How To Download Torrents on Mac – Step-by-Step Guide

An amazing thing about torrents is that you can share and download them regardless of a platform you’re using. For example, Windows users can create and share torrents that Mac users can download (and vice versa). Even though this process is identical across platforms, different tools are used. This is why we are going to tell you how to download torrents on Mac computers.

Disclaimer: TechNadu does not condone illegal file sharing or copyright infringement. Even though P2P file sharing technology is legal, many of the files exchanged via P2P are indeed copyrighted. Uploading these copyrighted files can put you at risk of a civil lawsuit. While these lawsuits are often class-action cases, some have been targeted at individual users in an attempt to make an example of them. 

Torrenting Safeguards

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Important Requirements

First things first. We need to tell you what you need prior to downloading or sharing torrents on a Mac. In essence, you need to know which torrent websites to use, and you need a torrent client installed and waiting to be employed. Here’s more info.

  • Torrent websites serve as repositories of torrent files. These websites don’t host any data - they only host torrent files that are usually very small. However, this doesn’t mean that every website is safe for use. This is why we’d like to recommend one of the popular websites for torrents, so you pick the one you like the best.
  • You also need a torrent client on your Mac. Since MacOS doesn’t work with torrents on its own, you need to use an application that recognizes this file type. The good news is that torrent clients are usually free of charge. In addition, they don’t need a powerful computer. This means that you’ll make them work even if you have an older Mac computer. To get started, here are 10 of the best torrent clients of 2018. Not all of them work on a Mac, but most of them do. Go ahead and pick one.

How to Download Torrents on Mac

We want this guide to explain the whole procedure from scratch so that even newbies can understand everything. This is why we’ll being by telling you how to download torrent files, how to use a torrent client, and what to do next. Let’s begin.

Step #1: Download a Torrent

Here's all you need to know about how to download a single torrent file on your Mac system. Let's get started, shall we?

  • First, you need to find a torrent file, which is where torrent websites come into play. Even though there are many of those online, we recommend using which acts as a search engine. Go ahead and open the website.

Torrentz2 Torrent Search Engine
  • Next, type in the name of the file (movie, application, or album) and hit the Enter button. You should see a list of different torrents. For the sake of providing an example, we will look for one of Charlie Chaplin’s movies, which falls under the public domain. So, let’s type in ‘Charlie Chaplin’ and see what we’ll come up with.

Torrentz2 Result Listing
  • As you can see on the screenshot, there is a large list of offered movies. However, not all of these torrent websites are ‘healthy’. The first 10 or so have more than 15 seeders and a small number of leechers. This means that you can download those files up to the full extent of your Internet connection’s speed. Go ahead and click on any of these titles.

Torrentz2 Website Recommendations
  • You will now see a list of torrent websites. Since Torrentz2 acts as a search engine, it simply provides a way to find torrents across the Web. We can click on The Pirate Bay and we’ll be taken to the torrent’s description/download page on The Pirate Bay website. Finally, you can check the comments to make sure that the file is safe for download, and then click on ‘Get This Torrent’. Save the file on your computer.

The Pirate Bay Torrent Description Page

Step #2: Use a Torrent Client

Next, we need to download data associated with the torrent file you've just downloaded. Keep on reading.

  • Now, you need to open a torrent client on your Mac. We are big fans of Transmission and we’ve been using this application for several years now. It is incredibly simple to use, looks good, and doesn’t bring any unwanted complications. In case you still haven’t decided which client to use, we recommend downloading Transmission to your Mac.

Transmission Mac Default View
  • Once you open Transmission, you need to find your torrent file and drag and drop it onto the torrent client.

Transmission Mac Add Torrent
  • Once you do that, you will see a new Finder window which asks you to select the download folder (the folder where the movie will be placed). You can select ‘Desktop’ from the left-placed sidebar and then click on the ‘Select’ button.
  • The Finder window will now disappear but you’ll see another small dialog box. This is where you can change the download location and prioritize your torrent. In the majority of cases, you don’t have to do anything. So, go ahead and click on ‘Add’.

Transmission Mac Dialog Box
  • Transmission will now start searching for seeders - people who have already downloaded the movie to their computer. Once that happens, the movie will begin to download at a faster rate. All there’s left is to sit back, relax, and wait. You are also free to minimize Transmission and let it do its job in the background.

Step #3: Seeding the Torrent

It wouldn’t be fair telling you how to download torrents on Mac without mentioning how to seed it. You will agree that it’s the right thing to share the movie you’ve downloaded for a while, and help other users download it as well. This is because seeders are the most important part of torrenting. Without them, torrent files wouldn’t exist in the first place.

Transmisson Mac Torrent Seeding

Lucky for you, seeding is very simple. Once you download the torrent, you need to leave it as it is. It means not moving the files and leaving the torrent active in Transmission. This will allow other torrent users to take bits of those files to complete their downloads. It is up to you if you’d like to seed for a few hours or few days.

Step #4: Disable the Torrent

Once you’re ready to stop seeding, you are free to delete the files and remove the torrent. This means that you will also need to remove the torrent from Transmission.

  • Open Transmission and click on the ‘Block’ button in the top-left corner. You will see a dialog box asking if you’re sure you want to do that. If you click on ‘Remove’, the torrent will disappear;

Transmission Mac Torrent Removal
  • Now, you are free to delete the files from your computer as well. Go ahead and delete them.
  • That’s it. You have successfully removed the torrent.

Additional Tips: What’s Next?

That’s it when it comes to how to download torrents on Mac. Still, there are many different things to explore when it comes to torrenting. Therefore, we ought to provide some helpful resources to those interested in expanding their knowledge.

  • These days, online privacy is imperative. So, learn how to safely download torrents;
  • Next, here’s our article on how to create a torrent. We have used uTorrent to give an example, and there’s a free version of this torrent client for Mac as well;
  • In case you want to check out the basics, here’s our guide on how to use torrents. You will learn how to find, download, and seed torrent files.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to how to download torrents on Mac, that’s all we have to say for now. If you have any additional questions, or some helpful tips and tricks - feel free to share your thoughts using the comments section below.

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