How To Speed Up uTorrent

BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols of transferring large amounts of data over the internet. It is a protocol is based on peer-to-peer file sharing. At any given moment, BitTorrent has, more active users then YouTube and Facebook combined according to Wikipedia.

It is capable to transfer a huge amount of data and because of that all users are trying to find how to speed up torrent downloads. The most popular BitTorrent client is uTorrent, and that is why we are going to show you how to speed up uTorrent.

Speed Up uTorrent

How to speed up uTorrent
uTorrent is the most popular BitTorrent client currently available.

These tips may be used on any other BitTorrent client, not just uTorrent. Note that we are not going to show you how to speed up internet – we are going to show you how to speed up uTorrent downloads.

Increase download speed

There are a few tricks which may show you how to increase download speed. This is going to speed up torrent download speed. You can speed up torrent downloads by following these tips:

Seed and peer ratio

This is a quite simple tip, but it is extremely important when deciding which torrent you are going to download from torrent download sites like The Pirate Bay.

Seed Peer Ratio
Always check out the best SE/LE ratio.

All these torrent download sites are going to show you the recent seed/peer ratio. So, it is important to look for torrents with best ratio. Usually torrents with more seeds compared to peers are better. So, 100 seeds and 50 peers is better than 1000 seeds (seeders) and 1000 peers (leechers).

Also, leave that “Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90%” Checked.

Cap your download speed at 2x of your speed

Update: Thanks for Marko who send us this tip. I think it is worth to mention this because it helped me to go from 700 kb/s to 950kb/s on one torrent in a short time.

Go to Options > Preferences > Bandwidth and set Maximum download rate option to 2x of your maximum download speed. For my connection it would be 24576 kb/s instead of unlimited “0” setting.

Strange but seems this works on some torrents.

Use uTorrent 3.4+ Version

The uTorrent 3.4 version (and above) includes an update to the connection strategy, the optimize finding the fastest peers. Because of this, it is recommended to use the latest version of uTorrent client in order to speed up uTorrent.

Set DHT Rate

Hassan from Egypt sent me an email telling me that his download speed improved after changing default DHT Rating value (-1) to 2000. By changing this, I have noticed a small improvement in download speed on some torrents and it might work for you as well.

DHT should, in theory, increase your average transfer speeds, by potentially finding more seeds and peers than the other scraping methods.

To change your DHT Rate go to Preferences (CTRL+P) > Advanced and search for dht. When you find dht.rate in your advanced setting list, click on it and change it to 2 from -1 default value. Just like it is shown on the below screenshot:

DHT Rate
Change default dht.rate value to speed up your download speed.

You should limit DHT value especially when you have a lot of enabled torrents (which are downloading or uploading) and if you restart uTorrent frequently.

Set “High” Bandwidth Allocation

On some torrents you can force your client to get the better bandwidth allocation from the current seeders. To do that right-click on a torrent you wish to speed-up and go to [ Bandwidth Allocation > High ]:

Set Bandwidth Allocation
Set high bandwidth allocation to the selected torrent.

Wait a few minutes and you will probably see how torrent download speed is increasing.

Change to Random Port

Some firewalls actually may block ports that are accessed by your torrent client. This might drastically affect your download speed. To change this setting, go to [ Options > Preferences > Connection > Random Port ]:

Random Port uTorrent
Change uTorrent to access to a random port.

This will force uTorrent to connect to a random port. On some systems, this might highly improve your download speed with uTorrent.

Force Protocol Encryption

Force Protocol Encryption will not be beneficial to everyone. It can only make your transfers faster if your own ISP (service provider) actively slows down torrent transfers. However, you can try to force this option and see how it works for you.

To apply this option go to [Options > Preferences > BitTorrent]:

Force Protocol Encryption - Speed up uTorrent
Force protocol encryption for your uTorrent client to speed up download on some ISP.

Also make sure the check box for Allowing incoming legacy connections checked if not by default.

