If you know anything about bittorrent and how to download movies and pirated software online, then you may have probably heard of uTorrent. It’s one of the most popular bittorrent clients available and mostly supported on Windows and Mac OS X systems. For Linux, including Ubuntu, it’s still in beta since it was announced almost two years ago.

No support for Linux systems at all. But that has changed with qBittorrent. You see, qBittorrent is a project that aims to provide a real alternative to uTorrent. It runs on all major platform including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and provides the same features across all systems. None is higher than the others.

So, if you need a real alternative to uTorrent in Ubuntu, qBittorrent is it. This software provides all the features and services provided by uTorrent and more.

These features include:

  • uTorrent like interface
  • Well integrated and extensible search engine
  • All bitorrent extensions (DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs)
  • UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support
  • Torrent creation tool
  • IPv6 compliant

Just recently, qBittorrent announced Ubuntu PPAs support. Now you should be able just add the PPA and easily update to the latest and greatest versions in Ubuntu. At this moment, support for for Raring Ringtail is not available. In the near future if it becomes available for Ubuntu 13.04, run the commands below to add its PPA and install it.

Press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/qbittorrent-stable


Finally, run the commands below to install it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qbittorrent


That’s it!


If you wish to use it in Ubuntu 13.04 right now, run the commands below to download the 32-bits deb package.

wget https://launchpad.net/~hydr0g3n/+archive/qbittorrent-stable/+files/qbittorrent_3.0.x-0~4284-20130420~quantal1_i386.deb


64-bit deb package is here.

wget https://launchpad.net/~hydr0g3n/+archive/qbittorrent-stable/+files/qbittorrent_3.0.x-0~4284-20130420~quantal1_amd64.deb


After downloading it, run the commands below to install it.

sudo dpkg -i qbittorrent*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install


Or just type the commands below to install if from Ubuntu repository.

sudo apt-get install qbittorrent






To uninstall qBittorrent from your system, run the commands below

sudo apt-get purge qbittorrent && sudo apt-get autoremove


Finally, run the commands below to remove its PPA from your machine.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:hydr0g3n/qbittorrent-stable