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

KTorrent is a open-source full-fledged torrent client for Ubuntu developed by KDE(K desktop environment) which allows you to download files using the BitTorrent protocol.

It enables you to run multiple torrents at the same time and comes with extended features to make it a full-featured client for BitTorrent. While offering a simple user interface, there’s a lot of options that include plugins support, magnet link support, custom groups, and so on.

Yes, it’s a Bittorent client by KDE but it works quite well on GNOME as well. KTorrent sounds something useful as a torrent client that you can use daily with control to manage all your torrent downloads at one place.

The application doesn’t close when you close the main window and instead it stays minimized, displaying an icon which supports tooltips with information about the speed and size of download and upload. KTorrent displays in the upper part of its window a list of files and individual information for each one regarding the size, the speed, the progress, the time left and the number of pears to which the client is connected.

KTorrent is expandable using plugins. Some plugins can add compatibility with UPnP devices or an IP blocking filter.

Key Features of KTorrent

  • Queuing of torrents
  • Previewing of certain file types, build in (video and audio)
  • File prioritization for multi-file torrents
  • Kick/ban peers with an additional IP Filter dialog for list/edit purposes
  • Support for private trackers and torrents
  • Support for protocol encryption (compatible with Azureus)
  • Support for distributed hash tables (DHT, the Mainline version)
  • Support for webseeds
  • Tracker authentication support
  • Connection through a proxy
  • Global and per torrent speed limits
  • Importing of partially or fully downloaded files
  • Selective downloading for multi-file torrents
  • UDP tracker support
  • Support for µTorrent’s peer exchange
  • Support for creating trackerless torrents
  • Support for UPnP to automatically forward ports on a LAN with dynamic assigned hosts
  • System tray integration

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

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

Method 1: Installing KTorrent as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install KTorrent on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the KTorrent. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the KTorrent package.

$ sudo snap install ktorrent --candidate

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

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

Type the following command to update KTorrent package.

$ sudo snap refresh ktorrent

Method 2: Installing KTorrent from Ubuntu apt repository

KTorrent 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 KTorrent package.

$ sudo apt install ktorrent

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

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install ktorrent

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting KTorrent

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

KTorrent User Interface:

How to Uninstall KTorrent from Ubuntu 20.04

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

Method #1

If you have installed KTorrent via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove ktorrent

Method #2

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

$ sudo apt remove ktorrent

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install KTorrent 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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