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24 May 2020

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Albabe
23 May 2020
Version: 2.94

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5
Winco
10 July 2020
Version: 3.00
It's free. It's lightweight on RAM. It has been updated. It has dark mode...finally. Still one of the best available.
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Albabe
08 July 2020
Version: 3.00
"Transmission can’t be updated if it’s running from the location it was downloaded to." WTF? What does that even mean?
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5
EdU6660
05 July 2020
Version: 3.00
The best
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5
cubanpete
02 July 2020
Version: 3.00
✯ ✯ ✯ Works great on Mojave 10.14.6. No problems. Best app! Thanks ✯ ✯ ✯
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5
Geography Is Destiny
26 June 2020
Version: 3.00
Love it! Version 3.00 works great for me. It no longer hangs for a while and cranks up my processor when I close it, like v. 2.94 sometimes did. Otherwise, the only difference I can find is Dark Mode, which I appreciate.
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Albabe
18 June 2020
Version: 3.00
I'm having lotsa problems with this most recent release. Half the times I try to Quit it, it Hangs and Beachballs... and after 10 Minutes I'll try to force Quit it, which makes the client disappear, but leaves it Open in the Dock which won't let me Reboot my Computer. So I have to Force a Shutdown. Mojave on a 2010 Mac Pro.
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5
Spudboy
30 May 2020
Version: 3.00
So glad it is back. I can ditch all the other programs I was using.
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Albabe
23 May 2020
Version: 2.94
There is a Brand New Version of Transmission available... finally. 3.00 Has anyone tried it, or has everyone stopped using Transmission?
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becerrilh771
29 December 2019
Version: 2.94
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Albabe
05 August 2019
Version: 2.94
I love this Client. It's simple and works great... and I know it's all done for Free... but it gets updated so infrequently, and then there was the Malware thing... So, anyone know of a good simple Torrent Client?
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5
Zoofuzz
03 December 2018
Version: 2.94
Used it for years. Very pleased.
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5
andystenn212
06 June 2018
Version: 14714.2.94
Amazing
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Brian Kendig
07 May 2018
Version: 2.94
Ever since this app was hit with malware twice last year, I am very wary of downloading a copy any way other than through the app's autoupdater. But when I use "Check for Update..." in 2.92, it downloads the 2.94 update then tells me "Update Error! An error occurred while extracting the archive. Please try again later." According to https://github.com/transmission/transmission/issues/600 the autoupdater doesn't work on Sierra and High Sierra. What's going on here?
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Leesa
02 May 2018
Version: 2.92
MacUpdate needs a button so "We" can tell them when a Version of some Client is out. You're Two versions behind, guys!
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Albabe
02 May 2018
Version: 2.92
2.94 is out. Get on the ball, macupdate.
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5
Andreore
15 March 2018
Version: 2.92
The best browser in IMHO. Very fast and stable, no privacy concerns, and a wide choice of plugins make it my favourite in this area.
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siamlotus
27 February 2018
Version: 2.92
Version 2.93 release notes : All Platforms : Fix CVE-2018-5702 Fix crash on handshake if establishing DH shared secret fails Fix crash when switching to next tracker during announcement Fix potential issue during password salt extraction in OOM situation Workaround glib_DEFUN- and glib_REQUIRE-related configuration issue Fix building against OpenSSL 1.1.0+ Mac Client : Fix uncaught exception when dragging multiple items between groups Don't hard-code libcrypto version to 0.9.8 in Xcode project
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Albabe
27 February 2018
Version: 2.92
C'mon Transmission. It's been Two Years since you've updated this app, and most of us are still a bit paranoid since your last Update was hacked so some Jerk could Ransom Our Computers back to Us..

Do something to make us feel like you give a crap, please.
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dklooney10
21 February 2018
Version: 2.92
Looks really good, great job!
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Max-G
31 January 2018
Version: 2.92
Now on v. 2.93 - https://transmissionbt.com/

But...

For me v. 2.92 was already problematic (i.e. low success in downloading), and now v. 2.93 appears not to be working at all.

Installed uTorrent which works flawlessly (beware of the adware it tries to install though!)

