When comparing qBittorrent vs Rtorrent, the Slant community recommends qBittorrent for most people. In the question“What are the best Torrent clients?” qBittorrent is ranked 1st while Rtorrent is ranked 6th. 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 Auto torrent adding
Torrents can be automatically read from a folder.
Pro Preload Magnet metadata
Obtain lists of files in Magnet before prompting the user for a download location.
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 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 In-Program torrent search via various search-engines
Algorithm that helps downloaders to be able to become uploaders more quickly.
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 RSS support
Add RSS feeds for automatic downloading. Apply filters to only download what you want.
Pro Good web interface
The remote API and web interface works well. There is headless version too (called qbittorrent-nox).
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 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 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
qBittorrent now allows tagging individual torrents. So, besides Categorising torrents (ISO, Video, Podcasts, etc) you can tag torrents too (Jul, Aug, Sep or whatever).
Pro CLI interface
Pro Supports thousands of torrents easily
Pro Reasonable feature set
rTorrent covers basics such as Prioritization, Selective Downloading, DHT, PEX and Magnet URIs. It includes MSE/PE for security. It has graphical and command line interfaces. Has UDP tracker and µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers Super-seeding.
Pro No extraneous functions
Torrent is a CLEAN client. Meaning there’s no search engine, tools, or other things to bloat the program.
Pro RUTorrent is a great web interface for RTorrent
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 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 Search engine requires installing Python
Con Consumes much RAM
It doesn't leave small footprint on your system.
Con Constant IO error
Con No IPv6 support
Con Requires manual router configuration
The client lacks support UPnP, NAT-PMP or NAT traversal for automatic router configuration.
Con No proxy server support
Con Lacks µTP transfer protocol support
Con No tracker exchange
Tracker exchange functionality allows peers to exchange information about trackers of a given file. It is another way of ensuring that the file is downloaded from the optimal source. rTorrent lacks this functionality.
Con No search
Built-in search engines allow finding torrents to download right from withing the torrent client. rTorrent lacks such functionality.
Con No embedded tracker
An embedded tracker allows turning the client into a server offering an easy way of sharing files with others. rTorrent lacks embedded tracker support so another method of sharing or different client has to be used to share files.
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. rTorrent lacks this functionality.