uTorrent Gets Extensions Framework

Martin Brinkmann
May 15, 2010
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

The uTorrent team has released a first alpha preview version (utorrent 2.2 beta 19640) codenamed Griffin that integrates a web-based extensions framework into the Bittorrent client. These apps, which only consist of HTML and JavaScript, are displayed using the existing browser that was extended for this new functionality.

This in theory should make it easy for third party developers to create apps for uTorrent that users can integrate into their Bittorrent client.

Apps have access to all the functionality of the client according to the developers. The apps come with the new file extension .btapp. Examples given in the project announcement are:

  • Offer a simple and more integrated way for consumers to find and download different types of content
  • Integrate with external programs which can provide services like BitTorrent-specific anti-virus
  • Offer UI for a broad range of applications that simplify the experience or extend functionality

A total of four apps are already available for the preview version of uTorrent 2.2. Apps are accessible from within the bittorrent client by clicking on the Apps section in the left sidebar.

The four available apps are:

  • Virus Guard by Bitdefender: A free virus scanner that works from within Bittorrent.
  • Raptr Free Games: Play free games
  • uGadet: Torrenting features from within Internet Explorer or firefox browser like monitoring and controlling downloads.
  • VODO: brings movies to uTorrent

This new apps framework raises a few questions including performance and relevancy related questions. Windows users who want to give uTorrent 2.2 Beta a try can download the new client from uTorrent Labs.


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  1. Druntar said on June 16, 2010 at 5:40 am

    You know I’m a little late to the party, but Martin did a fine job reporting on this. All it takes is a simple google search for “utorrent 2.2” and you can easily pull up the labs page detailing everything Martin mentioned. All it takes is a little time anon. Maybe you should start checking YOUR sources. Good find Martin and thanks for the heads up. As an avid utorrent fan I’m looking forward to version 2.2 now thank you.

  2. Anonymous said on May 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Here we go yet again. Martin, why do you insist in publishing information that clearly does NOT exist? You cannot handle the criticism, despite me asking you provide the evidence.

    These Apps simply don’t exist. I’ve visited the uTorrent Labs and there is no sign of them to be found. I had to do a google search for some of them, and still they don’t show.

    Is this really some kind of ego boost for you? Is it really too much to ask you to verify your information before you go wasting people’s time?

    As I said before, I’m not the only one to challenge you on this. You must accept some responsibility.

    1. Martin said on May 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Stop trolling. What part of “Apps are accessible from within the bittorrent client by clicking on the Apps section in the left sidebar.” don’t you understand?

  3. BalaC said on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Great additions !!!

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