5 Best VPNs for qBittorrent in 2019

qBittorrent is a lightweight torrent client that is a popular alternative to better know BitTorrent platforms. To anyone that uses this torrent client, we recommend using qBittorrent with a VPN. A VPN hides your identity from other torrent users and copyright holders and enables you to unblock websites that are currently blocked in your location. In this article, we list the five best VPNs to use with qBittorrent and give you some information about how using a VPN with qBittorrent will keep you safe.

 

Virtual Private Networks are an essential tool for ensuring your data is kept secure, this is especially a useful tool if you use a VPN for Torrenting. It is easy to protect yourself with a VPN when using qBittorrent, all you need do is run the VPN software and connect to a VPN server before and during your qBittorrent session. We list the steps on how to use qBittorrent with a VPN further down in this article, but first, we list the best qBittorrent VPN clients below.

The best qBittorrent VPN services

If you are using a VPN with qBittorrent there are some essential features you will need. This includes fast servers, well-implemented  VPN encryption protocols, numerous server locations, amongst other things. After researching over 150 services during our time as a review site, we have listed the five best qBittorrent VPN services below. If you need more information about any of the services in this list, scroll below to read a summary of each service or click through to the provider's website.

  1. NordVPN - Key P2P Features: NO LOGS | SYSTEM KILL SWITCH | PER APP KILL SWITCH
  2. ExpressVPN - Key P2P Features: NO LOGS | KILL SWITCH
  3. CyberGhost - Key P2P Features: NO LOGS | KILL SWITCH | SPLIT TUNNELING
  4. PrivateVPN - Key P2P Features: NO LOGS | PORT FORWARDING | HTTPS SOCKS5 PROXIES
  5. VyprVPN - Key P2P Features: AUDITED FOR NO LOGS | KILL SWITCHES

The best VPNs for qBitorrent

Below we have summarised everything that is great about the five best qBittorrent VPN services. All the VPN services have essential features needed to download files from qBitorrent, however, they differ in price, server numbers, the additional features they offer users and other things. If you want more information about any of the services listed below, click through to the provider's website or read our in-depth VPN reviews.

1. NordVPN

NordVPN is the best qBittorrent VPN because it keeps zero logs, has a system killswitch, and a per app kill switch

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

This privacy-friendly VPN service is based in Panama, which is not known for its heavy policing of copyright issues. This makes it unlikely that NordVPN can face any serious pressure from US and other rights holders.

The fact that NordVPN keeps no logs also means that it couldn’t hand over its customers details to copyright enforcers, even if wanted to. Which it clearly doesn’t. NordVPN allows torrenting on all its servers, and even offers dedicated torrent servers for optimized P2P performance.

Its Windows and older Mac OSX apps feature a system-wide kill switches, although its new macOS app doesn't yet. In addition to this, the Windows app features a per-app kill switch - perfect for extra protection when using qBitTorrent!

NordVPN allows up to six devices to connect at once, has a slick user interface, apps for all platforms, and implements strong encryption on all  these apps by default. It also offers a lot of high-end privacy features such as VPN over Tor, double-hop encryption, and XOR obfuscated servers.

2. ExpressVPN

  • Pricing

    From $6.67 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

ExpressVPN is one of the most respected names in the VPN industry, and is responsible for pioneering now-standard top-level VPN features such a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee and professional 24/7 customer support.  

Although it prefers to keep support for P2P low-key (for understandable reasons) it has no objection to torrenting on any of its servers , which are located in 94 countries worldwide. Torrentiers may not care about the full smart DNS service it throws in for free with all subscriptions, or the fact that ExpressVPN can unblock all major streaming services.

But they will appreciate very strong encryption and blazing speeds offered by this highly professional service which now runs all its servers from RAM to prevent data retention after boot and to ensure consistent tamper-free performance across all servers.

3. CyberGhost

  • Pricing

    From $2.75 / month
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

This no-logs Romanian VPN service allows torrenting on most of its servers.Torrenters are particularly likely to appreciate its “App Protection”  (split-tunneling) feature, which allows you to specify that only certain apps are protected by the VPN. Such as qBittorrent!

The fact that all its apps have kill-switches baked-in and enabled by default is also very groovy. Romania is one of the best places around for a VPN service to be based in terms of privacy as it has no mandatory data retention laws.

Customer service in English, French, and German is available 24/7 via both email and live chat. CyberGhost allows up 7 seven connections at once and operates servers in some 60 countries worldwide. It also offers an industry-beating 5-day money back guarantee.

4. PrivateVPN

  • Pricing

    From $1.89 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

The Swedish VPN service lives up to its name by offering a zero-logs service which permits torrenting on all its 80+ servers in 52 countries around the world. Special servers listed as “dedicated IP/Torrenting” provide superior P2P performance, however.

Torrenters will be particularly interested in the fact that PrivateVPN offers port forwarding through its NAT firewall for improved P2P performance (please see notes later in this article for more details and how to enable port forwarding in qBittorrent).

The Windows app features both a system kill switch and per-app kill switch, perfect for protecting just your qBittorrent sessions. Mac users, however, may prefer to use Tunnelblick instead of PrivateVPN’s custom macOS app, as this does not feature a kill switch.

PrivateVPN offers HTTPS SOCKS5 proxies, which can be useful to P2P users as these can be used to route just qBittorrent traffic through the proxy, acting much as much as split tunneling does.

PrivateVPN is particularly noted for high quality of its customer service. It also unblocks  local versions Netflix in an impressive 17 countries, allows up to 6 simultaneous connections, offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

5. VyprVPN

  • Pricing

    From $5.00 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
    • MacOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

VyprVPN used to be a poor choice for torrenters because it was based in the US, kept extensive connection logs, and... um... didn’t allow torrenting!

