Top 10 BitTorrent Clients for Mac compatible with Catalina

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Folx 4.8 Rank based on 889+ users, Reviews(858)

Torrents are an easy way to manage downloads. All you need is the best Mac torrenting program and an active Internet connection.

Torrent files are nothing but files, just like games, programs, music, etc. The standard torrent files have .torrent extension that includes the tracker and files information related to this particular torrent file. Torrent connection works on P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing protocol that connects you to remote peers over the web for file downloading.

Since the release of Catalina, most popular torrent clients for Mac stopped working. In this list, we've assembled the best torrent clients for Mac and mentioned Catalina compatibility for each of them.

1. Folx


Folx
Category: Downloaders
Requirements: OS X 10.9+, 33.16MB free space. Version 5.18.13943. (7th Apr, 2020). 4.8 Rank based on 889+ users, Reviews(858)

Folx is at the top of our list of torrent apps for Mac since for now it is the only torrent client that is is fully compatible with macOS Catalina. It offers a convenient way of downloading torrent files: set the priority, regulate download and upload speed, tag downloads for quick search through the content.

With Folx you can download torrents from trackers, as well as via magnet links. Magnet links is a popular way to make downloading and sharing of bittorrent content easier.

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PRO version features

PRO version of this top torrent client for Mac OS X lets you search for torrent content directly from the app, so there is no need to browse through multiple torrent trackers. Just enter a search word in Folx, and it will go through the vast list of torrent trackers and display the relevant results. You can find detailed comparison of free and PRO versions of Folx here.

Pros:

  • • Download scheduling
  • • Built-in torrent search
  • • Ad-free torrent client for Mac
  • • Friendly interface
  • • Highly customizable
  • • Create and share torrents
  • • Handles large numbers of torrents
  • • Local peer discovery

Cons:

  • • Built-in torrent search only in paid version
  • • Not as lightweight as some other apps

2. qBittorrent


The fact that qBittorrent doesn’t have any ads makes it nearly the best torrent client for Mac. Nobody wants to use a downloading program that has endless adverts that keep popping up. By giving you the freedom to download files without the unnecessary additions, this program allows you to finish your downloads fast, saving you time and money. No wonder most users consider it to be the top torrent app for Mac. What is more, it can easily be used on a wide range of platforms.

qBittorrent supports macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina. Please, don’t hesitate to share your experience of using qBittorrent on new macOS in the comment section below.



Pros:

  • • Built-in torrent search on many trackers at a time
  • • uTorrent-like user interface
  • • No ads in this Mac torrent client
  • • Lightweight installer

Cons:

  • • Torrent downloads sometimes freeze
  • • Consumes to much RAM at times
  • • Doesn't handle large numbers of torrents very well

3. uTorrent App


uTorrent is a lightweight app and the installer is small size. It can search for torrents right from the app and one can prioritize ongoing downloads. uTorrent can be a portable downloader if saved to a USB stick. It’s quite fast, so the downloads won’t influence your online presence. uTorrent allows you to manage your torrents by using scripting, automation, remote control and other features. You get access to a wide collection of fresh new videos and music from any device, be it PC, smartphone or TV. If you think of best torrent clients, uTorrent is surely in this list.



Pros:

  • • Scheduling options
  • • Free version is available and enough for most
  • • Lightweight

Cons:

  • • No built-in torrent search
  • • Free app includes ads
  • • Free installer will try to push other installations

UPD: The desktop app of uTorrent for Mac doesn't support macOS Catalina. Switch to web version or choose suitable alternative from our list. Web version of uTorrent will have to be updated on January 17th, 2020 in order to keep using it on macOS Catalina and newer.

4. Transmission App


Transmission is another fast Torrent client. It is very light on RAM as it uses less resources, supports magnet links and can find local systems connected to your system. Transmission is surely worth the title of one of the best torrenting client apps. It is very easy to use, which is proved by Ubuntu’s choosing it as a default BitTorrent client. The app is a great torrent file opener. With Transmission app you receive common to any BitTorrent client features, such as a web interface, exchange peers, encryption, support, DHT, tracker editing, and many more. It is also capable of integrating with your OS.

At the moment the Transmission app works fine on Catalina, even though there are user reports that it is glitchy at times. If you have already upgraded to Catalina, please, share the experience of using Transmission in comments below.



