How to install & use Transmission in Ubuntu 19.04,18.04…

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Transmission in Ubuntu Linux comes as a default BitTorrent client that can be used to download torrent files directly from the internet to local computer. BitTorrent protocol used by this client helps in downloading files from multiple sources instead of from one single which trust a burden on the server. It uses multiple nodes to upload and download files as we all know.

The interface of this torrent client is very straight forward, easy to use, yet powerful. It also has a web interface. A user can block bad peers, access to directories,  command line interface and more…

Well! the latest version of the Transmission for Ubuntu while writing this article was Transmission 2.94, although it comes by default on OS if don’t have then you see the below guide.

Install Transmission on Ubuntu 19.04/18.04

Although this guide performed on a Ubuntu 19.04 disco dingo, applicable for Ubuntu 18.04/16.04/14.04 server or desktop; Debian, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other alike Linux distros.

Step 1: Open Ubuntu Command Terminal

To install transmission, we can use the Ubuntu software centre or direct command terminal, we show command one. You can find and run command terminal from applications or using shortcut CTRL+ALT+T.

Step 2: Add Transmission repository to Ubuntu

To fetch its file, we need to tell Ubuntu its location, thus for that we add PPA repository of transmission using the below command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

Step 3: Update the system

To purge repo cache from Ubuntu system use below system update command:

sudo apt-get update

Step 3: Install Transmission on Ubuntu

Finally, run the command to install Transmission torrent downloader in Ubuntu. The below command will install both graphical and command user interface on Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install transmission-gtk transmission-cli transmission-common transmission-daemon

Step 4: Run this torrent program

Go to application and search for Transmission and when it appears, click on that to run.

Run this torrent program

Step 4: Change Transmission RCP /web interface username and password

Default transmission rpc-username and password is “transmission” for privacy and security, you change them. It means whenever you want to access the torrent downloader remotely or locally using a browser, it will ask you for username and password first.

First of all, close the GUI running program and then in a command terminal, use the below command to stop the daemon.

sudo service transmission-daemon stop

After that edit the JSON setting file using nano or VIM text editor. Here we are using simple nano.

sudo nano /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info/settings.json

Now in the file find values: rpc-password and rpc-username and then change their corresponding values as you need. You can set any username and password. After that save the changes to file, for that press CTRL+X and then type YES followed by hitting of the Enter Key.

“rpc-password”: “{efd95272bba62fb512ed5ab280897b964c570c8aO7TIHa/2”,
“rpc-username”: “transmission”,

sudo service transmission-daemon start

Furthermore, you can change port, directory, whitelist computer IP address and more from here.

change transmission rcp username and password in Ubuntu

Step 5: Access Web interface of Transmission Ubuntu

To access it from anywhere remotely you have to forward Transmission port in your router. However, locally or remotely, the only thing we need is the browser. Open it and type your Ubuntu or server IP address along with port number 9091. I am using it locally thus, transmission rpc url will be as http:127.0.01:9091/transmission

transmission ubuntu web interface

Download torrent using browser  web torrent downloader

Step 6: Whitelist IP address to access transmission (optional)

If you want to access this Ubuntu torrent downloader using any IP address then you have to mention or whitelist that in the transmission setting.Json file.

sudo service transmission-daemon stop

sudo nano /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info/settings.json

Find rpc-whitelist and mention the range of Ip address, like we did i.e 192.168.*.*.

"rpc-whitelist": ",192.168.*.*",

Step 7: How to use transmission ubuntu

We already have seen above the way to download files from a torrent file using its web interface, now, in the same way, we can do it for local installed GUI.

When you click some magnet link of a torrent file, the transmission automatically detects and give you an option to download files on Ubuntu. However, in the case of the torrent file, click on the Open button and browse the torrent file and click on Open button to start the downloading.

how to use transmission on Ubuntu to download torrent files

How to Uninstall Transmission in Ubuntu

sudo apt remove transmission*

Above command will remove all packages

Know more about its command and usage from Ubuntu Wiki.


Sayan Dey
He has experience of working in the Telecom industry for more than two years as a Radio Frequency Engineer in different top companies. Plus depth technical knowledge of Electronics Appliances & Gadgets. When he is not working then he is a Hardcore Gamer, Novel Reader, and Football Player.


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