I'm looking for a good torrent client for Linux. Most clients I've tried (Transmission, Deluge) often "forget" about completed jobs and starts full recheck for an unknown reason, it is very annoying. Other wishes:

  • The client must support location renaming (Transmission does not).

  • It should be lightweight (don't suggest Vuze).

  • It should be tolerant to disk plugging/unplugging, poor network connection, etc. and resume download jobs automatically.

  • It should be pretty fast. For some reason average download speed with all Linux clients I've tried is much worse than with uTorrent on Windows on the same PC.


I'm currently using rtorrent with the rutorrent front-end.

The nice things about it are that it's insanely fast, uses very little resources on the system it runs on, and with the web user interface, is as good as a local client.

However, rtorrent on its own can be a little hard to use:

rTorrent Konsole UI

and it lacks RSS feed support. I use rutorrent as a front end, with an RSS plugin

rutorrent UI

Even without UTP support, it's blisteringly fast, and after the initial setup works perfectly — I have this running on an old PC which does my downloads and I manage it remotely.

I do note that this doesn't seem to have any form of authentication for the web UI, so if you're running one on a public-facing server, secure it appropriately!

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  • +1 for effort, but it is too complicated for me. Back end, front end... – leventov Feb 7 '14 at 12:57
  • I switched to this from qbitorrent. Basically rtorrent is fast but hard to use. rutorrent is just a nice skin over it. There is no reason you can't use rtorrent on its own in screen or on a terminal, other than needing to remember how to use it. – Journeyman Geek Feb 7 '14 at 13:00

My current choice is qBittorrent (wiki), in general, I like it and it conforms most of my needs: it is lightweight, fault-tolerant and supports location renames.

However, QBitTorrent isn't as fast as I would like it to be, also, it emits too much warning messages when something goes wrong (for example, a hard drive is unplugged).

qBittorent Screenshot
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    I'd add that this is based on the other libtorrent (libtorrent rasterbar), and supports a lot of things newer varients of bitorrent support. While my specific needs weren't met (like being able to add rss feeds headless), its a great client. Its also worth noting you can run this headless as qbitorrent-nox and administer is purely through the webui. – Journeyman Geek Feb 8 '14 at 1:47

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