qBittorrent is an open-source and ad-free BitTorrent client. Developed using C++ and Qt libraries, it serves as a popular alternative to uTorrent and BitTorrent clients.
It comes with a user-friendly interface similar to the popular torrent clients, and a very capable search engine. You can remotely control your qBittorrent client. In this guide, I will help you explore the steps involved in installing qBittorrent in Ubuntu 22.04. Let’s get right into it.
Updating your system repositories
Before we get started with the installation, let’s make sure all the system packages are updated so that there is no conflict during the installation process. You can run these commands separately or together as shown below in the screenshot.
$sudo apt update
$sudo apt upgrade
As soon as this upgrade process completes, we can start with the steps for installing qBittorrent.
Importing the repository
Unfortunately, qBittorrent isn’t available to install through the default system repositories in Ubuntu. You’ll have to import it using the qBittorrent PPA. You need to run this:
$sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable
You will be prompted to confirm the import operation. Here, you need to press “Enter” to continue.
Updating the repository list
When the repository has been successfully imported, you need to update the list in order for Ubuntu to recognize it.
$sudo apt update
With all of these steps completed, we are now ready to install qBittorrent.
Now, we just need to run the following to trigger the installation process:
$sudo apt install qbittorrent -y
Make sure to keep an eye on the outputs and if there are any errors.
After the installation has been completed, you can go into the applications drawer and type “qbittorrent” into the search box to pull up the icon and click on it to launch the torrent client.
Alternatively, if you want to launch it using the terminal, you can simply type this:
Note that when you launch this for the first time, you will be presented with this legal notice. Once you agree to this, it will not show up again.
Launching qBittorrent Web UI
As discussed, qBittorrent has a very capable web UI that you can use to remotely control your torrent client. To enable it, you need to go into Tools -> Preferences -> Web UI.
When you enable it, you need to set up access parameters like port selection (it runs on port 8080 by default) and then select the username and password. Once you’ve set these up, you can go into your browser and test it out.
If for any reason you feel like uninstalling qBittorrent, you can utilize this command:
$sudo apt autoremove qbittorrent --purge -y
This will remove qBittorrent along with all the dependencies installed on your computer. On top of that, if you want to remove the imported PPA repository, you can run this:
$sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable
If you want to know more about the features and options offered through qBittorrent, you can head on to the official website for qBittorrent. Furthermore, if you face any issues or errors at any step of the guide, you can let us know through the comments below.