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.TH "RTORRENT" "1" "14 May 2009" "BitTorrent client for ncurses" ""
rtorrent \- a BitTorrent client for ncurses
\fBrtorrent\fR [ \fB-h\fR ] [ \fB-n\fR ] [ \fB-o key1=opt1,...\fR ] [ \fB-O key=opt\fR ] [ \fBURL | FILE\fR\fI ...\fR ]
\fBrtorrent\fR is a BitTorrent client for ncurses, using
the \fBlibtorrent\fR library. The client and library is
written in C++ with emphasis on speed and efficiency, while delivering
equivalent features to those found in GUI based clients in an ncurses
Most of the options below have their own default unit in addition to
supporting B, K, M and G suffixes.
Initiate shutdown, press again to force the shutdown and
skip sending the stop signal to trackers.
\fBup | down | left | right arrow keys\fR
\fB^P | ^N | ^B | ^F\fR
Select entries or change windows. The right arrow key or ^F is often
used for viewing details about the selected entry, while the left
arrow key or ^B often returns to the previous screen.
\fBa | s | d\fR
Increase the upload throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
\fBA | S | D\fR
Increase the download throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
\fBz | x | c\fR
Decrease the upload throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
\fBZ | X | C\fR
Decrease the download throttle by 1/5/50 KB.
View download.
\fB1 - 7\fR
Change view.
Start download.
Stop an active download, or remove a stopped download.
Close a torrent and its files.
Set the 'create/resize queued' flags on all files in a torrent. This
is necessary if the underlying files in a torrent have been deleted or
truncated, and thus rtorrent must recreate them.
Initiate hash check of torrent.
Change the destination directory of the download. The torrent must be
Call commands or change settings.
Set download to perform initial seeding. Only use when
you are the first and only seeder so far for the download.
\fB+ | -\fR
Change the priority of the download.
Add torrent using an URL or file path. Use
\fBtab\fR to view directory content and do
View log. Exit by pressing the space-bar.
Delete the file the torrent is tied to, and clear the association.
Toggle whether torrent ignores ratio settings.
View torrent file list. Use the space-bar to change the file priority
and \fB*\fR to change the priority of all
files. Use \fB/\fR to collapse the directories. OUTDATED
\fB1 | 2\fR
Adjust max uploads.
\fB3 | 4\fR
Adjust min peers.
\fB5 | 6\fR
Adjust max peers.
Display transfering blocks.
Display chunk rarity.
Display the tracker list. Cycle the trackers in a group with the
View peer and torrent information.
\fBt | T\fR
Initiate tracker request. Use capital T to force the request, ignoring
the "min interval" set by the tracker.
Disconnect peer.
Choke/Snub peer.
\fB-b \fIa.b.c.d\fB\fR
Bind listening socket and outgoing connections to this network
interface address.
\fB-d \fIdirectory\fB\fR
Set the default download directory. Defaults to "./".
Display help and exit.
\fB-i \fIa.b.c.d\fB\fR
Set the address reported to the tracker.
Don't load ~/.rtorrent.rc on startup.
\fB-o key1=opt1,...\fR
\fB-O key=opt\fR
Set any number of options, see the SETTINGS section. The options given
here override the resource files. Use capital \fB-O\fR
to allow comma in the option.
\fB-p \fIa-b\fB\fR
Try to open a listening port in the range \fBa\fR up to
and including \fBb\fR\&.
\fB-s \fIdirectory\fB\fR
Session management will be enabled and the torrent files for all open
downloads will be stored in this directory. Only one instance of
rtorrent should be used with each session directory, though at the
moment no locking is done. An empty string will disable the session
\fBbind = \fIa.b.c.d\fB\fR
Bind listening socket and outgoing connections to this network
interface address.
\fBip = \fIa.b.c.d\fB\fR
\fBip = \fIhostname\fB\fR
Set the address reported to the tracker.
\fBport_range = \fIa-b\fB\fR
Try to open a listening port in the range \fBa\fR up to
and including \fBb\fR\&.
\fBport_random = \fIyes | no\fB\fR
Open the listening port at a random position in the port range.
\fBcheck_hash = \fIyes | no\fB\fR
Perform hash check on torrents that have finished downloading.
\fBdirectory = \fIdirectory\fB\fR
Set the default download directory. Defaults to "./".
