How To Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 / Ubuntu 17.10

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µTorrent is a mostly widely BitTorrent client, owned by BitTorrent Inc. It is the most widely used torrent client next to Xunlei, with over 150 million users.

The µTorrent is designed to use lesser computer resources (memory footprint) while offering better functionality comparable to larger BitTorrent clients such as Vuze or BitComet.Also, it provides performance, stability, and support for older hardware and versions of operating system.

µTorrent is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, Linux (as a native server version).

Here is the step by step post on how to setup µTorrent on Ubuntu 18.04 / Ubuntu 17.10.

Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04

Open a terminal ( Ctrl + Alt + T ). Install the libraries for µTorrent.

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

Download the Latest version of µTorrent from the official website or enter the following command to download the current version (v3.3)

wget http://download-new.utorrent.com/endpoint/utserver/os/linux-x64-ubuntu-13-04/track/beta/ -O utserver.tar.gz

Extract the downloaded file in to /opt directory

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

Change the permission of the extracted directory for running the uTorrent.

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

Access μTorrent (uTorrent)

Command Line

Start the uTorrent by executing the following command.

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &
Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 - Start uTorrent in Command Line
Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 – Start uTorrent in Command Line

Open a web browser and navigate it to the following URL.

http://your-ip-address:8080/gui

Username: admin. Leave the password field empty.

Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 - uTorrent Authentication
Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 – uTorrent Authentication

By default, your downloads are stored in ~/Downloads (/home/user/Downloads) directory.

If you want to change the download directory, then go to μtorrent Web UI –> Settings –> Directories –> Put new downloads in and set the desired download directory.

uTorrent running on Ubuntu 18.04 / 17.10:

Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 - uTorrent Running on Ubuntu 18.04
Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 – uTorrent Running on Ubuntu 18.04

Graphical Mode

If you want to start the uTorrent using a graphical mode instead of a command line, then follow the below steps to Create Gnome Launcher for μTorrent (uTorrent).

Create a .desktop file inside the /usr/share/applications/ directory.

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/utorrent.desktop

Place the following content into the utorrent.desktop file.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=uTorrent
GenericName=BitTorrent Client for Linux
Comment=uTorrent Client
Exec=utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=/opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/docs/ut-logo.gif
StartupNotify=false

Now, you can start the uTorrent client service from Activities >> Search for uTorrent.

Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 - Start uTorrent from Gnome Launcher
Install μTorrent (uTorrent) on Ubuntu 18.04 – Start uTorrent from Gnome Launcher

That’s All.

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