BitTornado: Simple & a Powerful Bittorrent Client for Ubuntu Linux

This certainly is not a new tool, but if you haven’t heard, then “BitTornado” is a BitTorrent client (cross-platform tool) that has an extremely simple UI (somewhat an oldish looking one) but also has a lots of features built into it (some options are not seen in most other clients too).

In simple terms, if you’re a newbie, whose looking for a user friendly BitTorrent client for your legal downloads OR, if you’re a power user, looking for a powerful tool that lets you to adjust/tweak a lot of settings, then “BitTornado’ is still an elegant tool that can handle both of those “kinds” ;-).

As said before, when comparing with other software tools, the UI feels a bit out dated.

However, most importantly, it gets the job done and works without any issues and this is not a surprise either, because according to the developer, the core application or the real “engine” that deals with the downloads, is up-to date nonetheless.

It doesn’t look like much, but it kinda is 😉 …

Few main features …

*. Adjust download/upload rates using the built in presets (ADSL, Dial-up, T1, T3, automatic etc) OR, you can manually change those settings easily if you like.

*. Get advanced details about the Torrent file such as its Hash, Size, creation date, tracker URL etc.

*. In its main window, it displays the current download/upload speeds, download/upload usage in Megabytes, estimated time, connected users (peers) etc.

*. You can further simplify its main window by removing some outputs using the “Preferences” window.

*. Pause/Resume or Cancel downloads. If you close its window or if the download was interrupted (due to a power failure for instance) then it’ll automatically resume it when you open it afterward.

*. You can also manually add tracker URLs (very handy sometime for speeding things up a bit), change the network port, a firewall indicator (lets you find out if the application is blocked by a Firewall as it lowers the speeds. This option is disabled by default), enable/disable encryption (enabled by default and has few encryption options such as as somewhat an aggressive option which claims to help while trying to bypass a Firewall for instance) and few more other options.

You can access few more options by clicking on the “Advanced” button as well …

*. Change peers (connected users) per download, double or triple data checking (triple checking will take longer times, but it is more thorough), few IP addresses related settings, flush data every five minutes to your hard disk (useful to reduce its memory usage, as this cleans up the data in your RAM used by BitTornado). And when you mouse you mouse over these functions, it displays a small help text as well.

These are again, some of its features to mention.

If interested you can install “Bittornado” in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal.

sudo apt-get install bitTornado-gui

After that, you can use the menu to launch or if you use the Unity desktop then search for “bittornado” in “Dash” and it’ll locate it for you.

It’s pretty easy to use tool and if you don’t know much about tweaking then make sure you’ve selected “Automatic” option under “Settings for” section on its main window. Yep, that’s pretty much it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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