Linux > Command line BitTorrent client

by on March 14, 2005 · 94 comments· LAST UPDATED February 18, 2008

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BitTorrent is the name of a peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol, and of a free software implementation of that protocol.

The BitTorrent client is a computer program developed by BitTorrent, Inc. used to download and upload files via the BitTorrent protocol. You can download python based command line BitTorrent client download for Linux/BSD/Mac OS X/UNIX link oses. This is quite useful, if you would like to download file remotely over SSH session. bittorrent.com offers bittorrent client in .deb (Debian Linux) or rpm (RedHat/Fedora Core/CentOS Linux) file formats.

To use the bittorrent in command line one you need to use command bittorrent-console or bittorrent-curses (see below for examples).

Step # 1: Find Python version

Make sure you download file according to your python version. Type following command to find out python version:
$ python -V
Output:

Python 2.4.2

Step # 2: Download bittorrent client

Use wget to download bittorrent client

Download bittorrent client for Debian Linux:

$ wget http://download.bittorrent.com/dl/bittorrent_5.0.3_python2.4.deb

Download bittorrent clientFor Red Hat / Fedora Core / Cent OS Linux

$ wget http://download.bittorrent.com/dl/BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm

Step # 3: Linux Install BitTorrent client

First login as a root user (use su or sudo command). If you are using Debian Linux, use dpkg command install bittorrent client
# dpkg -i bittorrent_5.0.3_python2.4.deb
If you are using Red Hat / Fedora Core /Cent OS Linux, use rpm command install bittorrent client:
# rpm -ivh BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm

Step # 4: Start using or downloading files

Use bittorrent client as follows:
$ /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses 'http://www.some.org/DesktopBSD.iso.torrent'
OR
$ bittorrent-curses 'http://www.some.org/DesktopBSD.iso.torrent'
OR
$ /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses '/path/to/file.torrent'
You can try out pure console based client bittorrent-console instead of curses based client:
$ bittorrent-console '/path/to/file.torrent'
$ /usr/bin/bittorrent-console 'http://www.some.org/DesktopBSD.iso.torrent'

Tips about using and Troubleshooting BitTorrent client

(A) If you get [Errno 2] No such file or directory, you need to use wget or lynx command to download .torrent file to local hard drive first. For example
$ bittorrent-curses 'http://www.mininova.org/get/some_file[222].torrent'
First download download .torrent file using any one of the following method:
$ lynx 'http://www.mininova.org/get/some_file[222].torrent'
When prompted save .torrent file to a hard-disk. Another option is use wget to download .torrent file:
$ wget 'http://www.mininova.org/get/some_file[222].torrent'
Now start the downloading as follows:
$ bittorrent-curses 'some_file[222].torrent'

(B) If you get error 'This seems to be an old Python version which does not support detecting the filesystem encoding. Assuming 'ascii', then upgrade your python version to 2.4.xx:

Debian user upgrade python version using apt-get command:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install python2.4

Red Hat Linux user try out:
# up2date python2.4
Fedora Linux user try out:
# yum install python2.4

Remember if you have both versions (python v2.3 and v2.4) installed, you need to run bittorent client as follows:
$ python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses '/path/to/file.torrent'
Command line BitTorrent client should work with other UNIX like operating systems such as FreeBSD/OpenBSD/Solaris etc (as long as you have Python it should work).

The current client enables a range of features including multiple parallel downloads. It also intermediates peering between itself, source file servers (read as trackers) and other clients, thereby yielding great distribution efficiencies. The client also enables users to create and share torrent files. See help files for more information.

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1 DavidK April 13, 2005 at 9:57 pm

Fantastic post… deserves tons of comments.. a massive help :)

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2 Anonymous April 19, 2005 at 11:01 pm

Very helpul thanks!

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3 Anonymous May 18, 2005 at 8:12 am

Try ctorrent, a c++ command line bt client.

Looking for a better command line client can select files from the torrent for downloading.

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4 nixcraft May 18, 2005 at 7:13 pm

Okay it looks good to me thanks for pointing out it :)

1) Get it at URL

2) Read INSTALL file :) for installation.

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5 read-icc July 14, 2005 at 4:05 am

Also use btdownloadheadless.py (or curses) by itself to get the help output. Various command switches are taken. –max_upload_rate $INT –super-seeder $BOOLEAN – etc.

