Transmission: A lightweight GTK Bittorrent client

July 25, 2006 at 5:24 pm | Posted in programs, xubuntu | 12 Comments

If you’re missing a Bittorrent client, but you want one with low memory and CPU usage, then Transmission is the one for you:


It features…next to nothing. If you want something with more features, then you might prefer Azureus.

However, if you’re interested, you can install it by typing these commands into the Terminal (Xfce Menu > System > Terminal):


sudo dpkg -i transmission-0.7.0-806.deb

You can run it by going to Xfce menu > Network > Transmission, or run


From the Terminal.

You could also use the original Bittorrent; however, the one in the repositories is very outdated (Version 3.x). If you want something that’s still light and has more features, you can also try that too.



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  1. too bad there isn’t something like µtorrent for linux.
    The choice of applications is still what makes me stay with windows..

  2. hmm… there’s no transmission-gtk file in the package, only transmission.

  3. This is a different .deb from what I installed; I assumed they would both use transmission-gtk as the program’s name.

    I’ll edit it with the one that I used.

  4. I did the install but when I try to run I get this error:

    error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    How do I get installed? I thought dependency checking was handled automatically when stuff got installed in Linux these days.

  5. addendum: I found in /usr/lib/ It is a link to /usr/lib/ so I assume it should work. Unfortuantely it doesn’t. Any ideas?

  6. I’ve put up an updated version, but the command is sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/ .

  7. Thank you, I was looking for a dead simple torrent client. This one works great.

  8. OK the link is gone so I tried the last stable version and did all the compiling, installing tricks but all I get is

    bash: transmission-gtk: command not found

    Any ideas??

  9. On Gutsy, you just have to use APT (sudo apt-get install transmission-gtk) or its interface, Synaptic (package “transmission-gtk”)
    Note that you don’t need the package “transmission” because all its files are included in trabsmission-gtk



  11. There’s a bit-torrent client for linux similar to the mighty µtorrent, it’s name is “Deluge” and it’s free and open-source

  12. Hi all 🙂 ! Wath about using WINE to install UTORRENT just like in WINDOWS ?

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