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uTorrent for Mac is a basic, free, and fast BitTorrent client that makes it easy for you to download torrent files. It's a bit thin on features, but it's lightweight and lets you download files hassle-free.
Fast and reliable: uTorrent for Mac downloads files much more quickly than other peer-to-peer file sharing applications that we have used in the past, such as the now-defunct Limewire, without limiting our ability to use our Internet connection with other applications. It's a bit stripped down in features compared to other popular clients such as Vuze (Azureus), but if ease of use is all you need, you won't mind this.
Automated bandwidth adjusting: This application has been programmed to auto-adjust the amount of bandwidth it uses. You can also manually set limits for bandwidth used for uploading and downloading files.
Helpful resources: This program features an intuitive yet basic OS X-style interface, so you won't have trouble finding your way. However, if you are unfamiliar with the BitTorrent protocol and how torrent files work, don't distress -- the uTorrent Web site offers very helpful guides, including a wonderfully clear and informative video that will help get you started.
Cannot search torrents: While it will facilitate the sharing and downloading of torrent files, this program doesn't actually have an integrated search. It does include a search box, which takes you to your Web browser to find the files you want to download.
Beware of malware: While installing uTorrent, we were first prompted to agree to let the application change our default home pages on all our Web browsers and to allow the tracking of our browsing history. After clicking that we disagreed, we were redirected to the actual uTorrent license agreement.
If you're looking for a BitTorrent client that offers a quick and easy way to download torrent files, then you'll definitely love uTorrent for Mac. This program lacks advanced searching capabilities and some features found in other similar programs, but this shouldn't be a problem for you if you just need a fast and reliable client.
uTorrent is the world's most popular BitTorrent client, and is now available for Mac.
uTorrent Mac introduces uTP, a new lightweight BitTorrent protocol that makes incredibly efficient use of network bandwidth while reducing network problems.
uTorrent also supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 22.214.171.124 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
uTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all.
- Native Cocoa Mac client
- Lightweight and Fast
- Multiple simultaneous downloads
- Protocol encryption
- Trackerless support (Mainline DHT)
What's new in this version:
Fixed crash when adding signed torrent