Introduction to Transmission

Transmission is a cross-platform, open source BitTorrent client. This is useful for downloading large files (such as Linux ISOs) and reduces the need for the distributors to provide server bandwidth.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

Transmission Dependencies


cURL-7.40.0, libevent-2.0.22, and OpenSSL-1.0.2

Recommended (to build a GUI)


Doxygen- and GDB-7.9

User Notes:

Installation of Transmission

Install Transmission by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

The following commands are used if you have installed Qt and would like to compile the Qt GUI. If Qt4 and Qt5 are installed in /opt, use source setqt4 or source setqt5 to choose which one will be used to build the Qt GUI. For Qt4, first fix the code with:

sed -i '/^CONFIG/aQMAKE_CXXFLAGS += -std=c++11' qt/

Now, compile the Qt GUI, with the following commands:

pushd qt        &&
  qmake &&
  make          &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you compiled the Qt GUI, install it by running the following commands as the root user:

make INSTALL_ROOT=/usr -C qt install &&

install -m644 qt/transmission-qt.desktop /usr/share/applications/transmission-qt.desktop &&
install -m644 qt/icons/transmission.png  /usr/share/pixmaps/transmission-qt.png

Command Explanations

--without-gtk: This switch disables building of the GTK+ interface if GTK+ is present on the system (useful for Qt5 or cli only builds).


Installed Programs: transmission-cli, transmission-create, transmission-daemon, transmission-edit, transmission-gtk, transmission-qt, transmission-remote and transmission-show
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/transmission

Short Descriptions


is a lightweight, command-line BitTorrent client with scripting capabilities.


is a command line tool used to create .torrent files.


is a daemon-based Transmission session that can be controlled via RPC commands from transmission's web interface or transmission-remote.


is a command-line utility to modify .torrent files' announce URLs.


is a GTK+ bittorrent client.


is a Qt bittorrent client.


is a remote control utility for transmission-daemon and transmission.


is a command line tool to display bittorrent .torrent file metadata.

Last updated on 2015-03-03 11:19:14 -0800