When comparing µTorrent vs WebTorrent Desktop, the Slant community recommends WebTorrent Desktop for most people. In the question“What are the best Torrent clients?” WebTorrent Desktop is ranked 7th while µTorrent is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose WebTorrent Desktop is:
Before the torrent is complete, you can stream the video and audio. It even supports seeking - it prioritizes the current location instead of always going in sequential order. You can also stream to Chromecast, DLNA, and AirPlay.
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Weighs just barely over 1MB. And while it's gained a bit of feature creep over the years, it's still a lighter-weight client than many of its competitors.
µTorrent can be run without having to be installed as it stores all files and settings in the same folder. It can be put on an external storage device (such as a USB drive) and run directly from it.
Pro Built-in search
Built-in search engine allows finding torrents to download right from withing the torrent client.
Pro Clean and easy to navigate user interface
A clean, visually-appealing interface that’s incredibly simple to navigate and cuts down on clutter by allowing any element of the UI not needed to be hidden.
µTorrent 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 and web interfaces. Has UPnP, NAT-PMP, NAT traversal for automatic router configuration. Has UDP tracker and µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers IPv6, web seeding, Embedded tracker, Super-seeding and proxy servers. And it auto-updates.
µTorrent is available on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.
Pro Doesn't slow down other Internet activities
The application automatically manages bandwidth it takes up to not get in the way of other Internet-dependent activities.
Pro Streaming supported
Before the torrent is complete, you can stream the video and audio. It even supports seeking - it prioritizes the current location instead of always going in sequential order.
You can also stream to Chromecast, DLNA, and AirPlay.
Pro Open Source
The developers have their files stored on GitHub.
Pro Beautiful interface
Pro Support webrtc peers
It supports webrtc peers which increases the swarm to allow for websites to stream.
Pro Insanely fast
Download multiple torrents simultaneously, efficiently and fast
Pro Comprehensive test suite
runs completely offline, so it's reliable and fast
Pro Supports advanced torrent client features
- magnet uri support via ut_metadata
- peer discovery via dht, tracker, and ut_pex
- protocol extension api for adding new extensions
Pro Exposes files as streams
Fetches pieces from the network on-demand so seeking is supported (even before torrent is finished)
Seamlessly switches between sequential and rarest-first piece selection strategy
Con Are known to bundle riskware
In additional to typical toolbar and ad bundles, µTorrent has previously bundled an automatic cryptocurrency-miner called EpicScale even if the user opted out of other bundled software.
Con Inappropriate ads (can be disabled)
Not only does μTorrent have ads in the free version, they tend to be inappropriate ads for scammy things like "meet russian women".
Ads can be disabled in the options. It's important to note that disabling ads (as well as all bundled software and featured content) can be a difficult process as it requires manually editing multiple key/value pairs in advanced settings.
The following keys have to all be turned to false by going to options > preferences > advanced:
bt.enable_pulse distributed_share.enable gui.show_notorrents_node offers.left_rail_offer_enabled gui.show_plus_upsell offers.content_offer_autoexec offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled offers.featured_content.badge.enabled offers.featured_content_notifications_enabled offers.featured_content_rss_enabled
No source code is publicly 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 Bundles bloat
Installation wizard starting with version 3 offers installing a variety of garbage features including toolbars and ads. And makes the process of opting out of such bundled software difficult. It's possible to find version 2.2.x online (1,2) - same lightweight, feature packed application without all the unneeded extras or ads.
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. µTorrent lacks this functionality.
Con Missing some more advanced controls
For those who like fine-tuning something simple into something crazy.