How to Stop Seeding (Disable Upload) in qBittorrent

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qBittorent has become one of the most popular, if not already the most popular, open-source BitTorrent clients because of its straightforward and easy-to-use interface, and, most importantly, it doesn’t have any intrusive ads in the app. A common question regarding torrenting is whether you can or should stop seeding after completing your download. This article will talk about why seeding matters and how to stop seeding (uploading) in qBittorrent.

Also see: How to Disable uTorrent Upload (Stop Seeding)

How to Stop Seeding in qBittorrent

What seeding is and why it matters

In torrents, everyone shares and takes. When you download, you’re getting from others who are seeding. And when you seed, you help others download. This give-and-take is what keeps the torrent world spinning. But totally stopping seeding can mess with this balance. So, while we’ll show you how to stop, it’s nice to seed when you can.

There might be times when you want to stop seeding because it’s using too much bandwidth, you’re worried about privacy, or you’ve done your bit by sharing as much as you downloaded. Stopping seeding after you’ve shared enough is a way to manage your internet use without being a drag on the torrent community.

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Step-by-step guide to stop seeding in qBittorrent

1. Launch qBittorrent

First up, open the qBittorrent app on your computer.

Open qBittorrent in Windows 11

2. Navigate to the settings menu

Find the top menu in qBittorrent and click on “Tools“, then choose “Options…“. This will take you to where you can change a bunch of qBittorrent settings.

qBittorrent Tools and Options

3. Head over to the “BitTorrent” tab

In the settings menu, look for the “BitTorrent” tab on the side and click it to see BitTorrent options.

Bittorrent Settings

4. Adjust the seeding settings

In the BitTorrent settings, find the “Share Limits” area. Look for “When ratio reaches” and put in 0 if you want to stop seeding right after the download is done. If you’d rather wait until you’ve shared as much as you’ve downloaded, set it to 1.

How to disable upload in qBittorrent

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5. Optional: Set global upload limit

This step is optional, but if you want to slow down your upload speed without stopping it completely, go to the “Speed” tab. Under “Global Rate Limits“, set the “Upload (KiB/s)” to 1 to limit your upload speed to nearly nothing, saving your bandwidth for other stuff.

Limit upload in qBittorrent

6. Save and apply changes

After setting it up how you like, hit “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

Save and apply changes

To stop seeding torrents that were already going, go back to the main window, right-click on the torrent you want to stop, and choose “Stop“.

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Some final advice

Before completely stopping seeding in your torrent client, it’s very important to think about the bigger picture of torrenting. A healthy sharing ratio is crucial for fast and reliable downloads for everyone. But sometimes, you might need to limit or stop seeding because of internet limits, privacy worries, or other reasons, which is understandable. Nonetheless, you have to find a right balance.

If you often hit bandwidth limits, consider setting up scheduled seeding in qBittorrent to seed only at low-internet-usage times. Whenever you can, seed a bit after your download is done. This helps others and keeps the sharing going strong.

And always torrent smart and legally. Respect copyright laws, get permissions when needed, and only share stuff you’re allowed to.

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Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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