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How to Install & Setup μTorrent (uTorrent) Server in Ubuntu 16.04


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As I was frustrated by the lack of consolidated help getting μTorrent Server installed and working on Ubuntu Desktop LTR 16.04, I was motivated to write a 'How-To' for the installation of μTorrent Server on Ubuntu 16.04.  I present it here for your consideration and comments.  Please excuse the links which appear in my post.  They are not intended and I could not figure out how to remove them.


How to Install & Setup μTorrent (uTorrent) Server in Ubuntu 16.04

Quick tutorial for beginners how to install μTorrent (uTorrent) server in Ubuntu 16.04, by setting up μTorrent server in Ubuntu so you can easily access and control your BitTorrent downloading any where (over LAN or Internet) using a web browser.

1. Download μTorrent for Ubuntu:

The latest packages on the μTorrent Linux download page ( μTorrent server v.3.3) are said to be for Ubuntu 13.04, however, it works on all current Ubuntu releases including Ubuntu 16.04.

For Ubuntu server, grab the package via wget command:

Download utserver for 32-bit system:

wget http://download-new.utorrent.com/endpoint/utserver/os/linux-i386-ubuntu-13-04/track/beta/ -O utserver.tar.gz

Download utserver for 64-bit system:

wget http://download-new.utorrent.com/endpoint/utserver/os/linux-x64-ubuntu-13-04/track/beta/ -O utserver.tar.gz

2. Install uTorrent sever to /opt/, and create symlink

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) or login to Ubuntu server, and run command to extract the downloaded server to /opt/:

sudo tar -zxvf utserver.tar.gz -C /opt/

For Ubuntu Desktop users who downloaded uTorrent server package using a web browser, you may replace the command with:

sudo tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/utserver.tar.gz -C /opt/

Then you may change the ownership via command:

sudo chown root:root -R /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/

And finally create a symlink to the executable via command:

sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

3. Install the required libssl library via command:

sudo apt-get install libssl1.0.0 libssl-dev

4. Start uTorrent server:

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

5. Login to μTorrent web client:

Open a web browser and go to http://server-ip-address:8080/gui (get your ip via ipconfig command) or http://localhost:8080/gui/web/index.html (for those of you not running Ubuntu 16.04 server) to get into the login screen.

For the first login, type admin as username and leave the password box empty.

username: admin

password: none

6. Add μTorrent Server to Startup Applications:

Use the Dash (that's the first icon in Ubuntu's Launcher) to find and open Startup Applications.

In the Startup Applications window, click Add. In the window that clicking Add opened, enter a name for μTorrent Server in the name field. Next, click on the Browse button adjacent to the Command field, and go to the root directory of Ubuntu (/). In Ubuntu's root directory, find the folder labeled usr and open it. Within the usr folder, find and open the bin folder. Within the bin folder, find and click on the file named utserver. When utserver has been highlighted by clicking on it, click the Open button at the bottom of the browse window. This will return you to the Startup Applications Add window, but this time the path to the file selected appears in the Command field. Adding something to the Comments field is entirely optional. When you are finished, click the Add button at the bottom of the Add window and you are done! Click the Close button to close the Startup Applications window.

It is recommended that you confirm the changes you have made are working properly by re-starting your computer and then opening your browser and navigating to  http://localhost:8080/gui/web/index.html .  You should get the log-in window for μTorrent Server.

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