BitTorrent for Mac

BitTorrent for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.4.1.30291
  • Total Downloads:
    571,377
  • Date Added:
    December 15, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.35MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    221
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8/10.9

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Editors' Review

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With all the other good BitTorrent clients out there for the Mac now, it's hard to make the case for using the official BitTorrent client for downloading torrents. (Note that this confusingly named application shares its name with the company, entertainment network, and popular protocol BitTorrent.) The current interface is much more clean and useful than in previous iterations, and BitTorrent does deliver on what it promises, with features like automatic port mapping and local peer discovery. But with well over a year since the last update and scant documentation, BitTorrent just hasn't kept up with the competition. Overall, we think BitTorrent does a fairly good job, but with some slow response times, a lack of development, and a noticeably aged interface, you might want to look elsewhere.
 
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User Reviews
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  • 4 stars

    "Simple and gets the job done. Great application."

    October 02, 2010   |   By derwinv

    Version: BitTorrent 7.0.0

    Pros

    Works well with no extra bells and whistles. Simple interface and navigation.

    Cons

    None that I've noticed so far.

    Summary

    A must have application for the Torrent community. Thanks.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very difficult to figure out how to use."

    August 12, 2010   |   By gwgerrity

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    Presumably contains the latest tweaks for the BitTorrent algorithim: can?t wait for the tweaks to migrate to uTorrent and/or Vuze.

    Cons

    Just not useful except for geeks who are torrent experts. As a retired Computer Scientist of 30 years experience, I do understand the theory behind bit torrent: I am just not expert enough to figure out how to use this application.

    Summary

    BitTorrent is too difficult to use for the average BitTorrent user. I could never get it to search for torrent sources even when I knew the name of a desired application. I only was able to get it to work when I knew the URL of a source: in that case, it downloaded the application very quickly, but didn?t seem to locate other sources.

    Choose uTorrent: its faster and much easier to use. Vuze also works for me.

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  • 1 stars

    "it didnt work with my macbook pro"

    June 06, 2010   |   By coffee_addict

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    not able to try

    Cons

    it didnt work with my macbook pro

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  • 1 stars

    "Crashing, cpu hog, slow, vastly inferior to Vuze."

    September 28, 2009   |   By holografix

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    Simple, doesn't try to be more than it should.

    Cons

    No easy way to test for port forwarding.
    Slow to connect.
    Doesn't minimise to the top bar.
    Occasionally hogs my cpu at 90%+ and causes my Macbook's fan to trigger.
    Ugly.

    Summary

    Buggy software that will annoy you. Get something else. Vuze is bloated with useless features but at least it works.

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  • 2 stars

    "Horrible Speed...Mac users: Use Transmission!"

    August 10, 2007   |   By gsmiller88

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    The layout is very clean and the site FAQ is great

    Cons

    Way too slow! It will take you DAYS to download a file that's less than 1GB in size on even the fastest connection. They claim the more files you 'seed' the faster you can download but that is not the case! Average file speed is less than 4 KB/s. If you're on Mac OS X get Transmission. You'll download files many many MANY times quicker.

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  • 4 stars

    "Decent Torrent client for the Mac"

    May 20, 2007   |   By tzweers

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    works good

    Cons

    live stats about down/up traffic could be nicer presented.

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  • 2 stars

    "If using Mac, download Transmission."

    January 21, 2007   |   By elchinno

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    Can be used to upload torrents

    Cons

    Bad connections, must program certain routers to use connection ports

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  • 2 stars

    "Its free and it does work."

    November 02, 2006   |   By AFCSC

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    I was able to download some torrents files that "Tomato" could not.

    Cons

    It seems to be much slower than "Tomato". It appears to have a 'memory leak' problem: it crashes after about 4 hours of operation and has to be restarted. The user interface is not as informative and intuitive as it could be.

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  • 4 stars

    "jghj"

    October 04, 2006   |   By jolue

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    ghjgh

    Cons

    gjg

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  • 3 stars

    "slow, bad connections"

    August 14, 2006   |   By melchediesec

    Version: BitTorrent 4.27.2

    Pros

    meh, it's a torrent client that works basically

    Cons

    it's slow at loading (macintel), it loads the torrent files slowly and it handles the connections badly.

    try using Transmission, it just rocks.

    (transmission.m0k.org)

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 7.4.1.30291
    • Fixed pairing with BitTorrent certified devices
    • Fixed inactive memory leaks
    • New app icons
    General
    Publisher BitTorrent
    Publisher web site http://www.bittorrent.com
    Release Date December 15, 2013
    Date Added December 15, 2013
    Version 7.4.1.30291
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.5, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.35MB
    File Name BitTorrent.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 571,377
    Downloads Last Week 221
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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