do it
Tixati suggests ways to improve the overall download speed through pop-up tips, helpful hints and a tutorial available on the site. It explains how to properly throttle outgoing bandwidth to not affect download speeds, how to make sure all incoming connections are received and that DHT receives all incoming UDP packets.
Pro Sequential downloading feature
Downloads parts in order from begin to end of file, so you can play video or audio as soon as download is started.
Pro Runs efficient and offers a lot of information
Pro Streaming channels
Con Has issues with large torrent numbers
Various issues occur with large torrent numbers (anywhere between 300 and 1000 torrents) including timestamp and file corruptions.
Con Old UI
Looks a bit ugly.
Con Torrent downloads can freeze
Multiple people have reported that torrents stop downloading and stay in a "stalled" state indefinitely.
Con Search engine requires installing Python
Con Needs to be reinstalled from time to time
Sometimes it just stops downloading, the fix is uninstalling and installing again. It's a pain, but ends up working.
Con Constant IO error
No source code is available. As such there's no way to independently check what security and privacy features are implemented and how as well as whether there's any malicious code or not.
Con Questionable interface aesthetic
Tixati has a 90s hacker-movies inspired high-contrast color interface that can be considered aggressive and unpleasant by some. Color scheme can be changed in the settings. Additionally, the amount of information Tixati presents that can be difficult to parse.
Con No web seeding
Web seeding support allows downloading file parts from an HTTP source alongside the swarm. It's usually used for long-term seeding and easing some of the load on web hosts that supply direct downloads by offering a BitTorrent download as an alternative while still ensuring that the file is always available in its entirety regardless of the swarm. Tixati lacks this functionality.
Con No embedded tracker
An embedded tracker allows turning the client into a server offering an easy way of sharing files with others. Transmission lacks embedded tracker support so another method of sharing or different client has to be used to share files.
Con No command line interface
Con No search
Built-in search engines allow finding torrents to download right from withing the torrent client. Tixati lacks such functionality.