Review: rTorrent Torrent Client

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The rTorrent torrent client is a digital software that allows users to engage in peer-to-peer file sharing. The software was first released in 2005. It uses the C++ language and is based on the libTorrent (not libtorrent) libraries for Unix. Take a look at our review of rTorrent to see if it’s the right client for you:

  • Device compatibility
  • Price
  • Features
  • Set up guide
  • Pros and cons
  • Other tips

Device Compatibility

Currently, rTorrent is available on Windows, MacOS, and Linux-enabled devices. It does not have a mobile application.


rTorrent is a free torrent client. However, it is hosted on GitHub, which may ask users to donate to the project to help its future development.


The rTorrent torrent client is fairly basic but includes the basic features needed in any torrent client. They include:

  • Prioritization and selective downloading
  • PEX
  • Magnet links
  • Super seeding

Set Up Guide

Compared to most torrent clients, rTorrent is slightly different. It does not currently have its own website to download from. Instead, it is stored on GitHub. To download it, follow these steps:

  1. Find the client on GitHub. The link for it is here.
  2. Click the “Clone or download” button.
  3. Select Download ZIP.
  4. Follow the prompts on your device to unzip and install the file.

Pros and Cons


  • rTorrent includes command line interface functionality
  • The client is very clean, with no extra features to bloat it
  • The features are appropriate for a basic client
  • rTorrent can easily support thousands of torrents


  • The client requires manual router configuration
  • Files can’t be downloaded sequentially
  • There is no built-in search function
  • No built-in web interface
  • rTorrent does not have local peer discovery

Other Tips

With any torrent client, it is best to add an extra layer of encryption to your activities. This makes your browsing anonymous and prevents your activity from being traced back to you. One of the best ways to get that encryption is to use a VPN while torrenting. There are dozens on the market, but choose a reputable one with a no log policy, so you know they don’t track you either.

You can read our reviews of other torrent clients here:

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