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Install deluge torrent with webui on Ubuntu

UPDATE: For an updated and expanded HOW-TO (works on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and Ubuntu 11.XX), please proceed to this post.

When it comes to bittorrent for linux Deluge BitTorrent has been my favorite torrent client all along. Yes there may be others that work equally well or better (example: transmission torrent) but Deluge free torrent downloader has worked well for me. Deluge can run as a thin client with a nice looking web ui. If you are looking for bittorrent for windows, Deluge comes to your rescue again. You can even run it as a bittorrent client for windows and connect to a remote daemon.

Deluge Bittorrent Software Features

Deluge offer the following features and more:

Deluge Torrent Client
Deluge Torrent Client

  • Core/UI split allowing Deluge to run as a daemon
  • Connect remotely to the Deluge daemon
  • Web UI
  • Console UI
  • GTK+ UI
  • BitTorrent Protocol Encryption
  • FAST protocol extension
  • µTorrent Peer Exchange
  • UPnP and NAT-PMP
  • Proxy support
  • Web seed
  • Private Torrents
  • Global and per-torrent speed limits
  • Configurable bandwidth scheduler
  • Password protection
  • RSS (via Plugin)

I recently moved to a headless Ubuntu Lucid Lynx server. In this post I am going to explain how to set up server running Ubuntu 10.04 with Deluge torrent with a web ui. Follow the below command line steps.

Add Deluge PPA Repository

If you want to install the version that is available in Ubuntu repository (usually a version or two behind) then skip this step. To get the latest version add deluge ppa to the sources list:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa

Then do a repository update:

sudo apt-get update

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Install Deluge Torrent with Webui

Install deluge, deluge webui and deluge daemon using the following commands:

sudo apt-get install deluged deluge-webui

Create the init files

Create the the following the files: /etc/default/deluge-daemon and /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon and modify the permissions of /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon, following the instructions provided here: http://dev.deluge-torrent.org/wiki/UserGuide/InitScript

Start and Stop Deluge

To make the daemon start during boot do the following:

sudo update-rc.d deluge-daemon defaults

Reboot to start deluge daemons or do this to start it now without rebooting:

sudo /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon start

Deluge Web Interface

Deluge can now be accessed using the ip address or domain through the port 8112: http://ipaddress:8112 or http://domainname.com:8112 (if you have one).

Deluge Web Interface
Deluge Web Interface

That is it. Enjoy your deluge!

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CAUTION: Make sure to change the default web access password from "deluge" to a strong one.

Dynamic DNS Setup (Optional)

You can get free domain names through services like DynDns.com. For example: http://mydelugeweb.gotdns.org. For a guide to setup DDNS Client, refer to this post.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, hopeless tinkerer (if it ain't broke, fix it), a part-time blogger, and a Scientist during the day. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs.

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