Install μTorrent in Ubuntu / Fedora

μTorrent is a freeware and a closed source BitTorrent Client. One of the most used lightweight BitTorrent Client, Now it is available for Linux as μTorrent Server. You can download the tar file from Before installing the uTorrent, you have to install the dependency library.

To Install Dependency Library

Fedora users Click Here to install the dependency library files.

Ubuntu 14.04  / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04 / 11.10 users run the below command to install the dependency library. Issue the password for the user when prompted.

sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386

Now Open a Terminal and use the following command to download.


After downloading the tar file, move to the directory where the downloaded file is located.

For example if the downloaded file is in Downloads directory then use the below command.

cd Downloads/

Now copy / move the tar file to opt directory, use the following command to copy the file to opt directory. Type the password for the user when prompted. Then extract it.

sudo cp utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz /opt/

Now move to the opt directory to extract the tar file. Run the following commands one by one.

cd /opt/
sudo tar -xvf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz

After extracting the tar file remove it.

sudo rm -rf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz

Change the permission of the extracted folder.

sudo chmod 777 -R utorrent-server-v3_0/

Create a symbolic link so that you can run the torrent server from terminal.

sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver

That’s it. Now you can start the utorrent server by using the following command in terminal.

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/ &

To access utorrent server

Open a browser and type the following line.


Type the User Name as admin and leave the password field as empty and click ok.Check the screen shot below.

Before you start downloading the torrents set the download location, by clicking on the Preferences icon and select Directories then click on the check box “Put new downloads in:” and specify the download location. For example if you like to have the Downloads directory as default then use the following line.


*Note: in the above line change user to your user name in the system. Check the screen shot below.

Create Launcher for utserver

Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04 /11.10 users check my recent post on How to Create Application Launcher and add it to Unity in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04 follow the below guide to create the Launcher.

You can also create a launcher in panel. Right Click on the panel and select Add to Panel, then select Custom Application Launcher. You will get a pop-up window, Check the screen shot below.

In Name field type uTorrent and in command field copy and paste the below command.

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/ &

Download the uTorrent image and set the image by clicking on the image icon button, and select the downloaded image. Check the screen shot below.

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

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  • nic postt…vas helpfull

  • its vas relly helpfull…..

    • Thansk Anuram :) Welcome to HowOpenSource :)

  • Faiz

    after doing exactly like u said, when i try to open it, i get this error
    [hasin@hasin opt]$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    utserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    plz help

    • Hi Faiz,

      What OS you are using?

      Try to find, where is located. Use the following command

      $ whereis


      $ whereis

      if you get the output for then create a symbolic for it as and do the same for

      If you are a Fedora user check this guide

    • deepak

      me too getting the same error

  • diamond_d

    I’m trying to get this going on Fedora 15. I’m getting non fatal errors such as the following, however the utserver program does start.

    “/usr/lib/ no version information available (require by …”

    I’ve read other blogs that say these non fatal errors are ok and I should still be able to access the webui as long as the program is running.

    I’m running it in a headless VM so I can’t use the browser within Fedora to connect to the webui so I’m trying to connect remotely with no luck (browser times out). I’m pretty sure I have my firewall settings correct but I’m still investigating. I even connected a laptop to the same subnet and tried the browser but no luck. I’m using Firefox and using URL

    Since I have all my boxes connected behind a pfsense firewall running a few different LAN segments I was leaning towards it being a firewall rule blocking a connection to port 8080. I’ve opened the port up and tested a few other rules to ensure I could ping the fedora host with no issue. When the browser timed out when I connected a laptop on the same LAN subnet I am now truly stumped. I think the next step is to create another Fedora VM with gnome and try to connect via localhost to see if that works. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Diamond,

      That just a warning and you need not worry about it. Make sure that, the port 8080 is not used by any other application. I think “iptables” is running in your system. If so then try run the following command in the terminal, where utserver is running.

      $ sudo iptables -I INPUT 1 -p tcp --dport 8080 -j ACCEPT

      Now reconnect it remotely.

      • diamond_d

        You’re right. Iptables was the issue. Thanks much!

        • Welcome Diamond :) and dont forget to save the new rule on iptabels.. after running the above command, use the following command to save it.

