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WebTorrent Desktop Version History

v0.18.0

Added

  • Add a new "Transfers" menu for pausing or resuming all torrents (#1027)

Changed

  • Update Electron to 1.4.15
    • Windows 32-bit: App can use 4GB of memory instead of just 2GB
    • Fix "Portable App" writing crash reports to "%APPDATA%\Temp" (Windows)
  • Updated WebTorrent engine to 0.98.5
    • Fix issue where http web seeds would sometimes stall
    • Don't send 'completed' event to tracker again if torrent is already complete
    • Add more peer ID entropy
    • Set user-agent header for tracker http requests

Fixed

  • Fix paste shortcut in tracker list on Create Torrent page (#1112)
  • Auto-focus the 'OK' button in modal dialogs (#1058)
  • Fix formatting issue in the speed stats on the Player page (#1039)

v0.17.2 - 2016-10-10

Fixed

  • Windows: Fix impossible-to-delete "Wired CD" default torrent
  • Throttle browser-window 'move' and 'resize' events
  • Fix crash ("Cannot read property 'files' of null" error)
  • Fix crash ("TypeError: Cannot read property 'startPiece' of undefined")

v0.17.1 - 2016-10-03

Changed

  • Faster startup (improved by ~25%)
  • Update Electron to 1.4.2
  • Remove support for pasting multiple newline-separated magnet links
  • Reduce UX sound volume

Fixed

  • Fix external player (VLC, etc.) opening before HTTP server was ready
  • Windows (Portable App): Fix "Portable App" mode
    • Write application support files to the "Portable Settings" folder
    • Stop writing Electron "single instance" lock file to "%APPDATA%\Roaming\WebTorrent"
    • Some temp data is still written to "%APPDATA%\Temp" (will be fixed in future version)
  • Don't show pointer cursor on torrent list checkbox
  • Trim extra whitespace from magnet links pasted into "Open Torrent Address" dialog
  • Fix weird outline on 'Create Torrent' button

v0.17.0 - 2016-09-23

Added

  • Remember window size and position

Changed

  • Torrent list redesign
  • Quieter, more subtle sounds
  • Got rid of the play button spinner, now goes to the player immediately
  • Faster startup

Fixed

  • Fix bug where playback rate could go negative
  • Don't hide header when moused over player controls
  • Fix Delete Data File on Windows
  • Fix a sad, sad bug that resulted in 100+ MB config files
  • Fix app DMG background image

v0.16.0 - 2016-09-18

Added

  • Windows 64-bit support! (#931)
    • Existing 32-bit users will update to 64-bit automatically in next release
    • 64-bit reduces likelihood of out-of-memory errors by increasing the address space

Fixed

  • Mac: Fix background image on .DMG

v0.15.0 - 2016-09-16

Added

  • Option to start automatically on login
  • Add integration tests
  • Add more detailed telemetry to diagnose "buffer allocation failed"

Changed

  • Disable playback controls while in external player (#909)

Fixed

  • Fix several uncaught errors (#889, #891, #892)
  • Update to the latest webtorrent.js, fixing some more uncaught errors
  • Clicking on the "torrent finished" notification works again (#912)

v0.14.0 - 2016-09-03

Added

  • Autoplay through all files in a torrent (#871)
  • Torrents now have a progress bar (#844)

Changed

  • Modals now use Material UI
  • Torrent list style improvements

Fixed

  • Fix App.js crash in Linux (#882)
  • Fix error on Windows caused by setBadge (#867)
  • Don't crash when restarting after adding a magnet link (#869)
  • Restore playback state when reopening player (#877)

v0.13.1 - 2016-08-31

Fixed

  • Fixed the Create Torrent page

v0.13.0 - 2016-08-31

Added

  • Support .m4a audio
  • Better telemetry: log error versions, report more types of errors

Changed

  • New look - Material UI. Rewrote Create Torrent and Preferences pages.

