Ubuntu: Torrent client for the command-line?


Yesterday one of my friends asked me, if there is some torrent client, that runs on the command-line.

I have no answer for him, but I think that you have it.


Deluge is controllable by gui, web, and console.

To setup remote access to a deluge server see the thinclient guide.




standard deluge gtk ui


deluge web ui


I think the default torrent client transmission itself has a cli interface and can be installed with

sudo apt-get install transmission-cli


I use rtorrent on a headless server to serve Debian and Ubuntu ISOs, works quite well and can saturate my network link. Dependencies and memory usage are minimal.


aria2 (sf.net) is a multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility. The supported protocols are HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent, Metalink. It can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth.


Example command-line installation and usage:

$ sudo apt-get install -y aria2  $ aria2c http://gtf.org/garzik/bitcoin/bootstrap.dat.torrent  


Yes. I use ctorrent as my primary client. Usually from within tmux.

sudo apt-get install ctorrent  


I was looking for a torrent client for ubuntu server a few weeks ago.I didn't found anything interesting but µTorrent server.It runs a web interface which can be accessible from serveraddress:8000/gui.

Here is a screenshot of the web interface:

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It can be downloaded from http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux

Configuration manual is included in the downloaded package (You wont install it.Only configure it and run the executable when you want to use it.).Be aware that this is a alpha version and it may have some problems.They say this version is only for 32bit linux but I used it on my 64bit server and I didn't experienced any problems.

Another option is rtorrent, a CLI application.It's not user-friendly and I had problems with different torrent files.You can install it from repositories:

sudo apt-get install rtorrent  



WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client for node.js and the browser. It also has a command line app.


npm install webtorrent -g  webtorrent --help  

You need to have node.js and npm installed for using webtorrent.

To download a torrent:

webtorrent magnet_uri  


There are some torrent clients that you can run on a headless server. I dunno if you can control them via console, but the following clients are controllable via web interface:

  • torrentflux
  • deluge

Torrentflux is available in the Ubuntu repositories, but I think in a quite outdated version now.

Deluge can be obtained from the getdeb repositories. It also has a GUI client software that you could run from your desktop and connect to the "headless client" running on your server to control it.


Or you could run install deluge torrent, run it as a daemon, and access it through Web Interface or remote apps (eg. Transdroid on Android).

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