Transdroid showing active downloads

Manage your torrents from your Android device with Transdroid. All popular clients are supported, including µTorrent, Transmission, rTorrent, Vuze, Deluge and BitTorrent 6. You can view and manage the running torrents and individual files. Adding is easy via the integrated search, RSS feeds or the barcode scanner. Monitor progress using the home screen widget or background alarm service.

Some private tracker love

March 14th, 2014 by Eric Kok 27 comments »

I just released Transdroid 2.1.3. It includes bug fixes, such as for the rTorrent file upload restriction, but more importantly it supports the new Torrent Search 2.0. With the 2.0 release of the Search module I introduced support for private sites to function just as the public sites that were already supported nicely, fully integrating in the search feature of Transdroid and other apps.

When you open the new Torrent Search interface you can enable and disable public sites in case you are not interested in their content, and Transdroid will not show them in the search results. More importantly, you can provide the credentials to private trackers that you have an existing account for to get the same smooth search experience in Transdroid for your private sites.

Since every private tracker will have a different code and login method, support for each of them has to be custom build. Currently I only support IPTorrents and Bit-HDTV. If you have a private site that you like support for, you may either implement it yourself of course if you know some Java (you can use the IPTorrents class to start) and send me a pull request on GitHub. It is quite simple really. No coding skills (or lazy)? If you provide me with an account I might add it myself — although my time is very limited so I can give no guarantees.

Big update, lots of fixes

November 18th, 2013 by Eric Kok 26 comments »

UDATE: Transdroid does not support rTorrent with Digest authentication in this 2.1.0 release. I’ve fixed this for the next release, hopefully out at the end of this week!

Big update today to Transdroid and its little Play Store-cousin Transdrone. Most importantly it fixes MANY annoyances in both the UI and connectivity.

Using uTorrent, rTorrent, Transmission, Deluge, Bitflu, qBittorrent, Torrentflux-b4rt? Quite likely… and the new version should be quite a bit more stable for you. Moreover, Deluge has not support for labels (viewing and setting) and uTorrent and Deluge can force data recheck.

The UI has seen many little fixes like selection improvements, search input box that properly hides and much more. Remember the option to treat non-trasferring torrents as inactive in Transdroid 1? This is back: enable the ‘Treat dormant torrents as inactive’ option in System settings and every torrent that has no data transfer (0KB/s) going on will be listed as inactive. Especially useful if you have many seeding torrents that are not connected to any leecher. Finally, the widget now contains buttons for pausing or resuming all torrents on the server and can optionally show the server status statistics, that is, the number of and speed of your active uploads and download.

Perhaps your favorite feature is not here or you still have a poor connection? Add your issue to the GitHub issue tracker. Thanks!

Trans…what?

October 17th, 2013 by Eric Kok 38 comments »

Today marks a big day in the history of Transdroid. For the existing users, some of you who use Transdroid many, many years already, will receive an update notification for Transdroid 2, the first non-beta release. The whole UI has received an overhaul in true modern ‘Holo’ style fashion. Not only does this mean a more attractive and hopefully nicer to use app, but it also solved many interface bugs and makes the app ready for the future. This includes a modern widget, multi-select of torrents and files and much more. UPDATE: You can use the settings export and import feature to transfer your server, RSS and search settings.

But before we look into the future, a short trip to the past. Two years ago Transdroid was removed from the Play Store — then still called Android Market — and I am very happy to announce that today you can download Trandroid again directly from the official Android Play Store. Transdroid? Well, not exactly. To prevent potential problems I have decided that the Play Store version will not included torrent search and RSS feeds. To signify this clear difference I’ve given it a new name. Meet Transdroid’s little brother: Transdrone. Existing users who can live without integrated search, but more importantly new users who never heard of Transdroid, can now get a truly capable torrent manager right from the Play Store. And for those who love the search: the full Transdroid will always remain available right here. You’ll get update notifications right from the app.

Get it on Google Play

Where from here? Well, development will not stop, only calm down a little. There are some bits and pieces that Transdroid 1 has and the new version doesn’t — most of them will be added in due course. New stuff will appear too. Got some idea for yourself? Share it on the new issue tracker.

Finally: if you upgrade you might encounter some small issues in certain special cases. Don’t hesitate to contact me via mail or on the forums. Found a real bug/crash? Use the error report feature (now found in the system settings) or leave a log on GitHub.

