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Install deluge web interface on Ubuntu

Deluge torrent is one of my favorite torrent download client and a great alternative for transmission torrent. I especially like its ability to run as a thin client and the feature rich torrent web ui. It has a bittorrent client for windows and linux. I started using it since Lucid Lynx and this post describes how to install Deluge with webui on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Since Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu has undergone several changes, including starting services during boot using Upstart. This makes the procedure described for Lucid Lynx invalid for 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Therefore, I decided to write these instructions on how to install Deluge web interface on a server running Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (with or without gui interface and with web interface). This method also works on Ubuntu versions 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 11.10 Oneiric Onelot which also use Upstart.

About Deluge Torrent

Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows. It uses libtorrent in its backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console. It has been designed using the client-server model with a daemon process that handles all the bittorrent activity. The Deluge daemon is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces being able to connect remotely from any platform.

Deluge torrent features a rich plugin collection; in fact, most of Deluge’s functionality is available in the form of plugins.

Deluge was created with the intention of being lightweight and unobtrusive. It is our belief that downloading shouldn’t be the primary task on your computer and therefore shouldn’t monopolize system resources.

Deluge is not designed for any one desktop environment and will work just fine in GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others. We do our best to adhere to the freedesktop standards.

Deluge Torrent Client
Deluge Torrent Client

Deluge has a wide-array of features, including:

  • 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
  • Mainline DHT
  • Local Peer Discovery (aka LSD)
  • 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)
  • Other libtorrent features
  • And much more!

Step 1: Add Deluge PPA Repository

Deluge is readily available in Ubuntu repository. However, Ubuntu repository is usually a bit slow on updating versions. So if you are like me and would like to have the latest version as soon as possible, then add the PPA repository as described below. If not proceed to step 2.

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

Step 2: Install Deluge Web Interface

Then update packages list and install Deluge:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluged deluge-webui

If you want the full desktop gui software then use:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluged deluge-webui deluge

Step 3: Create the Init Script for Deluge

Create the file /etc/init/deluge.conf (init script for Deluge) and enter the following contents in it:

start on (filesystem and networking) or runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [016]

env uid=USER
env gid=GROUP
env umask=022

exec start-stop-daemon -S -c $uid:$gid -k $umask -x /usr/bin/deluged -- -d

Replace "USER" with name of the user you want to run Deluge as and "GROUP" with group of the user. I like to run Deluge under my username and group, that way I have full access to the files downloaded through Deluge and to the log files as well. If you do not know your group then refer to this post under “Record the Current State”. Or you could simply create a temporary file using the command “touch temp” and then check the username and group associated with file “temp” using the command ls -al. Below is an explanation of how you can manage access and permission of files downloaded through Deluge (umask parameter):

  • 007 grants full access to the user and members of the group Deluge is running as (in this case Deluge) and prevents access from all other accounts.
  • 022 grants full access to the user Deluge is running as and only read access to other accounts.
  • 000 grants full access to all accounts.

Step 4: Create the Init Script for Deluge Webui

Create the file /etc/init/deluge-web.conf (init script for Deluge webui) and enter the following contents in it:

start on started deluge
stop on stopping deluge

env uid=USER
env gid=GROUP
env umask=027

exec start-stop-daemon -S -c $uid:$gid -k $umask -x /usr/bin/deluge-web

Don’t forget to change "USER" and "GROUP". The same explanation from above applies. The umask parameter here only affects the plugins and logs created by Deluge. A value of "027" grants full access to the user Deluge is running as, read access to members of the group that Deluge is running as and prevents access from all other accounts.

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Step 5: Starting and Stopping Deluge Daemon

You can start and stop Deluge using the following commands:

sudo start deluge
sudo stop deluge

Deluge webui is tied to Deluge daemon and therefore does not normally require manual start stop. But you can still do that manually using the following commands:

sudo start deluge-web
sudo stop deluge-web

Worst that could happen is you might get a message saying that deluge-web is already running. For convenience, you could create bashaliases as described in this post. For example, delugestart could execute sudo start deluge.

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About the author


Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.