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I've been using uTorrent on Windows for years now and so the arrival of uTorrent on the Mac is something that many users, myself included, have long been waiting for. For some reason at the moment, the uTorrent Mac page still says uTorrent for mac is "coming soon" but believe me, the beta version is very much here.

The reason I've relied on uTorrent for so long is that it's lightweight, extremely easy to use, very fast, requires no configuration and generally just makes downloading torrents a piece of cake. Fortunately, the Mac version does not disappoint with the added addition of course that it has a much better looking Mac OS style interface. The main difference you'll notice is that uTorrent for Mac is slightly stripped down compared to the Windows version.

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Down the left hand side of uTorrent you have all the same menus that you have in Windows that allow you to select exactly what you see in the uTorrent window. You can choose to view only those downloads that have completed, those that are currently downloading, those that are active and finally those that are inactive.

uTorrent Transfer Menu

Of course, you can also choose to view all of these at the same time too. However, along the top of the interface, some of the controls that you find in Windows have been removed such as the button for RSS downloads, the create your own torrent wizard button and a preferences button. Preferences can, however, be accessed via the menu bar.

Everything else is the same as you get in the Windows version including a detailed stats windows giving you details of your download which you can toggle on and off via the "info" symbol on the top right of the interface. The stats menu is split into General, Files and Peer. The General tab gives you a holistic overview of how the file is downloading:

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The Files tab shows you exactly what's inside the torrent you're downloading:

utorrent-file-menu.png

And the Peers tab shows you the other peers who are seeding your torrent. It also shows you which torrent client the peers are using to share the file:

utorrent-peers-menu.png

If you've used uTorrent in Windows, you'll notice that the upload and download times are not displayed next to the torrent but rather along the bottom of uTorrent. This is no big problem although I personally prefer to be able to see how fast a file is uploading and downloading next to the torrent.

uTorrent Upload and Download Speeds

At the top of the interface, you'll find a search box here which it has to be said, is the one weak point of uTorrent. Rather than giving you torrent results that you can download, it simply takes you straight to a Google search results page. If this search resulted in a list of torrent files you could download, or linked to a torrent site, it would be far more useful.

The preferences dialog offers the same controls as in Windows with options to limit the bandwidth uTorrent uses, network settings and BitTorrent settings.

uTorrent Preferences

Most importantly, downloads are lightening quick although of course, this will depend on how fast your internet connection is. It takes little more than a few seconds for uTorrent to start finding seeds and get on with downloading your files. Finally, the uTorrent website offers you several different skins to choose from, an extensive FAQ and a full guide to using uTorrent for beginners (not that you need one because simplicity is uTorrent's greatest asset.)

If you've used uTorrent in Windows, you won't be disappointed by uTorrent for Mac. If you've never used it, then give it a go and you may never go back to your old torrent client again.

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  • Ryan |
    09/12/08
    Ryan

    What I do no like is that the mac utorrent version doesn't seem to allow you to pic and choose what you want to download from the file. On PC when you click on download the files are broken down and you can check or uncheck whatever wanted. This is a great asset for downloading albums, sometimes I only want one or two songs, not the entire album. Very disappointing that the mac version does not have this feature which I find to be essential.

  • Ryan |
    09/12/08
    Ryan

    sorry, I take that comment back. It appears you can choose skip file once the torrent is up and going. However, still preferred the windows version of checking off the files prior to.

  • Nicholas Mead |
    09/12/08
    Nicholas Mead

    It's a good point Ryan. There are various subtle differences between the Windows and Mac versions that will hopefully be addressed in the full release.

  • cool |
    03/04/09
    cool

    Transmission is better it lets you pick before hand

  • Chris B |
    29/04/09
    Chris B

    This looks very good indeed, I am a new Mac user and using Transmission but think I will switch to uTorrent soon enough.

  • Steve G |
    30/06/09
    Steve G

    I wanted to try uTorrent but can't get the earlier beta version to even install, let alone run. Yes I am aware that there is a newer version for Mac but it requires OS 10.5 and I have 10.4.11

  • Kait |
    19/08/09
    Kait

    Ryan, how exactly do you "skip" over the files once you've started downloading the torrent? I'm new at this and my friend has windows so she has the option to simply uncheck the ones she doesn't want.

