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There's a question on here about what torrent apps work well remotely, but I'm hoping to find out one that works well through a command line interface, preferably with no GUI.

What torrent apps would you recommend for running from the command line?

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You should look at deluge. It is cross-platform, and is excellent as a headless app.

Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows. It uses libtorrent in it's backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console. It has been designed using the client server model with a daemon process that handles all the bittorrent activity. The Deluge daemon is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces being able to connect remotely from any platform.

Deluge features a rich plugin collection; in fact, most of Deluge's functionality is available in the form of plugins.

Deluge was created with the intention of being lightweight and unobtrusive. It is our belief that downloading shouldn't be the primary task on your computer and therefore shouldn't monopolize system resources.

Deluge is not designed for any one desktop environment and will work just fine in GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others. We do our best to adhere to the freedesktop standards.

I have the deluged daemon run as a service on boot, and also run a client on the same machine that hosts the web interface. I then use the web interface from all my systems.

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I prefer rtorrent, but only because I'm very stingy with my memory and tend to get better performance out of it. –  Rob Apr 10 '12 at 22:10
    
If your application is fully non-interactive, deluged's interface is nicer. rtorrent is fully ncurses, i.e. interactive. –  bukzor Jul 3 at 0:53
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You should take a look at this wikipedia entry. I've used rtorrent and i liked it.

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Is rTorrent available for Windows? (or are there any ports) –  Breakthrough Sep 4 '09 at 18:50
    
no, i suggested as you tagged it linux, for windows you can use webUI of uTorrent –  Tutul Sep 4 '09 at 18:54
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For Unix-based systems you can use rTorrent.

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I use the original BitTorrent client, btlaunchmanycurses and btdownloadcurses work fine, specially combined with screen (to allow for unattended downloading).

There is a more detailed description (in French) on my blog.

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i know it was already answere but i really like torrentFlux wich comes with an http interface which looks really good!

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I use rtorrent most of the time, running in a screen, but for the occasional one-off download I also like to use aria2, which I otherwise usually use for managed HTTP downloads.

aria2 also supports magnet: links, which I think I have heard that rtorrent is supposed to do in some version, but doesn't in the old Debian I use. Finally, in aria2's favor (in your case) is that it has less UI than rtorrent.

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