When comparing Tribler vs Rtorrent, the Slant community recommends Rtorrent for most people. In the question“What are the best Torrent clients?” Rtorrent is ranked 6th while Tribler is ranked 14th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Uses P2P onion routing to provide anonymity
Pro No website needed to find torrents
Tribler has a built-in, extendable search.
Pro Has a p2p search engine that can never be taken down
Pro Free and ad-less
Tribler is free and completely ad-less.
Tribler covers basics such as Prioritization, Selective Downloading, DHT, PEX and Magnet URIs as well as Broadcatching 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 µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers web seeding and embedded tracker. And it auto-updates.
Watch your videos while you download them.
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 Highly questionable developer competence
On December 2014, Yawning Angel did a casual code analysis and found a plethora of Tor protocol flaws and implementation issues calling in question their general quality assurance practices and code quality.
Con Lacks IPv6 support
Con No super-seeding
Super-seeding is an algorithm used to allow downloaders become uploaders quicker. Tribler lacks support for this functionality.
Con No local peer discovery
Con Files can't be downloaded sequentially
Sequential downloading can be used to stream media files such as video and audio while the download is still in progress. Transmission requires waiting until the complete file is downloaded before it's ready for use.
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. Tribler lacks this functionality.
Con Lacks NAT traversal support
Con No UDP tracker transfer protocol support
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.