\fBsession = \fIdirectory\fB\fR
Session management will be enabled and the torrent files for all open
downloads will be stored in this directory. Only one instance of
rtorrent can be used per session directory. An empty string will
disable the session directory.
\fBhttp_proxy = \fIurl\fB\fR
Use a http proxy. Use an empty string to disable.
\fBencoding_list = \fIencoding\fB\fR
Add a preferred filename encoding to the list. The encodings are
attempted in the order they are inserted, if none match the torrent
default is used.
\fBencryption = \fIoption\fB,\fI\&...\fB\fR
Set how rtorrent should deal with encrypted Bittorrent connections. By
default, encryption is disabled, equivalent to specifying the option
\fBnone\fR\&. Alternatively, any number of the following
options may be specified:
\fBallow_incoming\fR (allow incoming encrypted connections),
\fBtry_outgoing\fR (use encryption for outgoing connections),
\fBrequire\fR (disable unencrypted handshakes),
\fBrequire_RC4\fR (also disable plaintext transmission after the
initial encrypted handshake),
\fBenable_retry\fR (if the initial outgoing connection fails, retry
with encryption turned on if it was off or off if it was on),
\fBprefer_plaintext\fR (choose plaintext when peer offers a choice
between plaintext transmission and RC4 encryption, otherwise RC4 will be used).
\fBpeer_exchange = \fIyes | no\fB\fR
Enable/disable peer exchange for torrents that aren't marked private. Disabled by default.
\fBschedule = \fIid\fB,\fIstart\fB,\fIinterval\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
Call \fBcommand\fR every \fBinterval\fR
seconds, starting from \fBstart\fR\&. An
\fBinterval\fR of zero calls the task once, while a
\fBstart\fR of zero calls it immediately. Currently
\fBcommand\fR is forwarded to the option handler.
\fBstart\fR and \fBinterval\fR may
optionally use a time format, \fBdd:hh:mm:ss\fR\&. F.ex to
start a task every day at \fB18:00\fR, use
\fBschedule_remove = \fIid\fB\fR
Delete \fBid\fR from the scheduler.
\fBstart_tied =\fR
Start torrents that are tied to filenames that have been re-added.
\fBstop_untied =\fR
\fBclose_untied =\fR
\fBremove_untied =\fR
Stop, close or remove the torrents that are tied to filenames that
have been deleted. Clear the association with the 'U' key.
\fBclose_low_diskspace = \fIspace\fB\fR
Close any active torrents on filesystems with less than
\fBspace\fR diskspace left. Use with
the \fBschedule\fR option. A default scheduled event
with id \fBlow_diskspace\fR is set to 500Mb.
\fBload = \fIfile\fB\fR
\fBload_verbose = \fIfile\fB\fR
\fBload_start = \fIfile\fB\fR
\fBload_start_verbose = \fIfile\fB\fR
Load and possibly start a file, or possibly multiple files by using the
wild-card "*". This is meant for use with
\fBschedule\fR, though ensure that the
\fBstart\fR is non-zero. The loaded file will be tied
to the filename provided.
\fBimport = \fIfile\fB\fR
\fBtry_import = \fIfile\fB\fR
Load a resource file. \fBtry_import\fR does not throw
torrent::input_error exception on bad input.
\fBstop_on_ratio = \fImin_ratio\fB\fR
\fBstop_on_ratio = \fImin_ratio\fB,\fImin_upload\fB\fR
\fBstop_on_ratio = \fImin_ratio\fB,\fImin_upload\fB,\fImax_ratio\fB\fR
Stop torrents when they reach the given upload ratio
\fBmin_ratio\fR in percent. If the optional
\fBmin_upload\fR is given, require a total
upload amount of this many bytes as well. If the optional
\fBmax_ratio\fR is given, stop the torrent
when reaching this ratio regardless of the total upload
amount. Exclude certain torrent by pressing
\fBShift+I\fR in the downlist list.
Use with the \fBschedule\fR option.
\fBon_insert = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_erase = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_open = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_close = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_start = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_stop = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_hash_queued = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_hash_removed = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_hash_done = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
\fBon_finished = \fIid\fB,\fIcommand\fB\fR
Call a command on a download when its state changes. Only a subset of
commands are available.
\fBupload_rate = \fIKB\fB\fR
\fBdownload_rate = \fIKB\fB\fR
Set the maximum global uploand and download rates.
\fBmin_peers = \fIvalue\fB\fR
\fBmax_peers = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Set the minimum and maximum number of peers to allow in each download.
