Can I Download Torrents on a Chromebook?

Published on by Jim Mendenhall

Torrents Chromebook

Short Answer:

Yes! While Chromebooks do not come pre-installed with BitTorrent software, you can download JSTorrent from the Chrome Web Store for $2.99.

Long Answer:

There are several torrent apps available for Chrome OS. The most popular and robust option is JSTorrent. The software is open source and can be downloaded for free from Github. Installing from Github requires some extra steps that may be confusing to new users and also requires manual updating. If you purchase through the Chrome Web Store, installation is simple and updates are automatic and syncronized between all of your Chrome instances.

JSTorrent also works on the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Chrome. This may be useful for quickly downloading a torrent on a computer where you do not want to install a full-blown torrent client or where you do not have administrative privileges to install software.