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Top 5 BitTorrent Clients for Mac

Top 5 BitTorrent Clients for Mac

Are you looking for BitTorrent software for your Mac? Here is a list of some of the more popular BitTorrent clients available for the Mac OS.

BitTorrent has really gone mainstream in the last 2-3 years, the Mac OS has a nice list of applications to take advantage of this, some of them are freeware and some are commercial. This list shows you the Top 5 BitTorrent clients for the Mac OS that we recommend.

1. uTorrent

Hands down the best Mac OS BitTorrent client

uTorrent for Mac was first released back in 2008, and a stable version 1.0 appeared last July. It sports many of the features BitTorrent users have come to expect from a BitTorrent client:

  • µTorrent Remote and Mobile: Simple, secure access to µTorrent from anywhere. No complicated network configuration required. Add and manage your torrents from any browser, mobile browser and even an Android app 
  • Scheduler: Pre-schedule start, limit and stop activity for downloads at regular intervals throughout the week. A valuable feature if you’re stymied by metered and shared networks.
  • Feeds: Subscribe and follow torrent RSS feeds. Set up Smart Feeds to auto-magically fetch torrents and start downloads for you.
  • Scheduler: Start, limit and stop activity at regular intervals to abide by metered and shared networks.

Much like the  uTorrent for Windows version, this version of uTorrent excels at downloading files quickly with minimal memory usage.

2. Transmission

Just What You Need  None Of What You Don’t

Transmission has been built from the ground up to be a lightweight, yet powerful BitTorrent client. Its simple, intuitive interface is designed to integrate tightly with whatever computing environment you choose to use. Transmission strikes a balance between providing useful functionality without feature bloat. Furthermore, it is free for anyone to use or modify.

It Just Works

Transmission runs natively on over five operating systems. Seamless configuration of your network, intelligent banning of peers who send corrupted data, protocol encryption, and built in Peer Exchange are some of the features which enable Transmission to download your files as quickly as possible. All this is done in the background, without the user having to worry about complicated settings.

Open Source

Transmission is fully open source, with most code licensed under the liberal MIT License and with select code licensed under the GNU General Public License. If you are interested in helping out the Transmission project in any way, we encourage you to head over to our development page. The current developers welcome anybody who is interested in implementing new features, documentation or translations.

Powerful Torrent Management

These days, bandwidth is a precious commodity. Transmission allows you to ration this commodity efficiently. You might want to queue your torrents for maximum performance. Or throttle their speed during peak periods. Transmission easily lets you do both, and thus only works its hardest when you want it to. Support for Growl notifications and dock badging keep you updated with what’s going on so you can get back to doing more important things.

3. Bittorrent

BitTorrent for Mac features:

  • Lightweight client
  • Local peer discovery
  • Configurable bandwidth scheduler
  • Global and per-torrent speed limiting
  • RSS Downloader
  • Spyware-Free

It also features BitTorrent DNA, which stands for Delivery Network Accelerator. BitTorrent DNA is an enterprise-grade content delivery accelerator. It is distributed by your favorite websites and software companies to speed up your downloads by connecting to multiple sources of the same file. During and after each download, your computer helps distribute what you download. By giving and receiving in this way, your favorite websites operate more efficiently and provide a better and faster experience for everyone.

4. XTorrent

Search Everywhere, Easily

Xtorrent is all about search. Type keywords in and the results show up right in Xtorrent. One click later and you’re downloading your content. It’s ridiculously easy… and it’s only in Xtorrent.

Subscribe to Content, Easily

Xtorrent consolidates the work of many apps into one. Ditch your RSS reader and your web browser… Xtorrent lets you subscribe to RSS torrentcasts directly. Just like the search interface, you’re only one click away from downloading the latest content.

Get Exactly What You Want

You can browse the files and folders of a torrent before downloading and see its real-time swarm status. Easily narrow your search results using the straightforward media type and keyword filters.

Hardcore Technology, Mac Simplicity

Xtorrent has the svelte body of a supermodel and the brute strength of an ironman. In true Mac form, it successfully marries high-performance technology with a truly easy to use interface. Mac users deserve nothing less.