Transdroid 2 alpha released for the adventurous!

June 28th, 2013 by Eric Kok 28 comments »

UPDATE: Alpha version 2 3 4 is released; see the highlight below for updates.

Since Transdroid was conceived over 4(!) years ago, Android has changed quite a bit. And so did Transdroid, as it went from a minimal list showing your Transmission torrents to a well known, feature rich and loved project. Even without the Play Store I am blessed with tens of thousands of active, supportive and plainly awesome users.

Transdroid 2 main screen showing the list of torrents

One of the things that didn’t quite stay up to date over time is the UI. Sure, it got updates like an action bar and a basic tablet layout, but it’s not exactly Holo and certainly needs a bit of a refresh. An excellent time to squash some UI-related bugs as well, such as 7″ tablet support, file priority color coding, multi-select in main screen and, much requested, properly handling http links for public and private trackers.

Transdroid 2 (not sure if I keep that name, will see) installed next to your old Transdroid. You can export your settings (just use the default settings.json storage location) in the old Transdroid and import them in Transdroid 2. Ready? Download the .apk directly at http://transdroid.org/beta

What works in this alpha release

  • Fully responsive UI (from small phones to big tablets) with an updated Holo look. Light and dark theme available (check settings).
  • Viewing your server’s torrents, getting details and file lists, starts/stopping/removing/etc. torrents and files. Sorting, filtering and textual search filtering in the main list.
  • Multi-select actions on torrents, files and RSS items. Long-press a list to start a multiple selection.
  • Adding of torrents via http(s), file and magnet links. Yes, both public and private trackers work again with http(s) links. (See below for extra info.)
  • RSS feeds, including magnet links therein. (Cookie support coming soon.)

What does not yet work (but is coming)

  • Search. Obviously a top feature and the next thing I will implement. Added in alpha 3!
  • Setting of labels, updating trackers and setting max. download/upload speeds. All coming very soon. Added in alpha 3!
  • Background service. No notifications yet on new RSS items or finished/new torrents. Coming soon. Added in alpha 3!
  • The activity stack (basically, how the back button works) still needs to be tweaked. Improved in alpha 3; will see if it needs more work.
  • No widgets yet. I will create a scrollable list home screen widget, to replace the aged static ones, in due time.
  • Server settings now have the option to specify a local network, so no 2 separate configurations are needed. While this will solve a LONG standing feature request, it isn’t yet implemented in the alpha. It will in the beta.
  • No new clients are supported. I hope to add Tixati and aria2 support, but it won’t be for a while. Contributions welcome though! Improvements for exisitng supported clients also have to wait a bit.

Transdroid 2 details screen showing torrent status, trackers and file listing

Important changes

  • Transmission’s folder setting now overrides the /transmission part in the default /transmission/rpc folder. If you import your setting from the old Transdroid you might have to fix this accordingly. In other words, leaving the folder blank (using the default) is effectively the same as setting this manually to /transmission.
  • Any http(s) link that ends with .torrent or is of the bittorrent mime type will again be picked up by Transdroid. If your (private) tracker requires a log in, then the links are still send to your server, but this won’t actually work. To circumvent this issue you may specify the cookies to use for the specific site. In that case the http(s) link won’t be send to your server, but is downloaded by Transdroid directly (using the cookies you specified) and then added to the server. To add a site, add a web search site in the settings. The domain of the search URL is used to match http(s) links. Enter cookeis in the key1=value1;key2=value2 format. This is similar to uTorrent’s RSS feed cookies support and you can read here how to get your cookie keys/values.

Reporting bugs and suggestions

  • General discussion, issues, questions and suggestions: let’s keep it in the forum for now. I’ve made a dedicated announcement topic in the public forums.
  • Experience a crash? Go to settings -> System -> Send error log to send me an email with details. Please describe what you were trying to do and what device you are using.
  • The new version also lost some features which I feel were not very focussed and probably not used much. No auto refresh in main screen. No filtering over labels AND torrent status at the same time. Things may change if you are vocal enough, though.
  • Transdroid will move to GitHub when the first non-alpha release is made. The issue tracker there is open yet please use the forum until the beta stage has been reached.

Have fun! Hope you enjoy the changes and it further boosts user adoption and appreciation. Let me know, here, on Twitter, on Google+ or in the support forum.

