Journalists of the publication Torrent freak conducted an interesting analysis, studied the statistics and determined the most popular torrent clients at present.
The publication notes that over the past decade, the file sharing landscape has changed a lot, and to a certain extent this applies to the entire BitTorrent ecosystem. So, once popular trackers like KickassTorrents. Torrentz.eu and ExtraTorrent no longer exist, and release groups like YTS and EZTV have also disappeared long ago. However, sites are changing, but the essence remains the same: a wide audience still prefers one specific torrent client.
More than ten years ago, the publication already held similar study, and then uTorrent confidently led in popularity among users. As it turned out, little has changed in 2020.
Using resource iknowwhatyoudownload reporters examined more than 25 million registered BitTorrent connections in one day last week. As it turned out, more than two-thirds (68.6%) of them used the desktop version of uTorrent. The vast majority of people use uTorrent latest version (3.5.5), but also dozens of older versions have been noticed.
Although officially it has not been supported for a long time, thousands of people still use uTorrent for Mac. However, the most popular client for Mac is Transmission. This is one of the most noticeable changes compared to the previous study. Although Transmission also has a beta version for Windows, there its user base is relatively small.
The table below lists all programs with a market share of at least 0.1%, which corresponds to approximately 25,000 registered connections. Journalists note that BitTorrent clients are identified through a client ID, which is publicly broadcast to trackers and through DHT. The indicated totals are based on a sample of client ID with at least 10,000 connections.
|A place||Customer||Market share|
|3||Libtorrent (Utorrent Web EA)||6.3%|
As you can see, uTorrent, developed by BitTorrent Inc., leads by a huge margin, as the BitTorrent client takes the second place with only 6.6%. However, this is in any case good news for BitTorrent Inc., which owns both programs.
In addition to the apparent dominance of uTorrent, researchers note the position of Libtorrent in the ranking. The fact is that this is not a torrent client, but a library that is used in a wide variety of torrent applications.
The most used version of Libtorrent is 184.108.40.206. Interestingly, further analysis showed that this library is also used in the latest version of uTorrent Web. That is, instead of its own identifier, the latest web version of uTorrent is identified as Libtorrent. So, uTorrent's market share even exceeds the indicated 68.6%.
Researchers are also surprised that Zona and MediaGet are on the list. Both of these applications offer download and streaming functions with a simple interface, and their main user base is in Russia.
The above list did not include a number of clients who were also noticed by researchers, but did not score the desired 0.1%. Among them are Tribler, Frostwire, Tixati, tTorrent, aTorrent and PicoTorrent. It is noted that they can still have thousands of active users daily.
The same applies to various versions of Popcorn Time, which over the years has attracted the attention of the media, copyright holders and users. None of the forks of Popcorn Time, identifying themselves as a "web torrent", could not get on the list.
Journalists write that they plan to continue to monitor statistics and continue to publish similar tops in the future.