How To Install Transmission on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Transmission on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how-to will help you with your installation and configuration of Transmission on your Ubuntu 14.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, the Transmission BitTorrent Client features a simple interface on top of a cross-platform back-end. Transmission is licensed as free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), with parts under the MIT License. Transmission, like any other BitTorrent client, allows users to download files from the Internet and upload their own files or torrents. By grabbing items and adding them to the interface, users can create queues of files to be downloaded and uploaded.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Transmission on Ubuntu 14.04.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Transmission on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First, add transmission into the repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

Step 2. Install Transmission.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install transmission-cli transmission-common transmission-daemon

Step 3. Configure users and permissions for Transmission.

After the installation, create the directory where you want to put all your downloaded files.

cd /var/www/html/
mkdir transmission
cd transmission
mkdir completed incomplete torrents

Add the current user to the Debian transmission group.

sudo usermod -a -G debian-transmission idroot

Now, when Transmission downloads torrents, it automatically sets the rights of the files that it downloads to the Transmission user group. We need to make sure that our username is a part of that group, and we need to set the correct permissions on the downloads folders. Issue the following commands:

sudo chgrp -R debian-transmission /var/www/html/transmission
sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/transmission

Configure Transmission

Step 4. Configure Transmission.

The configuration file is easy to understand. Here is my sample configuration:

#sudo nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json

"download-dir": "/var/www/html/trasmission/completed",
"incomplete-dir": "/var/www/html/trasmission/incomplete",
"incomplete-dir-enabled": true,
"rpc-authentication-required": true,
"rpc-bind-address": "",
"rpc-enabled": true,
"rpc-password": "password",
"rpc-port": 9091,
"rpc-username": "username",
"rpc-whitelist": ",*.*.*.*",
"rpc-whitelist-enabled": true,
"umask": 2,
"watch-dir": "/media/datadrive/downloads",
"watch-dir-enabled": true

Step 5. Start Transmission daemon.

sudo service transmission-daemon start

Once it has reloaded and if it starts back up, go ahead and go to your browser and navigate to (where is the IP address of your Ubuntu server). You should be greeted with the Transmission WebUI. After logging in, you will notice that the value for the RPC-password inside the settings.json file will be hashed.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the transmission. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Transmission BitTorrent Client in Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official transmission website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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