But this has all changed. VyprVPN (together with its parent company Golden Frog) has moved to privacy-friendly (and copyright-unfriendly!) Switzerland, gone 100% no-logs, and now fully supports torrenting on all its servers.

Indeed, VyprVPn is unique in the VPN industry for having its no-logs claims fully and independently audited.

The fact that VyprVPN entirely runs it own server network has always put it ahead of the game in terms of security. And its Windows, macOS, and Android apps all feature kill switches.

VyprVPN allows between 3 and 5 simultaneous connections (depending on plan), offers a 30-day money back guarantee, unblocks most streaming services and runs servers in 70 countries.

How to use qBittorrent with a VPN

Most VPNs come with software that uses a wizard to install. This makes VPNs extremely easy to set up. Here’s a step-by-step guide that explains how to subscribe, install, and set up a qBittorrent VPN: 

  1. Choose your qBittorrent VPN based on the attributes you deem necessary.
  2. Sign up to your preferred VPN for torrenting.
  3. Download and install the software. Most VPNs support all popular operating systems, but you may want to double-check if you intend to use Linux.
  4. Run the application and follow the instructions you see on your screen. You may be able to choose different encryption settings, but the entire process will be straightforward. Select OpenVPN encryption as this is most secure.
  5. Connect to a server in the area you desire. Servers that are closer to your physical location will provide faster download speeds than those located further away.

Why should I use a VPN for qBittorrent?

As its name suggests, the qBitTorrent client uses the BitTorrent protocol to download files. The protocol is a very efficient way of sharing and downloading large files and the fact that no centralized servers are required ensures that “torrenting” will continue to be a popular option for those that want to pirate copyright-protected content. After reviewing BitTorrent clients in our 5 Best BitTorrent Clients roundup, we found this was the best, due to its simplicity and ease of use.

Obviously, copyright holders are willing to do everything in their power to protect their content and this is where the BitTorrent protocol (and the qBittorrent client) can be something of a liability to its users. It should come as a surprise to nobody, that copyright holders routinely monitor P2P downloads of their intellectual property to catch “pirates.” To put it simply, using a VPN will protect you from this. A VPN changes your real IP address to one owned by a VPN provider, therefore spoofing your location and concealing your identity on BitTorrent clients.

How will a VPN protect you on qBittorrent

A VPN encrypts your connection and so all of your incoming and outgoing traffic is encrypted, between your computer and a VPN. This VPN server then acts as a proxy, sitting between you and the internet, so your IP address is changed to one owned by your VPN provider. 

The main ways in which a VPN will protect you whilst using qBittorrent are:

  1. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) cannot see what you get up to on the internet, as all data that passes between your computer and the VPN server is encrypted. This means that your ISP cannot see that you are torrenting, or indeed, what you are torrenting.
  2. Anyone can see the IP address that you're using when you're torrenting. Here in qBittorrent, we can easily see the IP addresses of everyone else who is sharing the same file as us! So of course, copyright holders can monitor the IP addresses of torrent users downloading their content. By using a VPN people will see the IP address of the VPN service and not your own, therefore covering up your actual locationqBitTorrent Client
  3. By connecting to VPN servers located in countries that do not censor websites on copyright grounds, you can access torrent sites that are usually blocked.

There is always a danger, however, that the VPN will disconnect in the middle of a download session. This occasionally happens with even the best VPN services. If you have left your computer unattended while downloading, this can result in your real IP address being exposed to copyright holders for perhaps even hours at a time.

Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. Two of them in fact!

1. Use a VPN kill switch

Most decent desktop VPN clients these days feature a kill switch which prevents internet connections outside the VPN interface. Just make sure it is enabled. Kill switches are less common in Android, but Android 9+ has a built-in kill switch that works with any VPN app.

Bind qBittorrent to your VPN interface

One of the grooviest features of qBittorrent is the ability to bind it to your VPN interface to act as a sort of qBittorrent-only kill switch. 

Simply go to Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced. Next to “Network Interface” select the name of your VPN adapter. If using OpenVPN, the VPN adapter will be labeled TAP or TUN.

Port forwarding

Port forwarding can improve your download speeds when using a VPN with qBittorrent, but is not supported by many VPN services for justifiable reasons. If you want to use port forwarding with qBittorrent:

  1. Enable VPN port forwarding. This is usually done in the user area of the VPN service's web interface but is sometimes done in the VPN client software. Some VPN services only allow port forwarding on specified servers.


  2. In qBittorrent go to Tools -> Preferences -> Connection and change the listening port used for incoming connections to a port number you chose or were assigned in step 1.
  3. Disable UPnP and/or NAT-PMP. These features can be useful for bypassing local firewalls but are not useful for bypassing remote NAT firewalls. Worse, if enabled they may try to route connections through your router rather through the VPN interface. This may result in your real IP address being exposed even when using a VPN.
    Please check out our Ultimate Guide to VPN Port Forwardingfor more information on this subject. It is worth quickly noting, though, that port forwarding is only useful if your VPN uses a NAT firewall. 


Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

2 Comments

  1. Sean

    on October 23, 2019
    Reply

    Sorry. Editor's mea culpa. Sean wanted to know why we are listing NordVPN in this article after the recent scadal.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Sean

      on October 23, 2019
      Reply

      Hi Sean, We have removed NordVPN from our most sensitive pages, such as best no logs VPNs and most secure VPNs until we are confident that it has got its house in order. It's still fine for stuff like torrenting.

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