Tribler

Tribler 7.5

Free
Allows sharing data with other users via the P2P torrent protocol.

Tribler allows sharing data with other users via the P2P torrent protocol. However, it includes an extra layer of anonymity through its support of onion routing, which makes your online activities practically untraceable.

The application has an easy-to-navigate tabbed interface. One of its outstanding characteristics is a built-in search engine that saves you from actually visiting the sites where the contents are stored. Moreover, since the search results come from indexing those files that other users are sharing, there is no need of centralized servers, which makes the service virtually impossible to shut down.

Logically, such a network depends on what other people share, so it seems fair that you contribute by seeding your own files as well. In this respect, Tribler uses its own system to reward the most collaborative users.

The tool lets you add new torrents as well as start new download tasks from magnet links and torrent files. Likewise, it supports prioritizing certain download jobs. It is also quite convenient that it offers video on demand, which means you can view such contents through its built-in player.

Unfortunately, Tribler has its flaws as well. For instance, it does not implement the superseeding algorithm. Moreover, it lacks support of IPv6 protocol, NAT traversal and UDP tracker transfer protocol, which may limit its functionalities at a given moment.

All in all, the main advantages of Tribler are extreme anonymity and decentralization. Therefore, it is highly recommended for sharing files with multiple users. The product is opensource and it is absolutely free to use.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Makes your activities almost impossible to trace
  • Uncentralized search
  • Rewards more collaborative users
  • Video on demand
  • Built-in player

Cons

  • Does not implement the superseeding algorithm
  • Lacks support of IPv6 protocol, NAT traversal and UDP tracker transfer protocol
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