WebTorrent Desktop: Watch torrent videos without downloading, stream to Chromecast, AirPlay and DLNA

WebTorrent Desktop

Play torrents instantly without downloading

WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client that lets you stream torrents, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. You don't have to wait for it to finish downloading. WebTorrent Desktop is fast, free, non-commercial & open source. Why? Imagine a peer-to-peer YouTube where viewers help to host the site's content. By making BitTorrent easier to use, we can get more people to participate and take the first steps to re-decentralizing the Internet.

WebTorrent Desktop connects to both BitTorrent and WebTorrent peers. It can talk to peers running Transmission or uTorrent, and it can also talk to web pages like WebTorrent Desktop can also stream torrents to AirPlay, Chromecast, and DLNA.

WebTorrent features:

  • Lightweight, fast torrent app
  • 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)

What's new in this version:


  • Faster startup (improved by ~25%)
  • Update Electron to 1.4.2
  • Remove support for pasting multiple newline-separated magnet links
  • Reduce UX sound volume


  • Fix external player (VLC, etc.) opening before HTTP server was ready
  • Windows (Portable App): Fix "Portable App" mode
  • Write application support files to the "Portable Settings" folder
  • Stop writing Electron "single instance" lock file to "%APPDATA%\Roaming\WebTorrent"
  • Some temp data is still written to "%APPDATA%\Temp" (will be fixed in future version)
  • Don't show pointer cursor on torrent list checkbox
  • Trim extra whitespace from magnet links pasted into "Open Torrent Address" dialog
  • Fix weird outline on 'Create Torrent' button

Download: WebTorrent Desktop 0.17.1| Portable | ~60.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Other Operating Systems
View: WebTorrent Desktop Home page

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