Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04

Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04
Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04

µTorrent is a closed source BitTorrent client owned by BitTorrent Inc, It is the most widely used BitTorrent client next to Xunlei. uTorrent uses BitTorrent protocol for transferring the larger files, and peer-to-peer networks have been estimated at about 35% of all internet traffic.  The uTorrent is very thin, lightweight torrent client and it uses very minimal computer resources while offering full functionality comparable to other larger BitTorrent clients such as Vuze or BitComet

It is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X as a client software. In Linux, uTorrent is installed as server software and it provides a web-based interface for managing the downloads.

Here is the step by step guide install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04.

If you are looking for the best open source alternative to uTorrent, then go for qBittorrent.

READ: Install qBittorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18 / Fedora 25 – Alternative to uTorrent

Open Terminal ( Ctrl + Alt + T ).

Install libssl.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install libssl1.0.0 libssl-dev

Download the Latest version of the uTorrent server from the official website or simply enter the following command to download the current version (3.3) on the terminal.

### 32 bit ###

$ wget -O utserver.tar.gz

### 64 bit ###

$ wget -O utserver.tar.gz

Once you have downloaded, extract the file into /opt directory

$ sudo tar -zxvf utserver.tar.gz -C /opt/

Set an executable permission to the extracted directory for running the uTorrent Server.

$ sudo chmod 777 /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/

Link uTorrent Server to /usr/bin/ directory.

$ sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

Start uTorrent Server by executing the following command.

$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

Once you run the command, navigate your web browser to the following address.


Username is admin and leave the password field empty.

Once you have logged in, set the download directory. To do that, click on Settings (Gear Icon) –> Directories –>

Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 - Download Directory
Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 – Download Directory

Screen Shot of uTorrent running.

Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 - Running uTorrent
Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 – Running uTorrent

If you want to start the uTorrent automatically on system boot, you can look at the configuring script to run Utorrent on system startup.

That’s all!

Install uTorrent on Ubuntu 16.04
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  • Ran Kong

    Hi, I followed every step but at the end I didn’t make utorrent running. After the last commend, I only got numbers such as “[2] 7478” “[3] 7486”. Could you please help me with this?

    Thanks in advance.

    ran@ran-ThinkPad-T420:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    ran@ran-ThinkPad-T420:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    [2] 7478

    ran@ran-ThinkPad-T420:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    [3] 7486

    ran@ran-ThinkPad-T420:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    [4] 7494

    ran@ran-ThinkPad-T420:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    [5] 7502

  • Corbomite


    I’ve ran all the commands and when I did the last one, I’m getting below.

    root@R8-H0N2K:/# utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &
    [1] 27276
    root@R8-H0N2K:/# bash: /usr/bin/utserver: No such file or directory

    And my browser says it’s unable to connect when I’m accessing the URL.


  • Bhabani Mohapatra

    Thank you!!

  • thecrowd jule

    hi. when i try to use my ip address to navigate the web, it doesn’t work

  • bukka

    getting execution format error. “cannont execute binary file”.
    tried both 32 bit and 64 bit. same result.n

  • Ashleigh-Rose

    When it says “Mention that directory”, what are we supposed to enter?

    • Hi,

      It could be /tmp/ or /your/home/directory or any path to store the data