The Chromebook has become common these days as more and more people are acquiring it for its cheap prices and simplicity. Recently I published an article on this blog titled “The frustrating truth about using Chromebook in Nigeria”; where I discussed the challenges people face using the Chromebook in developing countries such as Nigeria.
But some challenges of using Chromebook seems to be global in some aspects, one of the biggest complaints about Chromebooks is their lack of regular software as you have in Windows PCs and Mac. One of such complaints for long has been the lack of reliable and functional BitTorrent client for Chromebooks.
It will be wrong to assume that BitTorrent is only used for illegal purposes such as illegal movie and music downloads etc, companies also use BitTorrents to effectively distribute their software.
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While it may seem like there is no way to install BitTorrent client on a Chromebook, there is an easy work around to this. With several Chrome apps developed to mimic or replicate traditional desktop functionality, downloading torrents on Chromebook has been made possible and easy too. Now let’s look at some BitTorrent client for Chromebooks.
Best BitTottent Client for Chromebooks
1. JSTorrent: JSTorrent is the best BitTorrent client for Chromebook. It is available for just $2.29 and can download torrent files with ease. It can download torrents directly to your Downloads folder and can handle large files (multi-gigabyte files) with ease. It also runs fine on lower end ARM Chromebooks.
The best part is that the app has an in-built media player that lets you stream files as they are being downloaded. JSTorrent also lets you to select which files within the torrent you want to download and also supports private trackers just as any traditional BitTorrent client would.
2. Bitford: Bitford is yet another BitTorrent client for Chromebook that makes it possible and easy to download torrents on Chromebooks. While JSTorrent is a paid app, Bitford is actually free. So if you can’t afford to buy the JSTorrent Chrome app to download your torrents with, simply use the best alternative you can find anywhere – Bitford.
Bitford is a great BitTorrent client for Chromebooks that requires no additional components to function.
It also features playback of media files supported by your browsers <video> element while downloading just like JSTorrent so you can stream your media files as they are being downloaded.
Bitford also makes it possible to save files both locally on your Chromebook or online in your Google Drive space.
Do you know of any other BitTorrent client for Chromebooks? How else do you download torrents on your Chromebook?