This brief tutorial shows you how to install and use uTorrent in Ubuntu 11.10. As you may already know, uTorrent works great in Windows machines, however, until recently, it wasn’t available in Linux systems. Now, if you’re used to how uTorrent works in Windows, you’ll be surprised how difficult it can be to use it in Linux systems.
In Linux systems, uTorrent runs as a webserver. The server must be started and you will need a web browser to connect to it. I’ll recommend other torrent clients for Ubuntu. However, if you choose to use uTorrent, then continue below to learn how to install it in Ubuntu.
- Install UTorrent in Ubuntu
To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it does, run the commands below to download UTorrent file.
Next, run the commands below to extract uTorrent files to the /opt directory.
sudo tar xvzf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz -C /opt/
Then run the commands below to change the permission on uTorrent-server folder.
sudo chmod -R 777 /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
Next, run the commands below to link uTorrent server to the /user/bin directory.
sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver
Finally, run the commands below to start uTorrent.
utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
If you get an error about libssl.so package missing, run the commands below to install it, then try starting it again.
sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386
Now that uTorrent server is started, open your web browser (Firefox) and type the address below.
The username is admin and leave the password field empty.
The first thing you will want to do is specify the download folder. To do that, click ‘Settings’ button.
Then scroll down to ‘Directories’ and specify the download folder.