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Apple Silicon

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:25 pm
by DCDA
Hi guys, I really like QBtorrent it's definitely one of the best mac torrent clients. I was just wondering if (and hoping) you have plans to release a build for apple silicon?

Thanks!

Re: Apple Silicon

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:35 am
by Peter
Great question. Unfortunately, I have no clue who is in charge of the MAC build or bugs or issues. As far as I am aware, the project is in need of more Mac/Apple devs, but they are hard to find. Emulating OS X has been a major pain in recent years as well, so it's not easy to just run a virtual machine to figure out issues either.

Re: Apple Silicon

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:30 pm
by stlouiscpht
I'm not the one handling the macOS builds, but I did want to give my two cents on the subject.

Honestly, I don't think there really is a need for an Apple Silicon build. qBittorrent has the same performance under Rosetta 2 translation as it does natively on an Intel Mac, so AS native will not be much of an improvement. I'm not even sure making a Universal Build variant would be worth the time for the same reasons. Once Apple has completely phased out the Intel based Macs & Intel based macOS, it would need to be updated but that is still 1-2 years away.

That said, I'll probably look at the source myself and see if I can get it to build natively on my M1 MacBook Pro.

Re: Apple Silicon

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:54 am
by Peter
I mean, I am fairly sure a native build would give some boost in terms of performance. (especially the libtorrent part.)
Just wish it wasn't like 5000$ to rent a cheap OS X VPS/Mini online lol.