qBittorrent 4.4 Open-source BitTorrent client adds official app image, Qt 6 support

The Qt-based qBittorrent open-source, free, and cross-platform BitTorrent client has been updated today to version 4.4, a major release that introduces a plethora of new features and improvements.

After more than half a year of development, qBittorrent 4.4 is finally ready and it is the first stable release of the popular BitTorrent client that provides a precompiled binary file in the AppImage universal binary format for GNU/Linux distributions.

The good news is it’s a lot easier to run now qbittorrent on your favorite distro. Created on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, the AppImage requires no installation and uses the latest versions of the Qt 6, libtorrent, Boost and OpenSSL libraries.

The bad news is that the AppImage has not been properly tested, so please send feedback to the developers if you have any problems with it. I’ve tested the AppImage on a Fedora Linux 35 installation and it works without any issues.

Aside from the AppImage, which many users will probably be happy with, the qBittorrent 4.4 release adds support for v2 torrents, libtorrent 2.0.x support, Qt 6 support, support for folder-based UI themes, as well as the ability to set temporary folder by torrent and category.

This release also reveals libtorrent’s hashing_threads settings, implements the ability to announce to all trackers if the IP address has changed, adds connection_speed to the advanced settings, adds auto-detection for OpenBSD and Haiku systems in the configuration script, and extends the latency before exiting the qbittorrent-nox command-line client.

The UI also got some attention and now has a new “Notification Timeout” option, “Check” filter on the side panel, tooltips for different columns and for the listening port spinbox, context menu to switch between content tab columns, “Forced Metadata download”, a “Skip hash check” option for folders viewed, as well as a “Show torrent options” double-click action.

Also improved is the WebUI (the web-based interface), which received reverse proxy source IP resolution, arrow key navigation for UI tables and for expanding or collapsing UI folders, a progress bar in the General tab, touch support for sorting UI tables , and the ability to use the correct URL scheme in the user prompt when HTTPS is enabled.

Apart from that, the search function now offers a tab context menu in the search widget and additional download options for the torrent search result with a right-click on the context menu. Of course, there are also plenty of bug fixes and corrections to make your BitTorrent sessions more reliable and stable.

You can now download qBittorrent 4.4 from the official website as an AppImage or a source tarball. To use the AppImage, right click on it and set the permissions to run the file as a program. For more details on the changes in this major release, check out the release announcement page.

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