Fixed

  • Fixed telemetry [object Object] and [object HTMLMediaElement] bugs
  • Don't render player controls when playing externally, eg in VLC
  • Don't play notification sounds during media playback

v0.12.0 - 2016-08-23

Added

  • Custom external media player
  • Linux: add system-wide launcher and icons for Debian, including Ubuntu

Changed

  • Telemetry improvements: redact stacktraces, log app version

Fixed

  • Fix playback and download of default torrents ("missing path" error) (#804)
  • Fix Delete Torrent + Data for newly added magnet links
  • Fix jumpToTime error (#804)

v0.11.0 - 2016-08-19

Added

  • New Preference to "Set WebTorrent as default handler for torrents and magnet links" (#771)
  • New Preference to "Always play in VLC" (#674)
  • Check for missing default download path and torrent folders on start up (#776)

Changed

  • Do not automatically set WebTorrent as the default handler for torrents (#771)
  • Torrents can only be created from the home screen (#770)
  • Update Electron to 1.3.3 (#772)

Fixed

  • Allow modifying the default tracker list on the Create Torrent page (#775)
  • Prevent opening multiple stacked Preference windows or Create Torrent windows (#770)
  • Windows: Player window auto-resize does not match video aspect ratio (#565)
  • Missing page title on Create Torrent page

v0.10.0 - 2016-08-05

Added

  • Drag-and-drop magnet links (selected text) is now supported (#284)
  • Windows: Add "User Tasks" shortcuts to app icon in Start Menu (#114)
  • Linux: Show badge count for completed torrent downloads

Changed

  • Change WebTorrent Desktop peer ID prefix to 'WD' to distinguish from WebTorrent in the browser, 'WW' (#688)
  • Switch UI to React to improve UI rendering speed (#729)
    • The primary bottleneck was actually hyperx, not virtual-dom.
  • Update Electron to 1.3.2 (#738) (#739) (#740) (#747) (#756)
    • Mac 10.9: Fix the fullscreen button showing
    • Mac 10.9: Fix window having border
    • Mac 10.9: Fix occasional crash
    • Mac: Update Squirrel.Mac to 0.2.1 (fixes situations in which updates would not get applied)
    • Mac: Fix window not showing in Window menu
    • Mac: Fix context menu always choosing first item by default
    • Linux: Fix startup crashes (some Linux distros)
    • Linux: Fix menubar not hiding after entering fullscreen (some Linux distros)
  • Improved location history (back/forward buttons) to fix rare exceptions (#687) (#748)

Fixed

  • When streaming to VLC, set VLC window title to torrent file name (#746)
  • Fix "Cannot read property 'numPiecesPresent' of undefined" exception (#695)
  • Fix rare case where config file could not be completely written (#733)

v0.9.0 - 2016-07-20

Added

  • Save selected subtitles
  • Ask for confirmation before deleting torrents
  • Support Debian Jessie

Changed

  • Only send telemetry in production
  • Clean up the code. Split main.js, refactor lots of things

Fixed

  • Fix state.playing.jumpToTime behavior
  • Remove torrent file and poster image when deleting a torrent

v0.8.1 - 2016-06-24

Added

  • New URI handler: stream-magnet

Fixed

  • DLNA crashing bug

v0.8.0 - 2016-06-23

Added

  • Cast menu: choose which Chromecast, Airplay, or DLNA device you want to use
  • Telemetry: send basic data, plus stats on how often the play button works
  • Make posters from jpeg files, not just jpg
  • Support .wmv video via Play in VLC
  • Windows thumbnail bar with a play/pause button

Changed

  • Nicer modal styles

Fixed

  • Windows tray icon now stays in the right state

v0.7.2 - 2016-06-02

Fixed

  • Fix exception that affects users upgrading from v0.5.1 or older
    • Ensure state.saved.prefs configuration exists
  • Fix window title on "About WebTorrent" window

v0.7.1 - 2016-06-02

Changed

  • Change "Step Forward" keyboard shortcut to Alt+Left (Windows)
  • Change "Step Backward" keyboard shortcut to to Alt+Right (Windows)