\fBmin_peers_seed = \fIvalue\fB\fR
\fBmax_peers_seed = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Set the minimum nad maximum number of peers to allow while seeding, or
-1 (default) to use max_peers.
\fBmax_uploads = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Set the maximum number of simultaneous uploads per download.
\fBmax_uploads_div = \fIvalue\fB\fR
\fBmax_downloads_div = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Change the divider used to calculate the max upload and download slots
to use when the throttle is changed. Disable by
setting \fB0\fR\&.
\fBmax_uploads_global = \fIvalue\fB\fR
\fBmax_downloads_global = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Max upload and download slots allowed. Disable by
setting \fB0\fR\&.
\fBthrottle_up = \fIname\fB, \fIupload_rate\fB\fR
\fBthrottle_down = \fIname\fB, \fIdownload_rate\fB\fR
Define secondary throttle and/or set the given upload or download rate. Attach to a download with the d.set_throttle_name=name command
or switch throttles with Ctrl-T. Download must be stopped when changing throttles. Note that secondary throttles only work if the
global upload/download is throttled. Setting a download to use the \fBNULL\fR throttle makes the download unthrottled
even when there is a global throttle. Note that this special case bypasses the global throttle entirely, and as such its rate and
transfer amounts are not included in the global statistics.
\fBthrottle_ip = \fIname\fB, \fIhost\fB\fR
\fBthrottle_ip = \fIname\fB, \fInetwork/prefix\fB\fR
\fBthrottle_ip = \fIname\fB, \fIstart\fB, \fIend\fB\fR
Use the given secondary throttle for a host, CIDR network or IP range. All peers with a matching IP will use this throttle instead
of the global throttle or a custom download throttle. The name may be \fBNULL\fR to make these peers unthrottled, with
the same caveats as explained above.
Tracker related settings.
\fBenable_trackers = \fIyes\fB\fR
Set to \fBno\fR to disable all tracker requests. Useful
for disabling rtorrent with the \fBschedule\fR command.
\fBtracker_dump = \fIfilename\fB\fR
Dump tracker requests to \fBfilename\fR, disable by
supplying an empty string. Only torrents loaded while
\fBtracker_dump\fR contains a non-empty string will be
logged at the moment, although disabling it will work as expected.
\fBtracker_numwant = \fInumber\fB\fR
Set the numwant field sent to the tracker, which indicates how many
peers we want. A negative value disables this feature.
\fBuse_udp_trackers = \fIyes\fB\fR
Use UDP trackers. Disable if you are behind a firewall, etc, that does
not allow connections to UDP trackers.
\fBdht = \fIdisabled|off|auto|on\fB\fR
Support for querying the distributed hash table (DHT) to find peers for trackerless
torrents or when all trackers are down. Set to \fBdisable\fR to completely
disable DHT, \fBoff\fR (default) to enable DHT but to not start the
DHT server, \fBauto\fR to automatically start and stop the DHT server
as needed or \fBon\fR for permanently keeping the DHT server running.
When set to automatic, the DHT server will start up when the first non-private torrent
is started, and will stop 15-30 minutes after the last non-private torrent is
stopped (or when rTorrent quits). For DHT to work, a session directory must be set (for
saving the DHT cache).
\fBdht_port = \fInumber\fB\fR
Set the UDP listen port for DHT. Defaults to 6881.
\fBdht_add_node = \fIhost[:port]\fB\fR
Not intended for use in the configuration file but as one-time option in the
client or on the command line to bootstrap an empty DHT node table. Contacts
the given node and attempts to bootstrap from it if it replies.
The port is optional, with port 6881 being used by default.
\fBhttp_capath = \fIpath\fB\fR
\fBhttp_cacert = \fIfilename\fB\fR
Set the certificates to use in http requests. See Curl's
CURLOPT_CAPATH and CURLOPT_CAINFO options for further information.
Display related settings.
\fBview_add = \fIname\fB\fR
Create a new view.
