How to install qBittorrent in Ubuntu

qBittorrent is a free and open source, yet fully featured BitTorrent client. Its intuitive, easy-to-use interface makes it a great choice for beginners, while its wealth of options will satisfy even the most experienced torrent users.

qBittorrent is originally designed to be an uTorrent alternative, which was famous for its small footprint and high performance without taking up too much system resources. The application works on a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Microsoft Windows, and FreeBSD.

In this article, we will show you how to install qBittorrent on Ubuntu. The guide is applicable to older versions of Ubuntu and many as well as Linux distros based on Ubuntu, such as Linux Mint or Pop! OS.

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qBittorrent features

  • User Interface designed to look and feel the same to uTorrent
  • Built-in search engine that can search through famous BitTorrent search sites.
  • Supports all BitTorrent extensions
  • Support modern BitTorrent features such as DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, …
  • Remote control through a Web user interface
  • AJAX powered web-based UI that functions just like the regular UI.
  • Advanced, granular control over trackers, peers and torrents
  • Torrents queueing, content selection and prioritizing
  • UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support
  • Available in 25+ different languages (Unicode support)
  • Advanced RSS support, regex download filters, IP Filtering, Bandwidth scheduler
  • Available on most major platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD

Update the system

Before installing any new package or application, it is recommended that you update your system. To do this, run the commands below which invoke apt package manager to fetch a fresh package list from Ubuntu repository.

sudo apt update

Install qBittorrent

In this article, we will install qBittorrent using the qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable PPA maintained by the qBittorrent development team.

Run the following command to add the PPA to your system:

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

Once the process completes, you can install the qBittorrent from the newly-added PPA by running the following command:

sudo apt install qbittorrent

Once complete installation, run qBittorrent by launching it from the application menu:

qBittorrent running in Ubuntu

Alternatively, one can download qBittorrent AppImage file and run it without running any command. If you need instructions, check out our guide on how to install an AppImage in Linux.

We hope that the information above helped you successfully install qBittorrent on your Ubuntu system. You may be interested in our other Linux software roundups, including 8 Best Open Source CMDB software, Best Linux Video Converters or Best Python Graphics Libraries. If you have any suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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