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btpd is a BitTorrent client daemon.


Btpd is located in the [1]. It can be installed with a AUR helper or manually.

The package can be installed using cower using the following command:

$ cower -d btpd && makepkg && su -c "pacman -U *.pkg"


Btpd does not have a configuration file. Options can be applied using flags (see man btpd).


Through btcli: (don't forget to configure working directory with -d, if not default)

  • Add foo.torrent, with content dir /home/user/foo.torrent.d/, and start it: $ btcli add -d /home/user/foo.torrent.d foo.torrent
  • Same as above without starting it: $ btcli add -N -d /home/user/foo.torrent.d foo.torrent
  • Display a list btpd’s torrents and their number, size, status, etc: $ btcli list
  • Same as above, but only for torrent 12 and my.little.torrent: $ btcli list 12 my.little.torrent
  • Same as above but only for active torrents: $ btcli list -a
  • Use a custom list forma: $btcli list -f "btcli list -f "%n\t%#\t%p%s\t%r\n"
  • Start bar.torrent and torrent number 7: $ btcli start bar.torrent 7
  • Stop torrent number 7: $ btcli stop 7
  • Stop all active torrents: $ btcli stop -a
  • Remove bar.torrent and it’s associated information from btpd: $ btcli del bar.torrent
  • Display a summary of up/download stats for the active torrents: $ btcli stat
  • Display the summary once every five seconds: $ btcli stat -w 5
  • Same as above, but also display individual stats for each active torrent: $ btcli stat -w 5 -i
  • Shut down btpd: $ btcli kill

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