  • Nicholas Mead |
    20/08/09
    Nicholas Mead

    @Kait, you can skip over files when the torrent is downloading using the status window at the bottom. There are three tabs - General, Files and Peers. When your torrent has started downloading, click on the "Files" tab. The just right-click on the files you want to skip and that's it. You'll notice the priority changes from "normal" to "skip".

  • Ben |
    17/10/09
    Ben

    "If you’ve used uTorrent in Windows, you’ll notice that the upload and download times are not displayed next to the torrent but rather along the bottom of uTorrent."

    It is easy to enable this. Just right click on the column headings and choose "↑ Speed" and "↓ Speed".

  • Kaleb |
    08/12/09
    Kaleb

    Hi can someone please send me a link to upload an older version of uTorrent. Running on Mac with 10.4.10 sweet thnaks!!

  • Guy |
    14/12/09
    Guy

    Hi, can you tell me if it is possible to move files when they have been downloaded, in the 'darksides' (windows) version you could move the files, point utorrent to the right place and start reseeding again.

  • Nicholas Mead |
    15/12/09
    Nicholas Mead

    @Ben, thanks for the tip!

    @Kaleb, I'm afraid uTorrent for Mac has never worked on OS X 10.4. It's only for 10.5+. Upgrade to Snow Leopard soon if you can!

    @Guy, Yes it is. Simply stop the current torrent, right click on it and go to Advanced > Set Download Location. :)

  • ydom87 |
    27/02/10
    ydom87

    It appears that allow to choose what files to download, but it seem do not permit to choose before the torrents start download. I like the feature in windows version allow choose not only files but also the file types. Hope in mac version that feature coming soon. And the TCP port also change each time I started the utorrent application, even if I unchecked the option randomized port... But It's ok for a tiny and fast torrent client, like its brother does in Windows.

  • kyster |
    13/03/10
    kyster

    I have a question - when you choose to skip a file, how do you un-skip it? I used to be on Windows with BitComet and would uncheck a bunch of files because I only wanted some of them and then would download the rest later (for seasons of tv shows mostly). So I have downloaded a torrent with a whole season of shows and I clicked skip for the last half of them and now that I'm done with the first half I'd like to download the last half but when I right click there is no option to download the skipped and if I click don't download again its not like a toggle which allows me to download or unskip. Help! Thanks.

  • Nicholas Mead |
    15/03/10
    Nicholas Mead

    Hi Kyster, Click on the torrent that is downloading. Then go to the bottom of the uTorrent interface and you will see a status dialog with three tabs - General, Files and Peers. Make sure that Files is selected. Then simply Right-Click or CMD-Click on the skipped files you want to download and set to Normal Priority.

  • Hamza |
    23/04/10
    Hamza

    I just want to ask if I want to create a torrent file and upload it to some site how can I do that by using uTorrent in mac ?

  • Nicholas Mead |
    26/04/10
    Nicholas Mead

    I'm afraid creating a torrent isn't possible in the Mac version yet :(

  • G4G |
    04/05/10
    G4G

    Hey,

    I was very disappointed with Utorrent for Mac the Windows Version allowed you to see what was in the torrent and download each portion seperately so if one file got currupt then I was able to load the torrent and only download that portion of the torrent. I loved it on Windows becuase I would download the ex full complete series torrents and then download each season at a time and this allowed me to watch one while downloading two. If you can find a torrent client for mac that will allow that I would love to know.

    Just One Mans Opinion

  • Nicholas Mead |
    04/05/10
    Nicholas Mead

    There are a few features such as managing trackers within a torrent that aren't available in the Mac version unfortunately. I'll have a look into whether any other torrent client for Mac can do though and get back to you.

