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The main information screen for rTorrent and libTorrent (rTorrent v0.9.2)
Original author(s) Jari Sundell (a.k.a. rakshasa)
Developer(s) Jari Sundell
Initial release January 25, 2005; 12 years ago (2005-01-25)[1]
Stable release rTorrent 0.9.6 / libTorrent 0.13.6 (September 3, 2015; 20 months ago (2015-09-03)) [±][2]
Preview release git-ce000851 (September 9, 2016; 8 months ago (2016-09-09)) [±][3]
Development status Active
Written in C++[4]
Operating system Unix-like
Platform IA-32, x86-64
Size 1.3 MiB: GNU/Linux
Type BitTorrent client
License GNU GPLv2
Website rakshasa.github.io/rtorrent/

rTorrent is a text-based ncurses BitTorrent client written in C++,[5] based on the libTorrent libraries for Unix, whose author's goal is "a focus on high performance and good code".[5]

Technical details[edit]

The library differentiates itself from other implementations by transferring data directly between file pages mapped to memory by the mmap() function and the network stack. On high-bandwidth connections, it claims to be able to seed at three times the speed of the official client.[5]

rTorrent packages are available for various Linux distributions and Unix-like systems, and it will compile and run on nearly every POSIX-compliant operating system, such as FreeBSD and OS X.

rTorrent uses ncurses and is suitable for use with screen or Tmux; it uses commands such as Carriage return to load a torrent, after which ^S can be used to start a torrent (where ^ is shorthand for Ctrl key), backspace can be used to automatically start a torrent once it is loaded, making a subsequent issue of ^S unnecessary, ^K for stop, and ^D for pause, or if already paused or stopped, ^D again to delete the torrent.[6] It supports saving of sessions and allows the user to add and remove torrents. It also supports partial downloading of multi-file torrents. In the release of rTorrent-0.7.0 support for BitTorrent protocol encryption was also implemented.[7] PEX, DHT and initial seeding were recently implemented in rTorrent.

rTorrent can be controlled via XML-RPC over SCGI.

ruTorrent is a popular Web-based interface.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Earliest known code import
  2. ^ rakshasa (2015-09-03), Release 0.9.6 · rakshasa/rtorrent, GitHub, retrieved 2015-09-04 
  3. ^ rakshasa (2015-09-06), Merge branch 'master' of github.com:rakshasa/rtorrent · rakshasa/rtorrent@ce0008510723b6c96c86f8fe944affc84f90cd69, GitHub, retrieved 2015-09-19 
  4. ^ rakshasa/rtorrent, GitHub, retrieved 2015-07-14 
  5. ^ a b c The libTorrent and rTorrent Project, Jari Sundell, archived from the original on 9 April 2014, retrieved 2007-08-09 
  6. ^ RTorrent User Guide, Jari Sundell, archived from the original on 17 February 2014, retrieved 2009-11-25 
  7. ^ LibTorrent 0.11.0 and rTorrent 0.7.0 released, Jari Sundell, archived from the original on 2 November 2012, retrieved 2006-12-13 

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