Add Faster Torrent Trackers

You should also add new trackers to selected torrents in order to get more seeds and peers to your connection. This should result in faster uTorrent download speeds on most torrents.

To add new trackers to any torrent you are downloading, simply right-click on the torrent you download and choose [Properties]:

Update Trackers to Boost Download Speed
Copy-paste the following trackers list below currently active trackers. The more trackers you have – the more chances to increase download speed of your torrent.
Torrent Trackers List

Note: Copy-paste the above list as it is listed with an empty row between each tracker.

Now right-click on that torrent and select [Update Tracker] option. Please note you should do this for each torrent you want to boost and this might not work on all torrents.

Adjust Default Advanced Settings

There are many options for uTorrent. Some of them are reserved for advanced users. To edit default options of the client itself, simply go to [Options > Preferences : Advanced]

uTorrent Advanced Options to Increase Download
Through the Filter section (marked) search and adjust the following options to increase uTorrent download speeds.
  • bt.connect_speed – from 25 to [50] This option specifies the number of connections uTorrent client should allow to be established each second.
  • bt.allow_same_ip – from false to [true] Enabling this option allows multiple incoming connections from the same IP address.
  • rss.update_interval – from 15 to [20] This option sets the length of time µTorrent should wait between each RSS feed update check.
  • net.outgoing_max_port from 0 to [40] and net.outgoing_port – from 0 to [40] This option specifies the port that µTorrent should use to make outgoing connections.
  • net.utp_initial_packet_size – from 4 to [8] This controls the initial size of the uTP packets that uTorrent uses when initiating a uTP connection.

After setting these values, press OK and restart uTorrent. These advanced options should increase download speed for most users.

If after applying some of these settings above you experience slower download speed, feel free to restore values to default.

Update Log:

  • September 2015, Added trackers list and advanced uTorrent options.
  • February 2015, Added automatic connection formula calculator.
  • August 2014, Added several speed up options (thanks to heme)
  • March 2014: Added upload settings calculator.
  • May 2014: Added Protocol Encryption feature.

15 thoughts on “How To Speed Up uTorrent

  1. TOUFIK Reply

    I was getting speed of 100kb/ps & the speeds kept dropping constatly to around 30kb/ps.
    I tried your steps & set my cilent right & now my speed is at a constant 300kb/ps!

  2. Tekkient Reply

    I was getting speeds of about 10 kb/ps, speeds kept dropping down to 0. After this, speeds came to 1.5+ mb/s on a 1200:1700 ratio torrent.

  3. Dhruv Reply

    how do i do the same in utorrent on mac? theres no advance tabs and all. please help

  4. Sahil Reply

    I always get speed of 19/20 Kb/s only…sometimes speed rises to 200kb/s but it decreases suddenly..what to do??

  5. heme Reply

    Another tip for speeding up:

    Make sure you are using the uTorrent 3.4.* version and up.

    It includes an update to the connection strategy, the optimize finding the fastest peers.

  6. Thomas Reply

    i dont know if this help because my torrent speed is 1 kbps and never increases

  7. John Houston Reply

    My normal rate was around 2mb/s… Now my download speed is up to 7mb/s… I just downloaded a 45GB torrent in under 2 hours! THANKS!

  8. youcef seghairi Reply

    please tell me how to do that i am downloading pes 2015 but my speed is between 100 kb/s and 130kb/s

  9. Bobby Reply

    Great guide, thanks. can you give some advice please. Am on UK fibre 80/20 MBit, speedesting at 77/18MBit. what would my optimal utorrent 3.2.1 settings be.

  10. BunBun4Life Reply

    changing DHT rate from -1 to 2 (just TWO) doubled my speed at least on utorrent. However for whatever reason I do not understand, same version of utorrent with same preferences set on 2 laptops (both mine) download completely differently ‘speedwise’ – one COMMONLY receives a download speed up to 7.6 – 10 MB/s the download speed for the other never rises above a 1.1 MB/s and it drives me insane.

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