New Bittorrent Client: Transmission

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tideshark, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. tideshark macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2005
    One of applications I missed for Mac when I switched was a good Bittorrent client. I've tried all of them and all of them seem fairly mediocre, but this morning I found Transmission which is awesome. It's a native Mac OS X application for 10.3.9 and up. It looks like it's in beta, but it's solid. The icon could use a little work, but don't let it deter you from trying it.

    The only thing it lacks is an upload ratio, but I think they're adding one soon. I've added a screenshot, because if you're like me, a screenshot tells you a lot about the program.

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  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
  3. vouder17 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2003
    I find that azuares is the biggest RAM hogger ever....i have been lookin for somethin new, maybe i'll try this, but right now i am too lazy to change.
  4. fayans macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    MacRumors: Forums
    Is this Transmission hogging the RAM as much as BitTorrent? Just asking..
  5. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I love azureus (or whatever it's called), its got great featureres and I don't find it that much of a RAM hog. Much better compard to either Tomatoe torrent or the official Bittorent ap.
  6. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Azureus is a good app. I must have transferred over 1.2TB downloads/uploads without it ever crashing or any issue with hogging RAM.
  7. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    i tend to like simple, clean apps and i'm very impressed with this new app.

    looks like it's from the same guy that makes 'handbrake' - the dvd ripping tool. he sure knows how to design nice looking, simple apps.
  8. bursty macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2004
    I've given up on bittorents. It takes days to download stuff. I'll stick with Acquisition. :cool:
  9. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
    Bittorrent is very fast if you know how to correctly configure your firewall.

    On topic, what is up with this developer's automotive naming scheme?
  10. bursty macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2004
    Have any advice for me? :confused:
  11. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...this one looks promising and I will give it a try. I usually just use Tomato Torrent which has always worked okay for me so far (I only use it for unreleased live music through Dime-a-dozen)...oh yeah!
  12. Laplace macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2005
    Huntsville, AL
    I must need some help correctly configuring my firewall then. I have such a hard time with downloads. I upload like a TON of stuff, and then all my downlaods get stuck at 99% or something. It sucks.

  13. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    the 99% issue is simply a problem with a lack of connected seeders. if you download most of the content, but then all the seeders drop out or whatever you'll just sit there. waiting. it fscking sucks. oh, by the way, as far as bittorrent clients, i'll chime in. tomato torrent for mac, bitlord for pc. yeah, i know they're drastically different but i download different types of things on my pc than on my mac.
  14. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
    Make sure ports 6881-6889 are unblocked.
  15. TrenchMouth macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2002
    When I first read this post I thought it was shameless self promotion. It may be, but I am ok with that. This program is pretty damn good. Simple, and so far it is stable, which is nice. It pretty much just works. Thanks for the heads up.
  16. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    I suppose I'll be the first to chime in about Bits-on-Wheels. The developer seems to have dropped from sight, but its much more lightweight than Azureus. Azureus always seems bloated to me.

    BOW does everything I want, with a few exceptions. You can't just download specific files from a torrent, you can't use plugins like in Azureus and you can't have files download in a specific order (ie. A max number of downloads with the rest queued).
  17. tideshark thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2005
    Nope, I'm not the developer or a contributor. I just like to find new applications for my new Mac (recent switcher). Always happy to find a better application, because they're usually out there with some searching.
  18. boneca macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I'll probably give it a try. I've been using Azureus for few months now and it works ok (I like the futures it has to offer such as plug-ins, sorting and big range of settings) but I'm getting allot of crashes almost everyday. It's shutting down because of Java client which is up to date. :mad:
    Anyway it could be my only issue but I don't have or run on my Mac anything out of ordinary, actually most of the time Azureus is only app. that's running.
    It could be also RAM issue that I installed awhile ago by myself upgrading Mini, I had my Mac giving me Kernel errors maybe once every months or two :(
  19. ciphex macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2003
    Transmission Wins

    Transmission is the lightest and fastest BT client I have ever used on any platform.
  20. mark6051 macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2005
    I've looked at Bittorrent before but it always seems hard to find files in that format....Is there a knack to finding bittorrents ?
  21. g^3 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2005
    hi, i have tried many bittorrent clients and can't figure out how to get faster dl speeds. i'm stuck at 20-30kb/s if i'm lucky! i've tried turning my firewall off and setting different ports with no luck. could you please give me some suggestions. thank you
  22. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    Hmm I'll have to try this, Bits on Wheels keeps throwing my downloads everywhere and Azureus runs fairly sluggishly.
  23. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens

    Everyone I see says its a hog...

    I dont notice it hogging anything. But seeing as how I believe its a JAVA application WTF do you expect?

    If you are using Azureus on a G3, what do you expect. I run it on my dual 1.8 G5 and it works great, best features and whatnot....

    Ill give Transmission a try, but cmon, use what you like now what others like or think is "good, bad or ugly".
  24. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2004
    Post 400, 100 to go…

    I find that the only really usable one for my uses is Tomato Torrent to date. The official client just eats memory as soon as you open up a partially downloaded file to continue (open Activity Monitor and spot the change in used RAM as it checks the current file). Azureus is powerful but overkill for my needs, and on my iBook's screen I just can't fit all the detail I want into the columns without scrolling, a major Mac no-no in my eyes.

    So I'll happily take a look at this Transmission app - it looks like something I'd like. Thanks for the heads up.

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