How to install Transmission Web Client on Ubuntu Server 12.10

Monday, 17 February 20140 comments

If you are a transload/download  enthusiast and you don't want your money spent on those expansive seedboxes or other paid services like put.io & zbigz.com, this tutorial is for you.

To get started, you need two things-
  1. A server with root access running ubuntu
  2. Update, Upgrade and install Webmin (See how to install webmin on a ubuntu server here )

Update your software sources first.
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sudo apt-get update
Install the transmission package.
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sudo apt-get install transmission-daemon
After the installation, create the directory where you want to put all your downloaded files. Let’s just create a Downloads directory inside your home directory.
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mkdir ~/Downloads
Since the transmission-daemon runs as the user “debian-transmission”, we have to grant full access to the folder.
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sudo chown debian-transmission:debian-transmission ~/Downloads
Add the current user to debian-transmission group.
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sudo usermod -a -G debian-transmission <user>
Change the permissions for the directory to allow only owner and group access.
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sudo chmod 770 ~/Downloads
Stop the running transmission-daemon first:
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sudo service transmission-daemon stop
Edit the configuration file of transmission-daemon:
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sudo nano /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json
The configuration file is easy to understand. Here is my sample configuration:
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{
    "alt-speed-down": 50,
    "alt-speed-enabled": false,
    "alt-speed-time-begin": 540,
    "alt-speed-time-day": 127,
    "alt-speed-time-enabled": false,
    "alt-speed-time-end": 1020,
    "alt-speed-up": 50,
    "bind-address-ipv4": "0.0.0.0",
    "bind-address-ipv6": "::",
    "blocklist-enabled": false,
    "blocklist-url": "http://www.example.com/blocklist",
    "cache-size-mb": 4,
    "dht-enabled": true,
    "download-dir": "/home/<user>/Downloads",
    "download-limit": 1000,
    "download-limit-enabled": 0,
    "download-queue-enabled": true,
    "download-queue-size": 5,
    "encryption": 1,
    "idle-seeding-limit": 30,
    "idle-seeding-limit-enabled": false,
    "incomplete-dir": "/home/<user>/Downloads",
    "incomplete-dir-enabled": false,
    "lpd-enabled": false,
    "max-peers-global": 200,
    "message-level": 2,
    "peer-congestion-algorithm": "",
    "peer-limit-global": 240,
    "peer-limit-per-torrent": 60,
    "peer-port": 51413,
    "peer-port-random-high": 65535,
    "peer-port-random-low": 49152,
    "peer-port-random-on-start": false,
    "peer-socket-tos": "default",
    "pex-enabled": true,
    "port-forwarding-enabled": false,
    "preallocation": 1,
    "prefetch-enabled": 1,
    "queue-stalled-enabled": true,
    "queue-stalled-minutes": 30,
    "ratio-limit": 2,
    "ratio-limit-enabled": false,
    "rename-partial-files": true,
    "rpc-authentication-required": true,
    "rpc-bind-address": "0.0.0.0",
    "rpc-enabled": true,
    "rpc-password": "{0b0d1b180f589aed6c3e1ad71ac225880411d2d1hS3pQ8Gj",
    "rpc-port": 9091,
    "rpc-url": "/transmission/",
    "rpc-username": "transmission",
    "rpc-whitelist": "127.0.0.1, 192.168.*.*",
    "rpc-whitelist-enabled": false,
    "scrape-paused-torrents-enabled": true,
    "script-torrent-done-enabled": false,
    "script-torrent-done-filename": "",
    "seed-queue-enabled": false,
    "seed-queue-size": 10,
    "speed-limit-down": 100,
    "speed-limit-down-enabled": false,
    "speed-limit-up": 100,
    "speed-limit-up-enabled": false,
    "start-added-torrents": true,
    "trash-original-torrent-files": false,
    "umask": 18,
    "upload-limit": 100,
    "upload-limit-enabled": 0,
    "upload-slots-per-torrent": 14,
    "utp-enabled": true
}
You have to change the to the username you used to create the directory earlier.
Save the changes and then reload the service:
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sudo service transmission-daemon start
Go to the transmission web interface.
http://localhost:9091
Or, just replace localhost with the IP address of the computer in the network.
The default username is: transmission and the password is transmission.
If you want to change the username and password, just edit the setting.json file.
Stop the service first.
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sudo service transmission-daemon stop
Find the following lines:
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"rpc-password": "password",
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"rpc-username": "yancy",
...
For example, I want to change the username to “yancy” and the password to “password”.
Save the file afterwards and start the service.
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sudo service transmission-daemon start
Go to the web interface and log in with the new credentials. After logging in, you will notice that the value for the rpc-password inside the settings.json file will be hashed.
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