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The BitTorrent protocol is a peer-to-peer sharing system that allows users all over the world to download and share basically any type of data. This technology is based on “farming out” file distribution and hosting from user to users instead of depending on content mirrors or a typical host.
A good BitTorrent app, just like Transmission, should be simple, light, and download files with blazing-fast speed. But before we talk about Transmission itself, let’s dig a little bit deeper into basics of torrents’ ecosystem and answer questions that many of you might be too shy to ask.
Torrents? Never heard about it.
Torrents are tiny files that can be downloaded and opened via a torrent client. The torrent client, Transmission in our case, works with a larger file by using a system known as BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent users can share large files with each other by using a peer-to-peer network, which means that they share parts of the file with each other, rather than downloading the entire file from a central location.
Such system enables you to connect to other computers with the same file and download it partially from each other. When the download process is complete, you can continue sharing the file, in other words — seeding, so other users could download it from your side. That’s it. Nothing too complex, right?
Torrent magnet links? Oh, right. Yup. Wait, what?
A magnet link is another way of using BitTorrent to download huge files. Here, you don't even need to download the torrent file. Instead, you simply click a magnet link on a website, and your default torrent app will automatically start downloading the entire file. Pretty much all modern BitTorrent clients support magnet links today.
That’s the whole story, folks.
Transmission is always on its top gear
Transmission is a bare essence of a good BitTorrent client that simply does its job. Out of all the apps on the market, Transmission is the most Mac-native, with its minimalistic user interface and Apple-driven simplicity. It is an extremely light program, nevertheless it handles a decent range of features. Transmission requires very little hands-on and is ready to do great things directly out of the box.
It’s designed to be as simple as possible, so you’ve got your files running in a small window, which displays a single upload bar. You can get extra information about the files, but it’s gonna be shown in a separate window right beside your main screen.
What else you can do is to set different priority levels for torrents. Label, filter, and sort them by groups or total activity. Speed limit mode of Transmission, a turtle icon at the bottom of the app, is another nice thing to have if you're looking to control the amount of bandwidth (the amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time) that you use for uploads and downloads. You can also encrypt your torrent activity if you want it to stay private or even control and operate Transmission remotely from the web.
Transmission is an open source, volunteer-based project. Unlike some BitTorrent clients, Transmission doesn't play games with its users to make money: Transmission doesn't bundle toolbars, pop-up ads, flash ads, twitter tools, or anything else. It doesn't hold some features back for a payware version. We don't track our users, and our website and forums have no third-party ads or analytics.Transmission
Transmission has consistently improved over the years, offering many more options to view your torrents. You can now filter your torrent list according to downloading, seeding, or being paused. You can also organize your transfers by queue order, date, name, progress, and more.
We really liked the overall look and feel of the app. Transmission does a great job to display all crucial information without actually being too cluttered, which is no easy task. So, it is fair to say that this program suits the Mac OS X pretty well.