The interface is a bit clunky compared to Transmission or uTorrent: despite being new, it looks like an app from an old version of OS X.
However, it has a very nice combination of features and ease of use. While other torrent programs are too simple, like Transmission, or quite detailed, like Vuze, qBittorrent strikes the middle ground confidently. It's easy to download single or multiple files, and to choose files from within a single torrent.
Transmission review: Best easy-to-use torrent client for Mac
When uTorrent went off the rails, we quickly moved over to Transmission. It's always been one of our favourite BitTorrent clients and we're half sad not to give it top billing this time around.
Of all the apps here, Transmission is the most Mac-like, with a gorgeous interface and Apple-like simplicity - not that Apple would ever make a BitTorrent app; it won't even allow them on the App Store.
Transmission is an extremely light BitTorrent client with a good range of features. It needs very little configuration and is designed to be as minimalist as possible, so files just open in a small window displaying a single upload bar. You can get more information on files but this opens is in a separate window.
We think Transmission takes the simplicity thing a little too far, and both qBittorrent and Vuze offer a wider range of features (such as in-app search). But if you very rarely download torrents, but want a torrent client on your Mac, this is a good app to add to Mac OS X.
Vuze: Mac torrent client with the best features
If you're already quite familiar with BitTorrents and are looking for an app that's got more detail to it, then Vuze is a pretty good option.
Vuze was previously known as Azureus and offers far more detail than qBittorrent and Transmission, but still has a good Mac OS X friendly interface (it's reminiscent of older versions of iTunes). You can search for torrents from inside the app.
With Vuze it's easier to pick parts from torrent files, such as a large audio file containing different songs. You can also send files to different target locations. On the whole it offers more functionality than uTorrent or Transmission, but with the loss of some simplicity.
uTorrent Mac review: Good features, but be careful of hidden install files and system changes
Oh dear: uTorrent was once our favourite torrent client, striking a great balance between the ease of use of Transmission and the functionality of Vuse.
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