How to download & install qbittorrent and Deluge on a Linux

Sharing files through the internet is a piece of cake if you know the appropriate protocol, and you have the appropriate sharing or download client for the same. Peering is one of the most common ways to share files without imposing the full load on a single server. Besides sharing files, peering can also be useful to download files from the internet faster than normal downloads, as the file transfer is handled by multiple computers, each having a part of or the complete file that is to be downloaded. Such downloads are carried out using torrents or magnet links, and you need an appropriate torrent client for the same

On Windows, uTorrent and BitTorrent are two of the most popular torrent clients used extensively, however, there are a number of other torrent clients available, as well. But, if you are on Linux, there are a number of torrent download or peering clients, which you can opt for. Transmission is the default torrent or peering client available on Ubuntu, but you can even go for other torrent clients as per your likeness if you aren’t satisfied with the dull looking user interface of Transmission. So today, I will discuss the installation process for two popular torrent clients Linux, qbittorrent and Deluge.

Both of them are available for Windows and Mac as well, so it will not be difficult for you to get adjusted with the user interface if you change the ecosystem.

So let’s get started with how you can install them on your Linux system. My platform is Ubuntu 18.04 LTS but it will same for Ubuntu 19.04, 16.04, Debian, Linux Mint and elementary OS.

Installing and using qbittorrent on Linux

Step 1: Open the Linux terminal to type in the following command, and hit the enter key after that.

sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

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Step 2: After the process starts, you will have to allow the download and install process by typing ‘y’ and hitting the enter key, when you are asked to do so.

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Step 3: The installation is complete, you can exit the Terminal, and go to the Apps section to search for qbittorrent. Just click on that to open it.

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Step 4: You will get a small warning, informing you that you are responsible for the files that you transfer and download using qbittorrent.

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Step 5: Just tap on ‘I Agree’ to get into the program.

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Step 6: Now to start downloading torrent files, click on ‘File’ and then ‘Add Torrent File..’ and ‘Add Torrent Link…’ to download files with a torrent file and a magnet link respectively.

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It is as easy as that.

Installing and using Deluge on Linux Ubuntu

Step 1: Open the Linux terminal and type in the following command to start installing Deluge.

sudo apt-get install deluge

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Step 2: Just like installing qbittorrent, you will have to confirm the download and installation process by typing ‘y’ and hitting the enter key, whenever prompted to do so.

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Step 3: After the installation is complete, the prompt will be available for new entering new commands. Just exit the Terminal, and open the Apps section to search for Deluge. Open it.

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Step 4: Click on ‘File’ and then on ‘Open’ to open a torrent file or magnet link to download some content.

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Step 5: Now choose the appropriate option depending upon whether you want to download the contents using a magnet link or a torrent file.

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So using Deluge is easy, as well.

Which one to use qbittorrent or Deluge?

Both qbittorrent and Deluge features a very easy and simple user interface, most users will find in handy. If you are into downloading torrents and seed the same, both should equally great for you. But, these are two different programs, and there are indeed some differences. Let’s find a few that might matter you to you with a small Deluge and qbittorrent review.

Both qbittorrent and Deluge is open-source. That is something, which will matter to many. If that isn’t something that matters to you being a general user, there are some differences as well.

Deluge requires a plugin for broadcasting, while qbittorrent has inbuilt functionality for broadcasting.

Tracker is an important functionality for a torrent downloading client, and qbittorrent has an embedded tracker, while Deluge doesn’t have one. qbittorrent also has search functionality, which is missing on Deluge. Deluge doesn’t have support for sequential downloading, which can be a deal-breaker for many users.

So in the war of qbittorrent vs. Deluge, qbittorrent is a clear winner. But Deluge isn’t a bad peering client either. If you are looking for a secondary torrenting client beside qbittorrent, Deluge can be the best alternative you can go for.

So that was it. Did you face any problems with installing any of the programs? Feel free to comment the same down below.