  • Hamza |
    12/05/10
    Hamza

    Transmission is bit-torrent program it is good you can download each portion separately and I think also that you can mange the trackers

    http://www.transmissionbt.com/download.php

  • Vishal |
    07/08/10
    Vishal

    I was looking for the "un-skip" option (the question asked by kyster above). I use the Windows version, but curiously couldn't find the answer in the uTorrent manual, nor via a casual search on the standard Windows forums (didn't do a deep drill down kind of search). Probably they think it's too dumb, and anyone should be able to tell that the reverse of "Skip" is "Low/Normal/High Priority" :p Nice to get the answer on the Mac version site. Thanks Nick!

  • Nicholas Mead |
    09/08/10
    Nicholas Mead

    Glad it helped Vishal! I agree that they don't exactly make it obvious in the manual.

  • Mco |
    14/10/10
    Mco

    Nicholas, you say that it's possible to move a download after it's finished, but I cannot find this feature in uTorrent.

    This was super handy in the windows version because it kept all your -in progress- files separate from the fully downloaded ones. any solutions.

    (p.s. referring to your above comment to @guy, I do not have an 'advanced' option when i right-click on a file. I have the latest version for osx. 1.0.0.1

  • brimm |
    21/10/10
    brimm

    Hi i use Utorrent for Mac and also want to check or uncheck files, I have looked at what you have told others to do but I have five tabs,GENERAL,TRACKERS,FILES,PEERS,SPEED. And on files it doesnt have anything where I can check or uncheck to select the files I want to download, I have 2010 Version= 1.0.1 (22592) Any help??

  • brimm |
    21/10/10
    brimm

    Sorry I see now the torrent I looked at was only 1 file as was an iso even though devided into 3 parts, just 1 file.....So I see how to pick and choose which files I want like with the windows version even though it is done after added.

  • Signe |
    15/11/10
    Signe

    Hey where can you download this version? I have the new version but I don't like it, so I want to download this version

  • justo |
    11/04/11
    justo

    is it at all possible to set a timeframe for downloading.. (to take advantage of peak/offpeak rates

  • JenniGaah |
    12/07/11
    JenniGaah

    um, i think i'm dumb, but i couldn't change the priority from "skip" to normal, tho i did clicked on torrent which was downloading, then files, the on file which i wanted to download i clicked the right button. nothing happened. maybe i'm doing sth wrong? i got the latest version which is the beta one.

  • Nick Mead |
    13/07/11
    Nick Mead

    @JenniGaah, You need to right-click or CMD-click on the file. If that doesn't work, it may well be because you're using the beta version which can be buggy. Use the stable version if you still can't get it to work.

  • nyjimshady |
    22/01/12
    nyjimshady

    How can i change utorrent for windows settings so that i can choose specific albums to download and what to skip? when you download a big file like say a bands whole discography it gives you a checklist box and you can chose which ones you want to download but for some reason that checklist box doesnt show up anymore and it just downloads the entire file

  • Nick Mead |
    23/01/12
    Nick Mead

    @Art, If you mean uTorrent for Windows, you can select the files you want to download in the torrent when you open it. If you mean uTorrent for Mac, this question has been already been answered in this comment thread.

  • pbparvati |
    07/04/12
    pbparvati

    I've downloaded it, but somehow all the stuff I download are automatically "inactive." How do I activate them? thanks!

  • ELISA |
    27/06/12
    ELISA

    I successfully downloaded the software, and now my first movie.... unsuccessful at launching the movie. Do I need to use a particular MEDIA PLAYER? or download a particular MOVIE FILE to work on my MAC?

    Maybe I need an additional application to make these launch!!?? PLEASE HELP!

  • Nick Mead |
    28/06/12
    Nick Mead

    @ELISA, Try VLC media player :)

  • Hondo |
    19/08/12
    Hondo

    I triEd downloading the torrent on safari and it won't !!! Can any one help with this issue

  • vonbarth |
    05/12/12
    vonbarth

    uTorrent simply does NOT work on MAC OS X

    When you start uTorrent you are automatically assigned an incoming TCP port No matter what you type in the box provided for "Incoming TCP port" your utorrent client will always broadcast the originally assigned random port number to your trackers. (To uncheck the box Randomize port during launch has no effect!!) As a result your tracker can never reach you through your hole in your firewall!!! vonbarth

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