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Deluge contains the common features to BitTorrent clients such as Protocol Encryption, DHT, Local Peer Discovery (LSD), Peer Exchange (PEX), UPnP, NAT-PMP, Proxy support, Web seeds, global and per-torrent speed limits. As Deluge heavily utilises the libtorrent library it has a comprehensive list of the features provided.


Deluge has been designed to run as both a normal standalone desktop application and as a client-server. In Thinclient mode a Deluge daemon handles all the BitTorrent activity and is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces connecting remotely from any other platform.

User Interfaces

There are three main user interfaces (UIs):

  • GTK UI for the desktop
  • Web UI for the browser
  • Console UI for the command line.

How to run

  • As daemon

The following daemons will auto-start on install: deluge-lukewh.deluged-service deluge-lukewh.deluge-web-service

Daemons run as root and the configuration is saved to /var/snap/deluge-lukewh/common/.config/deluge

The easiest way I've found to share downloads with users is to create a directory in your home folder and mount it to /mnt with mount --bind [src_dir] /mnt/[dir_name] you can then add both root and your user to a group that has permissions in that folder. You may need to mkdir /mnt/[dir_name].

For the snap to see this mount you will need to run snap connect deluge-lukewh:removable-media manually.

  • As user

If you don't want to use the daemon you can stop and disable them with: snap service stop --disable deluge-lukewh.deluged-service snap service stop --disable deluge-lukewh.deluge-web-service

You can then run deluge-lukewh.deluged and deluge-lukewh.deluge-web. These will be run with the default behaviour of deluge (fork).

The configuration is then stored in $HOME/snap/deluge-lukewh/common/.config/deluge. $HOME/snap/deluge-lukewh/common/Downloads is also created to store your downloads.

Next steps

Once both deluged and deluge-web have been run you can point your browser to http://[ip-address]:8112

The first thing to do (after changing the default password) is change the download directory to either /home/$USER/snaps/deluge-lukewh/common/Downloads or /mnt/[dir_name] in the preferences, depending on whether you are running the snap as a user or daemon.

Happy torrenting!

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