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qBitTorrent is a complete system for mananging torrents. It has server, web, and client components.

I run qBitTorrent-nox, which includes server and web components. I don't need the client app (err, why not though if it doesn't hurt?)


LAN site

To watch a new tv show:

ssh bandit
mkdir "My Show"
# add watched folder to qB web ui
# subscribe to rss


Many important settings are available to be set in the qB web ui. Hit the gear icon in the toolbar.

Configure emails to be sent on download

Within qB web ui:

[x] email notification upon dl completion
From: smtp.bitpost@gmail.com
To: m@bitpost.com
SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com
[x] SSL [x] authentication
    u/p (see private)

Within gmail:

  • set up a (from: smtp.bitpost.com, subject: qBittorrent) filter to move/apply label Feed/devops/downloaded
  • set up a gmail phone app notification
app > Settings > thedigitalmachine@gmail.com > Manage labels > Feed/devops/downloaded > All

Config files and folders

The app is supposed to store settings in ~/.config. But it has permissions problems when running as non-root. Once you run as root, the stupid thing stores all its settings under the root [/] folder (NOT the ~root folder!). Idiots.

/.config/qBittorrent/qBittorrent.conf          preferences and settings
/.config/qBittorrent/watched_folders.json      all our watched folders, one for movies, one for EVERY TV SHOW
/.local/share/qBittorrent/logs/qbittorrent.log the log, not very verbose
/.local/share/qBittorrent/BT_backup            cache of torrent files
/.local/share/qBittorrent/MDM_backup           I created this and set qB to copy finished torrentfiles here
/.local/share/qBittorrent/logs/move.log        I created this and append each torrent move to it
/.config/qBittorrent/qBittorrent-data.conf     apparently just some stats


sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y qbittorrent-nox
# next we run it directly to accept license and set things up
# you can go to localhost:8080 while it is runnning, but might as well CrtlC and move on
# set up a service, see bandit ~/config/etc/systemd... for details
# note that I set up a qbittorrent user to run the service under... 
# but that just caused a lot of permissions problems so i am not using it