When comparing µTorrent vs Tixati, the Slant community recommends Tixati for most people. In the question“What are the best Torrent clients?” Tixati is ranked 5th while µTorrent is ranked 13th. The most important reason people chose Tixati is:
Tixati is a completely free, ad-less torrent client.
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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.
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 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.
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 Built-in search
Built-in search engine allows finding torrents to download right from withing the torrent client.
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 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.
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.