I’m not sure how many of you out there actually uses XunLei or Thunder 5 as your download manager. Well, i have to say, it’s not just any download manager. It’s definitely super fast, both for direct leeching and torrent downloading. While i’ve been a loyal user of uTorrent, i do reckon that XunLei can be super fast when downloading torrent files from international sites like Mininova, Isohunt or Demonoid. And of course, XunLei’s portal (powered by Gougou) also provide links to various torrent files (particularly for chinese-related content, music, TV series, movies).

Below are my personal reviews on XunLei:

  • The speed is amazingly fast.
  • If you’re downloading a torrent with a list of files, especially full episodes from a TV Series, you’ll notice that XunLei will always make sure it download the files according to the rank or sequence. Meaning you get to watch Episode 1 when Episode 2 is still downloading.
  • Always disable UPNP and use the default TCP port (80) to achieve better download speed.
  • XunLei is only in Chinese. Despite that, English translation file is available thanks for the effort of HeHehunter. Do visit his site for the file.
  • Despite its speed, XunLei only work on public trackers as it functions as a "spoof" HTTP reader. Some private trackers will not allow this for security purposes.
  • If you’re downloading from a tracker with ratio limit, XunLei is not recommended as the seeding (uploading) speed can be very slow, hence lower your sharing ratio.
  • XunLei can consume a lot of memory when you’re downloading too many files and it doesn’t integrate well with other download manager.

Go to this page to download the XunLei English translation pack now!


  • Hans, July 23, 2009 @ 3:47 am Reply

    Hey how come i can’t uninstall Thunder 5? Pls Help out? I d/l from xunlei.com

  • powen, August 27, 2009 @ 4:24 pm Reply

    How come when I try to open my torrent files with thunder 5 (HeHeHunter’s version) it says not a valid file but they work perfectly with utorrent

  • frankie, September 17, 2009 @ 9:22 pm Reply

    when using thunder 5, i received a error “invalid path or file name” but when it can be opened with BitComet. Can you help me? I’ve trying change the file name from chinese to english and it still doesn’t work. Please advise. Thanks

  • chris tham, October 14, 2009 @ 3:51 pm Reply

    i’m so pity la. till now unable to download the xun lei. anyone can asist me or not?

  • ruhine, November 20, 2009 @ 6:21 pm Reply


  • Philip Cheng, December 7, 2009 @ 9:36 am Reply

    I’ve trying to look for english version of xunlei for a long while and google leaded me here

  • Juin, January 17, 2010 @ 7:30 am Reply


    Do you know why it’s extremely slow to download Xunlei Thunder 5.8.14 itself?
    It’s about 3.3 KB/second download speed for the 9.7 MB file.


    • shangcao, May 27, 2010 @ 7:33 pm Reply

      you are so unlucky!

  • Juin, January 17, 2010 @ 7:48 am Reply

    Download Xunlei Thunder 5.8.14 has failed at 3%. Here is the error message in Firefox:

    Thunder5.8.14.706.exe.part could not be saved, because the source file could not be read.

  • Daneil, January 17, 2010 @ 10:01 am Reply

    Should be your internet connection. Try using a download manager to download it first, like Free Download Manager.

  • mike, April 4, 2010 @ 1:15 pm Reply

    bro, it might sound stupid here. i just downloaded ya xunlei. how actually disable upnp does help?
    and how to disabled it huh? really thanks. i am a noob =)

  • KeeMan, April 4, 2010 @ 5:45 pm Reply

    Hi Mike: Check your email.

  • Aharon Appelfeld, April 9, 2010 @ 12:55 am Reply

    Thank you, what I was searching for!

  • summer, May 6, 2010 @ 11:10 am Reply

    hi there..i dl thunder 5 and the next day i cant seem to open it..
    any clue on that? do reply..thanks

    • KeeMan, May 6, 2010 @ 12:57 pm Reply

      Hi Summer,

      May I know which version that you downloaded? And what OS are you running?

  • stupideyes, May 8, 2010 @ 10:53 pm Reply

    any installer xunlei for window 7 64 bit?give me a link to dwld

  • del, May 19, 2010 @ 1:42 am Reply


    I’m mac book pro user would like to know how to play the movies in pps & xunlei .com can u pls help and show which to download thanks very much

    yours sincerely del

    • KeeMan, May 19, 2010 @ 2:04 am Reply

      Del, for your info, xunlei or thunder and PPS stream are not available for Mac at the moment. You could try install http://www.winehq.org/ to allow you to use the software in Mac.

  • Robert, June 12, 2010 @ 8:51 am Reply

    Help! How to configure Xunlei Thunder using tunneling applications like TOR?

  • raymond, June 13, 2010 @ 12:31 am Reply

    hey bro…i am a user using mac,,,,is there any way that i can get thunder for mac or any other similar program?

    • KeeMan, June 13, 2010 @ 3:30 am Reply

      Hi Raymond, no Mac version for Xunlei at the moment. So far no Mac program that is similar to xunlei, but you can try other download accelerators.

  • majokuan, June 20, 2010 @ 2:32 pm Reply

    just know from u the website Demonoid.com but the registration is closed, any suggection, thx

    the eglsig pack work super thx

    • KeeMan, June 21, 2010 @ 1:47 pm Reply

      They normally open registration on Friday. Can check out from time to time.

  • Krusher, June 21, 2010 @ 7:29 am Reply

    yo dude well mine is not downloadin fast it started off really well (full speed).so i cued up a whole set of stuff(to download 1 at a time) and now just a few kb(no more than 15) any idea what has gone wrong

    • KeeMan, June 21, 2010 @ 1:48 pm Reply

      Are you downloading many files at one time? It depends on your internet speed too.

  • shadow, June 29, 2010 @ 7:40 pm Reply

    i used xunlei b4 but since i’ve formatted my pc and my fucking friend installed xp service pack 3 for my pc and now i completely cannot view chinese at all.. and i cant even install xunlei.. i love xunlei its extremely fast but now i only can use u torrent which is super slow.. when i use xunlei i can get 40kbps with 40 seeds with one download.. but now i only get 0.1kbps with same seeds and same amount of download.. since my os can’t view chinese so flash get is my optional.. may i ask? between thunder 5 and flash get… which one is better and faster?

    • KeeMan, June 29, 2010 @ 9:09 pm Reply

      @Shadow: Xunlei is still faster than Flashget when it comes to BT download. But for direct HTTP downloads, both are equally good.

  • MacUser, August 1, 2010 @ 11:16 pm Reply

    I would really like to put Xunlei on my Mac (in English), but it looks like as of June 2010, there was still no Xunlei for Mac. Is there a Xunlei for Mac yet?

  • leon, September 27, 2010 @ 11:38 pm Reply

    i like this xunlei.xun lei is the best download ever

  • emi, November 16, 2010 @ 9:02 pm Reply

    do u have a link for mac users to download xunlei?
    is crossover like xunlei?
    or is speed download like xunlei?

  • gpokie, October 31, 2011 @ 2:53 am Reply

    using either xunlei 5 or 7, i received a error “invalid path or file name” but when it can be opened with BitComet. Can you help me? I’ve trying change the file name from chinese to english and it still doesn’t work. Please advise. Thanks

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