Leightweight Bittorrent client

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  1. cblackburn macrumors regular

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    Hey all,

    At the moment I use Azureus for all my torrenting needs but it absolutely hoses my computers resources until it crawls. Is there a nice leightweight (Obj-C)? bittorrent client out there that supports the following?

    • Using a SOCKS proxy for all communications
    • Limiting of Upload and download rates
    • Limiting of number of total connections

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  2. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    I don't know about the above requests..but I finally just trashed Azureus the other day cuz it sucks IMO...other than being able to specify a particular file to download...it's annoying to me.

    So,

    Now I use Bits on Wheels..and I love it..

    Transmission is also great, but can crash on you once in a while..

    Check out Wheels, you'll never go back to Az.
     
  3. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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  4. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a

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    From the maker of handbrake: Transmission. It's small and lightweight. I use Transmission and then I tried Azureus for about a minute, deleted it, and opened Transmission again. It's really nice, and fast and small. Also free, but what bittorrent client isn't?

    Although I'm not sure about SOCKS and those other features... try Transmission anyways.
     
  5. cblackburn thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you get SOCKS working with that?

    Chris
     
  6. bpuk macrumors newbie

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    how about a client that allows selective downloads (choosing one of a batch)?? the only one i know about is azureus but i can't get that to work very well. any ideas?
     
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  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Azureus has never given me any problems, resource-hogging or otherwise, and I have had it running for months solid, 24/7 at times. Nonetheless, I'm always open to new ideas, so perhaps I'll give one of these programs a try as well. Thanks for the recommendations. :) :cool:
     
  9. FireArse macrumors 6502a

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    hhhmmmm

    Must admit, I've always heard of Azureus slowing down ppl's computers - can't say iv noticed it. I m running 2.5GB RAM though, so it could be that.

    I think all new code should be multithreaded by default - to make use of multi core or multi processor machines. I'm sticking with Azureus - run great, and come to think of it, has not crashed in over 1.5years! :) literally 100's of GB's have gone through that code - i woud love to see a report from my ISP telling me how much BitTorrent data has gone through my connection!
     
  10. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

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    I used to use transmission but it started crashing a lot lately so now I use the normal bittorent client 4.2, it is lightweight and hasnt crashed since I started using it(4 days).
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, I'm in the same boat, and I only have 1 GB of RAM on my iMac - no heavy duty system, here, so I don't really know what some people are talking about. But hey, different things work for different people, that's cool.

    I, too, would like to see my SP's stats on how much I've transferred - gotta be a few TBs by now... :eek: :cool:
     
  12. superwoman macrumors regular

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    I use the command-line version of the official bittorrent distribution. I don't think you can get anymore lightweight than that. It's basically a python script.
    There are 2 variants: one that can run headless, another that uses ncurses for a more interactive look. If you're adventurous enough, do try it out.
     
  13. cblackburn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Doesn't do SOCKS AFAIK.

    Chris
     
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  15. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    aren't socks for iPods and my stinky a$s feet?
     
  16. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    I tried Transmission a version or so ago and while it took far fewer resources, it had problems resuming downloads that I paused, so I went back to Azureus.

    I think I'll take a look at it again now that a new version's out.
     
  17. cblackburn thread starter macrumors regular

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    You're thinking of WinSock which is the windows interface to TCP/IP sockets. SOCKS is a method of prosying communications via a 3rd party. It's much more efficient that HTTP proxying.

    Chris
     
  18. superwoman macrumors regular

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    Good catch. My bad.
     
  19. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Man I hate bittorrent anything! It's so slow to download, taking days sometimes over a DSL connection. I've tried it a couple of times but never actually finish because it's so lousy.
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Wow, you mus have bad luck or a crappy/uncooperative SP. I love using torrents, I've transferred TBs of data with torrents, always with great success and almost always with excellent transfer rates. :cool:
     
  21. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Two words: Port Forwarding.
     
  22. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Thanx.
     
  23. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Transmission vs Azureus is like a Ferrari vs a Kia, I find no comparison.

    Transmission is a great Bittorenter-er
     
  24. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Azureus gets better gas mileage is is more fuel efficient? Okay, I can live with that. :p ;) :D
     

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