Why BitTornado is a better BitTorrent client

In: Neat Stuff

26 May 2004

I get tons of anime via BitTorrent and one of my favorite BitTorrent clients has been BitTornado (previously known as Shadow’s Experimental client – nice rebranding too). I liked it because it was simple and light, and it uses the latest official BitTorrent code that allows for incremental allocation of files (since version 3.3). Before, BitTorrent would allocate the entire required disk space for the files you’re downloading prior to actually connecting to peers/seeders.

Now, BitTornado 0.3 has just made an advocate of me. Changes include a per-file download priority system and most significantly, a fast resume feature that allows recently-run torrents to be started immediately without the need for a hash-check! I got my 4.4GB download (68% done) started in a flash, sans disk-thrashing. You can’t imagine how useful that is with large torrents of several gigabytes, where hash-checking can take an interminably long time and not to mention the painful disk-thrashing involved. I get big torrents of several gigabytes quite often, and I dread the hash-checking process because it slows my system to a crawl for several minutes and also starts the processor fan spinning like mad to cool away the extra heat.

Also very cool (and something that brings it on par with other BitTorrent clients like Azureus in this respect) is the per-file download priority system which allows you to choose the priorities of files in a multiple-file torrent. You can choose to download just a single file in the torrent if you wish, something which was sorely missing before.

Screenshot of BitTornado file download priority system in action

BitTornado’s an excellent BitTorrent client, but to be honest I’ve only tried the official client, Azureus, and ABC, all of which I didn’t quite grow to like. Which BitTorrent client do you use, and why?

15 Responses to Why BitTornado is a better BitTorrent client


Neil T.

May 26th, 2004 at 4pm

I use Shareaza, mainly because it’s built-in to the P2P client and means I can have one less program running.

I hope that post-1.0 versions of Firefox will support Torrents. It’ll be yet another feature that will set it apart from other browsers.



May 26th, 2004 at 9pm

I use “Yet Another BitTorrent Client”, “ABC“, its looking useful to me and its my first BitTorrent-Client.


Cheah Chu Yeow

May 27th, 2004 at 12am

Shareaza looks mighty cool, Neil! Thanks for sharing that. I’ve stayed away from EDonkey because of it’s confusing client interface – this, on the other hand, looks promising.

I also initially had doubts about BitTorrent support in Firefox, but my opinions have since changed considering the promise of BitTorrent.



May 27th, 2004 at 12am

i used to use shadow, then abc (based on shadow), but then moved to azureus since it seemed pretty up to date (one of the most active projects on sourceforge), and had a lot of nice features i didn’t see anywhere else.

abc just had a release, and they are touting that they are now based on bittornado 0.20 (i noticed you said it is currently at 0.30).
maybe i’ll switch back when they start to keep up to date with the underlying bittornado code.

azureus still gives me some problems. (crashes sometimes when i unminimize it, doesn’t remember the directory i saved the last file in, etc.)


Fabiano G Souza

May 27th, 2004 at 1am

I have been using NovaTorrent and its a good client.



May 27th, 2004 at 1pm

I’ve been using PTC for a few months now, before that I used Shadows Experimental. I really like PTC’s simple clean interface, it tends to run a but slow on lower end machines but it works fine on mine.



May 28th, 2004 at 12pm

I too, am currently using Azureus, though I only use it when a new version of some linux distro comes out, so I don’t find myself all that knowledgeable about the different client features.



May 28th, 2004 at 1pm

You can try out the new tool name BitComet. It’s fast, slim and a native implementation using C++.




June 2nd, 2004 at 2pm

I just use the official BitTorrent Python code. To get around the hashing I pass the –check_hashes 0 flag.


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June 28th, 2004 at 11pm

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December 1st, 2004 at 10pm

I’ve been using bitcomet and when I went to download a large file, it said it couldn’t download because it was too large. What shall I do?


Cheah Chu Yeow

December 1st, 2004 at 10pm

I think perhaps you don’t have enough space for it. BitComet allocates the file fully first (i.e. if the file is 4GB in size, it creates the 4GB file with its contents zeroed, but it still is 4GB in size). Try clearing some space, or you can use BitTornado which doesn’t pre-allocate files



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March 7th, 2006 at 1am

can any body help me find shadow i searched the net but all i could find was bit tornado which is shadow’s experimental bit torrent client i need the original shadow client



May 4th, 2006 at 3am

What’s up with Bittorrent clients that show up as ‘n/a’ ?
If I ban them my download bandwidth goes up a lot!
Is this a hacked client ? Google provided no answers.