qBittorrent is undoubtedly one of the best applications to download torrents, in fact, it is the favorite of several of our colleagues. However, many of those who use it or have ever used it, are not so familiar with an excellent function that integrates the client: the search engine.
Because qBittorrent supports several add-ons, it is possible to activate different search plugins in it. However, although qBittorrent includes the “Search Engine” option in its menu, it is not active or configured by default, but enabling it is extremely easy and useful.
How to activate the qBittorrent search engine
Bittorrent is available for Windows, Linux and macOS, and the search can be activated from whatever system you use. You just have to download the application from its official website and run it.
Click on the “View” option in the menu bar and select the “Search Engine” option. Once you do that you will see a pop-up window that will ask you to install Python in order to use the search engine.
Accept and wait for the installation to finish. Obviously, if you already had Python installed on your computer, this step will not be necessary. Once the Python installation is complete you will see a new tab in the qBittorent interface.
Now, even if you already have a search engine, you will need search plugins to use it. To do this, click on your new ” Search ” tab and then click on the button below and on the right that says “Search plugins“.
When you do this you will see a pop-up window that shows your search plugins. Initially this list will be empty. To populate it you just have to click on the “Check for updates” button.
You will immediately see how the list is filled with different torrent trackers that you can use from now on to search for content. You just have to click on Accept and you are done.
Now when you want to search for a torrent, although you can use some of the best websites that are still available, it is much easier to use qBittorrent’s own integrated search engine, just remember to update it from time to time to keep your plugins working correctly.