Introducing Apps for µTorrent

Today, we are very excited to unveil Apps for µTorrent as part of a new project codenamed Griffin. Apps for µTorrent is a brand new web-based extensions framework that makes it easy for users to get more and do more with µTorrent without compromising the client’s renowned lightness and speed. Moreover, it also makes it easy for publishers to incorporate content and services into a simple user experience that integrates seamlessly with the client.

With Apps, users can browse and download content without ever leaving the client, while also having the option to add powerful extended features like virus scanning or browser-based control. The best part is that Apps for µTorrent opens up the platform for 3rd party developers to add popular and useful features that can be built with standard web technologies and distributed as simple downloadable files, which can be added or removed from µTorrent as easily as a torrent file can be.

Working closely with partners we have already developed several free apps that are available to users to try immediately. These include:

– VirusGuard for BitTorrent – A free virus scanner powered by BitDefender that provides a critical layer of protection without wasting resources on a full disk scan;
– Raptr Free Games –  Easy browsing and downloading of the world’s most popular free-to-play games;
– VODO – Discover great, free movies from creators who WANT to share their work;
µGadget – Monitor and control torrent downloads more easily from your browser and add torrents with one click.

This project was born out of a desire to extend the client’s features while keeping it as lean as possible. Apps are a new type of file with a .btapp suffix that consists entirely of HTML and Javascript and can be added to the client and displayed using an embedded browser window, so very little extra code is needed. Additionally, the web-based extensions framework allows for easy extensibility by 3rd party developers through a simple API, so they can access all the functionality of the client and offer a simple and more integrated way for consumers to find and download different types of content as well as integrate with external programs that add new functionality.

The Griffin Project is being launched as part of our larger portfolio of projects that we are calling µTorrent Labs, which exposes users to very early versions of new projects we are working on. µTorrent Labs is also a way for us to include users in our research and development process by giving them a voice to tell us what they like and what features that they would like see in future iterations. Remember, these products are experimental so there may be some bumps along the way. Enjoy, and we look forward to your feedback!

-Simon-

6 Comments

  1. Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Will this feature be somewhat like how Firefox manages addons? Will it be available for the OSX version of uTorrent?

  2. Posted May 14, 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Yes – somewhat similar to Firefox addons or Google Chrome extensions.
    We plan to make it available in uT Mac in due course, but timeframe not set just yet.

    • Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I look forward to observing the progress!

  3. Tom
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    Terrible idea

  4. Posted May 14, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great news! Will this finally bring the ability to expose RSS feeds from the app via the webui? That has always been a pain point for me, being able to view/add torrents from feeds only in the app itself.

    Also, will this end up having any fundamental changes on the existing webui? I am the author of µGrowl (http://iphoneworld.codinghut.com/ugrowl/) and am wondering what if any impact this might have on my existing users. Though it will be nice to finally integrate it directly with the app 🙂

  5. Sven
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How can I share movies with bit torrent ?
    While I make use of existing movies I would like to share new releases.

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