How to fix qBittorrent issues

However, it usually adds performance and general performance improvements in addition to fixing any performance issues the application may have on certain computers (same as Windows Updates).

To download the latest update, we can do it from the application through the menu Help > Check for updates or directly from your website. Regardless of the method we select, we must be clear that the application is downloading content, this content will continue to be available after updating the application, so it is not necessary to make a copy of the torrent to add them again.

If after installing the update the application still has problems working, we must continue investigating the problem with the steps that we show you below.

you don’t have internet access

Every time we install an application in Windows, if it needs an Internet connection, the operating system will show us a message with the application request, a message where we can confirm or deny Internet access through the firewall, also known as firewall.

If we deny access to the internet through the firewall, qBittorrent will never have access to the internet, so you will never be able to download any type of content from these networks. To prevent users from facing this problem, during the app installation, the app informs us that it will add a windows firewall exception. In this way, if we do not modify that option, as soon as we download and install the application, it will have access to the Internet and we can start downloading and sharing content.

If due to ignorance or fear we have unchecked that box, there is no problem, since we can manually create an exception in the Windows registry to allow qBittorrent to connect to the internet without problems.

Add an exception to the firewall

Unlike other torrent applications, which allow us to create an exception from the application once we have installed it, from qBittorrent this possibility does not exist, so we must follow the steps that we show you below to allow this application to have access through the Windows Firewall.

The first thing we must do is access the Control Panel from the Windows search engine. Next, click System and Security and in the next window, in the Windows Defender Firewall section, click Allow an app through Windows Firewall.

Windows firewall

Next, a window will be displayed listing all the applications that can communicate through the Windows Defender firewall. To add the qBittorrent exception, click Change settings, and then click Allow another app.

Windows firewall

Then we click on Browse and look for the application path, which if we have not changed it will be the following:

C:/Program Files/qBittorrent/qbittorrent.exe

Next, click Network Types and check the boxes Private and Public. In this way, we ensure that the application will be able to access through the Windows firewall when connecting to a home network (Private) and when connecting through a Public network (cafes, airports and others).

qbittorrent firewall

Finally, click on Add and we can start qBittorrent again, an application that will finally be able to connect to the Internet to be able to download all the content that we add to it.

check antivirus

If we use an antivirus that is Windows Defender, it is likely that we will not have access to the Windows firewall since the antivirus that we have installed on our computer is taking care of it. In other words, we will not be able to carry out the steps that we have shown you in the previous section to create an exception to qBittorrnet from the Windows Control Panel.

The path to create an exception in the Windows firewall is found within the application configuration options. Since there are so many antiviruses available for Windows, we cannot explain the process to follow to carry out this operation. Fortunately, as it is a very common process, we can perform an Internet search or access website of our antivirus Where will we find this information?

Check if our connection allows torrent networks

Although it is not common, most Internet operators, ISPs, allow their users to access torrent networks to share files, although in some countries, such as Germany, the traffic of this type of network is monitored, users are penalized for download protected content. by copyright, assuming in 100% of cases, that it is this type of content.

However, it is possible that our operator if restrict access to these types of networks. If after allowing qBittorrent to access the Internet through the Firewall, we still cannot download any content, we need to contact our operator to make sure. If so, the only solution left to us, if we don’t want to change operators, is to hire a VPN that offers access to this type of network.

Most public networks have limited access to these types of networks to prevent some from saturating the connection, so if you are using a public hotspot and cannot download torrents, we already know why. As if it were a home connection, we can bypass this restriction by using a VPN.

Download speed is very slow

If once we have managed to get the application to connect to the Internet, but we verify that the download speed is very slow, we must access the qBittorrent configuration options, click on Speed ​​and make sure that the global speed limits, both upload and download download, are put in infinitive.

qbittorrent speed limit

It is also worth taking a look at the Connection section and checking, in the Connection limits section, that the maximum number of total connections is 500, the maximum number of connections per torrent is 100, the maximum number of upload positions is 20 and upload by torrent of 4, as we can see in the following image.

qBittorrent connection

The rest of the options, such as the ports for incoming connections, do not need to be modified, since it does not affect the operation of the connection through the Windows firewall. If we change the port by clicking on Random, we will not be able to increase the download speed.

A file did not finish downloading

When we have spent many days with the same download percentage of a torrent, there are two reasons related to this problem.

Update trackers

To download torrent files, it is necessary that other people share the same file. These people make different parts of the file that we want to download available to us, and as long as they are available, we can download the file without problems. The problem occurs when those seeds or parts are no longer available, as the file tries to find the source without success and, in most cases, gets into a loop from which it doesn’t know how to get out.

The solution to this problem goes through force file communication with possible seeds. To carry out this process, we must place the mouse over the file that we are downloading, press the right mouse button and select Force recommunication.

torrent recommunication

Find new torrents

If after forcing the crawlers to update for new seeds, we can’t get the file to continue downloading, we have two options: wait and see if we’re lucky and that the user who has the full file connects to continue sharing or search a new torrent.

The second solution is faster, as long as it is a very popular file. But, if it is a very little known file, we will have no choice but to wait patiently for the users who have it on their computer to connect to the Internet.

still not working properly

There is no better or worse application to download torrent, since they all offer us practically the same functions. However, if we can’t get qBittorrent to work, you should consider trying other alternatives available on the market. Whenever possible, it is recommended to use open source applications that do not include any type of advertising or bloatware during installation like uTorrent does.

Transmission, a cross-platform torrent client, is an excellent option for downloading torrents that has nothing to envy to other more popular applications. If we are looking for a very basic application that consumes very few resources, Lllltorrent is an interesting option, although it does not offer us the same configuration functions that we can find in other similar applications.

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