rTorrent on Raspberry Pi

Raspbian Apr 14, 2015

rTorrent is a command line ncurses BitTorrent client written in C++, based on the libTorrent. rTorrent is very lightweight and has a very clean command line user interface. rTorrent is also one of the most lightweight BitTorrent clients used by most of the BitTorrent distribution servers. rTorrent is a really good BitTorrent client for Raspberry Pi. rTorrent is lighter and faster compared to BitTorrent clients like Transmission, Deluge and takes lesser CPU resource.

RuTorrent on Raspberry Pi
After publishing RTorrent on Raspberry Pi [https://darryldias.me/rtorrent-raspberry-pi/], I did not have enough time to try anything new with the Raspberry Pi [/tag/pi/], I got requests later to get RuTorrent working with RTorrent on Raspberry Pi. I decided to use a bash script-based setup instead o…

rTorrent performs better on the tests I have done on my Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi I have been using is a Model B.

Let’s get started

Updating your local repository database.

sudo apt-get update

Installing screen and rTorrent. If you are a Tmux user you can go ahead and use it instead of the screen.

sudo apt-get install screen rtorrent  

Now create a rtorrent.rc file.

touch ~/.rtorrent.rc  

Open the file in nano and add the example config below.

nano ~/.rtorrent.rc  

Here is an example config of .rtorrent.rc.

You can edit the `.rtorrent.rc as per your needs.`

Now we can start using rTorrent.

screen rtorrent  

You can detach to the rtorrent screen by typing CTRL + A + D.

To connect back to the rTorrent screen.

screen -r 

To add a BitTorrent simply hit ENTER

Now you have you rTorrent running on your Raspberry Pi. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment below.


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Darryl Dias

I am a student, artist, and author currently living in Florida. My interests range from technology to arts. I am also interested in programming, writing

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