Transdroid 2 alpha tablet UI

Synology NAS support

May 15th, 2013 by Eric Kok 11 comments »

One of the longest standing feature requests in the issue tracker was to add support for Synology NAS‘ Download Station. With many thanks to Erwan Loisant I can now finally close this issue, because any Download Station 3.40 or newer can now be accessed by Transdroid. Obviously it doesn’t support the full feature set like rTorrent or Transmission, but the basic stuff works great. Many, many thanks to Erwan for the excellent code!

Quite some users has issues with links to torrents that Transdroid directly tried to add to the server (by sending the URL). This isn’t compatible with sites that use authentication, notably private trackers. I’ve decided to remove handling of http torrent links at the moment. This means an extra click (on the downloaded .torrent file) for users of public sites, but it’s the lesser of the two evils I suppose. By the way, if you get ‘Can’t read .torrent file’ messages, close Transdroid fully (with the back button or slide the running app thumbnail) and try again.

Also I would like to make public that I am working on a new, improved UI for Transdroid. So don’t expect much updates to the current version, instead I’ll let you now when there’s a new alpha release. I’ll post a screen shot soon.

Community contributions

January 17th, 2013 by Eric Kok 19 comments »

Thanks to some excellent contributions from the community (yay for open source!) a new version is available that brings some much requested additions. For rTorrent users Tom Briden made some additions such as deletion of data on removing a torrent, viewing labels (with ruTorrent’s plugin) and showing the real time a torrent was added. Also by him is a new filter feature for the main torrent lists. Finally, many thanks to all continues efforts form the translators. All languages have been updated.

Keep up the work everyone and the next version will be even better than this 1.1.10 release!

BitComet and more

September 2nd, 2012 by Eric Kok 17 comments »

Check out the new release, version 1.1.7, which includes many bug fixes and small(er) improvements, plus all new BitComet support and improved labels. Thanks for contributions by Sergey (SeNS) and Alexey Rogovoy. The power of open-source, baby!

You should get a notification when starting Transdroid – or get it directly from the Google Code site.

Top speed boxes and updates

March 13th, 2012 by Eric Kok 10 comments »

Just released: version 1.1.4 of Transdroid. This update foremost brings an update service that automatically checks for new versions of Transdroid or the search module. Runs on app startup or once a day. You will no longer miss out of bug fixes or new features. If you – for the last time manually – upgrade to 1.1.4 using transdroid.org/latest, you just might get a cool notification to upgrade to search module verison 1.6, which brings The Pirate Bay fixes and a brand new Demonoid adapter. Thank Gabor Tanka of the great tTorrent app for that!

Also added is native support for SeedStuff seedboxes. Get one of their great servers and you’ll enjoy a Transdroid setup process that’s as easy as giving your server and user name and your password.

SeedStuff provides affordable quality seedboxes! SeedStuff is a service company, therefore we think that customer support is our #1 priority. We put our customers above all else and try to make your experience with us as simple as possible. We allow multiple methods of contacting support so you can pick how best suits your needs!

A great choice if you’re looking for a super fast seedbox, just as the other two seedbox providers that are supported natively in Transdroid: SeedM8 and Xirvik, of which the last has received upgraded support for the new shared rTorrent servers.

Active… and improved!

February 22nd, 2012 by Eric Kok 35 comments »

Yup, Transdroid is still going strong… with a new release! Transdroid 1.1.3 can now be downloaded and brings you many, many bugfixes as well as a new active torrents view filter (both seeding and downloading), improve Transmission turtle mode, Shazam song share catching and (custom) coloured LED blinking on notifications!

Get it directly from transdroid.org/latest or view the full change log.

New release, now with tablet UI

January 19th, 2012 by Eric Kok 12 comments »

Freshly released at the Google Code site (or directly from transdroid.org/latest). It includes a bugfix for Transmission 2.42 or newer installs, but more notably an updated interface that scales to all phones and tablet screens. There are definitely some UX issues and possibility for improvement is big, but I didn’t want to wait longer with a new release.

New Transdroid tablet UI

Also just released is a small update to the Torrent Search library (directly available at transdroid.org/latest-search) to version 1.4. It has a small improvement to get The Pirate Bay’s .torrent links over the magnet links, while they’re still available.

Let me know about bugs you find in the issue tracker, so I can fix them for a next release. Transdroid development might be slow these days, but far from dead. ;)