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rtGui is a web based front end for rTorrent - the Linux command line BitTorrent client. It is written in PHP and uses XML-RPC to communicate with the rTorrent client.


Installing via pacman

 $ pacman -S rtorrent apache php php-apache

The Apache module mod_scgi is currently only available through the AUR. You could build it yourself or install it with a AUR helper such as yaourt.

 $ yaourt -S mod_scgi

Apache configuration

Adding the mod_scgi module to httpd.conf

 $ sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find the LoadModule section and add:

  LoadModule scgi_module modules/mod_scgi.so

At the end of the file:

 LoadModule php5_module modules/libphp5.so
 Include conf/extra/php5_module.conf
 SCGIMount /RPC2

PHP configuration

PHP adjust per php.ini

 $ sudo nano /etc/php/php.ini

uncomment these extensions


change the value of these settings from off to on

 allow_url_fopen = On
 allow_url_include = On

rTorrent configuration

You need to adjust the .rtorrent.rc and add the following line

 scgi_port = localhost:5000

Restart Apache

 $ sudo /etc/rc.d/httpd restart

rtGui installation

Download and extract rtgui from source, then copy and edit the config.php

 cd /srv/http/
 tar xvzf rtgui-x.x.x.tgz 
 cd rtgui/
 cp config.php.example config.php 
 nano config.php