Which is the best blocklist for Transmission?


Transmission is, in my opinion, the best BitTorrent client for OS X and Linux [and did you know there’s even an unofficial Windows version too?]. Why? Because it’s super easy to use and configure and it’s not resource-hungry like some other one [someone said µTorrent for OS X?].

But it has a problem. Blocklists are damn hard to find.

Looking for a nice and complete blocklist for Transmission can be a pain, especially if you’re not sure of which one to pick. In fact there are a ton of lists all for different purposes and no one will give you complete bad-peer protection since one will shield your client from spammers, one from the US Government [really?] and no one from all those things combined.

If you search on Google you will find people recommending this website, called iBlocklist, which collects various block lists but there are to many of them and they all have the same problem I said before: no complete 100% protection.

Luckly John Tyree, a user from quora.com, created a GitHub project which combines all those iBlocklist lists in to a single one and he hosted the result here:


simply add this URL in the Transmission preferences like this:

Peer blocklist

and the application will do all the magic for you combining the lists and adding those IP rules to the built-in firewall. Be sure to check the option below to make Transmission update the blocklist weekly for you so you won’t have to worry anymore. This works with all versions of Transmission and with all OSs.

If this post was useful to you feel free to buy me a beer 🍺! Thank you really much.

87 thoughts on “Which is the best blocklist for Transmission?

  1. Joe says:

    @gulio: This blocklist is offline – the domain is available to buy. Please update the article or state that it is “end of life”. Thanks!


  2. Purp Woo says:

    It looks like John’s list is no longer up, I think the domain expired. Anywhere else that hosts an awesome list like this?


  3. Guest says:

    2018-07-23 04:12 UTC: http://john.bitsurge.net/public/biglist.p2p.gz was missing. http://john.bitsurge.net/public/ showed no files. http://john.bitsurge.net/ showed no files, folders, or text. I presume the service was terminated or moved to an unspecified location. It is very difficult to know if an article is out of date since articles have no posted dates. A sad lack of documentation that can be remedied by the author by including the date written in the valediction of the article.


  4. JC says:

    December 2018 and we still use this list for transmission -450k rules – and well, it’s worked for me my life and all the people I’ve lived with and show too knock on wood and well, transmission is the best and this doesn’t hurt 🙂


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