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.
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.
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.
UPD: Since the release of macOS 10.15 on October 7th, the desktop app of uTorrent for Mac is no longer available. Transfer to web version or choose suitable alternative from our list. Not sure if this is a permanent issue, but we’ll however leave it on our list of best torrent clients for Mac in case they will add Catalina support.
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 developers of the application haven't officially announced macOS Catalina support. We are currently testing Transmission's compatibility with Mac OS X 10.15 and will update this section later. If you have already upgraded to Catalina, please, share the experience of using Transmission in comments below.
Xtorrent P2P may be the most beautiful and elegantly crafted torrent client for Mac OS X. The interface design is well thought out and the sections are properly differentiated. The app 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 some period, so macOS 10.15 support is in doubt, However, our reviewers are currently testing its compatibility with Catalina - wait a while for results to appear. If you have any issues with Xtorrent P2P under Catalina, please, share in the comments below.
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. There are no ads in this app and one can stream torrents directly from the app. BitTorrent is compatible with Windows, Mac and Android. The app is available in multiple languages.
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 application to be working in macos 10.15. 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.
Deluge is a 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.
With the previous application, Deluge developers didn't confirm Catalina compatibility at the moment, but the application seems to be working. Our technical writers currently reviewed support for macOS 10.15 in Deluge - the results will appear in a bit. Comments under the article are open for you to share your opinion on Deluge and other torrent clients in the latest macOS Catalina.
Thanks for reading our Top 7 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 comments below!
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.
Torrent downloaders should consider a VPN as an essential app for safety torrenting. Using torrents doesn’t exclude a possibility to get empty files from insecure resources. In such case the risk to infect your computer with malware or to clutter it up with spam significantly increases. You need to choose a reliable and reputable tool to not only download content from the web but also to protect your operating system from viruses and adware.