We are excited about our upcoming release of BitTorrent Web for Mac and have an important announcement about an automatic update coming in early September.

BitTorrent Classic for Mac, the software you are currently running, is a 32-bit app. Apple is soon releasing a new Mac OS, Catalina (version 10.15), which is not compatible with 32-bit apps. Therefore, in early September, we will automatically update BitTorrent Classic for Mac to our newest torrent downloader and player, BitTorrent Web for Mac. This is necessary to ensure that our torrent downloading software continues to work seamlessly with Catalina when millions of users update to the new version.

If you don’t have plans to update your Mac OS to Catalina and wish to continue using BitTorrent Classic for Mac, you will be able to download the old version from our Web site after the automatic update occurs. However, please note that if you update your Mac OS to Catalina (version 10.15) sometime in the future, BitTorrent Classic for Mac will no longer work.

What will happen when I’m updated to BitTorrent Web for Mac?

Once inside the latest version of our new torrent software, you will notice a simplified interface and the ability to download and play torrent files and magnet links, all within your browser window. You’ll be able to download any file type to store locally in the folder of your choice, set download and upload speed limits to free up network resources for other internet tasks, and play torrent files while they download without needing to search folders or look for other media player apps.

Why is my BitTorrent client automatically upgrading?

Apple will no longer support 32-bit applications, including BitTorrent Classic for Mac, in the next operating system called Catalina (version 10.15). We created a completely new torrent downloader and player, BitTorrent Web for Mac, that will work on Mac OS Catalina.

When will my BitTorrent client update?

We will start updating users in early September. If you are using BitTorrent Classic for Mac version 1.87 or earlier version, you will automatically get upgraded to BitTorrent Web for Mac.

What is the difference between BitTorrent Classic for Mac and BitTorrent Web for Mac?

They work the same in that they are light, fast, and enable downloading of torrent files and magnet links. With BitTorrent Web for Mac, the torrent client lives in your browser as opposed to your desktop and you’ll notice a simplified interface that allows you to stream videos while you download files, without needing to wait for your downloads to complete. You will also be able to watch licensed videos for free.

What if I don’t want BitTorrent Web for Mac?

We will make BitTorrent Classic for Mac (version 1.8.7) available for download on our website. However, please note that if you update your Mac OS to Catalina (version 10.15) sometime in the future, BitTorrent Classic for Mac will no longer work.

Why did Apple make this change?

For more information about this change from Apple, please read the update Apple posted here – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208436

Does BitTorrent Web for Mac work on older versions of Mac OS?

Yes, it supports Mac OS version 10.11 and up.

Will BitTorrent Classic for Mac work on older versions of Mac OS?

Yes, it supports Mac OS version 10.14 or earlier.

How do I find out what Mac OS version I am on?

Step 1: Go to Apple Menu and select “About this Mac”

Step 2. Find your Mac OS version in the About This Mac window

We are pleased to announce a new version of BitTorrent for Mac, coming in early September. Available for MacOS Catalina, BitTorrent Web for Mac is designed to create an easier, more simplified torrent experience. Translated in over a dozen languages, the new version will help you download and play both torrent files and magnet links, all within your browser window. You’ll be able to download any file type to store locally in the folder of your choice, set download and upload speed limits to free up network resources for other internet tasks, and play torrent files while they download without needing to search folders or look for other media player apps.

Plans to integrate BitTorrent Speed, the highly anticipated feature just introduced for BitTorrent Classic for Windows, is also in the works. The feature will reward users with BitTorrent (BTT) token in exchange for seeding and bandwidth, enabling faster downloads, and will be launched at a later date.

The current version of BitTorrent for Mac, which supports MacOS Mojave 10.14 and below, will continue to be available for those using older operating systems. To the Mac users who have expressed interest in a new version for MacOS Catalina, rest assured that it’s coming soon. We thank our community for making BitTorrent the most popular torrent client for Mac and we look forward to the launch announcement!

We are looking for users in the San Francisco Bay Area to help us beta test new products and features. If you’ve ever wanted to get a sneak peek at what our team is working on and help improve our products, this is your chance.

Our beta program allows our users to make their voices heard. If you are interested in learning more or want to participate, please click here to get started. If you’re not local but still want to be a beta tester, we still invite you to complete our survey.

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We are pleased to announce our BitTorrent Live streaming service, which will allow you to create live content and connect on mobile devices with people who share common interests. The service will allow for continuous live streaming anywhere users can get internet access, and you will be able to engage directly with the broadcasters to give instantaneous feedback, comments and virtual gifts. 

“Imagine chatting with your favorite athlete, becoming immersed in a music festival, or meeting new friends to share your passions – all by simply firing up the BitTorrent Live app,” said Justin Sun, CEO of BitTorrent. “Our strong foundation of decentralized technology will allow us to fulfill our vision of a boundary-free internet while being at the forefront of a new content experience.”

In the coming months, BitTorrent Live also will incorporate blockchain technology to enable cryptocurrency to be used as a payment option. Our plan is to roll out BitTorrent Live globally in phases. If you are interested in enrolling in the early beta program, please visit https://www.bittorrent.com/live/ and sign up! 

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