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I want to limit the number of torrents that are simultaneously being downloaded in Transmission. I could find any such option in transmission preferences. How can I do this?

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First, add the PPA and update if you haven't already (Close transmission first):
Command line way:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install transmission-gtk transmission-common


  1. Open Update Manager.
  2. Click "Settings".
  3. Click "Other Sources".
  4. Click "Add".
  5. Enter (change oneiric to your version if different):

    deb oneiric main
    deb-src oneiric main

  6. Close Settings Window.

  7. Click "Check".
  8. Once complete, click "Install Updates".

Second, Edit the Preferences in Transmission: 1. Open Transmission. 2. Open "Edit" ➜ "Prefernces". 3. Under the "Downloading" Tab, Under "Queue", set "Maximum Active Downloads" to the limit you desire.

Transmission Preferences

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I dont have downloading tab in Preferences window :( – binW Oct 22 '11 at 12:12
Did you install the PPA and updates? Ubuntu won't recognise the update unless you add the PPA. – Lewis Goddard Oct 22 '11 at 19:37
yes I did add ppa. After that I updated and then installed the two packages but I still dont have that downloading tab. – binW Oct 22 '11 at 20:44
Check for updates using the Update Manager, there is a chance i got the package names wrong, or didn't list all of them. – Lewis Goddard Oct 22 '11 at 20:46
no luck. I looked for packages with transmission in their names but couldnt find any package that could solve the issue. I even tried installing transmission-qt but that didnt help either. – binW Oct 22 '11 at 20:59

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