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Install qBittorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop and Server

qbittorrent linux

qBittorrent is a free, open-source and reliable P2P BitTorrent client, available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows. It aims to provide a free software alternative to uTorrent. qBittorrent features a uTorrent-like interface and supports man BitTorrent extensions like DHT, peer exchange, full encryption. You can also remotely control it via the qBittorrent Web UI.

The latest stable version, v3.3.6, was released on July 20, 2016. It brings many bug fixes.

Install the Latest qBittorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 desktop via PPA

The Ubuntu software repository includes qBittorrent v3.3.1. To ensure that you always get the latest version, you need to install it from official qBitorrent PPA.

Here’s how.

Fire up a terminal window (CTRL+ALT+T), then run the following 2 lines of commands one at a time.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

sudo apt update && sudo apt install qbittorrent
qbittorrent ppa

This qBittorrent stable PPA also works on other Linux distributions that are based on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04 such as Linux Mint 18, Elementary OS 3 and Linux Lite. If your system already has deluge installed, then the above commands will update qBittorrent to the latest version. Don’t worry, your existing torrents will be safe.

Once installed, you can start it from Unity Dash or application menu.

qbittorrent ubuntu

Install qBittorrent on Ubuntu 16.04 Server

You can install qBittorrent daemon on a VPS or server and manage it via the qBittorrent Web UI. Using a server to download torrents is incredibly fast as servers typically have 100Mbit port speed. Servers are very affordable these days. You can have an SSD cloud server in an instant for just $5 per month.

Once you got a server then SSH into your server and we can use the same PPA to install qBittorrent daemon.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

sudo apt update && sudo apt install qbittorrent-nox

nox means no X support and it’s very good for headless servers. Once installed, create a user for qBittorrent.

sudo adduser qbtuser

You will be asked to set password for this user. Then ads this user to the sudo group.

sudo gpasswd -a qbtuser sudo

Next, create a qBitorrent-nox systemd service file with your favourite text editor such as nano.

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/qbittorrent-nox.service

Copy and paste the following lines into the file:

Description=qBittorrent Daemon Service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/qbittorrent-nox -d


In nano text editor, press CTRL+O to save the file, then CTRL+X to exit. Now start qBittorrent-nox with:

sudo systemctl start qbittorrent-nox

You may also want to enable auto start when Ubuntu 16.04 is booted up.

sudo systemctl enable qbittorrent-nox

Check its status:

systemctl status qbittorrent-nox
qbittorrent-nox systemd service

You can see that qBittorrent-nox is running and the service is enabled.

Accessing qBittorrent Web UI

The qBittorrent-nox service listen on TCP 8080 port. You can access the Web UI by typing the following in your browser address bar. Enter your real IP.

qBittorrent Web UI

The default username and password is admin and adminadmin respectively. It’s strongly recommended to change the default username and password. Go to Tools > Options and select the Web UI tab. Under the Authentication section, change both username and password.

change qbittorrent default password

And now you can start downloading torrents on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. You have the option to upload local torrents or add magnet links. By default all data are downloaded in /home/qbtuser/Downloads/ directory.

qbittorrent-nox web ui

If you like to use Deluge as your torrent client on Ubuntu 16.04 desktop or server, check out the following post.

How to Install Deluge Torrent Client on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04 desktop and server

Note: Some hosting provider completely disallow torrenting while some only allow downloading and seeding legal torrents like Linux ISO image.

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