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Which is the best torrent client for Mac? Which Mac BitTorrent client software is best for peer downloads?

Lou Hattersley | Nov. 10, 2015
Torrent clients enable you to download torrent files or use torrent magnet links

There are lots of different Mac OS X clients for downloading BitTorrents from free torrent download sites, and new torrent client software comes out every year. But what's the best Mac torrent software for you? Which has the best features, and which is easiest to use?

Torrent clients enable you to download torrent files or use torrent magnet links. Each is used to download and share files over the internet; and each Mac BitTorrent client offers something different. A good BitTorrent program should be easy to use, reliable and quickly download files from other computer users.

Large or obscure torrent files can take a long time to download, so a good BitTorrent client for Mac should also be unobtrusive, sitting in the background and quietly pulling down your files while you continue to work.

In this feature, we look at all the Mac torrent clients worth considering, and figure out which is the best torrent client for the average Mac user to depend on.

Deluge: The best BitTorrent client for Mac

Deluge for Mac

Deluge is a venerable classic, and is one of the oldest BitTorrent clients around. Perhaps because of its age, it's much smaller in stature than other BitTorrent clients and has a small footprint.

It's also completely free from advertising and unwanted plugins, and has a focus on providing features the community needs, such as private downloads, password protection, and scheduling and bandwidth options.

Deluge fell off the map for a while, but has bounced back with a vengeance. Upon rediscovering it we found its interface clean and performance great, and it supports a range of plugins that expand its functionality. The plugins can utilise privacy blocklists (which you shouldn't rely on), labelling, scheduling and notification options. You can monitor folders for files, and add them automatically.

Part of us wondered about giving such an old and limited app our nod for "best Bittorrent client for Mac", but with uTorrent going off the rails and other apps feeling cluttered, this is the one we're using for now. Sometimes you really can't beat the classics.

qBittorrent for Mac: A good all-round BitTorrent app

qBittorrent for Mac

We have a new contender for our "Good All-Rounder" award this year, qBitTorrent. This replaces our former favourite uTorrent (which gets the "Fallen From Grace" award thanks to the inclusion of lots of unwanted installations).

qBittorrent is a relatively obscure program, so there's a good chance you haven't heard of it yet. However, we have swiftly become fans. It's simple to operate, easy on the eyes and perfectly functional. We found it used little background processing and is bereft of adverts and spam.


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