Probably the best BT-client now is BiglyBT.
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Derekcurrie
17 January 2018
Version: 2.92
There is a DANGEROUS SECURITY FLAW in Transmission v2.9.2 and earlier. It's likely that this security hole is present in other BitTorrent clients as well. IOW: *DON'T USE THIS* until the patched version is released ! ! ! (0_0) More on the security hole: BitTorrent users beware: Flaw lets hackers control your computer “Low complexity” hack for Transmission client may work against other clients, too. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/bittorrent-users-beware-flaw-lets-hackers-control-your-computer/
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Albabe
21 August 2017
Version: 2.92
I think Transmission is still the best Torrent Client for Mac. It's really simple and offers all the Function I've ever needed. The odd Problem is that it's very rarely Updated. The last Version, 2.92, was released Over a Year ago even though there are many quasi-Upgrades in their Night Builds. Very odd.
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1.5
Atalantia
04 October 2016
Version: 2.92
Nice interface but crap engine. I wasted long time with this client until I found out that qbittorent connects much quicker and finds peers where Transmission doesn't find any.
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Bdkennedy1
09 September 2016
Version: 2.92
Well, this was my favorite torrent client, but I simply can't trust it anymore. The first time was horrible. But a second time?
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Bdkennedy1
09 September 2016
Version: 2.92
Well, this was my favorite torrent client, but I simply can't trust it anymore. The first time was horrible. But a second time?
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
01 September 2016
Version: 2.92
MALWARE alter (again). Popular BitTorrent Client Transmission Gets Infected With Malware Again - http://gizmodo.com/mac-bittorrent-client-transmission-gets-infected-with-m-1785957214
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Panicman
17 April 2016
Version: 2.92
Have been using Transmission since Snow Leopard and I've never had a problem. The program is Intuitive, and just plain works. I don't know about "bells & whistles", I only know I've had zero problems for the past 8 years using the program. I don't think I've ever had a crash.
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Vyselegend
08 March 2016
Version: 2.92
transmission 2.92 - DO NOT INSTALL - BREAKS PERMISSIONS - Stalls reboot/breaks OS if executed A few hours after installing 2.92, my computer shut down without warning and when starting up, gave permissions errors about 'Security Agent can only be accessed by Apple software' - and wouldn't start up at all, forcing me to run permissions and disk repair checks via external drives until I could boot without T 2.92 running an active process. I know 2.92 was the issue because the problem shut down my OS with beach ball as I started up 2.92 again on a clean isntall. I remembered that 2.92 was to contain a script to eliminate the ransomware KeRanger and realized it might be working behind the scenes and causing a permissions/security issue. I realized T 2.92 was the issue and reverted back to 2.91, booted again and no problem this time.. 2.92 introduces its own security-breaching 'malware' to eliminate the ransomware packaged with 2.90 which can break your system entirely. Instead remove the 2.90 KeRanger malware using the manual methods outlined here: http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2016/03/new-os-x-ransomware-keranger-infected-transmission-bittorrent-client-installer/
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Mikael-B
07 March 2016
Version: 2.92
The currently available Transmission 2.92 won't start in El Capitan for me.
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Shk747
07 March 2016
Version: 2.90
ATTENTION: Read Immediately!!!! Everyone running 2.90 on OS X should immediately upgrade to and run 2.92, as they may have downloaded a malware-infected file. This new version will make sure that the “OSX.KeRanger.A” ransomware (more information available here) is correctly removed from your computer. Users of 2.91 should also immediately upgrade to and run 2.92. Even though 2.91 was never infected, it did not automatically remove the malware-infected file. Transmission 2.92
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0.5
bobbbdzxx
07 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Gee I have heard of malware before but nothing tops this, Transmission does not even give you the change to Accept or Decline the RANSOMWARE. Indefensible.
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0.5
Cyann
07 March 2016
Version: 2.90
New versions 2.90 to 2.92 are pieces of s...t. I didn't get any malware, but service is unavailable, it freezes, tracker gives bad answer and torrents disconnect by themselves. Very good job by the developper. :-(
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Leesa
07 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Can we get someone here a MacUpdate to pay attention, please!

As said a few times on this Thread, the 2.90 version may be infected with RansomWare.

Version 2.92 is available at Transmission's Site and removes the infested MalWare!

https://www.transmissionbt.com
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Octavius-Corn
07 March 2016
Version: 2.90
DO NOT DOWNLOAD VERSION 2.90! IT IS INFECTED WITH RANSOMWARE. http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2016/03/new-os-x-ransomware-keranger-infected-transmission-bittorrent-client-installer/
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Whytoi
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Critical: 2.90 has been identified to have been hacked with 'ransomware'. Do not download or particular run it. Update to 2.92 urgently! http://j.mp/1ULdH2E
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foto-2
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Version 2.9.0 may contain ransomware!

App update in 2.9.1 suggests installing 2.9.2

Reddit:


How to Protect Yourself

Users who have directly downloaded Transmission installer from official website after 11:00am PST, March 4, 2016 and before 7:00pm PST, March 5, 2016, may be been infected by KeRanger. If the Transmission installer was downloaded earlier or downloaded from any third party websites, we also suggest users perform the following security checks. Users of older versions of Transmission do not appear to be affected as of now.

We suggest users take the following steps to identify and remove KeRanger holds their files for ransom:

Using either Terminal or Finder, check whether /Applicaions/Transmission.app/Contents/Resources/ General.rtf or /Volumes/Transmission/Transmission.app/Contents/Resources/ General.rtf exist. If any of these exist, the Transmission application is infected and we suggest deleting this version of Transmission.

