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Transmission for Mac

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Transmission is one of the very best choices for a BitTorrent client on the Mac, being both extremely lightweight (some users even manage to run the Ubuntu version on their cell phones!) and fairly feature-packed. Transmission's interface is easy to use--and easy on the eyes--and this open-source app provides a whole host of clever features and flexible settings, especially when it comes to managing your bandwidth.

Transmission lets you queue downloads, set "Speed Limits" for certain times of day, stop seeding when you've met a specified ratio, and more--all with live download stats viewable directly in the dock, along with support for Growl notifications. As if all of that weren't appealing enough, Transmission is also free, making it a very attractive option for anyone who works with torrents. Recent updates have made Transmission faster (especially in the "endgame"), and added support for Quick Look and the ability to run a script upon download completion.

The current beta requires that you use an Intel Mac, but brings with it many cool improvements, including the ability to remove all completed transfers and to download the scarcest bits of a file first.

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"The current version of Transmission is now 2.7.6."

January 09, 2013  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: Transmission 2.74


My favorite of the easy torrent clients. Features encryption and blacklisting.


None lately. In the past it could go flaky and freak your system after hours of work. But that appears to be gone.


The current version is 2.7.6. If you find the link at VT/CNET is FAILing, a new version has probably been released. Here is where to go for the very latest version:


Here is one of the current web links to use in for the up-to-date blacklist. If this link fails, there are others:


Enter this link under Preferences/Peers/Blocklist. Be certain you use BOTH a blocklist and encryption! Be absolutely sure you keep your blocklist up-to-date every time you use Transmission or any other torrent client. Also be absolutely sure you turn on encryption and ONLY accept encrypted peers. NEVER use Transmission without the blocklist AND encryption if you want to remain as safe as possible.

As always:
• Don't just be a LEACH! Keep your ratio (upload:download) over 1.0! Be a pal and keep it over 2.0.
• Don't torrent copyrighted data. The RIAA and MPAA would love to royally screw you over beyond justice or fairness. They HATE you and they want to prove it to you. No joke. Be safe and careful out there.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.74

All Platforms

  • Better error logging when user-provided scripts can't be executed
  • The "Time Remaining" property wasn't set for torrents with webseeds but no peers
  • Fix rare error that created a directory name "$HOME"

GTK+ Client

  • Fix sort-by-age regression introduced in 2.74
  • The "Edit Trackers" window didn't resize properly due to a 2.70 regression
  • Raise the main window when presenting it from an App Indicator

Qt Client

  • Add magnet link support to transmission-qt.desktop
  • Fix notification area bug that inhibited logouts & desktop hibernation
  • Use the "video" icon when the torrent is an mkv or mp4 file
  • Toggling the "Append '.part' to incomplete files' names" had no effect
  • Fix display of the torrent name in the Torrent Options dialog
  • Fix cursor point bug in the filterbar's entry field
  • Fix crash when adding a magnet link when Transmission was only visible in the system tray
  • Fix free-memory-read error on shutdown


  • Better watchdir support
  • Documentation fixes in transmission-remote's manpage

Web Client

  • Fix indentation of the torrent list and toolbar buttons on mobile devices


  • If the Download directory doesn't exist, try to create it instead of exiting
Publisher Transmission Project
Publisher web site http://transmissionbt.com/
Release Date January 09, 2013
Date Added January 09, 2013
Version 2.74
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.86MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 338,046
Downloads Last Week 1,023
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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