To install qBittorrent in Ubuntu

qBittorrent is one of the most popular free torrent clients open source for Linux. The software supports platforms such as Linux, Windows, MacOS and FreeBSD. The interface will remind you of uTorrent, but there are no advertising and are supported by BitTorrent extensions such as DHT, peer exchange, full encryption. In addition, this software can be used via the web interface remotely.

With the advent of high-speed Internet and various streaming services torrents lose their appeal, but they still remain relevant to download operating system images. In this article we will look how to install qBittorrent Ubuntu 18.04.

To install qBittorrent on Ubuntu 18.04

The easiest way to install software is to use the official repository. At the moment there is version 4.0.3. To install just run:

sudo apt install qbittorrent

Then you can find the program in the main menu and start.

If you want a more recent version, it is necessary to use a PPA. To add a PPA from the developers, run the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

The list of packages will be updated automatically and you need only run the installation command:

sudo apt install qbittorrent

This repository will also work with older versions of the distro, like Ubuntu or 16.04 14.04 and newer. If your system is already installed qBittorrent, after adding the PPA you can just update it with the system.

To install qBitTorrent on Ubuntu Server

If you want to download and distribute torrents to the server, you can install qBittorrent without GUI and manage it using the web interface. Connect to your server and add the same PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Then install the version without a graphical interface to the package name add the option nox:

sudo apt install qbittorrent-nox

Create a user on whose behalf this program will run:

sudo adduser qbittorrent

And we have to create unit file systemd to init system of Ubuntu could manage the program:

sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/qbittorrent-nox.service

Description=qBittorrent Daemon Service
ExecStart=/usr/bin/qbittorrent-nox -d

Save the changes. Then add the service to autostart and start it, but first we have to ask systemd to re-read changes from disk:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

sudo systemctl enable qbittorrent-nox

sudo systemctl start qbittorrent-nox

The web interface of qBittorrent

In the graphics version of the web interface is disabled by default. To enable it, open Tools -> Settings -> Web interface and check the checkbox in the Web interface:

After that it will be available atASR:8080 for example, on the local machine:


The default user name is admin, password: adminadmin.

You can change the password on the same tab in the graphics utility or web interface in the settings:

How to remove qBitTorrent in Ubuntu

To remove the program from your system is enough to execute:

sudo apt purge qbittorrent

If you have installed a version without GUI, then:

sudo apt purge qbittorrent

Then you need to disable the PPA through the utility Programs and the updates and remove the additional configuration files if you created them.


In this article we discussed how to install qBittorrent Ubuntu 18.04, as well as how to set the server version and run the web interface. As you can see, it’s very simple. This is my favorite torrent client, I advise it to everyone, especially Windows users. What torrent clients do you use? Write in the comments!


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