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6 Anonymous July 29, 2005 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for this! Torrents thru SSH == heaven :)

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7 Anonymous August 23, 2005 at 8:31 pm

Very nice post, but i screwd it somehow :(
Here’s the error i got:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/btdownloadheadless.py”, line 24, in ?
from BitTorrent.download import Feedback, Multitorrent
ImportError: No module named BitTorrent.download

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8 Anonymous September 17, 2005 at 1:34 am

> ImportError: No module named BitTorrent.download

I had that error on my box and found this problem/solution:
– /usr/lib/python a link to /usr/lib/python2.2
– /usr/lib/python2.3 had been created during rpm install of BitTorrent and contained nothing but a dir /site-packages (belonging to BitTorrent
– copying that directory to /python2.2 fixed the problem

have fun

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9 Anonymous September 17, 2005 at 3:17 pm

Cool, thanks for posting solution too. I’m sure it will help others who gets stuck up with such errors :D

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10 Anonymous October 30, 2005 at 12:23 am

Your post helps a lot.

I have tried using the command ./btdownloadcurse.py. I found that it is not possible to have it run as a background job ! Why ? Is it possible to run bittorrent jobs, either d/l or u/l in background ?

Panya

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11 cyberciti October 30, 2005 at 4:39 am

Try no nohup command as follows:

nohup ./btdownloadheadless.py some_file[222].torrent &

nohup run a command immune to hangups, with output to a non-tty i.e. it will run command even if you quit the session

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12 Anonymous October 30, 2005 at 12:29 pm

Another question, I got a warning (guess it is not an error) saying that :
[13:57:00] Python failed to autodetect filesystem encoding. Using ‘ascii’ instead.

What should I do ?

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13 LinuxTitli November 1, 2005 at 10:22 am

You need to upgrade python version to avoid this warning. Once upgraded you should able to get rid of this problem


Rocky

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14 Anonymous November 23, 2005 at 2:08 pm

This is just what I need… but.. I download the .deb file and dpkg -i btclientfile.deb and I can’t find btdownloadheadless.py

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15 nixcraft November 23, 2005 at 6:39 pm

It should be in /usr/bin/ directory. Try as follows:

$ cd /usr/bin
$ ./btdownloadheadless.py path/to/file.torrent

You can also use following trick to find out path to btdownloadheadless.py
# dpkg –contents btclientfile.deb | grep btdownloadheadless.py

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16 Anonymous November 23, 2005 at 6:58 pm

Hello

I’m getting following error I’m using /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses under Debian linux:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 17, in ?
from BitTorrent.platform import install_translation
ImportError: cannot import name install_translation

Any idea?

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17 nixcraft November 23, 2005 at 7:17 pm

Upgrade your version to python2.4, try
apt-get install python2.4

Then execute curses interface as follows:
$ python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses ‘/path/to/file.torrent’

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18 Anonymous November 25, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Cool after upgrading it to python 2.4, it worked, thanks a lot :) Your site is worth a bookmark. Can u write about GUI BitTorrent clients …

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19 Anonymous December 7, 2005 at 5:07 am

Do you need to open up any ports specifically on the firewall?

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20 nixcraft December 7, 2005 at 5:58 am

Yup you need to open ports on firewall:
TCP/UDP 6881 to 6889 for bittorent client

If you have router based firewall then you need to enable port forwarding on router for above ports to your internal computes.

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21 Anonymous December 11, 2005 at 4:18 am

thanks was looking for both firewall rule and command line tool

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22 Bo0 February 15, 2006 at 9:07 am

Thx!!!

Installed on my dedicated :D

download rate: 55.7 KB/s
upload rate: 16.1 KB/s
share rating: 0.713 (19.1 MB up / 26.8 MB down)
seed status: 14 seen now, plus 2 distributed copies (3:99.6%, 4:96.5%, 5:85.9%)
peer status: 15 seen now

:DDDD

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23 nixcraft February 15, 2006 at 9:38 am

Wow nice speed :)

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24 Anonymous February 17, 2006 at 3:29 pm

I can’t seem to get this to work. I keep getting:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 18, in ?
from BitTorrent.platform import install_translation
ImportError: No module named BitTorrent.platform

If I check the python version with python -V I get Python 2.4.2

I have tried running the bittorrent command as both python and python2.4 and get the same error in both cases.

