How to install UTorrent on Ubuntu Systems

Last updated on March 12th, 2018 at 07:58 pm

Utorrent needs no introduction, it’s being used by thousands if not millions for sharing data all over the world. It uses BitTorrent protocol for sharing the data. Utorrent is available for Windows, Linux & for MacOS as well.

In this tutorial, we will learn to install Utorrent on Ubuntu systems. Utorrent client for Ubuntu systems is a very lightweight web based client that uses very minimal system resources as compared to other torrent clients.

(Also Read: Installing VLC & running it as root on CentOS/RHEL  )



Before we install utorrent on Ubuntu system, we will need to some dependencies for it. Open your terminal & execute the following command to install the required dependencies,

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install libssl1.0.0 libssl-dev

Now that’s done, download the latest package for the utorrent from Official Utorrent website using the following command,

[email protected]:~$ wget -O utserver.tar.gz

This is a 64 bit package for Ubuntu13.04, but the package works fine for 16.04/17.04/17.10. If you need 32 bit package, use the following command,

[email protected]:~$ wget -O utserver.tar.gz

Next extract the package in /opt directory,

[email protected]:~$ sudo tar -zxvf utserver.tar.gz -C /opt/

Once the package has been extracted, we will change the permissions so that ‘root’ user has the

ownership for the folder,

[email protected]:~$ sudo chown root:root -R /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/

Now, we will create a softlink for the utorrent to make it executable,

[email protected]:~$ sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

Out installation of Utorrent on Ubuntu system is now complete. We now only have to start the utorrent, which we can using the following command,

[email protected]:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

Utorrent should now be running on our machine.


Accessing Uttorent

To access the Web UI for Utorrent, open your favorite browser & enter the following URL,


Remember to put ‘gui’ in URL, you can also use your system IP address to access the Web UI. We will now be asked to provide username & password to enter the Web UI, use ‘admin’ as username & leave password field empty. Upon successful authentication, we can see the Utorrent interface.

utorrent on ubuntu

We can than add torrent files to start downloading the data.

utorrent on ubuntu

Changing Username, password & Port number

If you need to change username/password to access Web UI or need to change the port number as you might be using some other service on same port number, you can do so going to ‘Settings’ (Gear icon on homepage) & selecting ‘Web UI’ option.

utorrent on ubuntu

Here you can change your username or password or can also change the port number. Of course if you are trying to change port number, you will have to bring down the other service in order to access Utorrent Web interface.

This was our tutorial on how to install Utorrent on Ubuntu systems. Feel free to send in your queries/suggestions regarding this article using the comment box below.

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4 Responses

  1. Pedro Pires says:

    How to uninstall uTorrent?

  2. Pedro Pires says:

    I’m a newbie…
    Could you please confirm this is the way to do it:
    1. remove softlink
    sudo rm /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/utserver /usr/bin/utserver
    2. delete folder
    rm -r /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/


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