How to Install rTorrent/ruTorrent Seedbox on Ubuntu VPS

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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).

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

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 apt-get update

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

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

Enable scgi for Apache:

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apt-get install libapache2-mod-scgi

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

Install XMLRPC:

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 mkdir /install;cd /install

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svn checkout http://xmlrpc-c.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/xmlrpc-c/stable xmlrpc-c

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cd xmlrpc-c

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./configure --disable-cplusplus

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make

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make install

Intall libtorrent:

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cd /install

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wget http://vps6.net/src/libtorrent-0.13.0.tar.gz

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tar xvf libtorrent-0.13.0.tar.gz

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cd libtorrent-0.13.0

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./autogen.sh

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./configure

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 make

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make install

Install rTorrent:

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cd /install

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wget http://vps6.net/src/rtorrent-0.9.0.tar.gz

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cd rtorrent-0.9.0

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./autogen.sh

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./configure --with-xmlrpc-c

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make

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make install

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ldconfig

Create required directories:

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mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent

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mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/.session

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 mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/watch

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mkdir /home/seeder1/rtorrent/download

Setup .rtorrent.rc file (rTorrent config):

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cd ~/

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wget http://vps6.net/src/.rtorrent.rc

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cp .rtorrent.rc /home/seeder1/

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

Install rTorrent:

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cd /install

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wget http://vps6.net/src/rutorrent-3.0.tar.gz

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tar xvf rutorrent-3.0.tar.gz

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mv rutorrent /var/www

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wget http://vps6.net/src/plugins-3.0.tar.gz

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 tar xvf plugins-3.0.tar.gz

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mv plugins /var/www/rutorrent

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 rm -rf /var/www/rutorrent/plugins/darkpal

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chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/rutorrent

Secure /rutorrent:

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a2enmod ssl

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a2enmod auth_digest

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a2enmod scgi

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

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chmod 600 /etc/apache2/apache.pem

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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.)

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cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/

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rm -rf default

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wget http://vps6.net/src/default

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a2ensite default-ssl

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 /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

Install screen:

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apt-get install screen

Start rTorrent in a detached shell using screen:

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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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