rTorrent is the most popular torrent client for linux. It can run on very low level hardware, headless (without a screen) and you can use the GUI ruTorrent to manage it remotely. I will be installing it on this crappy old pink Dell Mini 10. If you are a member of private torrent sites and interested in autodownloading episodes from irc announce channels check out the autodl-irssi guide which includes the install of rtorrent and rutorrent.
Note: As of September 2014, this script has issues with Apache 2.4, please use this guide and nginx to get a working rtorrent and rutorrent installation. There may be other errors with the script, I did not create it so be forewarned it may not work.
Consider reading, Comparing Usenet vs Torrents – Which is Better?
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Time to install and configure rtorrent for linux.
Install rtorrent and rutorrent
First you need apache
sudo apt-get install apache
Update and upgrade packages
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Fix any broken packages
sudo apt-get install -f
We are going to run an automated script which I have borrowed from my fellow Dane
Note: In order for this script to run successfully you need to have a non-root user. To add one type:
Now download the rtorrent and rutorrent bash script
Now we have to make the script executable
chmod +x rtorrent.auto.install-NEWEST-VERSION
Now run the script
Now rtorrent will be downloaded and compiled fresh. When the script has finished you will be prompted to install plugins. Type each number and press enter to install each of the following plugins.
- 1 – Erase data
- 4 – RSS Plugin
- 10 – Auto tools Plugin v3.6
- 11 – Data Dir Plugin v3.6
- 12 – Track Lables Plugin v3.6
- 14 – Ratio Plugin v3.6
- 16 – Seeding Time Plugin v3.6
- 28 – rutorrent Label Management Suite v1.1
- 29 – NFO Plugin
Type 0 and press enter to finish the plugin installation
You will be prompted for a username for the interface, choose something you will be able to remember.
You will be prompted to create a password for the user you just created, choose something you will be able to remember. Retype it.
You will end up with a web interface that you can manage from your main productivity machine.
Fire up a web browser and point it to the web address the script gives you at the end e.g. 192.168.1.10/rutorrent
Controlling Uploading Speeds and Ratios
Ratio groups – some trackers have a minimum seed time to punish you for hit and running
To keep it automated go to Settings -> Ratio Groups
Set the Time, h (hours) for how long you want the torrent to seed
You can set the default ratio group so all new torrents follow this rule
If you only use public trackers (first of all make sure you use a VPN), then you probably don’t care about hit and running
You can limit your upload bandwidth by going to Settings -> Connection.
Set global maximum upload rate (kB/s) to about 10 or whatever you feel like.
Regular Manual Downloading
Now you are ready to add a torrent. The easiest way is to use magnet URLs.
Find the torrent you wish to download and right click its magnet link and copy the link to the clipboard
Go to rutorrent’s web interface (http://Ip.address/rutorrent) and click the Add torrent button in the top left corner
Go down to the Torrent URL textbox and paste the magnet link and click Add URL
Now sit back and let it download 🙂
Fixing the apache2 failed to restart error for rtorrent and rutorrent
Apache 2.4.1 moved the
/var/www directory so rutorrent fails to register. You need to move the
/var/www/rutorrent folder to
sudo cp -a /var/www/rutorrent /var/www/html
Then restart apache
sudo service apache2 restart
This will solve the apache2 fails to stat error for rutorrent.
You can now access the installation at http://ip.address/rutorrent
If you want to receive a notification on your phone when a torrent has finished downloading, follow my rtorrent pushbullet guide
You can also manage rtorrent from your Android phone using my Torrent-fu guide (coming soon).