Install utorrent in Ubuntu 12.04

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install the lightweight and efficient BitTorrent client utorrent in Ubuntu system. For now there is only command-line version of Utorrent for Ubuntu, it will be launched from Firefox, Chrome or other web browsers.

Install utorrent

First download utorrent from the official site:

download utorrent
Launch a terminal window from the dash or press Ctrl+Alt+T for running commands:

Run this command to copy the downloaded file to /opt/:

sudo cp ~/Downloads/utorrent-server-3.0-ubuntu-10.10-27079.tar.gz  /opt/

Navigate to /opt/ and uncompress the download file:

cd /opt && sudo tar -xzf utorrent-server-3.0-ubuntu-10.10-27079.tar.gz

Create a symbolic link so that you can run the torrent server from terminal:

sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

Install libssl0.9.8 library:

sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8

Now, start utorrent server:

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/

Launch utorrent:

Now in your web browser type in:


Input username admin and leave password empty. You’ll get the window shown at top. Enjoy!


  1. jay says:

    linux sucks!! y is it so hard to install apps?

  2. scott says:

    Its not hard. You probably prefer the windows method of allowing any website to install what they want on your system. Easier? Sure.

    • Allan says:

      It is not hard, but severely cumbersome. Sorry, but the Windows argument does not work; it is much easier there (also in Mac) and you don’t necessarily have problems with things being installed without your will.

  3. jey says:

    Thank you ! It work !

  4. Komodoro says:

    It asks me for password and all… but I haven’t set passwords in utorrent… and even if I put mine for the user it doesn’t let me in… any help?!

  5. Jose says:

    Works great.

    Just need to add a startup script so that when the server is reset – the service starts. Also a post processing script to move the completed torrents (after seeding is complete) to a different folder.

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