How to Install rTorrent/ruTorrent Seedbox on an Ubuntu VPS

This tutorial will guide you through the installation of libtorrent 0.13.0, rTorrent 0.9, and the ruTorrent Web UI (3.0) on a Debian or Ubuntu system. It has been tested with Debian 6 (x64) and Ubuntu 11.04 (x64). We have 2GB RAM Ubuntu VPS for only $19.99 if you need an Ubuntu VPS.


To begin, access your VPS via SSH and run the following to update your platform and install some needed dependencies:


# apt-get update

# sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential automake libtool libcppunit-dev libcurl3-dev libsigc++-2.0-dev unzip unrar-free curl libncurses-dev

# apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-cli php5-curl

Enable scgi for Apache:


# apt-get install libapache2-mod-scgi

# ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/scgi.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/scgi.load

Install XMLRPC:


# mkdir /install;cd /install

# svn checkout xmlrpc-c

# cd xmlrpc-c

# ./configure --disable-cplusplus

# make

# make install


Install rtorrent and libtorrent


First you need to download libtorrent latest Version from here in /usr/local/ directory.



#sudo tar xvf libtorrent-0.11.1.tar.gz

#cd libtorrent-0.11.1

#sudo ./configure

#sudo make

#sudo make install


First you need to download rtorrent latest Version from here in /usr/local/ directory.



#sudo tar xvf rtorrent-0.7.1.tar.gz

#cd rtorrent-0.7.1

#sudo ./configure

#sudo make

#sudo make install


Create required directories:


# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent

# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/.session

# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/watch

# mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/download


Setup .rtorrent.rc file (rTorrent config)


(Edit the settings in .rtorrent.rc, like max upload/download speed, max connected peers, etc, as needed.)


Secure /rutorrent:


# a2enmod ssl

# a2enmod auth_digest

# a2enmod scgi

# openssl req $@ -new -x509 -days 365 -nodes -out /etc/apache2/apache.pem -keyout /etc/apache2/apache.pem

# chmod 600 /etc/apache2/apache.pem

# htdigest -c /etc/apache2/passwords seedbox seeder1

(Enter a password of your choice when prompted, you will use this to log in to the ruTorrent web UI.)


# cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/

# rm -rf default

# a2ensite default-ssl

# /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

Install screen:


# apt-get install screen

Start rTorrent in a detached shell using screen:


# screen -fa -d -m rtorrent

(To start rtorrent automatically after reboots, add the above command to /etc/rc.local)


Setup is now complete! Access ruTorrent at http://xx.xx.xx.xx/rutorrent/ (replace xx.xx with your server's IP address). You should be greeted with a login prompt, where the username is "seeder1" and the password is the one you set above in the "secure /rutorrent" section.

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