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Transmission is a light-weight and cross-platform BitTorrent client with full encryption, DHT, µTP, PEX and Magnet Link support. It is the default BitTorrent client for DebianGnome.


if you have installed your DebianGnome desktop from tasksel then transmission-gtk should be installed by default, but it is possible to use one more of the following packages, depending on your requirements:


Currently transmission overwrites the settings.json configuration file on exit. The daemon can be instructed to reload the config with a SIGHUP, or service transmission-daemon reload Otherwise changes made manually to the file while the daemon is running will be silently overwritten on exit.

The transmission-gtk and transmission-qt clients can be configured via the application or via ~/.config/transmission/settings.json.

The transmission-daemon can be configured by editing /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json.

The setting.json file is quite self explanatory but the common things that might need editing are:

A full description of the setting can be found at transmission wiki.

Change default user on daemon

In case you want to set a different user than the default debian-transmission user, you need to create a configuration file to overwrite default settings.

# systemctl edit transmission-daemon.service

Then add these lines:


Where "USER" is the name of the user you want to run the daemon as.

Connecting to daemon

Web Interface

Once the daemon is running, it can be accessed from your web browser by pointing it at or the address for your server (once you have whitelisted the IP range).

curses cli tool

The curses interface can be accessed via the terminal using:

# transmission-remote-cli -c username:password@

replacing username:password and IP address with your settings.

External Links