rTorrent is a popular command line based bittorrent client. It provides very powerful features yet it is very light on the system – contrary to other bittorrent clients like Vuze. There are a couple of webinterfaces for it but they are not truly need. SSH access combined with the “screen” program provide you all the tools you need.

Recently a large bittorrent tracker announced, that they will in future only support magnet link. Magnet links are special URLs that contain a hash link that identifies the according .torrent file. By default, rtorrent does not support magnet links. However there is a patch for it provided by Josef. The patch itself is currently split up into 3 seperate patches. This howto provides a step-by-step guide on how to compile rtorrent from svn and applying the magnet link patches (as well as two other patches I am fond of).

This howto works for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and for Debian 5 Lenny. The difference is that commands that contain sudo must be executed as root.

In this howto I assume you download and compile the sources from your ~/rtorrent resp. ~/rtorrent/trunk folder.

1. Remove current rtorrent installation

sudo apt-get remove rtorrent libtorrent*




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