In /usr/local/bin I can see 2 files:
python & python2.4 both with the same size and timestamp.

In /usr/lib I have a python2.2 directory and a python2.4 directory.

The python2.2 directory has a whole bunch of files in it, while the python2.4 directory only has a site-packages directory.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling both python2.4 and bittorrent with no success so far.

Any suggestions?

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25 nixcraft February 17, 2006 at 3:47 pm

Run it as follows:

python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses ‘/path/to/file.torrent’

OR

python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses ‘http://somewhere.com/file.torrent’

>The python2.2 directory has a whole bunch of files in it, while the python2.4 directory only has a site-packages directory.

Hmm i have more than 500+ files in /usr/lib .. try to install python-all. If you are using Debian then it is really easy:
apt-get install python2.4

Above command should install all files.

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26 Anonymous February 19, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Hi,
It works, if you have this:

File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 18, in ?
from BitTorrent.platform import install_translation
ImportError: No module named BitTorrent.platform

Just check if your /usr/bin/python is linked with /usr/bin/python2.4
if not do:
1/ rm /usr/bin/python
2/ ln -s /usr/bin/python2.3 /usr/bin/python

3/ Enjoy

JJ

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27 Anonymous February 27, 2006 at 3:16 am

dl speed: 150.1 KB/s ul speed: 19.8 KB/s sharing: 0.167 (27.5 MB up / 164.5 MB down) seeds: 64 seen now, plus 0 distributed copies(1:99.9%, 2:98.6%, 3:91.6%) peers: 16 seen now

sad thing is that utorrent over cable is faster at over 200 KB/s

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28 Anonymous March 5, 2006 at 5:12 pm

How do I stop torrents? I mean I have torrents downloading but what do I do (in SSH) to stop that torrent? I can’t seem to get to a command line either, it just keeps showing the information of speeds, % complete etc…

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29 nixcraft March 5, 2006 at 7:02 pm

Press q to exit/stop bittorrent client.

OR press CTRL + C to cancel command.

Otherwise login from other terminal (may be over ssh) and find out pid of bittorrent client and kill using kill command.

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30 Anonymous March 18, 2006 at 5:28 am

Hi there, and thank you for a nice page.

I’m getting:
File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 18, in ?

and yet am using python2.4, my python is linked to 2.4 and I’ve tried explicitly running it as 2.4 as well… still no joy.

Any other explanations?
Dan.

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31 nixcraft March 18, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Hi Dan,

It seems that some problem exists there for Debian if you are looking for GUI client try out azureus bittorent java client. If you don’t wanna use GUI client then above method should work for you.

Try out:
python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses ‘path/to/bottorent-file’
azureus

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32 Anonymous March 18, 2006 at 2:46 pm

That is what I have been using :S
none of the /usr/bin/bittorrent* files run, all generate this error.

btdownloadgui however works fine, but I sometimes wish to start a transfer over ssh.

Dan.

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33 nixcraft March 18, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Ok. I just try out latest .deb file from official site and you are right it is broken. But I was able to run it via source code. Try out following 4 command it should work on any Linux computer.

Download source code
wget http://www.bittorrent.com/dl/BitTorrent-4.4.0.tar.gz

Untar code
tar -zxvf BitTorrent-4.4.0.tar.gz

Goto dirctory:
cd BitTorrent-4.4.00

Start GUI Client
./bittorrent

Start Console Client
./bittorrent-curses

Let me know if it works or not.

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34 Anonymous March 18, 2006 at 5:59 pm

Thank you :)

I had found btdownloadcurses on my machine, that worked as well.

Note also that an alternative to nohup is screen. You can run a command with screen like:

screen btdownloadcurses http://www.site.etc/to.torrent

press ctrl+a then d to detach from the process

you can then regain control by issueing

screen -r
Dan.

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35 Anonymous April 4, 2006 at 12:05 am

How to close program running in screen? The bittorrent.

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36 nixcraft April 4, 2006 at 12:11 am

Press q to exit bittorent client. To exit screen command press CTRL+a+C

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37 Anonymous April 4, 2006 at 12:41 am

How to close the screen completely?

