How to install uTorrent in OS X

by Ross McKillop on August 15, 2007

Bittorrent Mac

Update: uTorrent is now available for OS X without having to install Darwine (which is the method used in this tutorial).

Another name for this tutorial could be “how to install Windows programs in OS X without buying Crossover“. Or “how to use Darwine to install Windows programs in OS X”. But this tutorial will take you step-by-step through installing uTorrent (which is currently Windows-only) via Darwine – an OS X port of Wine.

Before your start:

  1. Install X11 in OS X, if it isn’t already
  2. Download Darwine
  3. Download uTorrent for Windows

Installing Darwine and uTorrent in OS X

  1. Unpack Darwine and drag the entire Darwine folder to your Applications. Then locate and double-click the WineHelper.app file in the Darwine folder.
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  3. A small Process Window will appear. You can minimize it to your Dock or just ignore it.
  4. utorrent in os x

  5. From the WineHelper menu, select Application -> Open…
  6. utorrent in os x

  7. Navigate to the utorrent.exe file, select it, and click Open.
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  9. A bunch of text will fly by in the Wine Log window. Ignore it.
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  11. And you’ll be prompted to install uTorrent. Leaving the shortcut boxes checked is fine, but you clearly won’t have a “start menu” shortcut when the installation is done (though you will have a desktop shortcut).
  12. utorrent in os x

  13. That’s it. uTorrent will launch and ask if you’d like it to be the default application for opening .torrent files.
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  15. Select your Connection speed etc, and click the Use Selected Settings button.
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  17. You should also notice a shortcut to uTorrent on your desktop.
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  19. And now you can use uTorrent in OS X :)
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  21. Darwine is also able to run many other Windows programs. Probably not as many as Crossover, but the price is right.
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  • http://thisismyinter.net NoOneButMe

    Hey – Saw you linked to Darwine from me.. Just a tip to make it work better from your Darwine Output – Install/Create the Symlink for Freetype2(“ln -s /Developer/SDKsMacOSX10.4u.sdk/usr/X11R6/lib/libfreetype.* /usr/lib/*” to create a Symlink if you have XCode installed. If not, you can install it via Fink/MacPorts and create a symlink with those install locations ).
    Also, having Fontforge is useful and should prevent some errors.

  • http://www.sameagain.net Jasper

    Is it possible to use right click in darwine apps? I’m using a macbook pro and ctrl click isn’t working

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  • Gloria

    Hi, I’m using macbook…and when i try to install X11 it says that i have a newer version already? is there a way for me to install it anyway? or…is there anything i can do so i can use Utorrent? thanks!

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Gloria,

    If you go to Applications -> Utilities is X11 already there? If so, you can just skip that step as you already have it installed..

  • Marcio

    I have installed Utorrent on my mac….but I m not able to see the files on my browser…Do you know if it will use Safari or I have to install some program winehelper???

  • Ben

    FANTASTIC!!! I was struggling with Darwine for some unfathomable reason until I came across this page. Just wanted to express my gratitude for a job well done.

  • Andy

    I downloaded darwine successfully, but when i go to open and install utorrent it says it is unable to locate X11.app. Can anyone help me on installing that

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  • bob micboby

    hey guy i try to do this and i do have x11 and Darwin but when i do it after a while of the loading page doesn’t go and says something about an error and look at login page plezzz i sue azureus and it sukz i neeed this plez help

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Bob -

    I tried to email you but it bounced – what’s the exact error you’re getting? Can you copy/paste it here? Thanks!

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  • preston

    i cant open darwine becasue it says the application does not support this system, what does that mean? i have a g4 osx11+ and am running on 1.3ghz

  • Dan

    When I open the downloaded darwine folder winehelper application icon has a no entry type icon over it, when trying to open the message says not supported by this system, 10.4.10 g4 ppc can u help thanks

  • guy

    how do you scan for the virus when puting it on macs? because i know you have to for windows.

  • Lynn Wade

    When I open the downloaded darwine folder winehelper application when trying to open the message says not supported by this system, 10.4.10 g4 ppc can u help thanks

  • sharni

    i have x11 installed and darwine but when it says that a prompt will magically appear and ask to install utorrent nothing happens! i’m so sad i just spent about 45mins trying to install all this stuff and right at the end it simply doesn’t work!:(

  • sergio

    he estado tratando, seguí todos los pasos pero al final no me abre el utorrent para instalarlo.

    si alguno me puede ayudar se lo agradecería mucho.

