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Torrential – An Open-Source Torrent Client for elementaryOS

Torrent Client for ElementaryOS
Written by Martins D. Okoi

We have covered several torrent client applications on FossMint in topics such as 10 Best Cloud Torrent Service Providers and Best BitTorrent Client Apps for Linux in 2019. But as you already know by now, at least one new open-source application is created every other week.

Today, I bring you an open-source application developed for the torrenting world and it goes by the name of Torrential.

Torrential is a simple open-source torrent client designed for elementary OS users to download torrents in style while enjoying speed and minimalistic design experience.

It doesn’t have any settings unique to it, though, so technically it is another torrent client alternative that hopes to provide users with a speedy torrenting experience. However, as is expected of all Linux client applications, you can customize Torrential’s look using themes.

Features in Torrential

  • Free and open-source.
  • Download, pause, seed torrent files.
  • A minimalist UI is consistent with the elementary OS look & feel.
  • Speedy performance.

While Torrential is in active development, it has an official release and you can download it directly from your app store.

Download Torrential from the AppCenter

Building from Source in Linux

You can grab the source code and make your own build in a couple of straightforward steps as explained below, but make sure you have a list of dependencies required to build, test, and install Torrential.

$ sudo apt install cmake libgtk-3-dev valac libgranite-dev libunity-dev libevent-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libminiupnpc-dev libnatpmp-dev libb64-dev libssl-dev

Next, clone the repository and install the app as shown.

# git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/davidmhewitt/torrential
# cd torrential
# mkdir build && cd build
# cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..
# make
$ sudo make install

So there you have. What do you think about this relatively new project? Will you consider leaving your current torrent app for it? Or maybe you’re interested in making your own contribution to GitHub. Drop your two cents in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.