WebTorrent Desktop 0.3.3 Beta – A Streaming Torrent Client released

WebTorrent Desktop is a streaming torrent client that connects to both BitTorrent and WebTorrent peers and its currently in Beta stage. Whether it’s video from the Internet Archive, music from Creative Commons, or audiobooks from Librivox, you can play it right away. You don’t have to wait for it to finish downloading.

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WebTorrent Desktop Features

  • Lightweight, fast torrent client
  • Beautiful user experience
  • Free, non-commercial, ad-free, and open source
  • Instantly stream video and audio
    • WebTorrent fetches file pieces from the network on demand for instant playback.
    • Even when the file isn’t fully downloaded, seeking still works.(Seeking just reprioritizes which pieces are fetched from the network.)
  • Stream videos to AirPlay, Chromecast, and DLNA
  • Based on the most popular and comprehensive torrent package in Node.js, webtorrent
  • Full-featured, but bloat free
    • Opens magnet links and .torrent files
    • Drag-and-drop makes adding or creating torrents easy
    • Discovers peers via tracker servers, DHT (Distributed Hash Table), and peer exchange
    • Supports the WebTorrent protocol for connecting to WebRTC peers (i.e. web browsers)

WebTorrent Desktop Changelogs


  • App icon was incorrect (OS X)
  • Register WebTorrent as default handler for magnet links (OS X)
  • Ubuntu/Debian support! (.deb installer)
  • Add crash reporter to torrent engine process
  • DLNA streaming support
  • Add “File > Quit” menu item (Linux)
  • App uninstaller (Windows)
  • Crash reporting


  • Faster startup time (50ms)
  • Update Electron to 0.37.5
    • Remove the white flash when loading pages and resizing the window
    • Fix crash when sending IPC messages
  • On startup, do not re-verify files when timestamps are unchanged
  • Moved torrent engine to an independent process, for better UI performance
  • Removed media queries (UI resizing based on window width)
  • Improved Chromecast icon, when connected


  • Fix installation bugs with .deb file (Linux)
  • Pause audio reliably when closing the window
  • “Download Complete” notification shows consistently
  • Fix cast screen background: cover, don’t tile
  • Create new torrents and seed them without copying to temporary folder
  • Clicking the “Download Complete” notification will always activate app
  • Fixed harmless “-psn_###” error on first app startup
  • Hide play buttons on unplayable torrents
  • Better error handling when Chromecast/Airplay cannot connect
  • Show player controls immediately on mouse move
  • When creating a torrent, show it in UI immediately
  • Stop casting to TV when player is closed
  • Torrent engine: Fixed memory leaks in torrent-discovery and bittorrent-tracker
  • Torrent engine: Fixed sub-optimal tcp/webrtc connection timeouts
  • Torrent engine: Throttle web seed connections to maximum of 4

Install WebTorrent Desktop 0.3.3 Beta on Ubuntu Linux OS

sudo apt-get install gdebi

wget https://github.com/feross/webtorrent-desktop/releases/download/v0.3.3/webtorrent-desktop_0.3.3-1_amd64.deb

sudo gdebi webtorrent-desktop_0.3.3-1_amd64.deb
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