  • Victoria

    i have x11 installed and darwine but when it says that a prompt will magically appear and ask to install utorrent nothing happens! i’m so sad i just spent about 45mins trying to install all this stuff and right at the end it simply doesn’t work!:(

    Comment by sharni — October 23, 2007 @ 1:08 am

    I have the exact same problem, I’ve been looking through the coding and it supports some error saying it couldn’t load main module. The error information shows up after the http://www.freetype.org in the information log box for wine. I noticed in the guided pictures it was using xterm to support and install utorrent, I wasn’t sure if it was a problem with my xterm, if it was an error installing it or if i should try to install it again (because it had seemed to instal smoothly and without error when I did it),or what the problem could possibly be. If someone could please help, I could send you more information or copy and paste the log info.

    Thank you in advance.

  • yourfaceisrandom

    HEY PPLZ IM TRYIN TO OPEN PIVOT.EXE IN WINEHELPER BUT…

    file:///Users/kim/Desktop/Picture%201.png

    file:///Users/kim/Desktop/Picture%202.png

    file:///Users/kim/Desktop/Picture%203.png

    file:///Users/kim/Desktop/Picture%204.png

    click on each of em to see whats goin on

  • Yasmeen

    Hi, im having the same problem as Jasper, cannot use the right click on the utorrent, how come the ctrl click doesnt work? plse help,
    also; the utorrent keeps on getting stuck, it justs stops everything, u cqnt click on anything for a while then it fixes itself all of sudden?! plse help!!

  • Yasmeen

    Hi!
    did u find the solution to how to use right click? plze help

  • toby

    Same problem as “victoria” on oct.28

    After it mentions freetype.org in the log it gives me error saying it couldn’t load main module. I tried installing freetype2 but however its done I can’t figure it out. What am I missing here?

  • karen preston

    i’m getting this error

    Failed to open the service control manager.
    wine: Unhandled alignment at address 0×0 (thread 0009),

    i dont understand it :( bitrocket wont work for me either i’m on a G4 ibook (1.33) running leopard

  • francine

    I downloaded darwine successfully, but when i go to open and install utorrent it says it is unable to locate X11.app. Can anyone help me on installing that, same problem as andy, can anyone help?

  • http://thisismyinter.net NoOneButMe

    If you cant find X11.app, make sure you have X11 installed.

    These builds of Darwine are for _Intel_ Mac’s. G4′s wont run it.

    And buy a mouse with two buttons for right click. Wine doesn’t support right click emulation.

  • Chris

    How do I make mu torrent compatible with itunes?

  • pearl

    I am using Power PC G4 for my mac . Whilst trying to get utorrent and wine , I realise it is only good for CPU intel, Please advise how I can open use utorrent for the above mac..

  • Nick Ulliman

    X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown). get this error everytime i try to install cananyone help?

  • liz

    it doesn’t ask me to instale utorrent what should i do? it after i open the wineHelper and go to applications, open utorrent, the wine log runs by and then it says utorrent-1.8-beta-9704.upx.exe has exited with an error, have a look at the Log window… what should i do?

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    @liz:

    Download uTorrent version 1.7.2 (the version I used in the tutorial) from http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=utorrent and give it a try. Darwine probably can’t run the latest version (1.8 beta 9704).

    Ross

  • liz

    i tried what you said using the 1.7.2 but it said the same thing:
    utorrent-1.7.2exe has exited with an error, have a look at the Log window…

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    @liz:

    copy and paste the log window text in an email to ross dot mckillop at gmail . com and I’ll take a look at it

  • Major

    A little off topic BUT.. equally important IMHO

    I got this working to test drive Darwine.. I then tried the ever elusive Voipcheap [Betamax - http://www.voipcheap.com client. I thought it was a relatively simple windows client but nothing seems to work. Installs fine - but crashes on launch. There are a heap of the same app - named differently [voipbuster etc] so one fix will fix them all.

    Big GOLD star for anyone who can get it to work… and tell me how :-)

    Great tutorial BTW

    Major

  • Mike

    “wine: /Users/Mike/.wine is not owned by you”
    I get this error when trying to install uTorrent with Wine on MacOS X Leopard 10.5.2

  • Mal

    I’m getting the same problem as mike. i installed darwine and I already have x11. as soon as i double click on any windows program it says:
    wine: /Users/me/.wine is not owned by you

    any help??

  • Cool

    I have the same problem as Mike and Mal. If you fixed it, don’t keep it to yourself, SHARE IT!

