Transmission is a light-weight and cross-platform BitTorrent client. It is the default BitTorrent client in many Linux distributions.
There are several options in official repositories:
- - includes CLI tools, daemon and web client
- - GTK+ GUI
- - Qt GUI
If you install
/usr/share/transmission/web/ files are packaged.
For transmission-gtk and transmission-qt, the default path of configuration files is
For transmission-cli, default configuration path is
Run as a daemon
transmission daemon using systemd.
Navigate to http://localhost:9091/ in your web browser to see the web client.
You can edit the main configuration file
~/.config/transmission-daemon/settings.json to fit your preference. You need to stop the daemon before editing configuration files, or your edits will not be saved.
By default, the daemon will run as the user transmission, whose home directory is
/var/lib/transmission/. This means the default location for the configuration file is
If you change your download location, make sure the transmission user has read/write privileges to your download directory.
Changing daemon user
To change the user the daemon is running as, simply override
User= in the service file with a drop-in config (see systemd#Editing provided unit files):
[Service] User=<custom user>
Then run the following to reload the service file:
# systemctl daemon-reload
When the daemon is started, it will create its settings in