How to open torrent files on Windows 10

Want to open torrent files on Windows 10? Here’s how you can do it

Are you looking to download torrent files but can’t decide on what software client to use? If so, you might want to continue reading as we have some great suggestions for you. But first, let’s take a look at what torrenting is and how it works.

Torrenting and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing used to be big about 15 years ago. In 2006, P2P traffic made up 70% of all Internet traffic. That has since changed, and torrenting has been on a steady decline. By 2015, P2P traffic was estimated to be at 3% of all Internet traffic.

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Torrenting is often associated with piracy and with good reason. Torrenting is mainly used to share copyrighted content. In its heyday, when pirating was not so frowned upon, millions of people used torrents to get their hands on pirated movies and music, as well as cracked video games and software ready to be used upon installation.

The decline of torrenting and P2P file sharing correlate with copyright enforcement in recent years. Furthermore, 15 years ago, when P2P piracy was at its peak, the people who were most likely to use torrenting and other P2P file-sharing platforms grew up with the likes of Napster and didn’t view piracy as a bad thing. However, the culture and attitudes towards piracy have changed. Today, free and cheap legitimate streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and so on have replaced P2P file sharing.

But, while torrenting has earned a reputation due to piracy, it’s not illegal and has many legitimate uses, such as downloading content in the public domain. Therefore, many people still use torrents to download the content they want.

There have been many torrent client applications over the years, but one, in particular, was above the competition for years. uTorrent was the go-to torrent client for many users, but in 2015, it was revealed that the application secretly installed Bitcoin mining software called EpicScale. EpicScale.exe would run in the background and use the PCs system resources to mine Bitcoin.

The Internet community did not take this too kindly. After the backlash, uTorrent has somewhat fallen out of favor but still has many users regardless. While uTorrent may no longer mine Bitcoin, the damage to its reputation has already been done, and is no longer trusted by the broader Internet community.

A Torrent file does not contain the content being distributed, but only the metadata, which includes information about the files and folders to be distributed, such as their names, folder structure, and size. The information is obtained via cryptographic hash values that are used to verify file integrity. The torrent file also lists the network locations for trackers that help participants find each other and create distribution groups known as “swarms.”

So, torrenting requires torrent client software to connect to the BitTorrent network and then to peers to download the files you want. There are many torrent client applications to choose from. Some are better than others, so we’re going to skip lesser applications in favor of what we think are the best clients for you. The torrent clients you might want to use are (in no particular order) qBittorrent, Vuse, and Deluge. Let’s briefly overview the pros and cons of these applications so that you could get the best one.

qBittorent aims to meet most users’ needs, so it’s not jam-packed with features you’re not going to use. Still, it’s not bare-bones either. It has a media player, encryption, IP filtering, a torrent search engine. Better yet, it doesn’t show ads, and it’s not bundled with junk software. So it’s an excellent choice for the casual user.

Vuze, on the other hand, is packed with features and the great thing about it is its user-friendly interface. It makes using its advanced features easy even to new users. Vuze offers media playback, IP filtering, bandwidth limiting, magnet file link support, and so on. The downside is that it comes bundled with additional software and contains ads. Therefore, Vuze is the torrent client of choice for those who need its extensive list of features.

Deluge is great for those seeking a powerful torrent client. Its features can be expanded using plugins, which allow you to make the app how you want it. It offers a scheduling feature, encryption, speed adjustment according to network load, and it can also be integrated with Firefox and Chrome. The one thing that kind of lets it down is its bare-bones interface.

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Option 1. Open torrent files with qBittorrent

Go to the qBittorrent website

1. Open your browser and go to https://www.qbittorrent.org/.

Click the qBittorent download button

2. Click the Download button on qBittorrent’s website.

Click the qBittorrent download link for Windows

3. Click the download link for Windows

Select the qBittorrent Windows version

4. Click the regular qBittorrent Windows download link if you're running the 32bit version of Windows or the qBittorrent Windows x64 download link if you're running the 64bit version of Windows.

Run the qBittorrent installer

5. Then, run the qBittorent installer.

Select your preferred language and click OK

6. Select the language and click OK.

Click next to configure qBittorrent installation wizard

7. Click Next to begin configuring the installation wizard.

Accept the qBittorrent License Agreement

8. Tick the I accept the terms of the License Agreement checkbox and click Next.

Select the qBittorent components

9. Choose which components to install, and click Next.

Select qBittorrent destination

10. Select the destination folder or leave it to its default setting, and click Install.

Click Finish to launch qBittorrent

11. Once the installation is complete, tick the Launch qBittorrent checkbox and click Finish.

qBittorrent legal notice

12. Once qBittorent launches, click the I Agree button.

qBittorrent click File and click Add Torrent File

13. To add a torrent file, click File and click Add Torrent File.

Navigate to your torrent location to add to qBittorrent

14. Then, go to the folder where your torrent file is located.

Select the torrent file for qBittorrent

15. Double-click the torrent file.

qBittorrent torrent management mode

16. Then, click OK or perform additional settings and then click OK. Now your torrent file should start to download.

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Option 2. Open torrent files with Vuze

Go to the Vuze website

1. Open your browser and go to http://www.vuze.com/.

Click the Free Download button to get Vuze

2. Click the Free Download button to get Vuze.

Run the Vuze client installer

3. Then, run the VuzeBittorrentClientInstaller.

Select Customize and click I Agree in Vuze

4. Tick Customize to open additional settings and then click I Agree confirming that you have read and accepted the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Configure Vuze component installation

5. Configure the installation options according to your needs, and click Next.

Select Vuze components

6. Select the components you wish to install, and click Next.

Decline installation of Avast with Vuze

7. Vuze may come bundled with Avast Antivirus, so you have to decide whether you want it and Accept or Decline its installation.

Decline installation of AVG with Vuze

8. Vuze may come bundled with AVG AntiVirus, so you have to decide whether you want it and Accept or Decline its installation. Then, Vuze will begin to install and launch automatically upon completion.

Click Add Torrent File in Vuze

9. To add a torrent, click File, then click Open and click Torrent File…

Add Files to Vuze

10. Click Add Files.

Select torrent file in Vuze

11. Navigate to the location of your torrent file and double-click it.

Click OK to start downloading the torrent in Vuze

12. Click the OK button after you've selected your torrent file and it will begin to download.

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Option 3. Open torrent files with Deluge

Go to the Deluge website

1. Open your browser and go to https://www.deluge-torrent.org/.

Click Download in the Deluge website

 2. Click the Download button.

Select the Windows version of Deluge

3. Select Deluge for Windows.

Select the latest Deluge version

4. Then, select the newest version of the application and click it. Deluge will start downloading.

Run the Deluge installer

5. Once it has finished downloading, run the Deluge installer.

Configure the Deluge installation wizard

6. Click Next to begin configuring the installation wizard.

Agree to the Deluge License Agreement

7. Click I Agree to accept the License Agreement terms.

Choose Deluge components

8. Then, select the components you want and click Next.

Select Deluge destination folder

9. Select your destination folder or leave it at its default setting and click Next.

Choose Deluge Start Menu destination folder

10. Select the Start Menu folder or leave it at its default setting and click Install.

Finish the Deluge installation

11. Tick the Create Desktop Shortcut checkbox and click Finish. Then, launch Deluge.

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12. To add a torrent, click File and click Add Torrent.

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13. In the Add Torrents window, click File.

deluge-navigate-to-torrent-location

14. Navigate to your torrent’s location.

deluge-select-torrent

15. Select your torrent file and click Open.

deluge-click-add

16. Click the Add button and your torrent will begin downloading.

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