How to install Deluge on Ubuntu 20.04 – A BitTorrent client for Linux

Deluge is a free and open-source lightweight BitTorrent client written in Python programming language. It’s an cross platform application available for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The application uses libtorrent in its backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console.

Deluge aims to be a lightweight, secure, and feature-rich client. To help accomplish this, most of its features are part of plugin modules which were written by various developers. This application has been designed using the client server model with a daemon process, which handles all the bittorrent activity.

While Deluge is not quite as well-known as some of its key competitors like uTorrent, Vuze or qBittorrent this application contains the common features to BitTorrent clients such as DHT, Protocol Encryption, Local Peer Discovery (LSD), Peer Exchange (PEX), UPnP, Proxy support, Web seeds, NAT-PMP, global and per-torrent speed limits, impressively minimalist design and fast performance.

Another strength is that Deluge is completely ad-free.

Key Features of Deluge

  • Very simple to use
  • Cross-platform compatibility
  • Excellent collection of plugins

This article explains two methods of installing Deluge on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Deluge via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Deluge, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Deluge PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/stable

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Deluge package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install deluge

At this step, you have successfully installed Deluge on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

Method 2: Installing Deluge from Ubuntu apt repository

Deluge is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Deluge package.

$ sudo apt install deluge

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install deluge

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Deluge” and install the application.

Starting Deluge

Deluge can be launched from the command line by typing deluge or In the Activities search bar type “Deluge” and click on the icon.

Deluge User Interface:

How to Uninstall Deluge from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Deluge, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed the Deluge through PPA then uninstall it by following one of the below procedures.

Procedure #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:deluge-team/stable

Note: Use this procedure only if you need to remove the PPA and not the applications installed by it.

Procedure #2

You must have noticed that in the above procedure we only talked about deleting or removing a PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Deluge package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:deluge-team/stable

Method #2

If you have installed the application from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove deluge


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Deluge on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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