Pros:

  • • Minimalistic and straightforward interface
  • • Free app
  • • No ads
  • • Lightweight and easy on RAM
  • • Can be used as a seedbox

Cons:

  • • Minimalistic UI going way too minimal in some aspects
  • • Can't preload magnet metadata
  • • No built-in torrent search
  • • No embedded tracker support
  • • Lacks tracker exchange

5. Xtorrent P2P App


Xtorrent P2P is well-crafted torrent client for Mac OS X. The interface is well thought out and customizable. It is lightweight and stable. Xtorrent P2P is free to download and use but if you want to download torrents at a normal speed you'll have to purchase a paid version.

Xtorrent P2P developers haven't updated their application for quite a while, so macOS 10.15 support is not guaranteed. However, being a 64-bit application, it should open on Catalina without a whole lot of issues. If you have any experience with Xtorrent P2P under Catalina, please, share in the comments below.



Pros:

  • • Torrentcast
  • • The ability to select folders for specific types of files
  • • Built-in torrent search

Cons:

  • • No option to create your own torrent files for sharing
  • • Interface can get somewhat busy

6. BitTorrent Official Client App


BitTorrent’s official client for Mac is a great option and offers some nice features. It is light on system, absolutely free and downloads at normal speeds. One can stream torrents directly from the app. BitTorrent is compatible with Windows, Mac and Android. The app is available in multiple languages.



Pros:

  • • Allows scheduling downloads
  • • Easy to configure and use
  • • Lightweight

Cons:

  • • Irritating add-on apps during installation
  • • Full of ads

UPD. BitTorrent official desktop client for Mac is discontinued in macOS Catalina. The developers offer web version of the application and you are free to use it, or to choose a replacement with the help of this article. Not certain if this is a lasting issue, but we’ll still leave it on our list of best torrent clients for Mac in case Catalina support will be added.

7. Vuze for Mac


Vuze is a neat torrent opener Mac OS X offering plentiful of features. Torrent search is available directly from the app too. A really nice feature is a Web Remote that lets you manage torrent downloads from a remote location.

Vuze can play downloaded media and you have a possibility of playback from device connected to your Mac. With the subscription feature you can automatically find torrents that are similar to those you have subscribed to. As an HD video player Vuze delivers you a smooth playback of such formats as AVI, XVID, Quicktime, etc. and adds subtitles in many languages.

The developers of Vuze haven't officially declared Catalina compatibility presently, but user community reports the application to be working on macOS 10.15. Issues with certain functionality and installation are being reported though. Please, feel free to share your Catalina experience with Vuze in the comments under this article while we perform necessary tests of Catalina support in Vuze.



Pros:

  • • Built-in torrent search
  • • Support for I2P through a plugin
  • • Highly customizable
  • • Works well with large numbers of torrents
  • • Built-in video player
  • • Fast and friendly

Cons:

  • • Lots of irritating apps during installation
  • • Ads in free version
  • • No native local peer discovery
  • • No tracker exchange
  • • Built-in torrent search is not always intuitive

8. Deluge BitTorrent Client for Mac


Deluge is a free, open-source cross-platform BitTorrent client also available for Mac OS X. It's built on GTK+, so its interface looks a lot like Linux Gnome. Deluge is pretty complex and heavy weight so the usability is not the best. But it supports a variety of plugins, which can be interesting for advanced users. Deluge combines the traits of a usual desktop app and a client server. It also has 3 main user interfaces: for desktop, for a browser and for command line.

Deluge appears to be working fine on macOS Catalina, however there are some technical restrictions concerning the access rights for the app at the moment. Comments under the article are open for you to share your opinion on Deluge and other torrent clients in the latest macOS Catalina.



Pros:

  • • Free of charge
  • • Ad-free
  • • Remote torrent control
  • • Lightweight
  • • Command-line interface and a daemon for advanced users

Cons:

  • • No sequential download, needs a plugin
  • • No web seeding
  • • No recent updates of the app
  • • No built-in torrent search
  • • No tracker exchange
  • • No broadcatching

9. BitLord


One of the reasons why BitLord is considered to be the best torrent client for Mac is because it comes with an integrated media player that enables you to play an array of file types without a glitch. Additionally, its amazing ability to simplify things for you and find important items to download, makes it a top torrent app for Mac users who desire convenience and ease. In fact, this Mac torrenting program doesn’t push through any unworkable bundled software, so you don’t have to waste time trying to work with useless programs. Even though it might appear too simple for advanced torrent users, BitLord is a great option for anyone who is just getting started.

The latest update of the app occured in the summer, so it may not support newly released macOS Catalina. We are now performing appropriate tests to ensure BitLord’s compatibility with macOS 10.15. There are multiple user reports on the web that the app does support the latest Mac OS. If you’ve already upgraded to Catalina and tried to use BitLord, please, tell us about your experience in the comments.



