When downloading files online, torrents are an extremely popular system for quick peer-to-peer file sharing. However, downloading torrent files on a Mac requires specialized software and needs three essential pieces. You need a torrent website, a Mac torrent downloader and a movie player.
Part I. Best Torrent websites for Mac
EZTV: EZTV is a great website specifically designed for downloading television shows. The interface is easy to use and the torrents are laid out by their air date which makes it really nice to find the show you are looking for. If you are like me you think about television in terms of what night what show is on then EZTV is great.
THE PIRATE BAY: THE PIRATE BAY brings a huge list of all kinds of torrent files from across the web. It is made up of many different users who upload torrents to the site. This can be very good for variety but can also be very bad for finding the right torrents.
Part 2. How to download torrent movies for Mac
Open a Web browser window (safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Go to a torrent hosting website listed above. Use the site's search box to find the movie you wish to download. When searching, note the seeds and peers counts listed on the movie torrent files. Peers are other downloaders like you, while seeds are those who already have the movie file and are sharing it with the peers.
Download the movie's torrent file. Note that this is not the actual movie, but rather a file used by a torrent downloading application to download the movie file. Open a new window in your Internet browser and use a search engine to find a torrent downloader application for Mac.
Here are some free torrent clients for Mac:
A BitTorrent client is a program that manages torrent downloads and uploads using the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent is the global standard for accessing rich media over the Internet. It supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.
UTorrent is one of the most popular programs used to open torrent files and can exchange data between hundreds or even thousands of people from just one file. UTorrent was primarily focused on using the Windows operating system; however Mac uTorrent software is being developed and is available for download.
Part 3. How to Play/Open Torrent Files on a Mac
Once you have downloaded a torrent, however, you may have to convert, unzip or decompress the file before it is available for playing on a Mac and Apple device. With the Mac video converter application, which is available for both Mac and PC computers, you can convert torrent movie files into MPEG format. MPEG video files typically have .mp4 or .m4v extensions and can be played in iTunes and on devices like iPad, iPhone and iPods.
Step 1: Download iFunia Video Converter for Mac, install and run
Step 2: Click "Add Files" to import the downloaded torrent video files you want to play on Mac.
Step 3: Choose the right preset for your portable device in the "Output Format" drop-down menu. Then click folder icon of
"Destination" to choose the folder your want to save the converted files.
Step 4: Hit "Start" to convert torrent movies to your Mac.