Make Transmission Automatically Stop Seeding When Complete

transmission-bittorrentTransmission is my favorite lightweight torrent client for any operating system. For those using uTorrent, I can highly recommend switching to Transmission for Windows. This guide will work with Transmission on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu) and any operating system. You do need to enable the Web UI first if you haven't already. I cover how to enable the Transmission Web UI on all Linux systems, Mac OSX and Windows. When you are done, Transmission will stop seeding when your download completes.

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Transmission for Windows will only let you set the ratio to a minimum of 0.50 through its preferences, however, there is a workaround to lower the ratio to 0 using the Web interface.

Click Edit -> Preferences

transmission open preferences

Click the Remote tab and check Allow remote access.

If you want to be able to access Transmission remotely uncheck Only allow these IP addresses. Now click Open web client to open the web interface.

transmission preferences remote tab

You should now exit Transmission completely using the File Menu and choosing Exit, then reload it. If you just reboot with Transmission open the change won't stick for some reason. I found exiting completely, not just minimizing it to the system tray, and rebooting makes the new download settings stick. The same applies for when changing the web interface settings below.


On Mac OSX, go to the Transmission menu and choose Preferences

transmission mac choose preferences

Click the Remote tab and check Enable remote access

Check Require authentication and enter a username and password.

Click Launch Web Interface to open up Transmission's Web UI.

transmission Mac osx enable remote web ui interface



On linux you need to SSH in to your machine and edit the transmission settings

sudo nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json

Change the following values.
rpc-whitelist allows IP addresses to access the Web interface it has been set to all here. You can also change it to your local home network like 192.168.*.* if you want it to be more secure. However, if you want to be able to access transmission outside your local network then it should be *.*.*.* which represents all IPs.
"rpc-whitelist": "*.*.*.*",
May as well disable the whitelist if you are allowing all IPs
"rpc-whitelist-enabled": false,
Change the remote access username and password to your liking
"rpc-password": "password",
"rpc-username": "username",

When you are done restart transmission

sudo service transmission-daemon restart

If you are on linux open your Transmission torrent web interface at http://ip.address:9091.

Make Transmission Automatically Stop Seeding

Click the settings wrench icon in the bottom left, then the Torrents tab

Check Stop seeding at ratio and enter 0

transmission web interface settings stop seeding

While you are in the Web UI you can also disable uploading or restrict it to a low speed to save your bandwidth. This is not in the spirit of torrenting and makes you a leech.

Click the Speed tab and check Upload (kB/s):, enter 0 or your maximum desired upload rate.

transmission web interface settings upload speed 0


This covers making Transmission automatically stop seeding when it completes a download for you on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. After you have done this in Windows exit the Transmission client cleanly (not from the Web UI), do not kill the task in Task Manager, choose File and exit.