Back in August, we announced that we needed to automatically update BitTorrent Classic for Mac users to BitTorrent Web for Mac. This was necessary to ensure that our free torrent software continued to work seamlessly with Mac OS Catalina v10.15 and above.

On January 24th, a new update will be required for BitTorrent Web for Mac users running Mac OS Catalina. The update is to ensure that our Web products are in line with Apple’s software requirements.   

Note that the changes we made in the new version are performance related, so there are no new features or visible changes to the Mac torrent client you know and enjoy today.  

In the meantime, our team is hard at work to integrate our recently announced feature, BitTorrent Speed, into our web products. The feature will extend the traditional experience of BitTorrent Web for Mac by helping drive faster download speeds and providing BTT token rewards.

We are excited to announce DLive, the popular blockchain-based live streaming platform, is joining the BitTorrent ecosystem. Our teams will be working together to bring blockchain-based peer-to-peer content sharing, including live streaming, to the BitTorrent community and beyond. 

DLive boasts a friendly community of content creators and viewers and a revolutionary rewards system. Broadcasters and viewers may earn token rewards without sharing any of their earnings with the platform, enabling creators to enjoy contributions from their community. This is in stark contrast to traditional, centralized entities which take as much as 50% of the creator’s revenue.  

DLive will use our new BitTorrent File-Sharing System (BTFS), a distributed file sharing and storage system. This endeavor will not only extend even more benefits to the community yet also drive DLive closer to decentralization. 

While DLive will continue to support the Lino blockchain until the transition to the TRON blockchain is complete, BitTorrent’s token (BTT) will eventually become the unit of value in the new ecosystem. Stay tuned as DLive expects to offer various benefits and rewards to existing users when the time comes to transition from Lino to BTT.

We are pleased to announce the official release of BitTorrent Web for Mac, an online torrent client with a fresh interface that helps you quickly search, download and play torrent files inside your browser.

Available at BitTorrent.com, the Mac torrent client is compatible with Safari and Chrome browsers and delivers to both new and experienced users a simplified experience on macOS Catalina and previous versions. 

“With BitTorrent Web for Mac, we extended the feature set of our popular Windows Web torrent client to macOS,” said Justin Knoll, VP of Product at BitTorrent. “Now Mac users can download any file type to store locally, stream media within a browser-based player while files download, set download/upload speed limits to free up network resources for other internet tasks, and much more.”

Please note that we plan to automatically update users on the old version, BitTorrent Classic for Mac, to the new version to ensure the software continues to work seamlessly with Catalina. If you don’t have plans to update your macOS to Catalina and wish to continue using BitTorrent Classic for Mac, you will be able to download the old version from BitTorrent.com after the automatic update occurs. However, please note that if you update to macOS Catalina (version 10.15) sometime in the future, BitTorrent Classic for Mac will no longer work.

Plans to integrate BitTorrent Speed, a feature that introduces BitTorrent (BTT) token to enable faster downloads, are in the works and will be announced at a later date.

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

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