35. BitRocket

BitRocket is a Native(Open Source) BitTorrent client for Mac OS X. At the heart of it’s core resides the powerful libtorrent BitTorrent library. BitRocket is aimed to be a good alternative to other Mac OS BitTorrent clients.

  • RSS support (Download .torrent’s from within the application)
  • Integrated (Customizable) Search Engine (Download .torrent’s from within the application)
  • Flexible Filtering
  • Torrent Generator
  • Live Info View
  • UPnP and NAT-PMP Port Forwarding
This is probably the least used client of the 5 mentioned above, but it still has a loyal following.
Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
AffuSrgoc
AffuSrgoc

IM Lock is a security application which acts as a parental lock for certain web services or applications. The motive behind developing this application was to block adult content websites and applications that can be dangerous for our children, such as instant messaging programs or email clients, porn and downloading content.

ChristinePolak
ChristinePolak

You can add Torch browser to the list. It's only recently been available for mac users. I've been using it on my windows pc and it's crazy. It's a chromium based browser with an integrated torrent client, and it is so good!

Josh Lee
Josh Lee

bunch of newbie useless comments here..."good guide for users stuck on mac" WTF a Mac can run windows, can windows run a mac? NO. That was a stupid comment.

 

Anyway.....If you configure the port settings in your router, Transmission will be the most dependable and fastest client but if you don't have the understanding of how the ports work and how to "port forward" then you are SOL.

Ruan
Ruan

I had uTorrent and it worked well for some time... Then it started slowing my internet connection (which is 10 Mbps) even with downloading speed at 30kbps. Then I came here, saw Trasmission and downloaded it. Worked great yesterday, downloading at full speed, and then stopped working today. Sometimes I miss Windows :(

dubstylee
dubstylee

good guide for users stuck on mac :-)

dubstylee
dubstylee

good guide for users stuck on mac :-)

Paulie
Paulie

In my experience, Bitrocket is good and fast too (though it's a *bit* unstable--no pun intended--and you have to download all the files in the torrent). Conversely, uTorrent is utterly useless crap and whoever wrote it should have sharp objects shoved into all their bodily orifices (because it doesn't work in OS 10.4).

uTorrent Mac
uTorrent Mac

Where did you find speed scheduler in Mac version? It is not in there

Joseph
Joseph

utorrent is the BEST

rss on mac
rss on mac

whats the best downloader for mac that can subscribe to rss feeds?

utorentfan
utorentfan

i'm a big fan of utorrent on my PC. i just downloaded utorrent for my mac but it doesnt have RSS feed option!! wtf?

TORRENTS
TORRENTS

uTotrrent is the best...

TorrentNewbie
TorrentNewbie

I'm new to this torrent stuff. My favorite so far is uTorrent. I've used Limewire, Transmission, and Miro. I tried downloading some eBooks on them, and uTorrent was the only one that worked.

nickjohndean
nickjohndean

 @Josh Lee I run OS Lion on my Apple Macbook Pro 15" Retina Display. I would just like to correct you, and in doing so hopefully save Apple users from further scarring: Mac has the ability to partition so that Windows can also be run, yes, however saying "Windows cannot run a Mac" Is wrong on so many levels. Firstly, Windows is software, it cannot run Mac, it cant run anything (in terms of other OS) because it is one itself. Computers built to run windows dont however, as you may have been trying to say, have the ability to run OSX out of the box due to pre-configurations. Note that, with a bit of fiddling, OSX can be run on these systems. Yes, you had a point, Mac line computers have an advantage due to the ability to partition and run Windows out of the box. However, to call other comments "newbie useless" is ironic, considering your comment was "noobie useless". Why did i bother writing this: Apple users have a bad name because of people like you. 

tosh
tosh

it is in now: ver. 1.5.11

Merzy Moon
Merzy Moon

Hi There....I just wanted you to know that I am a brand new MAC user after 20+ years of PC's and I have been using uTorrent for years with Windows...BUT I just downloaded version 1.5.13 of uTorrent and it is most definately the STABLEST version (newest beta not quite stable enough yet) AND yes it DOES have RSS Feed options...and also has ability to check off which files you Do or do NOT want to download with the file package.....Just wanted you to know....Good Luck with your torrenting endeavors! 



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