          $ sudo /etc/init.d/iptables save
  • john


    I have a problem when creating user name as admin, it requesting again nd again for the username nd password. I dont know what to do…
    pls help me…

    • Hi John,

      Did you try restarting your utorrent server.

  • manoj

    SUCCESSFUL . great effort

  • manoj

    Typing directly http address does the job.Then whats the use of shortcut on desktop. whenever i open it nothing appears on the screen but it busies one whole core of processor. consequently i’ve to end this process from system monitor.

  • Venkatesh

    hi MANI. I DONE ALL THE STEP EXCEPT $utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/


    • Hi Venkatesh,

      Without specifying the settings path is that starting the utserver???

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much. That’s what I was looking for.

    To create custom desktop launcher on Ubuntu 11.10,

    1) sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends gnome-panel
    2) gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ –create-new


    Now you will get a pop-up window.

  • Ali


    When i type this command $ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/ to start the torrent server it gives me this error: No command ‘utserver’ found, did you mean:
    Command ‘tserver’ from package ‘freewnn-cserver’ (universe)
    Command ‘ttserver’ from package ‘tokyotyrant’ (universe)
    utserver: command not found.

    • Hi Ali,

      The symbolic link which u created have not been created properly it seems. Delete that broken one and create a new symbolic link for utserver.

      “sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver”

      • Nadine

        Hello Manivannan,

        I’m having the same problem as Ali. I deleted the broken link and created the new link and i’m still having the same problem (posted below).
        I also tried to see what link utserver points to. and it showed /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver

        I would appreciate any help.

        Thank you.

        nadine@nadine:/usr/bin$ sudo rm utserver
        nadine@nadine:~$ cd /opt/
        nadine@nadine:/opt$ sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver
        nadine@nadine:/opt$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
        No command ‘utserver’ found, did you mean:
        Command ‘tserver’ from package ‘freewnn-cserver’ (universe)
        Command ‘ttserver’ from package ‘tokyotyrant’ (universe)
        utserver: command not found
        nadine@nadine:/opt$ cd
        nadine@nadine:~$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
        No command ‘utserver’ found, did you mean:
        Command ‘tserver’ from package ‘freewnn-cserver’ (universe)
        Command ‘ttserver’ from package ‘tokyotyrant’ (universe)
        utserver: command not found
        nadine@nadine:~$ cd /usr/bin/
        nadine@nadine:/usr/bin$ ls -lha utserver
        lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 34 2012-01-12 14:54 utserver -> /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver


    You have helped me out tremendously.
    Thank you.

  • Shane

    I can only get the lines of code to work if i use backslashes and not forward slashes….

  • khalid

    u just made my day :) thnxxx

  • dc

    did everything up tere and tis is wat i get …

    utserver: /lib/ no version information available (required by utserver)
    utserver: /usr/lib/ no version information available (required by utserver)
    server started – using locale en_US.utf8
    Using locale en_US.utf8
    GetNodeID failed, using /dev/random
    total physical memory -1 max disk cache 33554432
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/dht.dat
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/dht.dat.old
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/rss.dat
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    File not found during integrity check: /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/rss.dat.old
    Loaded ipfilter.dat (0 entries)
    IPv6 is installed

    • Please Manivannan, answer dc’s questions.. I have similar problem :)

      Thanks, and sorry for my bad English…

      • thej

        i got the similat issu too

    • jonney

      Hi. i get this same error. any suggestions to a fix?

  • deepak

    how to setup remote utorrent management in this setup as in windows

  • nihal

    i cant find the file i downloaded on bittorrent……. where would it be?

    • Hi Nihal,

      Go to Preferences and check directories.

  • sam

    hey manivannan, I have followed each & every in both your guides..but when I use the command “utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/”, I keep getting this message “utserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”.
    I am using Fedora 14 64bit edition.

  • sam

    hey manivannan, I have followed each & every step in both your guides..but when I use the command “utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/”, I keep getting this message “utserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”.
    I am using Fedora 14 64bit edition.

  • ben

    I’m gonna necro this, because I’m encountering some errors. I’m using Ubuntu 11.04, not .10

    I’m using it under VMware, with a NAT network adapter settings. When I try to go to


    I get: Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost:8080

    What am I doing wrong? Is it because I’m using a virtual machine?

