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A browser with built-in media download and sharing features

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 July 2014
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Downloads To Date: 5861
Developer: Torch Media
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A browser with built-in media download and sharing features

Torch is a Chromium-based browser with an integrated torrent downloader. A media grabber helps you to download web videos and audio, and there are tools to help you share websites, media and search results via Twitter and Facebook.

The program's installer makes multiple attempts to install toolbars, set your browser home and search page, and configure itself as your default browser and torrent application. You can avoid this by watching closely during setup and clearing the relevant checkboxes as they appear, but be careful, this is trickier than usual (tell the program you don't want it to be the default browser once, and it still asks again later).

Once set up, most operations seem straightforward. If you want to download the video or music you're playing, for instance, just click the "Video" button and Torch grabs a copy for you. Torrents were downloaded easily enough with the integrated client. And you're able to post directly to Twitter or Facebook from within the program.

There are occasional problems, like Torch's inability to download anything from the Apple Trailers site. Issues we've experienced before seem to be fixed now (we could play movies at Yahoo! Trailers), and we found some worthwhile extras, like the program's ability to extract audio from the videos it downloads.

There are useful features here, then, and if you'd like a more media-capable browser then Torch can certainly help. But anyone looking for real multimedia power will still be better off equipping their favourite PC with a few well-chosen extensions.


Torch looks good and is easy to use. It also has some reliability issues, though, and unless your needs are simple you'll probably be better off with Chrome or Firefox and a few media-oriented add-ons

Your Comments & Opinion

Great new features on Torch

Posted by: Lucy Bradshaw, 26 June 2013 12:26

I'm very happy with the Torch browser, it has everything I use on a daily basis. Torch's new music service is also a lot of fun. Thx Torch :)

You can install add-ons too

Posted by: Robbie Barker, 22 May 2013 13:32

Hey, I'm in favor of using the torch browser, cuz I think that it's great, and I'd like to add that you can also use chormium based add ons for Torch, too. It's very useful.

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