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Transmission – A Cross-Platform BitTorrent Client for Linux

Transmission BitTorrent Client
Written by Martins D. Okoi
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Transmission is a free cross-platform BitTorrent client built to be simple to use, lightweight, secure, and reliable. The open-source BitTorrent client just received a major update since 2018 in the form of version 3.0 and it is now packing a ton of function enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

The latest Transmission ships with a new app icon on Linux platforms alongside a symbolic variant for indicating the app is running in GNOME’s top panel. Be on the lookout to know whether your theme overrides the display setting if you’re using a custom theme.

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You will be excited to know that Transmission now features improved support for IPv6 addresses, curl fetches have the verification option turned off by default, and to fix errors such as “Error: Unable to save resume file: File name too long” typically experienced when re-adding a magnet link, it reverts to using a torrent’s hash as the base name for resuming downloads.

What’s New in Transmission 3.0

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Here’s an exhaustive list of the significant updates present in the latest release:

  • Handle “fields” argument in “session-get” RPC request.
  • Limit the number of incorrect authentication attempts in the embedded web server.
  • Set seed limit range of idle connections to 4 weeks.
  • Add Peer ID for torrent and download clients.
  • Enhanced handling of Amazon S3 trackers.
  • Add TCP_FASTOPEN support.
  • Abort a handshake if establishing a DH shared secret fails.
  • Don’t switch trackers while announcing.
  • Better detect when a session is local or remote.
  • Option to change torrent location even if no data movement is needed.
  • Support for CIDR-notated blacklists.
  • Parse session-id header case-insensitively.
  • Sanitize suspicious path components.
  • Support for mbedtls, LibreSSL, and wolfssl.
  • Miscellaneous memory leaks plugged.
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The transmission has a clutter-free UI and with it, you can enjoy features such as local peer discovery, tracker editing, and full encryption support. It is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients known for reliability and efficiency.

Install Transmission Ubuntu and Linux Mint

The fastest way to install the latest version of Transmission is to add its PPA to your repository; this will allow you to get updates as they are released via your app store. The following lines of code add Transmission’s PPA to your repo and install the app, respectively.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
$ sudo apt install transmission-gtk

For other Linux distributions, you can head over to the Transmission download page and follow the installation instructions for your distribution.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.