A BitTorrent Client is computer software that utilizes the BitTorrent P2P protocol to download and upload data. The original BitTorrent client was released in 2002 by Bram Cohen. Since then, many different clients have developed, all of which are at least partially based on the original BitTorrent client.
- 1 BitTorrent Clients
- 1.1 Whitelist
- 1.2 Do not ask list
- 1.3 Blacklist
- 1.4 Other Warnings
- 1.5 External Websites
The full list (most up-to-date version) is viewable at http://bakabt.me/whitelist.php. Check there if in doubt; this page will be updated at infrequent intervals to match the main page.
Some BitTorrent clients can be configured to notify their users when a newer version/build is available. Keep in mind to check the whitelist in case of a version change, especially in case of an upgrade offer to BETA versions.
If you have good reason to add a BitTorrent client not listed below, kindly post in this thread. Excessive whining and complaining is not going to help your case.
Please include the torrent client name and version number. Versions that are too old or in early beta (this includes Release Candidates - RC) will not be considered (unless you have a really good reason, in which case you are expected to defend your choice without us having to ask).
Before you ask why a torrent client is blacklisted, read this thread. Your question has already been answered there.
Whitelist of clients generally allowed for the use with BakaBT tracker.
More up to date list can be found here.
Allowed versions: 2.5.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.x (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- One of the most preferred clients on BakaBT. This client has recently changed name to Vuze from its old name Azureus.
- What Vuze is unique for is its community part, which allows you to share torrents easily with your friends.
- While this client is very rich in features, it is written in Java, which makes it slow by nature, and is quite a memory hog. Despite these enormous flaws, it is still one of the best.
Allowed versions: 0.3.x (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- Client developed by John Hoffman. This client was the first to include super seeding. This client automatically bans connections with BitComet clients.
BitTorrent (Mainline, Official)
allowed versions: 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- The official BitTorrent client, nicknamed Mainline by developers. The last version before BitTorrent Inc. switched to the uTorrent build.
Allowed versions: 0.5.x, 1.x (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
- Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client.
- Runs as a daemon with ncurses, web, and GTK frontends. Headless server-friendly.
- Important upgrade announcement regarding Deluge by Jarudin
Allowed versions: dnh3.2, dnh3.3.x (Windows, Linux)
Allowed versions: 0.3.0, 0.3.1 (Windows)
Allowed versions: 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 3.3.x, 4.0 (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
libtorrent & rtorrent
Allowed versions: 0.x, 0.10.4, 0.11.x, 0.12.x (Linux, cygwin?)
- A mature BitTorrent client built around the libTorrent C++ library. Ncurses-based.
- Uses very minimal resources.
- Often used in a detached GNU Screen session.
- Has many web front-ends available.
Allowed versions: 2.4.x (all 2.4 stable releases), 2.5.1 (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD)
- A libtorrent-rasterbar-based multi-platform Bittorrent client developed in C++/Qt4.
- Can be easily used on a headless server (ex. an X server not required on Linux; see qBittorent-nox).
- Can be controlled remotedly through a web user interface.
- qBittorent-nox is often run in a detached GNU Screen or tmux session.
Allowed versions: 1.8.3 (Windows, Linux)
- detailed views of all aspects of the swarm, including peers, pieces, files, and trackers
- support for magnet links, so no need to download .torrent files if a simple magnet-link is available
- super-efficient peer choking/unchoking algorithms ensure the fastest downloads
- peer connection encryption for added security
- full DHT (Distributed Hash Table) implementation for trackerless torrents, including detailed message traffic graphs and customizable event logging
- advanced bandwidth charting of overall traffic and per-transfer traffic, with separate classification of protocol and file bytes, and with separate classification of outbound traffic for trading and seeding
- highly flexible bandwidth throttling, including trading/seeding proportion adjustment and adjustable priority for individual transfers and peers
- bitfield graphs that show the completeness of all downloaded files, what pieces other peers have available, and the health of the overall swarm
- customizable event logging for each download, and individual event logs for all peers within the swarm
- expert local file management functions which allow you to move files to a different partition even while downloading is still in progress
Allowed versions: 1.5.x, 1.6.x, 1.7.x, 1.x (Linux, Mac OS X, BeOS)
- A client that runs on Unix based systems, Mac OS X, and BeOS. Default client for Ubuntu Linux, Zenwalk Linux and some other distributions. This client is known for having a small distribution size.
Allowed versions: 1.6.0, 1.6.1, 1.7.6, 1.7.7,
1.8.1, 1.8.2, 1.8.3, 1.8.4, 1.8.5, 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, 2.0.4, 2.1(alpha), 2.2, 2.2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, mac0.9.x beta, mac1.0, mac1.0.2, mac1.0.3, mac1.5.12, mac1.5.13, mac1.5.14 (Windows, Linux+WINE, Mac OSX)
- One of the most preferred clients on BakaBT. This client is known for having a small distribution size, despite being feature rich, and using little system resources. Available for Windows, Mac OSX and WINE emulation.
- NOTE: It is advised that uTorrent users disable automatic updates and updates to beta versions (Options->Preferences->General) as new releases of stable versions will be added to the whitelist, but this is not going to happen the same instant it is released.
- NOTE 2: uTorrent 2.1 is still an unstable alpha release known to cause memory leaks, and various other issues and is not recommended for use, unless you solely depend on some of its features.
Do not ask list
Please refrain from asking for the following clients.
None currently on this list.
- This client is not suggested for use in the BakaBT community. It is currently only available for the Windows platform. It follows traffic behaviour that benefits the user at the expense of the swarm, which is discouraged.
- This client is based on the source code of the BitComet 0.56 core and includes adware and malware. It is not suggested for use in the BakaBT community. It is currently only available for the Windows platform.
- There exists two Shareza, one false and the true client. Shareza V4 is the false one, and it comes bundled with adware. Shareza V2 is the true client.
- Client that doesn't follow the Bittorrent protocol properly, reports fake transfer stats.
Modification of clients to bypass our client requirements (spoofing) is explicitly forbidden. People caught doing this will be instantly and permanently banned. This is your only warning.
The use of clients or proxies which have been modified to report incorrect stats to the tracker (cheating) is not allowed, and will result in a permanent ban. Additionally, your information will be passed on to representatives of other trackers, where you are liable to be banned as well.
The testing of unstable clients by developers is not allowed.