BitTornado 0.3.18 (Experimental)

3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 (95 votes)


Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 43,120 downloads

BitTornado is a powerful and easy-to-use BitTorrent client which provides not only full BitTorrent protocol implementation but also many personalization functions.

Reviews of BitTornado

  1. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.18 (Experimental) (Dec 26, 2006)

    It is improving quite fast, but I am stick with uTorrent.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.18 (Experimental) (Dec 26, 2006)

    Now includes encryption.
    This and utorrent are my fav clients

  3. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.17 (Oct 19, 2006)

    Works ok on my XP setups, though it is not as stable or easy for me to use as Utorrent.

    Still, for basic stuff, this version is better than Azureus, at least for me.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.17 (Oct 19, 2006)

    Finally the crashing on exit has been fixed! My favorite torrent app. Everything else is just too bloated.

  5. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.17 (Oct 19, 2006)

    I used this until the end of last year. It old then, and it had been old for some time before then. The author keeps promsing a new interface, but at this point I don't see any reason to go on with it. There are tons of established clients that are simply better than 'Tornado, and the author will have to play a lot of the catch-up game. Why bother?

    I prefer uTorrent, but if that's not your thing, there are many other clients out there that are better than this. It's buggy, old, and inefficient. Let it die.

  6. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.17 (Oct 19, 2006)

    let bittornado rest in piece.

  7. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.16 Experimental (Oct 11, 2006)

    THREE years ago I praised this program as the best BitTorrent program. The LIGHT was a genious idea. Piece selection was radical! Rate limiting was smart! Heck, it even INVENTED super-seeding.

    As far as I'm concerned he hasn't done anything to this program in that time. It looks exactly the same.

  8. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Jul 3, 2006)

    though i have little experience in BitTornado,i can see that it is quite fast. however,i find that the interface is not very organised. i like its old school look,but the info isnt displayed very well and there are little features it seems. i am not one to judge this client due to my lack of experience in using it,but from my little knowledge,i believe that uTorrent is a better client

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Apr 19, 2006) read this article on U torrent is an average client nothing special. it might have better guis but not as fast as bit tornado 3.15. U torrent is also sold out to anti p2p people having a french company PeerFactor, which was a subsidiary of French anti-piracy group RetSpan. wow bit tornado is much more fast and much more secure than u torrent. I suggest the u torrent fanatics read slyck more ofter before they berate bit tornado. i hate to have the mpaa or their cousins dutch wannabe brein come knocking on my door because of the bit torrent client I used aka u torrent. I used u torrent personnally it sucked. bit tornado rules

  10. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Mar 6, 2006)

    BitTornado is old school. It works ok but it's pretty hard to use it with uTorrent and Azureus available.

    Azureus is the best client although it uses to much memory and slows my computer down. Mainly the need for Java which is horrible on windows. uTorrent is newer and lighter weight client which doesn't use java, it's probably the best windows client.

    Both utorrent and AZ have added encryption in the endless game of cat and mouse with isp and networks trying to block torrent traffic.

  11. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Mar 6, 2006)

    To the idiots bashing utorrent: the client is not the determining factor in how fast you download, it's your connection.

    And I have never had utorrent crash on me even ONCE and I've been using it since version 1.0

    Though i have tried BitTornado and it crashed on the first time i started it.

    Just because utorrent's light doesn't mean it's lightweight.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Mar 6, 2006)

    still no new GUI, been working on the engine
    resume w/ disabled files fixed
    tracker crashing bug fixed
    security added to prevent clients from
    exploiting super-seed

    Agreed, uTorrent is not as stable nor as fast as this client, the interface is the only thing I find worth liking from that client.

  13. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.15 Experimental (Mar 6, 2006)

    ecjs go to your utorrent and get lost, don't comment other clients if you like that lightweight crap client.

    This client is very good better than Utorrent.

  14. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14a Experimental (Jan 7, 2006)

    its alright good speeds and all but damn near every time i close it an error report message always pops up and it even does that as im downloading something sometimes, needs to be more stable

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14a Experimental (Oct 31, 2005)

    I don't think your preference to a less stable client justify a bad rating review for this one.

  16. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14a Experimental (Oct 31, 2005)

    I'd rather use that one :

  17. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14 Experimental (Oct 28, 2005)

    0.3.14a seems to have fixed the issue i was having with 0.3.13 sticking in the process list after closing torrents, so i'm sticking with this version over 0.3.12. it's working great!

    it's not just for beginners. there's not much more you need to do with a torrent, so since it does what a client should do, it gets a good score. saying it's just for beginners is like saying windows explorer is for beginners comparing it to xplorer^2. not everyone needs the extra features; it doesn't make them a beginner.

    of course, it's not perfect, so no five-star rating here.

  18. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14 Experimental (Oct 28, 2005)

    I like tornado but it only does so much. Its great for a beginer using bittorrents. Thats about all its good for is beginners. I'll use it once ina while but not that ofetn anymore. there are better torrent clients out there.

