NordVPN qBittorrent: Installing and Usage Guide

NordVPN qBittorrent

Torrenting clients like qBittorrent are never safe, because they come with multiple risks. Someone could doxx your IP or steal your data to use it against you. That’s why we recommend using a NordVPN qBittorrent combo.

qBittorrent is one of the most sought-after torrenting clients. It offers great usability, UI, and security. Unfortunately, this security isn’t enough to keep you safe on the internet. In this guide, we look at how and why you should use NordVPN with qBittorrent. Let’s start with some simple questions.

Is qBittorrent legal to use?

qBittorrent is legal in countries where torrenting is allowed. In other countries, you have to consider what you’re downloading. For example, using qBittorrent to download pirated content would be illegal in the US and parts of Europe, even though the client itself is not banned. 

Why Should You Use a VPN with qBittorrent?

You should NordVPN with qBittorrent because:

  • It keeps you safe from ISPs
  • It keeps you safe from IP doxxing
  • It prevents ISP throttling
  • It keeps your activities private

A VPN is an essential tool for privacy, and we highly recommend using it with torrent clients. Anyone can use a website like IKnowWhatYouDownload to track their torrenting activities.

A VPN changes your IP address so your activities cannot be tracked back to you. It also encrypts your data for better security. 

How to Set Up NordVPN qBittorrent

You can set up qBittorrent with NordVPN in two ways. For more details, you can read the detailed guide on how to set up NordVPN qBittorrent. The first one is through the app directly, while the second one is with a proxy. We’ve explained both methods below. 

Set up NordVPN qBittorrent with the app directly

Here’s the first and most convenient way to set up NordVPN qBittorrent:

  1. Subscribe to NordVPN and create an account.
  2. Download and install the NordVPN on your device.
  3. Launch the app and sign in.
  4. Click on “Specialty Servers.” 
  5. Connect to one of the P2P servers.
  6. Open qBittorrent and start secure P2P downloading.

Setting NordVPN qBittorrent with proxy

Proxies don’t offer the best benefits compared to VPNs, but they are faster. Here’s how you can set up NordVPN with qBittorrent using a proxy:

  1. Open qBittorrent application.
  2. Go to the application preferences.
  3. Select Tools > Options. 
  4. Click on Connection from the side panel.
  5. Find the “Proxy Server” section
  6. Click on SOCKS5 under the section that says Type.
  7. Enter the following in the Host bar next to it:

nl.socks.nordhold.net

us.socks.nordhold.net

us.socks.nordhold.net

se.socks.nordhold.net

socks.nordhold.net

ie.socks.nordhold.net

  1. Enter 1080 in the Port box.
  2. Enable “Use proxy for peer connections.”
  3. Enable “Authentication.”
  4. Enter your username and password for NordVPN below that.
  5. Save Changes.

With this, you can now use the NordVPN proxy with qBittorrent. It’s faster, but remember, VPNs aren’t as secure.

How do you use or download files using the qBittorrent client?

Now that you know how to set up NordVPN with qBittorrent, let’s go through the usage. qBittorrent has some built-in features that can help you look for specific torrents from the client. The most important one is the Search Engine option. 

It makes searching for and downloading your favorite torrents much easier. Here’s how you enable the Search Engine option:

  1. Open qBittorrent.
  2. Click on the Menu Bar.
  3. Click on View and Search Engine Mode.

For this mode to work, you will need to have Python installed on your device. When you click on the Search Engine option, a pop-up asking to install Python should appear. Agree to the pop-up and you’re good to go. 

Ways to improve security on qBittorrent using NordVPN

There are ways to further improve your security on qBittorrent with NordVPN. The VPN by itself offers great security and privacy, but enabling some extra features could make things even better. Here are some things that you should consider:

  1. NordVPN App Kill Switch feature

Unlike other VPNs, Nord gives you a special App Kill Switch feature. Instead of shutting everything down in case of a connection drop, this feature drops the internet connection for that specific app. 

In this case, you can enable the App Kill Switch for qBittorrent. If the VPN disconnects, it will pull qBittorrent’s connection to the internet. No one will know what you were doing, because there won’t be any packet leaks. 

Here’s how you enable the Kill Switch feature in NordVPN;

  1. Open the NordVPN application.
  2. Go to the Settings.
  3. Click on Kill Switch.
  4. Enable the App Kill Switch and add qBittorrent to it.

When that’s done, connect to a server of your choice and start using qBittorrent as you see fit.

How do I know if NordVPN works with qBittorrent?

While NordVPN works seamlessly with qBittorrent, double checking the connection isn’t a bad idea. For example, the VPN could be leaking your IP address. While you’re under a false sense of security, third parties could be exploiting your data.

Check NordVPN and any other VPN for leaks when you’re torrenting. You can use IPmagnet to double and verify your IPs. The tool will show you a current IP, that you can compare with the one qBittorrent is displaying.

In the best case scenario, your VPN IP shouldn’t be the same as your original IP address. If your real IP address is displayed, it means the pot isn’t cooking. You’ll have to troubleshoot your VPN and look for flaws that could be causing the problem.

Conclusion: Set Up NordVPN with qBittorrent Easily

You can easily set up NordVPN with qBittorrent directly or indirectly. Once the VPN is configured, you can start downloading your favorite movies, games, software, and everything else, without people peering in. 

Remember to enable extra security features and double check the IP addresses. If NordVPN is not working for some reason, please troubleshoot it to avoid problems.