Introducing BitTorrent Surf

For the past six months, we’ve been working on a new web client alpha. Today, we’re excited to invite you to try it. Say hi to Surf. And start downloading content, directly from your browser.

BitTorrent Surf is an extension for Chrome that allows for in-browser discovery and downloading.

The Surf demo video. The soundtrack: Swing On Low, by Willis Earl Beal. With thanks to the artist, and our friends over at Hot Charity / XL Recordings.

 
Here’s how it works:

Surf’s powerful integrated search function allows for site auto-detection. Know what you like already? Awesome. Custom discovery’s built in. Save your favorite sites, and use them to create your own combined engine.

Once you find the content you want, Surf measures and displays the health of the torrent file; helping you to select the best quality media.

Then, keep it all in Chrome. Surf allows you to download and manage files from within your browser.

Surf’s still in its early stages. Your feedback and input will help us build something sick. So, get your feet wet. Try it out. Put it to work. And let us know what you think.

Surf’s up at the Chrome Web Store: http://bit.ly/TNyGmn

Happy downloading,

The Surf Team.

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58 Responses to “Introducing BitTorrent Surf”

  1. Richard

    Hi,

    Just checking this out at the moment. Can you give more information on Surf Mobile and what that will do when released? What platforms will it be compatible with etc.

    Reply
    • kara3murphy

      Will BitTorrent Surf come to Mobile? Time will tell. We’re focused on this Alpha for the moment. But we’ll keep you updated.

      Reply
  2. Ramin

    It doesn’t allow me to install it on my “Chromium OS”. Why is that the case?
    Is it really a chrome app or a native app with chrome app face?

    Reply
    • kara3murphy

      Hey, BitTorrent Surf installs on the browser as an extension. It is not a native app.

      Reply
  3. glassd

    Thanks for announcing something cool to add to chrome and then not let me install it… What is this about it not being supported on my computer? It’s a brand new Windows laptop running the newest Chrome. How can it not be supported?

    Reply
  4. David Walton

    Can’t install in Chrome Version 24.0.1312.52 m on Windows 8 – when accessing the extension in the Chrome web-store, the error “This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled.” is displayed.

    Reply
  5. Khalid

    Sadly I can’t install it on the latest gen Samsung Chromebook.
    The Torque executable (as with your last Chrome extension) is required.

    I appreciate that this is progress, but please make your next release BitTorrent Web, or something else I could use on a Chromebook.

    Know what would be really cool? A Native Client-compatible BitTorrent client that saves directly to Google Drive. I’m not sure if Google’s terms of service or API terms would allow that, but it sure would be cool.

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    • kara3murphy

      Thanks for the feedback. This product is still in Alpha and we appreciate the suggestions, will take them into consideration. 🙂

      Reply
    • Jake

      I agree with Khalid. The second I heard about this browser-based torrent client, I rushed over to install it on my S550 Chromebook (not supported). I would LOVE to use this product on my Chromebook.

      Reply
      • Rafael

        Same here. Chromebook Samsung series 3 and hoping to get the next release.

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    • kara3murphy

      Sites can be discovered organically just by visiting the site. Or, you can type in the domain in to the Add Site dialogue and Surf will notify you whether or not it’s a valid site.

      Reply
  6. meggawat

    I keep getting the error “An error has occurred: Download was not a CRX” when I try to add to Chrome (Win 7, Chrome Version 24.0.1312.52 m).

    Reply
  7. Thecla

    Hello,

    Currently using Bit Torent surf, but I am not able to change the download location. I do not want Surf to automatically download on the drive where my OS is placed. How can I change that. I connot push the browse button in the pop up screen I get when using set down load options.

    And the second question is. Can I remove the program Bit Torrent that I am normally using for downloading?

    Thanks for any help.

    Reply
    • kara3murphy

      The download location button triggers a dialog that may pop behind the browser window and in some instances on a Mac with multiple monitors configured… will pop behind windows on the second monitor. The behavior of the select folder dialog is different on Mac and PC as it is an OS dialog…

      Can you provide any more info?

      Reply
      • Thecla

        Thanks kara,

        Thanks for you reply.

        I did not think of the possibility that a pop up screen might appear behind my browser’s page. But it did and I could change my download location.

        I am very pleased with this extension.

        Regards,
        Thecla

        Reply
  8. Jackie

    How to remove it cleanly? When I remove this extension on Chrome, a progress called “Torque” is still in my system, and Torque become my default BT program.

    Reply
  9. LJMXQ

    Hi Guyz!
    Could you tell me if this app will be available for other Browsers?
    Regards,

    LJMXQ

    Reply
  10. Ivar

    When I try to add the extension from the Chrome Web store, I get an error message that the download is not a CRX. I am running Windows Vista and the latest version of Chrome. Any help would be appreciated.

    Reply
  11. Carol1947

    Hi there.
    Well, I’m an old lady in my 60’s, & I was able to get the add-on so easily. I’ve been playing around with it & it’s fantastic!
    Thank you for all the work that’s been put in to this extension.

    Reply
  12. Luxxe

    Excellent work! Been waiting on something like this for a long time. A few suggestions I hope will be worked out before the stable release:

    1. Full Windows 8 support is a must
    2. Chrome OS support should be included since it is a Chrome extension

    Reply
  13. Skyler

    I have a question. Chrome user here on Windows 7, I installed Surf then downloaded a torrent and it automatically made surf the default handler for torrent and magnet links. I want to make utorrent my default for that. It is still the default according to Windows but when I’m in Chrome and I click a magnet link from a website, it doesn’t automatically add it to utorrent even after uninstalling Surf.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    thanks

    Reply
  14. Ettore

    When trying to install this extension on my Samsung series 5 550 Chromebook I get the following message “This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled.”

    Reply
  15. Mason Cravens

    theres not even the “add to chrome” button :/

    Acer C7 Chromebook

    Reply

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