Flatpak App of the Week: Fragments – Modern BitTorrent Client for the GNOME Desktop


This week’s “Flatpak App of the Week” on 9to5Linux.com is the modern Fragments BitTorrent software developed by Felix Häcker to help you manage all your torrent files on the GNOME desktop environment.

Fragments is an easy-to-use BitTorrent client based on the well-known Transmission BitTorrent client (uses transmission-daemon), which is used as a backend for data transfer. The application is written in GTK and is designed specifically for use with the GNOME office environment.

You’re probably already using Fragments since it’s been in development for a few years now. But the latest version, Fragments 2.0, caught my attention because it brings lots of new features and improvements, and it’s completely rebuilt using Rust, GTK4, and the libadwaita library.

Besides the modern look offered by GTK4/libadwaita technologies, Fragments now supports remote control of Fragments and Transmission sessions, offers a new Statistics section with essential information (e.g. network speed, downloaded data, etc.) on the current session, and adds the ability to copy a magnet link to the clipboard.

Additionally, the new interface introduces a torrent properties dialog (accessible by clicking on a torrent in the main list or using the Properties item in the right-click context menu) that more clearly displays information about torrents newly added and existing ones, as well as a new context menu that gives users quick access to important actions.

In addition to these major UI changes, Fragments 2.0 also revamps the preferences to automatically start torrents after adding them, allow users to enable or disable download queue and automatic port forwarding , support customizable peer limits and custom slots for incomplete torrents, as well as specifying, randomizing, and testing the network port.

If you need a modern, easy-to-use BitTorrent client for your GNOME desktop environment, you can download Fragments now as a Flatpak app from Flathub. You can also check out the project’s GitLab page if you want to build the app yourself from source.

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