BitTorrent still proves as popular as ever as a means of download files, particularly those that are large. Making use of the BitTorrent protocol usually means having to install a torrent client, but this is not always the case. For some time now, Opera users have been able to take advantage of built in torrent support and this is something that BitTorrent Surf brings to users of Chrome and Firefox.
The extension functions as a browser-based client and can be used to not only download and manage files as they come in, but also search for content that you might want to download. It is possible to add your favorite sites to the list of search engines so you can look for files across multiple sites with ease.
The fact that there is no need to visit a particular site in order to see whether it has the files you are looking for is a great time saver, as is being able to search more than one torrent source at the same time. When you have found what you’re looking for, just click the download link and the transfer will begin just as with a regular download.
To help you to ensure that torrent downloads do not completely saturate your connection if you are also trying to use the web for other things, or to enable you to use your connection to its full potential, control over upload and download rates is available.
With search results displaying the overall health of a torrent, you can see at a glance which is the best one to go for, again without the need to jump from site to site. This extension may not grant you quite the level of control over your downloads as a dedicated client, but it does have all of the essentials covered so it could very easily replace whichever client you are currently using.