Pros:

  • • Watch a video even before a download is complete
  • • Comprehensive interface
  • • Built-in torrent search
  • • Lightweight

Cons:

  • • Not very customizable

10. FrostWire


FrostWire is a free and open-source torrent Mac client with a simple and straightforward interface. At first it didn't feature a BitTorrent protocol support, but is now an app dedicated entirely to it. This client supports a wide range of links and files, which includes private torrent links, PEX, magnet links and more. FrostWire features its own built-in media player for all the audio and video with the option of sharing your favorite files directly from your computer. The app supports some popular torrent sites for in-built torrent search and has an IPv6 and RSS reader for additional control over bandwidth for each torrent file. This software is not the most lightweight, but still lighter than its popular alternatives, like uTorrent and BitLord.

In 2019, it has been noted that during installation FrostWire is also pushing other adware and malware, such as the browser hijacker WebDiscover. Users have to be attentive during the installation process and carefully uncheck all forced add-ons. Developer's website states that the software supports Mac OS X El Capitan and above, which supposedly means that macOS Catalina is supported. (UPD. FrostWire is Catalina-compatible starting with version 6.8.3)



Pros:

  • • Easy-to-download and use
  • • Customizable
  • • Easy sharing of files and folders
  • • Generally free of charge

Cons:

  • • Tries to install unwanted additional software
  • • Smaller list of supported trackers for built-in search

Top Tips on Choosing the Best Torrent Client

  • Has to be safe, not to contain any malware, adware
  • Catalina-compatibility
  • Support of magnet URLs
  • Scheduling downloads
  • Web-browser integration
  • Torrent search
  • Speed control
  • Compact and user-friendly interface
  • Thanks for reading our Top 10 Best Torrent Clients for Mac OS X review. If you think that we forgot to cover a really worthy torrent client just mention it in the comments below!

    Changes in Torrenting with macOS 10.15

    Two major changes have just happened in the world of technology. The first one was the end of 32-bit architecture. The second change is the shift from locally installed apps to browsers and the cloud-based services. The latter is already becoming the major trend in the technology industry, a good example being the BitTorrent’s decision to deliver a web version in preference to the 64-bit version of uTorrent and BitTorrent. This means that Mac users will no longer need to install uTorrent apps on their devices, thus bringing to an end 11 years of consistency and stability. Even though everything is moving up to the clouds lately, we still think, uTorrent should have created a 64-bit version of their torrent client for those who might need it.

    To Sum It Up

    Choosing the right torrent client is important and we hope this article provides you with enough information to make a well-considered decision. We do recommend having a closer look at Folx for your Mac torrent download needs. Yes, it is a paid app, however that provides an element of security (think no ads or malware) and guaranteed regular updates as well as tech support. It has all sought-after features for any type and level of BitTorrent protocol user.

    Frequently Asked Questions:


    1. What is a Torrent Client?
    A BitTorrent client is an app used for peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. Such a program can prepare, request, and transmit any type of computer files over a network with the help of BitTorrent protocol. Computer with a running instance of a client app is considered a peer, hence peer-to-peer connection. To share an initial file, a small file with a "torrent" extension is created on a peer machine. The torrent file contains metadata about the shared files and about the tracker, the computer coordinating distribution. In order to download shared files, peers need to obtain a torrent file first and then connect to a tracker, which coordinates them with other peers they can download pieces of file from.

    2. What are the advantages of torrents?
    With torrents, one can download movies, music, games, software programs without breaking the bank. With the torrents one can share any file with the whole world. Torrents can be used for personal and private needs.

    3. How do I open a torrent file on a Mac?
    New to the world of torrent for Mac? Let' start with the fact that a file with a .torrent extension is not an actual file that you will watch or listen to, or read, it is rather just a container of information pointing to other users (peers) on the web that have the actual file on their computers and are ready to share it. To open a file with a .torrent extension you'll need to install a torrent client app on your computer. Refer to an article above to find the right one for your needs. We recommend Folx as a safe and effective torrent downloader for Mac.

    4. Is uTorrent safe on Mac?
    To put it simply, it is generally safe to use uTorrent for Mac, but there is much more to that. There is a history of malware bundled up with uTorrent installation file, which made the headlines several years ago. Those issues were resolved quickly and currently the application is considered safe to use, but the danger might come not from the software itself, but from the possibility of downloading risky and infected torrent files. To stay on the safe side with uTorrent Mac app, download your torrent files only from reputable sources, practice safe torrenting via VPN, and make sure to read through every setup prompt before clicking "Next" - usually those unwanted add-ons and ransomware are checked by default and if you uncheck those options, the malicious apps won't force themselves on your machine.

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