  19. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.14 Experimental (Oct 28, 2005)

    For those of you looking for a better client GUI wise, use ABC. It uses the Bittorndado engine, but has queing, multiple torrents in one window, and more. Light memery use too.

    I'm only rating this a 3 because of the GUI and one window per torrent, which is why there's ABC.

    My personal favorite is uTorrent though.

  20. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Oct 15, 2005)

    bit tornado has been my favorite bt client yet. it's got a great 'no fluff' thing going for it, and it's really easy for when i introduce someone who's new to bt. i have tried others, but most are either very buggy or have way too much clutter and not enough function for the average user. it would be nice, however, if they made an app that was just like tornado but all torrents would be enclosed into one window.

    however, 0.3.13 brings back the memory bug that was present in earlier versions of the program. torrents will remain in system memory (and sometimes even multiply!) after they are closed. i was lucky enough to still have 0.3.12 on my pc, so i reverted back. hopefully the author addresses this issue in the next version. till then, i'll keep the instal file for 0.3.12 handy.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Sep 12, 2005)

    Best BT app there is.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Sep 12, 2005)

    great app...

  23. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Sep 12, 2005)

    Best BT client ever!

    "May require port forwarding adjustment
    still no new GUI, been working on the engine
    trying to fix several stupid bugs"

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Sep 12, 2005)

    This is a fantastic program. If you want a simple, straightforward BitTorrent application, this is it. (The Offical Client comes close, but Tornado excels in a few areas).

    Yes, the GUI isn't great but it gets the job done. Plus, a new GUI is on the way.


  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.13 Experimental (Sep 12, 2005)

    Simple, no bloat or unnecessary extras, fastest app for me for downloading torrents.
    Love BitTornado!
    Glad to see a long awaited update!

  26. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.12 Experimental (Jul 21, 2005)

    Ugliest interface imaginable....

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.11 Experimental (Apr 10, 2005)


    shouldn't stick in task manager in Windows
    fix for 64-bit CPUs

  28. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.11 Experimental (Apr 10, 2005)

    Large installation (vs. BitComet) and memory footprint (on par with Azureus). If you have the resources, Azureus may be a better bet as it is far more stable.

  29. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.11 Experimental (Apr 10, 2005)

    I have been using it for quite sometime but some bugs havent been fixed like it sometimes stays in memory even after you close/exit it

  30. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.10 Experimental (Jan 21, 2005)

    I love it!

    But still sticking in task manager.

  31. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9a (Dec 18, 2004)

    I have used this to seed music, exclusively. for over a year now. Up until these last 2 versions (0.3.9x) it was definitley the best for its purpose. I have had nothing but problems since I installed it. I would give it 5 stars thru 0.3.8, but now now. Get back to work, guys!

  32. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9 (Dec 16, 2004)

    Does what it's supposed to, but it drains resources and I don't care for the UI.
    As always, I reocmmend DL'ing this program, Azureus, and BitComet. Use all 3 and see which UI you like the best as they're all solid clients. BitTornado is the fastest once it gets going, BitComet uses the fewest resources and starts the fastest, and Azureus is stable, fast, and unique. I personally use BitComet, but it's more of a personal preference than thinking the other two aren't as good.

  33. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9 (Dec 16, 2004)

    Plus: Probably the fastest bittorrent client.
    Minus: Takes too much resources and uses hard drive way too often. Also you better download file in one swoop. Hash-checking of partly downloaded file may take up to an hour with freezing your computer for everything else.
    BitComet will do the same task in 3-4 minutes tops.

  34. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9 (Dec 16, 2004)

    please, elaborate on what a "professional" torrenter is

  35. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9 (Dec 16, 2004)

    Simply the best if you are a professional torrenter.
    Some anti virus programs cause Tornado to freeze, like Panda or NOD32, but this can be solved by creating 1 dir for all torrents and exclude it from permanent protection. AVG AntiVirus doesn't have this problem but many others as i said. Multi-Torrent Clients are for leechers and lazy people, i don't like bloatware though.

  36. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.9 (Dec 16, 2004)

    Good program overall, as the previous post said it gets the job done. Personnaly tho, I perfer Azureus.

    If ya want a program that can download torrents quickly, without any glitches use this one. :)

  37. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.8 (Dec 1, 2004)

    Very simple program. It gets the job jone and I'm very pleased with the program. No having to worry about extra clutter. Clean interface and runs smoothly. Only thing is, it uses a bit too much memory but it's still a good client to use.

  38. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.8 (Oct 28, 2004)

    Does what it's supposed to do, but I'm still a fan of BitComet. Never run into any problems or bugs. Azureus is okay, but I don't care for the UI personally.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.8 (Oct 27, 2004)

    BitTornado is quite stable and BitComet sucks, full of bugs.

  40. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.3.7 (Jul 25, 2004)

    Very good download rates, uncluttered user interface, and easy installation make this my first choice. Still uses lots of memory, if available. Has no multiple-download UI, but that's just as well IMO.

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