Torrentflux with Transmissioncli

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Torrentflux is a multi-user GUI for BitTornado. It is scripted in PHP, with a MySQL database and runs on a web server. The most recent beta release also includes support for ADOdb, allowing for use of other database backends. Numerous "hacks" have been written to add additional functionality.

Transmission is a free, lightweight BitTorrent client. It features a simple, intuitive interface (we won't be using here) on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.


You will need to install either:

  1. LAMP Steps 1-5
  2. LLMP
  3. LLSP


May not be needed - Get python and perl

apt-get install python perl

May not be needed - Get cksfv and unrar (you will need non-free in /etc/apt/sources.list for unrar)

apt-get install cksfv unrar libevent-dev

Goto webservers root directory (/var/www)

cd /var/www

Download torrentflux-b4rt into said directory


Untar the downloaded file and move into it

tar -jvxf torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2.tar.bz2 && cd torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2

Configure and make transmissioncli

cd clients/transmission
tar -jxvf Transmission-0.80-svn3355_tfCLI-svn3084.tar.bz2 && cd Transmission-0.80-svn3355_tfCLI-svn3084
tar -jvxf Transmission-0.72_tfCLI-svn3318.tar.bz2 && cd Transmission-0.72_tfCLI-svn3318
./configure --prefix=/usr/local --disable-gtk --sysconfdir=/etc
make install

See if it's in the right place

locate transmissioncli 

Should be in (/mnt/hda)/usr/local/bin/transmissioncli


Make it readable for apache user:group

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2/html

Now you will need to create a file in apache to see torrentflux

pico /etc/apache/conf.d/torrentflux.conf 

and add this to that file

 # Torrentflux Virtual Host Configuration file
Listen 8090
<VirtualHost _default_:8090>
       DocumentRoot "/var/www/torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2/html"
       <Directory "/var/www/torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2/html">
               Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
               AllowOverride None
               Order allow,deny
               Allow from all
       <IfModule mod_dir.c>
               DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

Restart apache

/etc/init.d/apache restart


Make it readable for apache user:group

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/torrentflux-b4rt_1.0-beta2

Restart Lighttpd

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Run it


Go to your Torrentflux on your Linkstation



Go to your Torrentflux on your Linkstation


Configure it

You should see the configuration screen that will run you through what database to use etc... Once you've entered the correct details you'll see...

Torrentflux Login.JPG

Enter user name and passwd - WARNING!! - That is for the superuser, so don't forget it

Check all the admin settings pages and configure your installation - i.e select transmissioncli as default client and point it in the right direction. You will need to correct everything highlighted red (apart from bittornado unless you are going to use it).

Problems and Issues

Linkstation Pro : ARM Processor Running out of memory after ca. 24 hours of running. Needed to add more swap space. Search the wiki for "Adding more swap to Linkstation" Generally, the 128 MB RAM + 256 MB swap are NOT enough for running the lighttpd + SQLite + python (the queue manager) + 2 torrents, each with 2 ports open

Recommended: If you add swap, do it right, 512 MB minimum.

Running more than 6 torrents at a time can rapidly increase server load. Typical example: 8 torrents downloading simultaneously, 128 MB RAM, 1 GB swap space, load avg: 3.2 3.6 3.6 which means, that your processor is overloaded by ca. 320% (current value) 360% (5 minutes average) and 360% (last 15 minutes average). Good values are between 0 and 2 for your Linkstation and your nerves.

Recommended settings

  • Queue manager: max. 6 torrents simultaneously global for the whole server
  • Max. download rate per torrent: I use (My bandwidth = 900 kb/s)/(Number of simult. torrents = 6) = 150 kb/s
  • Max. upload rate per torrent: I use (My upload bandwidth = 100 kb) / (Number of simult. torrents = 6) >> 10 kb/s
  • Max. connections per torrent: 1 or 2, opening more ports per torrent (more than 12 in total) may slow down your Linkstation

Bauldrick 11:38, 4 December 2006 (EST) Minor changes by mosi 30.08.2007