Unlike downloading files in your browser, BitTorrent downloads usually require a separate program, called a torrent client, to grab that sweet, sweet data. But with so many clients out there, picking one to use can feel a little overwhelming.
We’ve got you covered. These days, most torrent clients are pretty similar in terms of features. The biggest differences come from the interface—that is, the look and organization of the main window—and little quirks that affect specific setups. As such, it’s hard to recommend one client for everybody, as one person may have great experiences with a certain client while another has a small quibble that they just can’t work around. So if you’re just starting out, don’t fret too much—just pick one and try it out. As you get deeper and deeper into BitTorrent tech, you may have to do a bit of experimenting for yourself to figure out which one plays nicest with your setup.
In addition, keep in mind that no matter what torrent client you use, you’ll want a trustworthy VPN to keep your activity hidden from prying eyes, especially if it’s not quite legit. Note that PCMag does not condone piracy, which for which BitTorrent is often used. If you use BitTorrent for nefarious purposes, you do so at your own risk. In addition to a VPN, you should also a good malware scanner to ensure you aren’t downloading something nefarious. For more BitTorrent tips, check out our primer on how to use BitTorrent.