    • thomas

      i do have the same problem..i am using dell vostro 1014…plz help

    • thomas

      i do have the same problem..i am using dell vostro 1014…plz help

    • Goto

      me as well, now how do i remove it all? try usual sudo apt-get remove command, but it continually says cannot be found, yet all commands went through until i tried to open url. i can’t figure out where it went?

  • subhojit

    great post! thanks! much better than the boring utorrent documentation

  • librescale

    hep me please

    librescale@ubuntu:/opt$ utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    bash: /usr/bin/utserver: No such file or directory

    bash reports no such file/directory in utserver. what should i do?

  • Cyril

    super uTorrent. was helpful



  • martin

    hi i keep getting

    m@m-laptop:/opt$ $ sudo tar -xvf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz
    $: command not found

    • Hi Martin,

      You have copied the “$” symbol also with the command. Copy the command alone “sudo tar -xvf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz”.

  • Thank you form publishing these steps, my niece is handicapped and she prefers linux over windows and I sent this to her and you made it so easy for her! Thank you, your good deed is done for the year 😉

    -Empire will be back :)

  • thanks! worked fine for me! (on Ubuntu 12.04) 😀

  • Gordie

    I was really getting excited that this would be able to handle RSS feed torrents, sadly I don’t see the button for rss that I see in the windows utorrent, any idea if this will be supported in the future?

  • Gordie

    Sorry, answered my own question, just copy a new version of from a windows machine and we have rss in all her glory, works a treat! now just to figure out how to make it autostart when the htpc starts

  • RooterAvi

    tat was very much useful for me ….i made a successful installation in backtrack 5r2…thank u so much manivannan ….

  • Thaiboy

    Thank You Sooo much!!!

  • Vivek

    Follow each and evry step and if doeen’t work jus click the above link given link( and install libssl for ubuntu
    Works perfectly Thanks dude ur awesome! :)

  • daPorkchop

    Worked. Thanks. However, now i’d like to remove everything I just did. How would I go about doing that? I tried rmdir and autoremove but it says permission denied. I’ve reapplied the chmod quite a few times as well, but that doesn’t work.

  • Eddie Ed

    When I invoke “sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver” i Get failed to create symbolic link `/usr/bin/utserver': File exists
    Can you help

    • Hi Eddie,

      I think the link is already exist. may be its broken. Just delete that symbolic link which is presented in the “/usr/bin” and then try again.

      • hubert

        i had the same problem

  • ikram

    [root@localhost opt]# sudo rm -rf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz
    [root@localhost opt]# sudo chmod 777 -R utorrent-server-v3_0/
    [root@localhost opt]#
    [root@localhost opt]# sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/bin/utserver
    ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/bin/utserver': File exists
    [root@localhost opt]#
    [root@localhost opt]# utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    utserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    [root@localhost opt]#
    please solve thiss issue.

  • Ryan

    One I have installed it on my computer (using Ubuntu 12.04) how do I use it. I am extremely new to Linux (less than a week). I noticed it is not like my windows seven machine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Oh

    What a great solution! Thanks, your post really helped me.:)
    also ( is good.
    I can use utorrent on ubuntu 12.04 LTS(64bit).

  • samurai

    why does ubuntu make things so complicated why don’t they make like an executable just download open and install and use it?

    • harry krishna

      a better question might be “why is utorrent ignoring the ubuntu world?”

  • Manoj

    I somehow forgot to set the download path, where will the downloads go by default…?

    Thanks in advance..

    • It will be on the “/opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/”

    • praveen


  • ZaP

    I’ve removed purged anything related to utorrent make sure link and directory was nuked tried installing this three times and still I get this error.

    utserver: /lib/ no version information available (required by utserver)
    utserver: /usr/lib/ no version information available (required by utserver)
    server started

    • Hi Zap,

      Just Ignore this errors, It will not affect utserver. You can open the browser and connect to it.

  • Akhil

    Hi when i am using utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/
    its giving me an error
    bash: /usr/bin/utserver: No such file or directory

  • Now that I have uTorrent running in LinuxMint Cinnamon, how do I add torrents to it. For example, on pirate bay it has a magnet link and so when you click on it are prompted to open it using a program and there’s not an option to save the file as a .torrent. So…how do I tell it to add it to uTorrent?