[root@server html]# screen -r
There are several suitable screens on:
11809.pts-0.server (Detached)
20081.pts-0.server (Attached)
11582.pts-0.server (Detached)
Type “screen [-d] -r [pid.]tty.host” to resume one of them.

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38 nixcraft April 4, 2006 at 12:58 am

Type command to resume screen:
screen -r -d 11809.pts-0.server

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39 Anonymous April 4, 2006 at 2:10 am

When i use screen bittorrent-curses ‘test.torrent’
I get [screen is terminating]..
How to fix this?

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40 nixcraft April 4, 2006 at 10:43 am

You need to first start screen session:
screen -S 1
Now start bittorent session:
bittorrent-curses ‘test.torrent’

You need to read man page of screen for more info and usage.

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41 Anonymous April 7, 2006 at 5:11 pm

Hi,
I’d like to set up my console bittorrent to running only in some configured time. For example from 2 to 8 in the night. I now use cron ok no problem. But how to set up time how long launchmany-curses (I’m using it because I’ve a lot of torrent files) have to work ?
I know I can use kill but then on trackers connections isn’t well ended and I think there must be better way to achive this goal.

Greetings,
krutny

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42 Anonymous May 5, 2006 at 6:31 pm

I got these messages, anyone can help me?

lw13n971:/usr/src# python2.4 /usr/bin/bittorrent-curses ‘/usr/src/test.torrent’
root : STDERR Traceback (most recent call last):
root : STDERR File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 31, in ?
root : STDERR from BitTorrent.MultiTorrent import MultiTorrent, TorrentAlreadyRunning
root : STDERR File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/MultiTorrent.py”, line 25, in ?
root : STDERR from BitTorrent.Torrent import Feedback, Torrent
root : STDERR File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/Torrent.py”, line 34, in ?
root : STDERR from BitTorrent.ConnectionManager import ConnectionManager
root : STDERR File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/ConnectionManager.py”, line 22, in ?
root : STDERR from BitTorrent.RawServer_twisted import Handler
root : STDERR File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/RawServer_twisted.py”, line 45, in ?
root : STDERR from twisted.python import threadable
root : STDERR ImportError: No module named twisted.python
lw13n971:/usr/src#

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43 disorg July 6, 2006 at 6:08 pm

great page

i have managed to instal python2.4 on my redhat6.2 based qube3, but can’t install bittorrent as (i think) it can’t find the updated python

tantilising!

and ideas anyone?

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44 nixcraft July 6, 2006 at 6:58 pm

If python2.4 is installed then you should able to use bittorent.

BTW, why you are using RedHat 6.x? It is better to get new version aka Fedora Core 5 or 4 or better try Debian/Ubentu Linux.

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45 Anonymous July 6, 2006 at 8:25 pm

cool stuff

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46 Anonymous July 13, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Thanks, excellent article.
I have a couple of doubts, though. I haven’t been able to resume downloading a previously stopped torrent.
I got this message, only once:

“These errors occurred during execution:
[10:56:02] Could not load fastresume data: Another program appears to have modified the file, or BitTorrent may have crashed last time it was run. Will perform full hash check.”

Do you have any tip for resuming? As it is now, every time I stop it I have to start all over again.

thanks, Emiliano

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47 nixcraft July 13, 2006 at 8:37 pm

Just run same command it will automatically resume the job.

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48 Anonymous July 16, 2006 at 10:48 am

I get this error – Problem connecting to tracker – urlopen error 3, ‘Temporary failure in name resolution’

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49 Wesley July 21, 2006 at 6:28 am

I’m searcing for a way to remotely control any bittorrent client by ssh, meaning that I can see the download progress, stop it, add another download, etc.

Is it possible with the official BitTorrent? Do you know any other torrent client that can do this?

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50 nixcraft July 21, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Use screen utility to start multiple session.

You may also need to execute commands using nohup

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51 Anonymous August 2, 2006 at 6:57 pm

How can i change the ports (6881 to 6889) that bittorrent are use?

