12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2008 6:23 AM by carloscr2000
Sean McGrann Level 1 Level 1
i do apologise in advance if this has cropped up already or its a taboo subject but im sort of used to using torrents and as much as i like apple i miss torrents, anyone know whats the easiest torrent software to use for mac is? im currently using azureus but its not a bit lord!


and if this topic is a problem then again im sorry, just looking for some tips


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • joshz Level 4 Level 4
    from the discussions TOU, section 2.8:
    Keep within the Law
    1. No material may be submitted that is intended to promote or commit an illegal act.
    2. Do not submit software or descriptions of processes that break or otherwise ‘work around’ digital rights management software or hardware. This includes conversations about ‘ripping’ DVDs or working around FairPlay software used on the iTunes Store.
    3. Do not post defamatory material.

    This forum is not the best place to ask that question.
    Try macosxhints.com
    Good luck!
  • Tuttle Level 7 Level 7
    First, there is nothing illegal in asking about torrent software. Second, torrent software does not "work around" DRM, including FairPlay, nor does it aid in ripping DVDs.

    There are many legitimate uses for torrents, so unless someone explicitly mentions a way or ways in which they intend to use it that is not above-board, or implies that they intend to do something illegal with it, then it's really best just to either answer the question or ignore the question.

    That said, I've always used Azureus without issue. Maybe you need to update Azureus.
  • Smtr Level 5 Level 5

    Participating in a torrent does not necessarily mean a user is violating any copyrights. I've seen legitimate people make their own video files available in this manner, with the full permission of the subjects of the video. Nothing illegal, just a more convenient way to share worldwide versus mailing DVDs to people.

    With that in mind, this topic is not inherently a violation of the TOU, and with lack of a better forum to ask, then why not here? I, too am curious about the answer.

  • Rachel R Level 6 Level 6
    With that in mind, this topic is not inherently a violation of the TOU

    I agree. (Although one must keep in mind that many people are opposed to the use of P2P software and will react badly when people post asking about it. The software in itself is not illegal, but since much of what is downloaded via such software is illegally downloaded, this causes much debate. That's not to say one shouldn't ask, just that one should be prepared for the ensuing debate. )

    ...and with lack of a better forum to ask, then why not here? I, too am curious about the answer.

    Since this is the Feedback forum, specifically for questions about using these forums, it's not technically the right place to ask this question or any other hardware or software question. No big deal, really. But I'd say this question is best asked in the OS X forum that one is using, or perhaps in an iPod or iTunes forum. You still will get the above-mentioned debate, which often results in such a thread being locked or deleted, despite the original question being technically acceptable. :-|
  • joshz Level 4 Level 4
    sorry, my mistake! (it just can be questionable).
    Good luck finding an answer!
  • Smtr Level 5 Level 5
    That's a good sign; the Hosts didn't lock or remove this post, but simply moved it to a new location (Using Mac OSX Tiger) where they felt it would be more appropriate. Now we wait and see if any Tiger gurus here have a suggestion for you.

  • mark-leon Level 1 Level 1
    Hi. I'm no "Tiger Guru" but I do use torrents. There are still way more options for Windows users but the situation is improving for Mac users. Azureus is good but you need lots of space because it assumes every file it attempts to download is already there so, it takes that space up before one KB ever downloads. Apart from that, it is a good option because it allows you to be in total control ie delete files, change priority, etc.

    Transmission has improved now and gives more options than before. You can now turn off/on files now too.

    There are a couple of others but these two are the best IMO.

    Hope this helps.

  • padilla21 Level 1 Level 1
    BitTorrent OSX (4.4.1)
  • lune Level 1 Level 1
    I was reading. looking for the same answer.
    During my own experiment:
    BitTyrant Version: 1.1.1 is quite a good solution with a lots of versatility (maybe too many) and lack of prettiness.
    But it seems to be the most stable so far.
    Tomato Version 1.5.1 is worth a look. It is very light in Activity Monitor and seems stable.

    I hope this helps
  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6
    The latest and greatest release of Azureus, including its Vuze frontend, is one of the most configurable and flexible torrent clients around, plus the fact that it is virtually universal for all platforms, being Java based. Judging from the client versions being run by my peers when I'm moving a torrent (which you can check in one of the many windows available), it also seems to be the most common as well, at least in my crowd. The first versions were godawfully slow and heavy, but that has improved immensely with the latest. First time users will probably find tweaking all the knobs and buttons a bit daunting and will require repeated trips to the help section; the newer config wizards go a long way to easing the pain.

    The main bottleneck most users run across is not the client itself, but ISP upload speed restrictions. Also important is how to configure the firewall in both MacOS X as well as any router you might have to connect to your ISP. A misconfiguration there can really impact performance. Specifics are best left to the appropiate forums, not here.
  • fjp999 Level 2 Level 2
    The site I get my torrents from recommends Transmission for Mac users.

    It is simple and takes up little space.

    Everyonce in a while a torrent wont download with Transmission so I am forced to use Azureus. It is a large and bulky app with a ton of stuff I dont need.

    So it depends on what you are looking for and how advance you want to get.

  • carloscr2000 Level 1 Level 1
    It looks like mac is a little behind in this field. Window's seems to have better softwares. I've tried few in mac so far, but not too good experience. Tomato is always with errors and Azureus is giving me restart screen with Leopard, so every 1 hour I need to restart the computer.