Downloading or sharing files using the Torrent network is something we've been doing for a long time. Although the first thing that comes to mind is to use it to download movies and music, free software users know well that we can also download, for example, ISO images using a network client, an option that may be faster than downloading direct. The most used options in Linux are some such as Transmission or Ktorrent, but it has recently arrived Fragments, a much simpler one that fits perfectly in GNOME.
As a user of Transmission for years, both in macOS, as in Linux and now also in Windows, I cannot say that it is a very complicated program. But it is true that it offers certain functions and options that may confuse some users. This is practically impossible in Fragments, since if we touch the "hamburger" and enter its preferences, We can only configure three things: light and dark mode, the download path and the maximum number of simultaneous downloads. That is all.
Fragments will fit perfectly in GNOME
The simplicity of Fragments is evident as soon as you open the app: teaches us how to get some torrents, something that we can do by clicking on a .magnet link, as long as we do not have another torrent client installed or we configure it as the default app, copying and pasting a .magnet link or adding a torrent file, something that we can do from the symbol of the sum (+) in the upper left.
Once the torrents have been added, we will see something like what we have in the previous image: the files that we are downloading, an icon (like the arrow) indicates the status of the download and from the pause symbol we can stop a task. If we click on one of them, more options will appear, such as extra information (pairs, download speed, etc.) or the possibility of eliminating the task. By deleting it, and this appears in English at the time of writing, it offers us the option of also deleting the data that we had downloaded. And it is that Fragments is in a very early phase, so there are parts that have not yet been translated.
How to install the app
The official installation method of Fragments is from its Flatpak package, for which we have to go to Flathub and search for it or click on this link. Another option, if our distribution and software center includes support, is to search for it from our official store and install it from there. On the other hand, as we read in its official website on GitHub, we can also compile it by opening a terminal and typing these commands:
git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/haecker-felix/Fragments cd Fragments mkdir build cd build meson .. ninja sudo ninja install
As a user of Transmission and Ktorrent, I would be hypocritical if I recommended Fragments as the application to use to download torrents as the best option, but I think it is. for those who don't want any distraction. In fact, using this app has made me remember when I used Transmission for the first time, that I came from much more complex apps like the now-defunct Azure (the one with the little blue frog). Knowing that there are options, the choice is already yours, and you can even use seedr If you don't want to depend on any app and download directly from a browser.