WebTorrent

WebTorrent 0.21

WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client for the web browser and the desktop

WebTorrent is a desktop tool that allows you to download audio and video clips using popular peer-to-peer protocols. In this respect, the program supports connecting to not only WebTorrent but BitTorrent peers as well. It has the main advantage that you can start streaming media content before they are completely downloaded. Likewise, the tool allows streaming to Chromecast, DLNA and AirPlay.

The tool has a beautiful interface, which matches its entertainment purposes. There are a few suggested titles you can use to try the application if you want to. Moreover, you can simply drag-and-drop a torrent file or paste a magnet link to start getting the desired contents. Fortunately, you can start playing them almost instantly. What is more, it allows seeking because the required sections can be automatically fetched on demand instead of following a sequential order. However, how soon it will start playing the contents at the new position depends on the available bandwidth. Luckily, you can also download various torrents simultaneously.

The product is quite convenient in general. Still, it seems to lack the support of subtitles, which are widely used nowadays. Likewise, there have been alerts about possible IP leaks, which can be tracked by potential attackers as well as your Internet service provider.

All in all, I am sure WebTorrent will be greatly appreciated by those who like to share different types of media content. Fortunately, this product is shareware and can be used at no cost. Yet, donations are encouraged to keep the project going.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Connects to both BitTorrent and WebTorrent peers
  • Supports streaming without waiting for the whole file to download
  • Supports seeking before the file is completely downloaded
  • Allows various simultaneous downloads
  • Streams videos to AirPlay, Chromecast, and DLNA

Cons

  • Does not seem to support subtitles
  • Possible IP leaks to third parties
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