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52 nixcraft August 2, 2006 at 10:41 pm

Pass –minport –maxport option to change default port.

bittorrent-curses –minport 5000 –maxport 5100 ‘file.torrent’

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53 Anonymous August 6, 2006 at 3:55 am

any idea why I get this error: Problem connecting to tracker – urlopen error (105, ‘No buffer space available’

Thanks,

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54 Nasser December 24, 2006 at 3:16 pm

:(

can any one help me

root@nasser [~/Python-2.5]# rpm -ivh BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
/usr/bin/python2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python(abi) = 2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-crypto >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-psyco is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-twisted >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-zopeinterface is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
wxPython >= 2.6 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch

??

root@nasser [~/Python-2.5]# python -V
Python 2.5

can any onw tell me ?? how to solve this problem ?

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55 nixCraft December 24, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Install python v2.4

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56 Nasser January 1, 2007 at 12:34 am

Sorry .,

But after it’s work .. it gave me this messege

These errors occurred during execution:
[19:33:53] Could not load fastresume data: invalid literal for int(): 1167527459.0 Will perform full hash check.
[19:33:54] Aborting the torrent as it was rejected by the tracker while not connected to any peers. Message from the tracker: unregistered torrent

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57 chicken February 4, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I looking for software can run in my server ( not my computer ). So I can download file using torrent in my server and then when it completes, I download to my computer.
Do not blame me if my idea is bad!:D
Help me please!
Thanks.

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58 john February 27, 2007 at 1:46 am

simplistic. awesome. thanks.

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59 Wolturn-uZ May 29, 2007 at 1:49 pm

-sh-2.05b$ python2.4 /home/radon86/Download/BitTorrent-4.4.0/bittorrent-curses.py ‘Pirates_of_the_Caribbean.At_Worlds_End.TS.XViD_-_NL_Subs_srt_-^mininova.org^-.torrent’
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| file: |
| size: |
| dest: |
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| status: |
| dl speed: |
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| sharing: |
| seeds: |
| peers: |
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Traceback (most recent call last):———————————————
File “/home/radon86/Download/BitTorrent-4.4.0/bittorrent-curses.py”, line 445, in ?
curses_wrapper(dl.run)
File “/usr/local/lib/python2.4/curses/wrapper.py”, line 44, in wrapper
return func(stdscr, *args, **kwds)
File “/home/radon86/Download/BitTorrent-4.4.0/bittorrent-curses.py”, line 349, in run
self.d = CursesDisplayer(scrwin, self.errlist, self.doneflag, reread, ulrate)
File “/home/radon86/Download/BitTorrent-4.4.0/bittorrent-curses.py”, line 117, in __init__
curses.use_default_colors()
_curses.error: use_default_colors() returned ERR
-sh-2.05b$

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help me please

now i have install python 2.4.4

when i use rpm command to install bitcomment it’s show

-sh-2.05b$ rpm -ivh BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
/usr/bin/python2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python >= 2.3 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python(abi) = 2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python-crypto >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python-psyco is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python-twisted >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
python-zopeinterface is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
wxPython >= 2.6 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1
-sh-2.05b$

please slove my problem

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60 Alibaba June 24, 2007 at 12:15 pm

I also have Python 2.4.4 and the only failed dependency is python-zopeinterface, which is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.7-1.noarch.
I have installed python-zope-interface which it seems is not the same thing. I have tried a python-zopeinterface from FC5 but does not work with my FC6.
Does anyone else have similar problems?

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61 Thoku September 7, 2007 at 8:34 pm

I want to run effectively a torrent daemon which I can take up and down as I please. However using nohup and running bittorrent-curses in the background doesn’t seem to work. As soon I enter another command bittorrent-curses stops working.

Any advice?

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62 TJ September 25, 2007 at 5:38 am

No problems installing and using. No more guiding the wife through starting a download so I can use it when I get home from work.
Great post, thanks a lot!

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63 Rob Goretsky October 10, 2007 at 4:13 am

I found that under Fedora Core 6, the only way to get nohup to cooperate with this was to run the command:

nohup python /usr/bin/bittorrent-console –display_interval 60 path-to-torrentfile &

the tricks here being:
1) You need to set the display interval pretty high so that it doesnt flood your nohup.out with messages.
2) You need to explicitly execute this with python..

