|Original author(s)||Christophe Dumez|
|Developer(s)||Sledgehammer999, Chocobo1, glassez, pmzqla and others|
|Initial release||May 16, 2006|
4.3.6 / 26 June 2021
|Written in||C++ (Qt), Python|
|Operating system||Cross-platform: FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2, Windows|
|Platform||ARM, x86, x64|
|Available in||≈70 languages|
qBittorrent is a cross-platform free and open-source BitTorrent client.
qBittorrent is a native application written in C++. It uses Boost, Qt 5 toolkit, and libtorrent-rasterbar library (for the torrent back-end). Its optional search engine is written in Python.
qBittorrent was originally developed in March 2006 by Christophe Dumez, from the Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard) in France.
It is currently developed by contributors worldwide and is funded through donations, led by Sledgehammer999 from Greece, who became project maintainer in June 2013.
Along with the 4.0.0 release a new logo for the project was unveiled.
Some of the features present in qBittorrent include:
qBittorrent is cross-platform, available on many operating systems, including: FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, OS/2 (including ArcaOS and eComStation), Windows.
As of July 2017[update], SourceForge statistics indicate that the most popular qBittorrent version of all supported platforms, 81% of downloads were for Windows computers.
As of May 2020[update], FossHub statistics indicate qBittorrent as the second most downloaded software with over 75 million downloads.
Packages for different Linux distributions are available, though most are provided through official channels via various distributions.
In 2012, Ghacks suggested qBittorrent as a great alternative to μTorrent, for anybody put off by recent controversial ad and bundleware changes made to μTorrent.