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qBittorrent v3.1.0 Released: Installation and Upgrade

qBittorrent is a lightweight bittorrent client for Linux and other platforms. Its specialty compared to Deluge or Transmission, is the ease of installation and configuration. This post introduces the recently released qBittorrent v3.1.0 update.

qBittorrent v3.1.0

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What’s New in qBittorrent v3.1.0

qBittorrent v3.1.0 brings several features, bugfixes, and performance improvements. Listed below are the changes in this version:

  • FEATURE: Add command line option to daemonize qbittorrent-nox (ngaro)
  • FEATURE: Add “Shutdown qBittorrent” button to Web UI (ngaro)
  • FEATURE: Add setting to copy .torrent files for finished downloads (Driim)
  • FEATURE: Add option to start qBittorrent on Windows startup (sledgehammer999)
  • FEATURE: Add context menu to Web seed list (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Add support for tracker tiers / groups to creator (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Allow clearing execution and ban logs (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Add option to use random port on each startup (ireallylikeher)
  • FEATURE: Expose the cache expiry to the user (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Support Atom feeds (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Add “save path” column (John Peterson)
  • FEATURE: Add μTorrent-compatible “Flags” column in the peer tab(sledgehammer999)
  • FEATURE: Load magnet metadata in the background while the “Add New Torrent” Dialog is showing (Gelmir)
  • FEATURE: Allow to enter only an info-hash for download(sledgehammer999)
  • FEATURE: Bring the “Add New Torrent” Dialog to the front(glassez)
  • BUGFIX: Add confirmation dialog for “Force recheck” action (closes #131)
  • BUGFIX: Greatly improve RSS manager performance (closes #34)
  • BUGFIX: Ensure that all columns in the tranferlist have a size > 0.
  • BUGFIX: Don’t mark RSS item as read when it failed to download (Gelmir)
  • BUGFIX: Fix ETA calculation when some files are downloaded and marked afterwards as ‘do not download'(sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Make the UI show that PEX/DHT/LSD are actually disabled on private torrents(sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Scheduler should be much more robust and correct now(sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Now qBt won’t forget torrent settings after an unclean shutdown(sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Text boxes in edit dialogs will fit to text width(Gelmir)
  • BUGFIX: Enable edit/rename via F2 or double click in various places(Gelmir)
  • BUGFIX: Allow to edit trackers and copy their urls(Gelmir and Driim)
  • BUGFIX: Add Uploaded column to main view(Gelmir)
  • BUGFIX: Calculate ETA for seeding torrents(Gelmir)
  • BUGFIX: Add option to ignore global share ratio limits for created torrents(Gelmir)
  • OTHER: Many RSS bugfixes and improvements all over the place(Gelmir)
  • OTHER: Generate translations at configure time to reduce tarball size
  • OTHER: Make peer tab sortable by ip too (Gelmir)
  • OTHER: Translations moved to Transifex(https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/qbittorrent/)
  • OTHER: New Translation – Vietnamese (Anh Phan)
  • PERFORMANCE: Impove drawing speed of tranferlist when there are many torrents(>100)
  • PERFORMANCE: Impove drawing speed of peers list when there are many peers

Release announcement is available here.

Installation and Configuration Instructions

Ubuntu Installation and Configuration

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Upgrade Instructions

If you have not added the PPA repository yet, then add it first using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/qbittorrent-stable

Then update your packages cache and upgrade:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

On Windows, you can install qBittorrent v3.1.0 by running the latest .exe from here and overwriting the existing installation.

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