Yesterday one of my friends asked me if there is some torrent client that runs on the command-line.
I had no answer for him, but I think that you have some.
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aria2 (sf.net) is a multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility. The supported protocols are HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent, Metalink. It can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth.
Example command-line installation and usage:
$ sudo apt-get install -y aria2 $ aria2c http://gtf.org/garzik/bitcoin/bootstrap.dat.torrent
WebTorrent is a streaming torrent client for node.js and the browser. It also has a command line app.
npm install webtorrent -g webtorrent --help
You need to have node.js and npm installed for using webtorrent.
To download a torrent:
I was looking for a torrent client for ubuntu server a few weeks ago.I didn't found anything interesting but µTorrent server.It runs a web interface which can be accessible from serveraddress:8000/gui.
Here is a screenshot of the web interface:
It can be downloaded from http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux
Configuration manual is included in the downloaded package (You wont install it.Only configure it and run the executable when you want to use it.).Be aware that this is a alpha version and it may have some problems.They say this version is only for 32bit linux but I used it on my 64bit server and I didn't experienced any problems.
Another option is rtorrent, a CLI application.It's not user-friendly and I had problems with different torrent files.You can install it from repositories:
sudo apt-get install rtorrent
There are some torrent clients that you can run on a headless server. I dunno if you can control them via console, but the following clients are controllable via web interface:
Torrentflux is available in the Ubuntu repositories, but I think in a quite outdated version now.
Deluge can be obtained from the getdeb repositories. It also has a GUI client software that you could run from your desktop and connect to the "headless client" running on your server to control it.
Or you could run install deluge torrent, run it as a daemon, and access it through Web Interface or remote apps (eg. Transdroid on Android).