How to Install and Set up uTorrent on Ubuntu

What Do I Need?

  • Any Dedicated or Virtual Server
  • Ubuntu

What is uTorrent?

uTorrent is an application used for the decentralized sharing and downloading of multimedia files and content. The program has been in active development since its release in 2005. Imagine being able to task your server with downloading all the content you could possibly want simply and easily while you’re away from your desk. Or, conversely, using it to share your very own content with others. It’s all right here in uTorrent.

  1. Download uTorrent Server

For your Ubuntu server download the latest packages:

sudo wget -O utserver.tar.gz

How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

  1. Install uTorrent Server
    1. Run the following command to extract the downloaded server to /opt/:
    sudo tar -zxvf utserver.tar.gz -C /opt/

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    1. Change ownership of the package using the following command:
    sudo chown root:root -R /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/

    1. Next, we need to create a symlink to the executable via command:
    sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

    1. Install the required libssl libraries to your server using the following command:
    sudo apt install libssl1.1 libssl-dev

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    1. You will need the earlier libssl libraries as well which have previously been deprecated. You can find and install them using the following commands:
    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    add deb bionic-security main
    sudo apt update && apt-cache policy libssl1.0-dev

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    sudo apt-get install libssl1.0-dev

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    1. Finally, start the uTorrent Server using the following command:
    sudo utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-alpha-v3_3/ &

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

  1. Log Into the uTorrent Web Client
    1. In order to use the web client, you’ll need to know your server’s IP address. In order to find out what your local IP address is, you’ll need to use the ifconfig command. Unfortunately, it’s no longer installed by default into most Ubuntu packages so you’ll need to do it yourself using the following commands:
    sudo apt install net-tools

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu


    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    1. Next, open a web browser and go to:

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

    1. When logging in for the first time use the following default login details:
    Username: admin
    Password: none

    How to Install and Setup uTorrent on Ubuntu

Next Steps

The world of torrenting isn’t what it used to be. There are still some great sites out there, but it’s going to be tricky to find them using a standard Google search. And you don’t want to waste your time checking out dozens upon dozens of trashy, ad-loaded websites, wading through endless pop-ups (unless you’re using the Brave browser – yes – download today) and ads just to discover that they haven’t got what you want – or they’ve just got a virus-laden tracked version.


So, some basic recommendations for getting good quality torrents and files. Check out the following but when doing so I recommend using a VPN. My personal recommendation is VyperVPN – I use them on every single one of my devices. Almost every ISP tries to block access to these sites so use a VPN and when doing so make sure to have checked the terms and conditions for your particular internet service provider. You don’t want to get kicked!

  1. YTS

If you’re looking for a movie, just head on over to YTS. While the average metrics don’t look so great: there’s not a big library compared to The Pirate Bay, and even with an average download speed of 3-4 MB/s, YTS has over 75 million visits a month, and that’s due to its positioning. First, it’s only focused on movies, and it does its best to track torrents with HD quality and small size, optimizing for any device or bandwidth. Second, ad intrusion is minimal and the interface is beautiful. Lastly, classics are readily available on the platform.

  1. Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay has been a crowd favorite for many years. It managed to deflect attempts at blocking it or shutting it down, and it’s going really strong with over 6.3 million monthly users on the main site. However, considering the number of mirrors and blocking attempts, that number may be skewed, and 20-60 million visits a month is perhaps a bit more accurate. I couldn’t get an exact number on its library size, but it’s in the millions of files, and you can expect a download speed of 5-6 MB/s, all other things being equal.

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