Halite v0.4.0.4

Checker on 19 Dec 2015
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Dec 2015
  • Suggested by Bertl01

Halite is a fast and lightweight BitTorrent client supporting global/per-torrent connection/transfer rate limits, trackerless torrents, magnet links, IP filtering, minimize to tray with transfer rate summary, etc.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder (bittorrent.xml and .\config)
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Boost Software License 1.0 (OSI approved)
How to extract: Download the x86 (or x64 for 64-bit systems) 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Halite.exe.

Optionally, delete language DLL files.
Similar/alternative apps: uTorrent, qBittorrent
What's new?
  • Updated to libtorrent 1.0.7.
  • Fixed a bug with the portable version.
  • Fixed a bug related to removing torrent without stopping them first.
  • Fixed a bug torrrent pausing and resume with the global session pause/resume.

31 comments on Halite  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Simon.T 2007-12-21 04:41

I'm hope that I'm not wrong, but... I swear to you guys that this BitTorrent client is way much FASTER!!! than ĀµTorrent

Highly Recommended!!

Thomas 2008-01-13 01:40

So far, I haven't been able to confirm it's any faster than uTorrent. It's also much heavier than uTorrent, both in terms of file size (3 mb instead of 0.2 mb) and memory footprint: While waiting for a download to start, Halite is using between 2 and 4 mb, whereas uTorrent never exceeds 0.8 mb.
Yet, uTorrent apart, Halite is a lot smaller than the other Bittorrent clients here on portable freeware (G3 Torrent 14 mb, BitComet 22 MB...).
So, if anyone doesn't want to use uTorrent for whatever reason (closed source, some have people have hinted a dubious background), then Halite is definitely worth recommending.

Thomas 2008-01-13 01:48

Forgot to mention: If you're unsure which file to download, then you'll likely need Halite.0_3_0.x86.7z
Requires 7zip to open I think (available on this site).

Stefan 2008-07-30 08:30

There are still some issues with this client like opening a folder used with a relative path, and adding torrents with the same folder (but different content) simply don't show up. It does however seems to fully support downloading and moving using relative paths, something i still miss with utorrent or any other portable client.

Nemo 2008-08-20 14:43

Now uTorrent is sold to Bittorrent Inc many people will switch like I did. I get much higher speeds too , it was like utorrent was blocking some peers or something but now all goes great! This client will be beter later in the future and will pass utorrent.

meter 2009-02-28 03:09

I like and use Halite, but there is one thing you need to be careful with. Halite will add a copy of the *.torrent file and a XML file for the file to [folder containing Halite.exe]\torrents\ and then leave it there even after you do a "Remove -> Torrent File" from the GUI. If you want to remove all traces of your having torrented something, you must remove these files manually.

Rokth 2010-02-25 06:36

it would be nice if this client enabled some proxy support

Hydaral 2010-09-01 01:52

Speed of a Bittorrent client is not everything, just because it is fast, doesn't mean it plays well with the bittorrent network.

That being said, I have not found anything that indicates that it does not play nice.

But it doesn't have a scheduler or RSS monitoring, so I'll stick with uTorrent for now.

webfork 2010-09-22 19:07

Thomas: Right you are. 7zip note added.

Midas 2013-07-08 16:46

Thanks to freakzoid for pointing (at TPFC forum) to an excellent tutorial for optimizing Halite:



freakazoid 2013-07-08 19:52

@midas - You might also want to check out my very, unscientifc benchmarks between uTorrent, Halite and qBitTorrent:


Userfriendly 2015-01-30 05:07

v0.4 update today and it's not portable. Saves settings in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Halite.


Midas 2015-01-30 11:51

@Userfriendly: thanks, entry updated.


smaragdus 2015-01-30 20:48

Very bad news- I will keep using Halite version 0.3.4. No way to make Halite use its own folder?


Userfriendly 2015-01-30 21:18

You can try using a portable launcher like yaP - http://rolandtoth.hu/yaP/
Here's the settings I used in the INI config:
application = App\Halite.exe
dir = %LocalAppdata%\Halite :: Settings\


smaragdus 2015-02-02 11:51

Thank you for your advice.
In fact I am disappointed that Halite is no longer natively portable. I contacted the developer and I hope I will get an answer about this issue.


smaragdus 2015-02-03 13:08

Halite version has been released.
It seems that the problem with portability was a bug and it has been fixed:
"Changes from v 0.4.0 to
1- Fixed a bug with portable mode."
Please confirm that Halite is truly portable again.


joby_toss 2015-02-03 18:50

I confirm! :)


smaragdus 2015-02-03 21:40

Thanks! I finally dared test it and it seems that version is really portable.


webfork 2015-02-05 23:39

billon: Midas fixed it.


smaragdus 2015-09-01 16:53

Halite has a new page at GitHub:
Downloads and release notes:
Changes from v to
- Updated to libtorrent 1.05
- Fixed a bug with Unicode.
- Displayed byte values auto format to KB, MB, etc.
- Global setting for specifying defult allocation.
- Big Russian translation update. Thanks maxdeepfield!
One more developer has left SourceForge, I appreciate.


Checker 2015-09-02 18:01

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


siegfried 2015-09-25 19:54

portable x64 here (windows 8.1 64bit): It doesn't work to me, no windows gui showed (there's the halite.exe process only in win task manager), nothing.


webfork 2015-09-26 22:17

siegfried: Confirmed on Win7x64 using both x86 and x64 distros. Will try reaching out to the developer.


smaragdus 2015-09-27 04:48

@siegfried & @webfork
I confirm that on Windows 8 x64 Halite doesn't load GUI. However the previous version (Halite works fine.


giulia 2015-11-09 16:43

halite 64bit doesn't start under w7
haven't tested halite 32bit


smaragdus 2015-12-19 11:12

Good news- the bug in Halite version seems to have been fixed. Halite portable (x64) works fine for me.


Checker 2015-12-19 12:37

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


gonza 2015-12-20 23:41

Well, I still have that problem. The GUI doesn't load on my PC: Windows 8.1 x64


gonza 2015-12-20 23:44

Quick correction: I was using the x86 version, because I want compatibility. It seems like the 86-bit version is not updated. Halite.exe still is v0.4.3


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