Thanks,
Rob Goretsky

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64 Ghost December 29, 2007 at 1:35 am

I’m also getting the python-zopeinterface is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1 error

I do have a python-zope-interface package installed though. is this the same package?? I’m using Fedora Core 6

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65 ASLAM January 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

HOW TO open ports from the command line in debian

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66 EPCTechno January 14, 2008 at 5:38 am

For the install issues, just:

rpm -ivh http://download.bittorrent.com/dl/BitTorrent-5.2.0-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm –nodeps

Then run it via:

cd /usr/bin
./btdownloadcurses.py /path/to/torrent

Then you’ll get a screen like this:

file: National.Treasure.Book.of.Secrets.TS.DivX-LTT

size: 741,703,680 (707.3 MB)

dest: /usr/bin/National.Treasure.Book.of.Secrets.TS.DivX-LTT

speed: 174.8 KB/s down – 86.6 KB/s
| totals: 650.5 MB down – 130.5 MB up
| error(s):

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67 Sneezy Melon March 15, 2008 at 4:46 pm

The command line version is especially useful. This is the only reason why I still have a bittorrent installation on my system. Otherwise KTorrent is the best

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68 dennyhalim March 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm

try aria.
it can do http,ftp,torrent,multilinker.

i use it all the time…

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69 Mauko Quiroga April 7, 2008 at 4:13 am

Hi.

i got this error msg:

>>> unable to setrlimit not allowed to raise maximum limit

Any idea?

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70 Sled April 13, 2008 at 1:56 pm

For reference for anyone else in pain of my problem;

[root@localhost Download]# rpm -ivh BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
/usr/bin/python2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python(abi) = 2.4 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-psyco is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-twisted >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-zopeinterface is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
wxPython >= 2.6 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch

Try this ling instead;
[root@localhost Download]# rpm -ivh –nodeps BitTorrent-5.0.3-1-Python2.4.noarch.rpm

Then use by;
/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses http://www.yourtorrentfile.com/file.torrent

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71 jamal April 26, 2008 at 1:40 pm

File “/usr/bin/bittorrent-curses”, line 19, in ?
from BitTorrent.translation import _
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/__init__.py”, line 49, in ?
from BitTorrent.platform import get_temp_subdir, get_dot_dir, is_frozen_exe
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BitTorrent/platform.py”, line 120, in ?
from BTL.defer import ThreadedDeferred
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/BTL/defer.py”, line 15, in ?
from twisted.internet import defer
ImportError: No module named twisted.internet

i got this after i finish install the bittorent
please help

thanks

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72 roger October 23, 2008 at 11:08 pm

you’ll need to download and install twisted [google for it]. You may also need to download and install
“pycrypto” if that errs, too
http://www.amk.ca/python/code/crypto.html
GL!

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73 fricker88 January 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

really nice work, helped me alot, many thanks :)

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74 SxN January 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Hi,

I am facing some issues when attempting to use bittorent-curses (or -console, same story):

# python bittorrent-curses.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "bittorrent-curses.py", line 19, in
from BitTorrent.translation import _
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/__init__.py", line 49, in
from BitTorrent.platform import get_temp_subdir, get_dot_dir, is_frozen_exe
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/platform.py", line 120, in
from BTL.defer import ThreadedDeferred
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BTL/defer.py", line 54, in
DeferredQueue = defer.DeferredQueue
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'DeferredQueue'

If I’m going in defer.py and commenting out the offending line (the DeferredQueue variable doesn’t seem to be used anyway), I end up with:

# python bittorrent-curses.py
/mnt/sda5/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/OpenSSL/__init__.py:11: RuntimeWarning: Python C API version mismatch for module rand: This Python has API version 1013, module rand has version 1012.
import rand, crypto, SSL, tsafe
/mnt/sda5/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/OpenSSL/__init__.py:11: RuntimeWarning: Python C API version mismatch for module crypto: This Python has API version 1013, module crypto has version 1012.
import rand, crypto, SSL, tsafe
/mnt/sda5/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/OpenSSL/__init__.py:11: RuntimeWarning: Python C API version mismatch for module SSL: This Python has API version 1013, module SSL has version 1012.
import rand, crypto, SSL, tsafe
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "bittorrent-curses.py", line 34, in
from BitTorrent.MultiTorrent import MultiTorrent, TorrentAlreadyRunning
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/MultiTorrent.py", line 25, in
from BitTorrent.Torrent import Feedback, Torrent
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/Torrent.py", line 32, in
from BitTorrent.ConnectionManager import ConnectionManager
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/ConnectionManager.py", line 21, in
from BitTorrent.RawServer_twisted import Handler
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BitTorrent/RawServer_twisted.py", line 56, in
from BTL.ConnectionRateLimitReactor import connectionRateLimitReactor
File "/mnt/sda6/install/BitTorrent-5.2.2/BTL/ConnectionRateLimitReactor.py", line 23, in
from twisted.internet import error, address, abstract
ImportError: cannot import name address

Here I cannot comment out lines. as error is used later in the program.

