Bittorrent trackers are a bit of a mystery to me, but I do recall (a couple of years ago) that I managed to set up a MS Window bittorrent client (uTorrent) to make a private .torrent and then manage it (privately)...

I'd like to do the same with a Linux/Ubuntu program... and I'd prefer to stay with Upuntu repository options.

I want to be the tracker.. (not just make a "private" .torrent)

Update: in 'Deluge' terminology, it is called an embedded tracker (but Deluge doesn't have one)


I like qBittorrent. I am not so familiar with torrents but here is something on embeddedtracker.

  • It may(?) suit, but I'm running 10.04 and the repo only has v2.2.5-1.. The tracker is only available from v2.5.0 on.. (even 10.10 repos have only v2.4.3-0).. so you're on track (+1), but I'll hang out for another "in the repo" option... (and perhaps use this as a fallback if it is suitable for 10.04).... – Peter.O Feb 10 '11 at 11:18
  • you can use getdeb {getdeb.net} or ppa {launchpad.net/~hydr0g3n/+archive/ppa} for latest one – sagarchalise Feb 10 '11 at 11:29
  • #sagarchalise: I've taken the launchpad PPA route... I had quite a time getting it running .... I gradually isolated the problem to my router, so I phoned my ISP (they provided the router)... and I found out that they were port blocking by default... That may explain a few other problems I've been having! .. anyhow it was easily resolved and I've got all my ports back :).... and qBitTorrent' embedded tracker works fine... Dhanyavaad – Peter.O Feb 11 '11 at 14:26

Ubuntu comes with Transmission as standard Bit-torrent client. You find it in Applications -> Internet -> Tranmission

It has a possibility for private torrents. File -> New... last checkbox

  • I wonder if I'm using the right terminology.. I can't seem to find what I'm after... I actually want to be the tracker of my own torrent.. I think(?) the option you have mentioned is to create a .torrent which is assigned to a private tracker... That's good, but I don't see any option to actually be the tracker ... Am I off-track here ? :) – Peter.O Feb 10 '11 at 9:49
  • I never created a torrent myself. But as far as I understand you have to add the tracker URL. If you don't own a tracker server which you could indicate, you might have to add your IP? – Pit Feb 10 '11 at 10:08
  • :) ... getting closer... Yes I did need to supply my IP, and it needs the tracker server... uTorent had an embedded tracker server... that's what I'm after... a Client/Tracker combo.. – Peter.O Feb 10 '11 at 10:15
  • I don't think this is possible with Transmission. At least not out of the box. – Pit Feb 10 '11 at 10:39

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