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How to install qBittorrent with webui on Ubuntu?

qBittorrent is not the most common bittorent client for Linux or other platforms and I think it should be. qBittorrent webui is like a thin client yet feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing. In this post, I will explain how to install qBittorrent on Ubuntu. On Windows, nothing beats µtorrent. On Linux platforms, Transmission and Deluge are the most common bittorrent downloaders. Installing Deluge and Transmission torrent softwares requires quite a bit of work and requires creation of users/groups and setting permissions. While they “may” provide a layer of security, are cumbersome and if not setup properly can result in errors. My recent experience with qBittorrent was eyeopening and it is quickly becoming my favorite torrent client on Linux. Compared to Deluge and Transmission, qBittorrent installation on my headless Ubuntu server was a cakewalk. Now, let us see how to setup server running Ubuntu 12.04 with qBittorrent webui. Full-fledged GUI installation is just one more step away.

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install qBittorrent on Ubuntu

About qBittorrent

qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µtorrent. It is simple, easy to install, and yet provides a feature-full UI and Webui. It runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD). Below are some of its notable features:

  • Polished µTorrent-like User Interface
  • Well-integrated and extensible Search Engine
  • Simultaneous search in most famous BitTorrent search sites
  • Per-category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Movies)
  • All Bittorrent extensions
  • DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, …
  • Remote control through Ajax qBittorrent webui. qBittorrent web interface is nearly identical to the regular UI
  • Advanced control over trackers, peers and torrents
  • Torrents queueing and prioritizing
  • Torrent content selection and prioritizing
  • UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support
  • Available in ~25 languages (Unicode support)
  • Torrent creation tool
  • Advanced RSS support with download filters (inc. regex)
  • Bandwidth scheduler
  • IP Filtering (eMule and PeerGuardian compatible)
  • Sequential downloading (aka “Download in order”)
  • Available on most platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD

As you can qBittorrent offers competitive features. Now, let me describe how to install qBittorrent.

Step 1: Add qBittorrent Repository

qBittorrent and qBittorent webui are 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:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Step 2: Install qBittorrent Webui

Then update packages list and install qBittorrent webui:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent-nox

For full GUI software, install qBittorrent along with qBittorrent-nox:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent qbittorrent-nox

You are done installing qBittorrent webui. Unlike Transmission and Deluge, there is no user, group, or permission changes needed.

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Step 3: Starting qBittorrent

If you installed the GUI, then qBittorrent can be started from the menu. If you disabled your GUI or if you installed only qBittorent webui, then you can start qBittorrent using the following command:

qbittorrent-nox

After you install qBittorrent webui, you can access the web interface by going to (where 8080 is the default listening port):

http://localhost:8080

If your qBittorrent is on your internal network and doesn’t block port 8080 you can also access it through its network IP address (see example below):

http://192.168.X.X:8080

If you have port forwarding enabled on your router and you have a domain name referring your server running qBittorrent, you may also view your qBittorrent web interface through the internet using your domain name:

http://domain.com:8080

Choose the access method that applies to your case. The default username and password are:

Username: admin
Password: adminadmin
qBittorrent Webui
qBittorrent Webui

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Anand

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.

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