It isn’t particularly difficult to start a torrent download, but if you’re not at your main computer, starting a download and controlling your queue from afar can be a pain. Install one of these browser extensions in Chrome or Firefox to streamline your BitTorrent downloads, letting you monitor your torrents from any computer and start new ones with one click.
While magnet links have become pretty popular for .torrent-free downloads, and watch folders are always useful, the most common way to start a torrent download involves downloading the .torrent file and adding it to your BitTorrent client (like uTorrent or Transmission). If you aren’t on the BitTorrent-enabled machine, it’s even more drawn out: you have to download the torrent and add it through your client’s web interface or sync it to a watched folder using something like Dropbox. With these handy Chrome and Firefox extensions, however, you can add new torrents to your queue — and control your BitTorrent downloads — no matter where you are, with just a click of the mouse.
What These Extensions Do
Below, we’ve picked one extension for each of the popular browser/BitTorrent client combo — what you use will depend on your BitTorrent client and web browser of choice. Each extension serves two purposes:
- They give you quick access to your BitTorrent client’s web interface
- They let you add torrents to the queue from the context menu (even if your BitTorrent app-of-choice is running on a different machine).
Each extension has its idiosyncrasies, but they all do mostly the same thing: make BitTorrent a super-easy, one-click affair from anywhere. So pick the right one for your needs below.
Bonus: If You Use Usenet
These extensions aren’t earth-shattering, but they will make your life a little bit easier by saving you from all those clicks it takes to download a torrent and monitor it from afar. If you’ve got your own time-saving BitTorrent extension you’re fond of, let us know about it in the comments.