Fixed

  • First time startup bug -- invalid torrent/poster paths

v0.7.0 - 2016-06-02

Added

  • Improved AirPlay support -- using the new airplayer package
  • Remember volume setting in player, for as long as the app is open

Changed

  • Add (+) button now also accepts non .torrent files and creates a torrent from those files
  • Show prompt text in title bar for open dialogs (OS X)
  • Upgrade Electron to 1.2.1
    • Improve window resizing when aspect ratio is enforced (OS X)
    • Use .ico format for better icon rendering quality (Windows)
    • Fix crash reporter not working (Windows)

Fixed

  • Re-enable WebRTC (web peers)! (OS X, Windows)
    • Windows support was disabled in v0.6.1 to work around a bug in Electron
    • OS X support was disabled in v0.4.0 to work around a 100% CPU bug
  • Fix subtitle selector radio button UI size glitch
  • Fix race condition causing exeption on app startup
  • Fix duplicate torrent detection in some cases
  • Fix "gray screen" exception caused by incorrect file list order
  • Fix torrent loading message UI misalignment

Known issues

  • When upgrading to WebTorrent Desktop v0.7.0, some torrent metadata (file list, selected files, whether torrent is streamable) will be cleared. Just start the torrent to re-populate the metadata.

v0.6.1 - 2016-05-26

Fixed

  • Disable WebRTC to work around Electron crash (Windows)
    • Will be re-enabled in the next version of WebTorrent, which will be based on the next version of Electron, where the bug is fixed.
  • Fix crash when updating from WebTorrent 0.5.x in some situtations (#583)
  • Fix crash when dropping files onto the dock icon (OS X)
  • Fix keyboard shortcuts Space and ESC being captured globally (#585)
  • Fix crash, show error when drag-dropping hidden files (#586)

v0.6.0 - 2016-05-24

Added

  • Added Preferences page to set Download folder
  • Save video position, resume playback from saved position
  • Add additional video player keyboard shortcuts (#275)
  • Use poster.jpg file as the poster image if available (#558)
  • Associate .torrent files to WebTorrent Desktop (OS X) (#553)
  • Add support for pasting instant.io links (#559)
  • Add announcement feature

Changed

  • Nicer player UI
  • Reduce startup jank, improve startup time (#568)
  • Cleanup unsupported codec detection (#569, #570)
  • Cleaner look for the torrent file list
  • Improve subtitle positioning (#551)

Fixed

  • Fix Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'update' of undefined (#567)
  • Fix bugs in LocationHistory
    • When player is active, and magnet link is pasted, go back to list
    • After deleting torrent, remove just the player from forward stack
    • After creating torrent, remove create torrent page from forward stack
    • Cancel button on create torrent page should only go back one page

v0.5.1 - 2016-05-18

Fixed

  • Fix auto-updater (OS X, Windows).

v0.5.0 - 2016-05-17

Added

  • Select/deselect individual files to torrent.
  • Automatically include subtitle files (.srt, .vtt) from torrent in the subtitles menu.
  • "Add Subtitle File..." menu item.

Changed

  • When manually adding subtitle track(s), always switch to the new track.

Fixed

  • Magnet links throw exception on app launch. (OS X)
  • Multi-file torrents would not seed in-place, were copied to Downloads folder.
  • Missing 'About WebTorrent' menu item. (Windows)
  • Rare exception. ("Cannot create BrowserWindow before app is ready")

v0.4.0 - 2016-05-13

Added

  • Better Windows support!
    • Windows 32-bit build.
    • Windows Portable App build.
    • Windows app signing, for fewer install warnings.
  • Better Linux support!
    • Linux 32-bit build.
  • Subtitles support!
    • .srt and .vtt file support.
    • Drag-and-drop files on video, or choose from file selector.
    • Multiple subtitle files support.
  • Stream to VLC when the audio codec is unplayable (e.g. AC3, EAC3).
  • "Show in Folder" item in context menu.
  • Volume slider, with mute/unmute button.
  • New "Create torrent" page to modify:
    • Torrent comment.
    • Trackers.
    • Private torrent flag.
  • Use mouse wheel to increase/decrease volume.
  • Bounce the Downloads stack when download completes. (OS X)
  • New default torrent on first launch: The WIRED CD.

