On Xubuntu 14.04 I have installed the package transmission-daemon. It appears to start automatically when I start the computer. Is it possible to prevent this from happening and instead I would like to start it manually.

additionally if I would like to restore it to autostart sometime in future, please advise how to do that as well..


Edit : Useful link to restore it again Here

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On newer versions using systemd it is a bit different.
Check if it is enabled with:
systemctl status transmission-daemon.service
Which will return something like: transmission-daemon.service - Transmission BitTorrent Daemon Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/transmission-daemon.service; enabled;

The enabled; means it will start on boot. To stop from starting on boot run:
sudo systemctl disable transmission-daemon.service

Now check the status again: transmission-daemon.service - Transmission BitTorrent Daemon Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/transmission-daemon.service; disabled;

It should now be disabled;


Check /etc/default/transmission-daemon config file.

In it, set ENABLE_DAEMON=0, and it won't autostart.

  • Thanks, additionally can you tell me what relation does it have with file here /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon ??
    – Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2015 at 23:08
  • Just another config file. Mar 28, 2015 at 23:17

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