Transmission BitTorrent Client Updates To Support Magnet Links

Mac/Linux: The popular open-source BitTorrent client Transmission has updated to version 1.8, bringing with it support for magnet links, trackerless torrents, Quick Look in Snow Leopard, and several more improvements and bug fixes.

If you don't really know what a magnet link is, it's likely the future of BitTorrent, so added support is a very good thing. Beyond that, this latest update is full of nice improvements, including:

  • Add support for trackerless torrents
  • Add optional "incomplete directory" where partial downloads are stored
  • Find more peers by announcing to each tier in a torrent's tracker list, rather than only one
  • Faster management of large peer lists
  • Use less CPU when making encrypted handshakes to peers
  • Better filtering of bad IP addresses
  • Quick Look restored on Snow Leopard
  • Improved reveal in Finder functionality on Snow Leopard
  • Add speed limit "turtle mode" support (web client)
  • Double-clicking a torrent opens/closes the torrent inspector (web client)

You can browse the full changelog here. If you're a Transmission user, head to the download page for the latest. Not sure what BitTorrent client you prefer? Take a look at our Hive Five Best BitTorrent Clients.

Transmission is a free download for Mac OS X and *nix platforms.

Transmission [via TUAW]


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