Using “Activity Monitor” preinstalled in OS X, check whether any process named “kernel_service” is running. If so, double check the process, choose the “Open Files and Ports” and check whether there is a file name like “/Users/<username>/Library/kernel_service” (Figure 12). If so, the process is KeRanger’s main process. We suggest terminating it with “Quit -> Force Quit”.

After these steps, we also recommend users check whether the files “.kernel_pid”, “.kernel_time”, “.kernel_complete” or “kernel_service” existing in ~/Library directory. If so, you should delete them.

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Sgginc
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
From Transmission website: Everyone running 2.90 on OS X should immediately upgrade to 2.91 or delete their copy of 2.90, as they may have downloaded a malware-infected file. See: https://www.transmissionbt.com/
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sspkjhjs
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
How about updating your entries if you list the apps and you're making money off it? Transmission 2.90 is malware ridden according to the developer's website. Transmission 2.91 is clean, apparently. "Everyone running 2.90 on OS X should immediately upgrade to 2.91 or delete their copy of 2.90, as they may have downloaded a malware-infected file. Using “Activity Monitor” preinstalled in OS X, check whether any process named “kernel_service” is running. If so, double check the process, choose the “Open Files and Ports” and check whether there is a file name like “/Users//Library/kernel_service”. If so, the process is KeRanger’s main process. We suggest terminating it with “Quit -> Force Quit”. " You've already started adding your own installer to a lot of apps you list and now you're linking to malware. Good job Macupdate and good riddance, Sourceforge needs a friend. I'm out! Also, for anyone interested: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-ransomware-idUSKCN0W80VX
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Funjoy
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
WARNING: Latest version is 2.91 Developer says if you downloaded 2.90 to trash it immediately because it has malware in it, and get the new version! According to forums as well as http://www.mackungfu.org/transmission-bittorrent-client-contains-malware "it’s been discovered that the OSX.KeRanger.A malware might’ve got into the update."
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neovo
06 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Everyone running 2.90 on OS X should immediately upgrade to 2.91, as they may have downloaded a malware-infected file.
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The-Equalizer
02 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Shows I'm connected to over 5000 seeders / downloaders, but nothing ever happens. The numbers crunch for 10 minutes, but nothing downloads. I keep downloading this and trying every update, but only because I also use the Windows version which seems quite speedy. uTorrent seems to work fine, although it has adware.
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Albabe
02 March 2016
Version: 2.90
I'm having pretty decent luck with this newest version 2.90. Much better than the last version over the last 2 years. This older version crashed every time I quit it.
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Xenedar
01 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Crashes every time a torrent completes. Which makes the queue pointless. Back to 2.84. :( It's got bugs, but at least I don't have to babysit every torrent through to completion.
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PunkNugget
01 March 2016
Version: 2.90
v2.84 was working just great, up until v2.90 that I installed today, but now lingers and won't launch. I'm running Mac OS X 10.8.5 and can't go higher because of the hardware limitations that I have, but that shouldn't matter as this software should still work. I have to give it 1 star until they fix this issue and then I'll review it again… :-(

PS - Thank goodness I had another copy of v2.84 on my backup drive. I just replaced v2.90 with my "older" version of v2.84 and it started right up, no problem.
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Purps
01 March 2016
Version: 2.90
Awesome. Welcome back!
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TomM4006
29 February 2016
Version: 2.90
Still hangs the whole machine when stopping downloads or the app, during downloading :-( Restart of computer needed. I switched to qBitTorrent now. That is very fast, takes a lot of CPU though..
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Fuhayer
29 February 2016
Version: 2.90
i really surprised the time i saw the update. thanks god they are alive :)
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Spudboy
29 February 2016
Version: 2.90
This was a surprise this morning.
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Leesa
29 February 2016
Version: 2.90
This brand new version (2.90) of Transmission didn't Crash when I just quit it! Yay!!!
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Samadams
28 January 2016
Version: 2.84
I've greatly appreciated Transmission and have used it for a number of years now. It's always been stable for me. I appreciate that it's a Mac app and that it looks and functions like a Mac app should, not like some Windows app that was ported to Mac but still looks and functions like a Windows app (many BT apps are just that). Sadly, I'll have to say goodbye to Transmission because of the lack of support for proxy settings. Transmission had proxy support up until 2010 and ver. 2.11, but they inexplicably dropped it. Well, actually there sort of was an explanation, but it was one of the most bogus explanations ever https://trac.transmissionbt.com/ticket/3817#comment:29 Dozens and dozens of Transmission users have been begging in the last 6 years for it's return, but to date there has been no credible explanation for why they won't do it. I can't trust a bittorrent app company that has so little regard for privacy and security, and their "solution" that we change our Network pref proxy settings is, for too many people, unworkable. In my case I don't want to proxy my entire connection, just torrenting. And so I'm now using qBittorrent. It's not as pretty but it does work, and no issues with setting up a proxy.
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