A Quick Introduction to Rtorrent
Rtorrent is a command line BitTorrent client, which has a ncurses interface and is extremely efficient in memory and cpu usage.
Setting up rtorrent
Use your Package Manager to install ‘rtorrent’.
Download the ‘convenient’ configuration file, rename it to ‘.rtorrent.rc’ and put it at the home folder.(Uncomment and modify the options as required)
(Optionally) Set up your system to run it during startup automatically.
After starting it up, pressing [Enter] opens a prompt at the bottom where the path to a .torrent file is to be entered.
Note that the torrent is opened but not started. You can select the torrent by the up/down keys and change the download directory now by (^o). (^s) and (^d) are for starting and stopping respectively.
The right arrow shows the information page, the various submenus of which can be accessed with up/down.
The following table shows some common key-bindings:
Pause (If paused, remove)
Change Download directory
Increase the upload throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
Decrease the upload throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
Increase the download throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
Decrease the download throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
In addition to those, each of the items in the information screens has their own set of key-bindings (for example, <space> in the file view changes the priority of individual files); check the man page for details.
This page is of great help when configuring the .rtorrent.rc file.
If you want a browser based interface, this is a good one.
And finally, for the black magic of scripting