I had mentioned Xunlei Thunder in one of my earlier posts (Six Ways to Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking and Throttling).I had stated that, “Xunlei is faster than most other popular torrent clients like uTorrent and BitComet”. Well, I was wrong. No, Xunlei is fast. In fact, it is faster that pretty much everything else. However, I was wrong in assuming that Xunlei is less popular than some of the more familiar names like uTorrent and BitComet. As it turns out, Xunlei Thunder is the most popular torrent client in the world.
uTorrent’s market share may have doubled in a year, but according to TorrentFreak, Thunder blasted uTorrent’s market share away in the latest survery. So, how come most people have never heard about Xunlei Thunder? This is because Xunlei is available only in Chinese.
Thunder is a capable download manager which supports HTTP, FTP, MMS, RTSP, eMule and BitTorrent. All the basic features you expect from a download manager are present in Thunder. However, it lacks the multimedia downloading abilities of Orbit or the power of Internet Download Manager (IDM).
The default installer of Xunlei Thunder is riddled with all sorts of crapware in addition to being an adware. However, a modified English version provided by HeHeHunter doesn’t include any malware or advertisements. In fact you don’t even need to install it since the modded version of Xunlei is available as a portable utility.
Download Xunlei Thunder English (Portable Green Edition with No Ads) (10.42 MB)
Version Reviewed: 188.8.131.529
Operating System: Windows all