\fBview_sort = \fIname\fB\fR
\fBview_sort = \fIname\fB,\fIseconds\fB\fR
Sort a view according the the criteria set by
\fBview_sort_current\fR\&. If the optional argument is
supplied, the view is not sorted if a change happened during the last
\fBseconds\fR\&. This command is meant to be used with
\fBview_sort_new = \fIname\fB,\fI\&...\fB\fR
\fBview_sort_current = \fIname\fB,\fI\&...\fB\fR
Set the sorting criteria for when new elements inserted or
\fBview_sort\fR is called. The list can contain any
number of criteria, including zero, from the following:
\fBname\fR, \fBname_reverse\fR,
\fBstopped\fR, \fBstarted\fR,
\fBcomplete\fR, \fBincomplete\fR,
\fBkey_layout = \fIqwerty|azerty|qwertz|dvorak\fB\fR
Change the key-bindings.
File-system related settings.
\fBmax_file_size = \fIsize\fB\fR
Set the maximum size a file can have. Disable by
passing \fB-1\fR\&.
\fBsplit_file_size = \fIsize\fB\fR
Split files in a torrent larger than \fBsize\fR into
seperate files. Disable by passing \fB-1\fR\&.
\fBsplit_suffix = \fIstring\fB\fR
Set the suffix used on split files. Defaults
to \fB\&.part\fR\&.
Settings that require a download as a target, the options need to be
called through f.ex \fBon_finished\fR\&.
\fBcreate_link = \fItype\fB,\fIpath\fB,\fIsuffix\fB\fR
\fBdelete_link = \fItype\fB,\fIpath\fB,\fIsuffix\fB\fR
Create or delete a symbolic link. The link path is the concatenation
of \fBpath\fR, the result of
the \fBtype\fR on the download,
and \fBsuffix\fR\&.
Available types are; \fBbase_path\fR uses the base path
of the download, \fBbase_filename\fR uses the base
filename of the download, \fBtied\fR uses the path of
the file the download is tied to, see \fBstart_tied\fR\&.
This list contains settings users shouldn't need to touch, some may
even cause crashes or similar if incorrectly set.
\fBhash_read_ahead = \fIMB\fB\fR
Configure how far ahead we ask the kernel to read when doing hash
checking. The hash checker uses madvise(..., MADV_WILLNEED) for the
\fBhash_interval = \fIms\fB\fR
Interval between attempts to check the hash when the chunk is not in
memory, in milliseconds.
\fBhash_max_tries = \fItries\fB\fR
Number of attempts to check the hash while using the mincore status,
before forcing. Overworked systems might need lower values to get a
decent hash checking rate.
\fBsafe_sync = \fIyes|no\fB\fR
Always use MS_SYNC rather than MS_ASYNC when syncing chunks. This may
be nessesary in case of filesystem bugs like NFS in linux ~2.6.13.
\fBmax_open_files = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Number of files to simultaneously keep open. LibTorrent dynamically
opens and closes files as necessary when mapping files to
memory. Default is based on sysconf(_SC_OPEN_MAX).
You probably only think you know what this option does, so don't touch
\fBmax_open_sockets = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Number of network sockets to simultaneously keep open. This value is
set to a reasonable value based on \fBsysconf(_SC_OPEN_MAX)\fR\&.
\fBmax_open_http = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Number of sockets to simultaneously keep open. This value is set
to \fB32\fR by default.
\fBmax_memory_usage = \fIbytes\fB\fR
Set the max amount of memory space used to mapping file chunks. This
may also be set using \fBulimit -m\fR where 3/4 will be
allocated to file chunks.
\fBsend_buffer_size = \fIvalue\fB\fR
\fBreceive_buffer_size = \fIvalue\fB\fR
Adjust the send and receive buffer size for socket.
\fBumask = \fI0022\fB\fR
Set the umask for this process, which is applied to all files created
by the program.
\fBcwd = \fIdirectory\fB\fR
Changes the working directory of the process using
\fBsession_on_completion = \fIyes\fB\fR
Controls if the session torrent is saved when a torrent finishes. By
default on.
\fBsession_lock = \fIyes\fB\fR
Controls if a lock file is created in the session directory on startup.
\fBsession_save = \fR
Save the session files for all downloads.
\fBtos = \fIdefault|lowdelay|throughput|reliability|mincost\fB\fR
\fBtos = \fIhex\fB\fR
Change the TOS of peer connections, by default set to
\fBthroughput\fR\&. If the option is set to
\fBdefault\fR then the system default TOS is used. A
hex value may be used for non-standard settings.
\fBhandshake_log = \fIyes\fB\fR
Enable logging of the peer handshake. This generates a large number of
log messages, but may be useful to debug connection problems.
Jari "Rakshasa" Sundell <>