How to Disable Upload (Turn Off Seeding) in uTorrent

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BitTorrent (BT) is one of the most popular peer-to-peer file sharing protocols used to share and distribute large files and data over the Internet. A BitTorrent client is required to send or receive files, where one of the most popular BitTorrent client is μTorrent.

One prominent feature of BitTorrent P2P protocol is that users of BitTorrent network are automatically uploading and transferring to other downloading peers while they’re downloading the files. As sharing (i.e. uploading) is important feature of BitTorrent to ensure the health of the file distribution network, due to the fact that if nobody seeds, and everybody leeches, the files shared on the BitTorrent will quickly die off.

That’s why the option to disable uploading or seeding in BT client is hard to find, with some BT clients not even provide such an option. uTorrent (µTorrent), one of the most popular BitTorrent client does have the ability to stop the seeding and uploads, albeit indirectly. This tutorial guides you on how to turn off seeding and disable the uploads in uTorrent.

Note that you’re considering as bad leecher or freeloader by most BitTorrent trackers if you completely disabled the uploads, which may cause you to be banned from the trackers.

  1. In uTorrent, go to Options -> Preferences.
  2. Go to Bandwidth section.
  3. Set the maximum update rate (kB/s): [0: unlimited] to 1 (not really necessary, but just in case uploads are still happening, at least the rate is slowest.
  4. Set the number of upload slots per torrent to 0.

    Disable Seeding in uTorrent

  5. Go to Queuing section.
  6. Set the minimum ratio (%) under “Seeding Goal” to 0.
  7. Set the minimum seeding time under “Seeding Goal” to 0.
  8. Set the minimum number of available seeds under “Seeding Goal” to 0.
  9. Select (tick) the check box for limit the upload rate to (kB/s): [0 = stop] under “When uTorrent Reaches the Seeding Goal”, and set its value to 0.

    Turn Off Uploading in uTorrent

  10. That’s it. Try to add a torrent and start downloading. you should notice that no data is been uploaded, even though there is still to communication happens.

By | 2016-12-09T08:38:26+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Utilities|Tags: |14 Comments

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  • Thanks

  • Vivisectionist Exhibitionist

    Didn’t quite mention anything about slowing your download speed to a crawl, but, oh well.

  • jason jason

    still uploads some , would like 0 , so less risk of dmca action

  • Anubhav Raikar

    thanks a lot

  • hari

    thank u it was really helpfull

  • Frank Beans


  • Thanks! I’m on a site that allows me to subscribe for a fee in exchange for them seeding on my behalf. Every time I seed something new, my ISP gets busted by the owner, and I get a user violation letter.



  • Richard A. Nichols III

    This doesn’t work for me. I followed the instructions, and uTorrent is still seeding.

  • Bob

    This is good for when you finish you download and are not there and don’t want to continue seeding (though the torrent community use to get outraged over such advise) but the problem with setting your upload rate to 0 is this will severely slow down you downloads. I think its best to just do steps 5 thur 9.

    • Michael West

      I totally agree.

  • Krunal Shah

    Not Working

  • Wewser

    When I put the upload rate to 1 , my download goes down to like 2 KkBps, and if I do everything else other than the upload rate, the seeding process still goes on.

  • Taylor Green

    This just Lowered my download speed