Changed

  • Improve app startup time by 40%.
  • UI tweaks: Reduce font size, reduce torrent list item height.
  • Add Playback menu for playback-related functionality.
  • Fix installing when the app is already installed. (Windows)
  • Don't kill unrelated processes on uninstall. (Windows)
  • Set "sheet offset" correctly for create torrent dialog. (OS X)
  • Remove OS X-style Window menu. (Linux, Windows)
  • Remove "Add Fake Airplay/Chromecast" menu items.

Fixed

  • Disable WebRTC to fix 100% CPU usage/crashes caused by Chromium issue. This is temporary. (OS X)
  • When fullscreen, make controls use the full window. (OS X)
  • Support creating torrents that contain .torrent files.
  • Block power save while casting to a remote device.
  • Do not block power save when the space key is pressed from the torrent list.
  • Support playing .mpg and .ogv extensions in the app.
  • Fix video centering for multi-screen setups.
  • Show an error when adding a duplicate torrent.
  • Show an error when adding an invalid magnet link.
  • Do not stop music when tabbing to another program (OS X)
  • Properly size the Windows volume mixer icon.
  • Default to the user's OS-defined, localized "Downloads" folder.
  • Enforce minimimum window size when resizing player to prevent window disappearing.
  • Fix rare race condition error on app quit.
  • Don't use zero-byte torrent "poster" images.

Thanks to @grunjol, @rguedes, @furstenheim, @karloluis, @DiegoRBaquero, @alxhotel, @AgentEpsilon, @remijouannet, Rolando Guedes, @dcposch, and @feross for contributing to this release!

v0.3.3 - 2016-04-07

Fixed

  • App icon was incorrect (OS X)

v0.3.2 - 2016-04-07

Added

  • Register WebTorrent as default handler for magnet links (OS X)

Changed

  • Faster startup time (50ms)
  • Update Electron to 0.37.5
    • Remove the white flash when loading pages and resizing the window
    • Fix crash when sending IPC messages

Fixed

  • Fix installation bugs with .deb file (Linux)
  • Pause audio reliably when closing the window
  • Enforce minimimum window size when resizing player (for audio-only .mov files, which are 0x0)

v0.3.1 - 2016-04-06

Added

  • Add crash reporter to torrent engine process

Fixed

  • Fix cast screen background: cover, don't tile

v0.3.0 - 2016-04-06

Added

  • Ubuntu/Debian support! (.deb installer)
  • DLNA streaming support
  • Add "File > Quit" menu item (Linux)
  • App uninstaller (Windows)
  • Crash reporting

Changed

  • On startup, do not re-verify files when timestamps are unchanged
  • Moved torrent engine to an independent process, for better UI performance
  • Removed media queries (UI resizing based on window width)
  • Improved Chromecast icon, when connected

Fixed

  • "Download Complete" notification shows consistently
  • Create new torrents and seed them without copying to temporary folder
  • Clicking the "Download Complete" notification will always activate app
  • Fixed harmless "-psn_###" error on first app startup
  • Hide play buttons on unplayable torrents
  • Better error handling when Chromecast/Airplay cannot connect
  • Show player controls immediately on mouse move
  • When creating a torrent, show it in UI immediately
  • Stop casting to TV when player is closed
  • Torrent engine: Fixed memory leaks in torrent-discovery and bittorrent-tracker
  • Torrent engine: Fixed sub-optimal tcp/webrtc connection timeouts
  • Torrent engine: Throttle web seed connections to maximum of 4

Thanks to @dcposch, @grunjol, and @feross for contributing to this release.

v0.2.0 - 2016-03-29

Added

  • Minimise to tray (Windows, Linux)
  • Show spinner and download speed when player is stalled waiting for data
  • Highlight window on drag-and-drop
  • Show notification to update to new app version (Linux)
    • We have an auto-updater for Windows and Mac. We don't have one for Linux yet, so Linux users need to download new versions manually.

