Whether your using BitTorrent protocol to download files online or simply to share between friends and family on your own network, it has definitely become one of the most efficient and preferred methods of sharing files online. For Mac OS X users, there are a plethora of options when it comes to a BitTorrent desktop client that will allow you to download and create torrents. While each app will have similar feature sets, not all are created alike. Below we will take a look at a few of the top freeware BitTorrent clients for Mac OS X.
µTorrent is definitely one of the most popular clients available and touts itself as “the world’s most popular BitTorrent client”. This isn’t for no reason, however, as this client features probably the most robust set of features and is advanced enough for power users yet simply enough for the average Mac user as well. Here are a few of the notable features:
- Native Cocoa Mac client
- Lightweight and Fast
- Multiple simultaneous downloads
- Protocol encryption
- Trackerless support (Mainline DHT)
Vuze is another extremely popular client that is most popular among those interested in finding, downloading and optimizing HD video for a ton of devices including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP and TiVo. Some of Vuze’s features that set it aside from other clients include:
- Find content from across the web with powerful meta-search
- Discover HD videos on the Vuze HD Network
- Download quickly and efficiently with intelligent bandwidth, queue and speed management
Transmission, although admittedly much more simplistic than the other popular clients, has remained a favorite among loyal Mac users. The main reason for this is Transmission provides an extremely streamlined, unobtrusive approach to BitTorrent. For those of you that just need a native Mac UI and a quick and easy way to download your torrents, Transmission is more than enough and always in development that wont force yet another media player all-in-one application.