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ZbigZ is a free torrent client that runs in a web browser, which means no software download is required.

Although ZbigZ is ad-supported, you can resume paused downloads and protect your privacy.

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Advantages:

  • No software download required
  • No registration required
  • No need to upload / share / bring in files
  • Personal account keeps your torrents in one place
  • Supports resumed downloads
  • Works with any web browser (including mobile)
  • Protects privacy with a hidden IP address
  • Can download files in bulk

Disadvantage:

  • Advertising is supported
  • Torrents are not cached unless you are actively using the website.
  • Limits download size and speed

Use of ZbigZ

ZbigZ is a little different from a regular torrent client in that it is not real software. Here is a quick guide on how to use Zbigz.

  1. On the main page, paste a torrent link, download one. Torrent file, or type a magnetic link in the text area, then click Go! -Button.
  2. Click the big icon Free to let ZbigZ know that you are using a free account. ZbigZ will cache the torrent so you can download the files.
  3. When you're done, you'll see Caching Complete. Click on one of the files that you want to download by selecting the download arrow next to the file. You can optionally click click. zip to capture all torrent files at once.
  4. Click the icon again Free to start downloading the file.

Note: If you choose the ZIP download option, you will have to wait for the files to be archived, which may take some time depending on the size of the files.

There is a supposedly easier way of adding torrents to ZbigZ by using the ZbigZ Chrome extension, but I couldn't get it to work when I tried.

restrictions

ZbigZ users are restricted in numerous ways, which is sure to differentiate them from a regular torrent client.

The maximum size of a torrent can only be 1 GB.

This means that the sum of each file size in the torrent must be 1 GB or less. Anything above that is rejected by ZbigZ.

The download speed with ZbigZ is 150 KB / s, which is much slower than regular, downloadable torrent clients.

Free users can only download up to two torrents at a time using ZbigZ, which again is a huge limitation that you won't find with most other free torrent clients.

When you create a free account with ZbigZ, your torrent files will remain in your account for seven days. That means, after you've added a torrent and it's ready for you to download the files, you have a week from that day before your files will expire and be removed.

These restrictions are lifted when you pay for the premium version.

My thoughts on ZbigZ

I have conflicting thoughts about ZbigZ, but I do and use it a lot.

I like that you don't have to download anything, and all of the torrents you add to your account are accessible from any browser. You can also choose to receive email when torrents are cached. This is a useful feature when you are away from your computer.

However, the extremely slow download speeds are very evident. If you download any other file on the internet you are used to a regular speed and ZbigZ is much slower.

Some ISPs restrict or control torrent traffic. ZbigZ isn't torrent traffic from your ISP's perspective. So, since it works like any other HTTP download, your ISP is less likely to limit their bandwidth. So if your service provider is restricting your access to the BitTorrent network, an online torrent client like ZbigZ may actually be one of your remaining options for downloading torrents.

Although the limitations mentioned above are pretty extreme, ZbigZ is still valuable as it is completely online and is not controlled by most ISPs.

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