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  • lubuntu noob

    My installation went smootlhy, following these instructions, but I get the following error:
    [16:14:41] JS error: [807] Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘262’ of null

    Using Lubuntu 12.10, Chromium Version 22.0.1229.94 Ubuntu 12.10 (161065)

  • warna

    New to ubuntu
    using ubuntu12.10
    get following error at very first
    pls help

    antha@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package libssl0.9.8
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘libssl0.9.8′

    • subexpression

      just use:
      sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8

      Leave off the :i386 and it should be fine.

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  • binu

    need to remove utorrent

    • Ricardo Siqueira Oliveira Leit

      sudo rm -Rfv /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/ /usr/bin/utserver

  • Jimbo

    Great guide! But do not forget that if you have 64-bit utorrent do,
    sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8
    instead of sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386

    i386 is the 32-bit library, for 64-bit utorrent you need the 64-bit library, otherwise you get “utserver: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file”

  • AberrantMonk

    Using Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 3.4.2

    Everything went fine with install followed all of the steps but when I attempt to run the application I get the error: “No command ‘utserver’ found” What did I do wrong?

  • illuminared

    in the browser i get “can`t talk to uTorrent client. Try reloading the page.” what did i do wrong?

    • Hi illuminared,

      Did you start the utserver?

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  • angry

    can we get english first languagers to write english instructions please… and when you start the guide with:
    Before installing the uTorrent, you have to install the dependency library.

    Then immediately follow with:
    Fedora users Click Here after installing the utserver, to install the library files.

    So which is it? do you install server first or library first? Could you make some fucking sense please if you’re going to try and help people?
    Could you also you know, give instructions on what you say you’re giving instructions on? this is a guide for:

    Install μTorrent in Ubuntu / Fedora
    So when I go to and I download utorrent for Linux, and it gives me utserver, and you summarize this step by saying ‘after you install the utserver’ *again with the lack of fucking understanding of fucking english is appalling, if you know what that word means* you might want to provide your fucking instructions on HOW THE FUCK TO INSTALL UT SERVER WHICH IS WHAT UTORRENT IS WHICH IS WHY I’M FUCKING HERE.

    Linux isn’t FREEdom, its FREEAKING annoying because you have to hold it’s hand to do everything since it has no concept of how to do ANYTHING.
    Have fucking fun writing code when people with common sense focus on the human factor in the coming problems our world will soon face. Attitudes like yours and backwards priorities of treating technology above nature is exactly why we face those problems at all. Retards!

  • sabradios

    thanks broda i appreciate it

  • Noah

    I followed every step but when i try to connect to the server it seas Utorrent webui is not installed Help?!

  • jackontherocks

    i get an error with 2 question marks when trying to downloa with ubuntu 12.04
    any suggstions?

  • Thomas Andersson

    Q: if you start it with the shortcut we make from this guide, how do we stop it from running? I can’t find anything on how to shut it down.

    • Goto

      second that e-motion

    • Goto remove..
      sudo rm -Rfv /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/ /usr/bin/utserver

  • Alesson

    Thank’s so much

  • wget command gives error in first attempt.

    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2014-11-20 22:47:51 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    in 2nd attempt it downloaded bar show 67%


  • gadde Venkatesh

    getting an error as “cannot execute binary file: Exec format error”. Please see the pic

  • Jayesh Chawrey

    hey when i put this

    sudo tar -xvf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz
    it tells,
    /opt$ sudo tar -xvf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz
    tar: utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

  • MrCambron

    it didn’t open port 8080. And I don’t know what is running on my port 80 but I get the “403 Forbidden access to /”. I am running Ubuntu Server 14.04. And the uTorrent Docs tells about settings but there is no default settings file or even what to put as the file name.

  • Hossam AL-Zyuod
  • dVW

    doesnt work on lubuntu. such bullshit

  • Ricsi


  • Robert Schwass

    I have been installing uTorrent on linux for years using this
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  • Aman Gaur

    Hello, I am facing troubles logging into the GUI ..its not accepting any combination of username / password..

  • selva

    Its not working for me. Is there any way to fix.

  • Ketan Patil

    Superb article. Thanks a ton.


    Anyone wants help in installing in kali linux watch this video:-