    Thanks

  • Mike

    In response to Mal and Cool. Got it fixed by installing Darwine version 0.960. I had version 1.0-rc3 and it always gave me that error. Just remove the newest 1.0 version, if you are on it, and install the Darwine version used in this guide or install the one I used. Hope this fixes it for you. Now off to seed seed seed and leech with uTorrent :p

  • Lisa Tait

    My attempt to install uTorrent on my Mac OS 10.4.10 Tiger stalled. The text flew by, but I never got the “Install uTorrent” prompt window. The end of the text showed this error:

    err:module:load_builtin_dll failed to load .so lib for builtin L”winex11.drv”: dlopen(/Applications/Darwine/Wine.bundle/Contents/bin/../lib/wine/winex11.drv.so, 2): Library not loaded: /usr/X11R6/lib/libSM.6.dylib
    Referenced from: /Applications/Darwine/Wine.bundle/Contents/bin/../lib/wine/winex11.drv.so
    Reason: no suitable image
    Application tried to create a window, but no driver could be loaded.
    Unknown error (127).

  • Cool

    Thanks Mike, works great now. Only a few windows programs I’ve tried don’t work. Maybe someday they all will ;)

  • Jennifer

    Please let me know if you learn a way to get uTorrent installed. I’m running OS 10.4.11 Tiger and uTorrent’s prompt window never appears.

  • nikita

    Hi! Need help, was fine installing utorrent till stage 3 however post that wasn’t able to get utorrent.exe file to appear on my desktop. Will someone be kind enough to advice as to where in going wrong.

    Thanx

    nikita

    Ps) I use a iMac 10.5.2

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  • bader arrar

    ive got a problem using Darwine over here, when i tried to install cs 1.6 using darwine in my iMac intel, it asked me for the destination folder and when i clicked browse it suddenly just quit and an error message came out. so anyone please help me, what do i do!? how can i install cs 1.6!?

  • Tom

    Hello,

    I downloaded Wine and installed it per your instructions and it worked great!

    I start it up the next day it would not start on my iMAC because i created alias installed of really installing so I redid everything and now I get the following error every-time:

    2008-07-24 04:32:49.096 WineHelper[1811] *** NSTask: Task create for path /Users/thomasbritten/Desktop/WineHelper.app failed: 13, “Permission denied”.

    Any ideas?

  • Tom

    For the life of me I cannot get this to work.

    I keep getting the error 2008-07-24 04:32:49.096 WineHelper[1811] *** NSTask: Task create for path /Users/thomasbritten/Desktop/WineHelper.app failed: 13, “Permission denied”.

    It used to work fine so I am assuming I did something wrong but don’t know what?

    My permissions have not changed and I an administrator on this MAC so if you have any ideas it would be very helpful!

  • greggs57

    i got all the way through the how to and now i get this in the wine log .
    and yes im new to mac . can any body offer any help thanks ….
    Application tried to create a window, but no driver could be loaded.
    Make sure that your X server is running and that $DISPLAY is set correctly.

  • jesse jones

    Thanks to whoever wrote this! It was really helpful. Keep up the good work for the rest of us lesser tech literate people.

  • James Alan Hitfield

    HEY PLZ HELP ME!!!
    when I choose utorrent from the winehelper a bunch of text appears but then it says: error!!!
    plz guys answer me back!! I really need your help.

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  • Marie

    Hello

    This tip is great but I have a problem though. When I am opening utorrent with wineserver, at the end, it says that there is a bug somewhere. It asks me if I want to debug it, either I debug it or not, its ending up with an error and utorrent is not opening…

  • Adina

    Hi , When I double click on the WineHelper as the tutorial says, the process window does not show up, thus I am unable to perform step 3 of this tutorial ie go to Applications- Open- etc ….. Can someone help? Thank you.

  • Brock

    Hi I am trying set up Darwin and utorrent so that I can use internet explorer on on my mac. I have successfully gone through step five above, but after I try to open utorrent in Wine helper, a dialog box opens up and says ” utorrent.exe has exited with an error, have a look at the Log window…” any suggestions on what to do to get utorrent working?

  • Dan

    Or, you know, use the mac version.

  • Jon

    I have done everything in the set up guide but ran into a hiccup. The file comes up in the process window but then in the wine log I get this come up…

    err:process:__wine_kernel_init boot event wait timed out
    fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly L”Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls” (6.0.0.0)

    I have tried it with the new version…. 1.7.5 and… 1.7.2 which was a recommendation by you. The same thing comes up.
    Any idea what to do?

    Jon

  • Jon

    I turned off the macbook last night and retried this morning and got this in the wine log…

    fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly L”Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls” (6.0.0.0)
    err:module:attach_process_dlls “gdi32.dll” failed to initialize, aborting
    err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L”Z:\\Users\\Jon\\Desktop\\utorrent172.exe” failed, status c0000005

  • Sterling

    which preliminary file of darwine do i download for my macbook?