A Review of the Free Torrent Client BitComet
BitComet is a free torrent client with some really nice features, such as a virus scanner and the ability to manage your torrents from a browser while away from your computer.
Because BitComet arranges your downloads into separate folders, and can be used with non-torrent files, it also functions as a nice download organizer.
- Isn't difficult to use
- Lets you build your own torrents
- Supports a clear and simple design
- Can use your virus software to scan every download
- Portable version is available
- Schedule unique bandwidth limitations for every day of the week
- Free from advertisements
- Doesn't have a built-in browser for torrent searches
- Bandwidth changes can't be made a per-torrent basis
- Only works with Windows operating systems
- Tries to make unnecessary changes to your computer during setup
More About BitComet
Following are some additional features you'll find with BitComet:
- BitComet can be installed on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, and Server 2003
- The toolbar, status bar, and other windows can be hidden from BitComet to create a very clean, uncluttered interface
- BitComet can open local torrent files, magnet links, URLs, and URL lists for bulk downloading
- The list of torrents you have in the queue can be backed up and restored later
- Integration can be enabled in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome to make it easier and quicker to add torrents into BitComet
- The contents of the clipboard can be detected automatically so the moment you copy a download link, BitComet will immediately ask you to start the download
- A search bar lets you enter a search term for a torrent, but the results open in your web browser—they're not shown within BitComet
- Auto shutdown settings can be configured to shutdown, reboot, hibernate, sleep, or quit BitComet after torrents are done downloading or at a specified time
- Torrent Exchange is a feature that lets BitComet users share torrent links with other peers while downloading
- A floating window lets you always have access to drag files into BitComet to download them, or drag local files to it for sharing with others
- Tagged downloads can be put into separate folders to automatically organize your files
- A comments section is available for every torrent, which shows comments made by other BitComet users
- While downloading torrents, lots of information is displayed, such as the transfer info, hash, start time, remaining size of the download, remaining time before it completes, the files you're downloading, all the peers, and many other statistics
- You can login to your CometID account to reportedly accelerate your download speeds
- Many advanced options can also be edited, including disk cache settings and the Remote Download feature
My Thoughts on BitComet
At first, BitComet may seem cluttered and confusing, but it can easily be transformed into an open design that's super simple to use. You can just hide the toolbar and other windows to put aside the things you aren't using and make room for downloading and sharing files.
Remote Download is a section of BitComet's advanced settings that lets you enable access to the program from a web browser on a different computer (even when you're not home). This works by letting you manage your active torrents as well as start new ones, all from a website that then remotely controls the BitComet program on your computer. uTorrent is a popular torrent client that also includes a remote access feature like this.
After you've added a torrent to BitComet, you can go through and click the files you want to download out of that torrent instead of having to download every file it contains. This is great if you're only after one or a few of the files and don't care for the rest.
Instead of selecting the files you want, you can even click Video, Audio, or Picture to automatically grab all of those file types without selecting the rest. This can be extremely helpful if the torrent contains lots of mixed files but you only want the images, for example.
Most torrent clients I've used let you right-click an active torrent to change the upload/download speed. BitComet only lets you do this from the taskbar icon in the notification center (in Windows) or through the global settings in the program. This means you can't change the speed for individual torrents, which is something I don't like at all.
After BitComet has installed, the setup tries to change your default homepage and install an unrelated program. You can easily skip over these changes by simply unchecking them.
Note: Select the "HTTP download" link on the download page to get BitComet.
BitComet can also be installed as a portable program, which means you don't have to install it to your computer to use it. This version can be found in the BitComet Archives.