Tixati: Free & a Feature-rich BitTorrent Client

“Tixati” is a BitTorrent client that runs in MS Windows and the GNU/Linux platforms. It’s extremely rich in features and completely free to use, but is not an open source application, which might upset some of the GNU/Linux fans ;-).

Another thing, it has a simple looking UI (somewhat) but perhaps you’d too notice it from the below screenshot, something seems to be a bit out of place (perhaps because of the unusually larger and wider “buttons” on the top panel?). Also has a “Settings” window that lets you change large number of settings too.

But, it too feels slightly cluttered, because it has a lot of options and they’re all presented with text. So to simplify things, it might have helped if it had used “tabs” instead of the current design that uses a window with “left” and “right” sections for displaying options and reducing the size of those buttons might also help.

But, due to its features and excellent cross platform support (native GTK+ based GUI for GNU/Linux), if you’re looking for something that’s really powerful, then it’s a good utility (especially for Windows users because if you use Ubuntu, then it comes with a pretty excellent built in BitTorrent client called “Transmission”).

Tixati-running-in-Ubuntu

Few main features …

*. Supports simultaneous file downloads.

*. Shows information such as: download/upload speeds, total downloaded/uploaded amounts, remaining time, progress.

*. From the bottom window you can access a whole lot of other info such as: connected peers related data (their IP addresses, in/out data, online/off-line status etc), upload ratio, “wasted/abandoned” pieces, event log, change the file save location, skip downloading files, check the integrity of the file, availability, change the downloading priority etc.

*. If you click on the “bandwidth” icon (from the top tool-bar or from the bottom section), it’ll show you a history based network bandwidth usage in graphs.

*. Change download/upload rates.

*. Change “Seeding” based settings (seed ratio etc).

*. Manually add/edit the tracker list.

*. Change the network port number (useful for debugging port-forwarding issues for example).

*. Set it as the default BitTorrent file handler.

*. Enable/Disable network encryption, change maximum peers per connection, change download/upload slots, switch between different network modes (IPv4/IPv6), log output, enable/disable scheduling, change proxy settings and a lot more other settings that aren’t really needed for most users are also available (such as changing the incoming/outgoing protocols for instance).

*. You can also change some of its “layout” based settings such as enabling “categories” window which is hidden by default, add/remove columns from the main downloading section etc.

However, in Ubuntu, the app kinda crashed while I clicked on the “Layout” button (few times). But it’s not something “major” anyway ;-).

These are just some of its main features to mention.

advanced-file-properties-window-in-Tixati

As mentioned, it supports MS Windows (XP, Vista, Server 2003/2008 and Windows 7) and GNU/Linux (has pre-built packages of “.rpm” and “.deb” formats plus a binary file, if your distribution does not use those formats). So if you wanna try it, then please visit this “Tixati” download page and get it.

Installing in Ubuntu …

If you use Ubuntu, then please choose “Download Tixati for Linux” from the download page and then choose the “.deb” file (32/64-bit support).

Once the downloading completes, just double click on it and Ubuntu software center should install it for you. It installed without any issues in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, but I don’t know if it works on other older versions though.

So anyway, as an ending note, again it is not the most clean and beautiful looking Bittorrent client out there, but if you’re looking for something that gives you a lot of options then ‘Tixati’ is definitely well worth trying. But as an Ubuntu user if you’re used to ‘Transmission’, then you might be disappointed by its UI. Good luck.

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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