What should I do?

Thanks for advise,
SxN

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75 Jaysunn August 19, 2009 at 1:06 am

This is great. Thanks for this great post.

Jaysunn

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76 patrick November 23, 2009 at 4:11 am

How to start the bittorrentc-console as a seed?
where should i put the completed file so that it can be seen by the program?
Many thanks.

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77 Jake December 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

yum install bittorrent

Simplest, and easiest way to get the job done. (Only works on Red Hat / Fedora Core / Cent OS Linux maybe more)

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78 dev December 5, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I use screen on remote box to keep an instance of btlaunchmanycurses active all the time. I just scp torrent files to specified directory, and then rm them and scp completed downloads back to my PC. It has worked perfect for me but now I have problem. TPB and other sites are starting to use magnet links. So my question is…
Do you know any CLI p2p client, that handles magnet links?

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79 TQuang January 19, 2010 at 2:35 am

I really resolved that!

Step1: install RPMforge and config it at here: http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories/RPMForge

Step2: yum install there dependences or
yum install *torrent*

My site: x3x.ath.cx
Good luck!

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80 centguy January 23, 2010 at 5:57 am

Nice. tried “yum install bittorrrent” on CentOS 5.2 and it just works !!

Thanks for this arttcle!

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81 hayden February 21, 2010 at 4:40 am
82 SathiyaMoorthy February 23, 2010 at 10:30 am
83 balou April 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm
84 stib October 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Another good client for the command line is transmission. Very simple to use and light weight too.

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85 Nick July 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm
86 keith October 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

hi I’m new in linux ,anyone can help me to provide me website to download operating system.appreciate your help..

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87 Taps December 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

” —————————————————————————————————–
| file: Haunted Manor 2- Queen of Death CE.rar |
| size: 751,689,629 (716.9 M) |
| dest: /home/tapas/Haunted Manor 2- Queen of Death CE.rar |
| progress: _________________________________________________________________________________________ |
| status: connecting to peers (0.0%) |
| speed: 0 B/s down – 0 B/s up |
| totals: 0.0 M down – 0.0 M up |
| error(s): [23:24:57] Problem connecting to tracker – HTTP Error 503: Service Unavailable ”
how can i get rid of this problem??

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88 asf December 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

this is shit.

apt-get install bittorrent

then you’re fucked up anyway cause it’s confusing, no damn tutorials about ssh torrent

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89 Prescilla January 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hello, thank you for this info but I can’t seem to make it work. When I tried bittorrent-curses the message was:

bittorrent-curses: command not found

I am sure that it is installed. Can you tell me what’s wrong?

When I tried to install it again, here’s the message:

sudo apt-get install python-bittorrent
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
python-bittorrent is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.

Please help.

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90 landon kelsey March 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

what a mess! Windows 7 has no python

you’ve created a research project out of something so simple

all because you didn’t THINK

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91 Bhavesh April 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

error: Failed dependencies:
python-psyco is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-twisted >= 2.0 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
python-zopeinterface is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch
wxPython >= 2.6 is needed by BitTorrent-5.0.3-1.noarch

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92 Torrent fan March 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

Can anybody help me resolve this issue with Bittorrent.
ERROR:
[16:10:37] Problem connecting to tracker –

[root@localhost Desktop]# netstat -an |grep -i 6881
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:6881 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN
udp 0 0 0.0.0.0:6881 0.0.0.0:*
[root@localhost Desktop]# netstat -an |grep -i 6889
[root@localhost Desktop]# python -V
Python 2.4.3

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93 Torrent fan March 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

Here is full error description:
ERROR:
[16:10:37] Problem connecting to tracker –-

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94 leaveittobeaver September 1, 2013 at 5:50 am

ok i have installed it but what is the proper command to tell it where to put the torrent that i want to download?

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