Changed

  • Renamed WebTorrent.app to WebTorrent Desktop
  • Add Cosmos Laundromat as a default torrent

Fixed

  • Only capture media keys when player is active
  • Update WebTorrent to 0.88.1 for performance improvements
    • When seeding, do not proactively connect to new peers
    • When seeding, do not accept new peers from peer exchange (ut_pex)
    • Fixed leaks, and other improvements that result in less garbage collection

Thanks to @dcposch, @ungoldman, and @feross for contributing to this release.

v0.1.1 - 2016-03-28

  • Performance improvements
    • Improve app startup time by over 100%
    • Reduce the number of DOM updates substantially
    • Update UI immediately anytime state is changed, instead on 1 second interval
  • Added right-click menu
    • Save .torrent File
    • Copy Instant.io Link to Clipboard
    • Copy Magnet Link to Clipbaord
  • Added keyboard shortcut for volume up (⌘/Ctrl + ↑) and volume down (⌘/Ctrl + ↓)
  • Add desktop launcher shortcuts, like OS X has, for KDE and GNOME (Linux)
  • Add "About" window (Windows, Linux)
  • Better default window size that fits all the default torrents
  • Fixed
    • Crash when ".local/share/{applications,icons}" path did not exist (Linux)
    • WebTorrent executable can be moved without breaking torrents in the client
    • Video progress bar shows progress for current file, not full torrent
    • Video player window shows file title instead of torrent title

Thanks to @dcposch, @ungoldman, @rom1504, @grunjol, @Flet, and @feross for contributing to this release.

v0.1.0 - 2016-03-25

  • Windows support!
    • Includes auto-updater, just like the OS X version.
    • Installs desktop and start menu shortcuts.
  • Audio file support!
    • Supports playback of .mp3, .aac, .ogg, .wav
    • Audio file metadata gets shown in the UI
  • Top menu is no longer automatically hidden (Windows)
  • When magnet links are opened from third-party apps, the WebTorrent window now gets focus.
  • Subtler app sounds.
  • Fix for an issue that caused some magnet links to fail to open.

NOTE: OS X users must install v0.1.0 manually because the app bundle ID was changed in this release, and the auto-updater cannot handle this condition.

Thanks to @dcposch, @ungoldman, and @feross for contributing to this release.

v0.0.1 - 2016-03-21

  • Wait 10 seconds (instead of 60 seconds) after app launch before checking for updates.

v0.0.0 - 2016-03-21

The first official release of WebTorrent Desktop, the streaming torrent client for OS X, Windows, and Linux. For now, we're only releasing binaries for OS X.

WebTorrent Desktop is in ALPHA and under very active development – expect lots more polish in the coming weeks! If you know JavaScript and want to help us out, there's lots to do!

Features

  • Lightweight, fast torrent client
  • Beautiful user experience
  • Instantly stream video and audio from torrents!
    • WebTorrent fetches file pieces from the network on-demand, for instant playback.
    • Even when the file is not fully downloaded, seeking still works! (Seeking just reprioritizes what pieces are fetched from the network.)
  • Stream videos to AirPlay and Chromecast
  • Pure Javascript, so it's very easy to contribute code!
  • Based on the most popular and comprehensive torrent package in Node.js, webtorrent.
  • Lots of features, without the bloat:
    • Opens magnet links and .torrent files
    • Drag-and-drop makes adding torrents easy!
    • Seed files/folders by dragging them onto the app
    • Discovers peers via tracker servers, DHT (Distributed Hash Table), and peer exchange
    • Make the video window "float on top" for watching video while you work!
    • Supports WebTorrent protocol – for connecting to WebRTC peers (i.e. web browsers)