Transmission BitTorrent Client

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Caption Transmission WebUI

What is Transmission?

Transmission is a BitTorrent client package that (as of version 1.34) also contains Clutch, an integrated webUI. It easy to compile, install, configure and operate, and it has relatively low memory and cpu usage.

Compiling and Installation

The Transmission Wiki Howto Build page gives details. In short, three binaries are created: transmission-daemon, transmission-remote and transmissioncli.


Use the WebUI. In the bottom left-hand corner there is a small tab that allows you to set preferences. Choose a torrent directory by specifying Preferences-> Download To: . Many users will choose /mnt or /mnt2, or some subdirectory thereof.


We assume that you have a general idea of how torrents work, and a familiarity with Torrent Trackers. A particulary good tracker that is germane to our needs is We will use it here in the examples. Be aware that to upload torrent files, you must have open an account there, as is the case for the vast majority of sites.


  1. Download a torrent file to your LS. This can be done with wget, but is easier using your desktop's web browser, and then dragging and dropping that torrrent file to a mounted share of your LS.
  2. To use the WebUI of Transmission, point your browser to <ip of you linkstation>:9091 - you should see something like the screenshot shown on the top of this page.
  3. Use the Open button to choose & load the torrent file. The download should begin shortly. As is the case w/ torrents, it may be very fast or quite slow, depending on the number of seeders and they upload limits.


Create a torrent file

Place the file you wish to share in your torrent directory. For example, if the file you want to share is vmlinuz92608foonasem.gz, then use the cli binary like this:

transmissioncli -n vmlinuz92608foonasem.gz -a vmlinuz92608foonasem.torrent

After executing this you should have a file called vmlinuz92608foonasem.torrent, which is suitable for uploading to a torrrent tracker site.

Upload to torrent tracker/site

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