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I just wonder Is there any command line torrent client ? Like wget downloader.

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Most of the common command-line clients should compile under cygwin in Windows. I have rtorrent running this way on a couple of Windows machines.

Edit: another thought: I assume that Python based clients should run under Windows too if you install Python. Though off the top of my head I can't think of such a client that is actively maintained (the original "official" client was Python based, but IIRC uTurrent has replaced that).

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+1 Cool, rtorrent is awesome never thought of cygwin! – Mitch May 14 '10 at 14:46
Guys. Why does cygwin compile, configure SOOOOO slow I get tired of my life ? Is there a way to speed it up? Shouldn't be it faster..somewhat? – Shiki May 14 '10 at 15:26
configure/autoconf/similar fork a lot of separate processes, especially for some packages like libtorrent+rtorrent. Creating a new process is an expensive procedure in Windows compared to Unix-a-like OSs (which is part of the reason why threading is a far more popular concurrency model under Windows) so this is going to be slower under cygwin then Linux even without accounting for any OS call translation layer employed by the cygwin libraries. – David Spillett May 14 '10 at 17:19
@Shiki Cygwin has always been super slow. I avoid it like the plague, pretty much any open source tool I need under windows already has a native port (usually thanks to mingw32 / msys). – davr May 14 '10 at 19:01
Ah thanks for the info,explanation. I'll try compiling stuff with ming32/msys then.Wanted to use mcabber for example which is a great tool. – Shiki May 14 '10 at 20:07

aria2 is a command line downloader with BitTorrent support and Windows binaries available.

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Also, aria2 supports torrents. It's a multi-platform project (Win32 included).

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I know Transmission has a command line client for its Unix releases. And I know they have a Windows client, but its newish.

It might have a command line interface. It's worth checking out

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Transmission does have a CLI version (, but it needs to be compiled using Cygwin. (I wonder if it could be done using MingW/MSYS.) – Isxek May 14 '10 at 14:56

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