utorrent in Ubuntu..the easy way..

Posted by Shashank Krishna Thursday, July 16, 2009


sharethis: The following tutorial was published in softpedia
BitTorrent is the most popular P2P (peer-to-peer) file distribution protocol. Whether you want to share some files or you just want to get your hands on the latest Linux distributions, then you must use a BitTorrent client. There are many BitTorrent clients for Linux, starting with the old and classical BitTorrent (yes, just like the protocol) and ending with the brand new Deluge, and somewhere in the middle we can enumerate very popular BitTorrent clients like Azureus, Transmission or rTorrent, each one providing very interesting features and functionality.

On the other hand (and this is what we're gonna talk about today), if you have "Windows friends", you must have heard them talking about that very tiny and light BitTorrent client called uTorrent, a BitTorrent client with impressive features, like faster download speeds, intelligent configurable disk caching, trackerless support, etc. Now, you have Linux and that's a Windows application, what do you do? Very simple, follow the instructions below!

Editor's note: The following instruction assume that you have the latest version of the Linux operating system you use. In our case, Ubuntu!

Step 1 - Install Wine

Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager...

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Search for wine...

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Click on the little box in front of the wine entry and select the "Mark for Installation" option...

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Click the "Mark" button when asked to install the required dependencies...

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Click the "Apply" button... and again to confirm the installation...

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Wait for the packages to be downloaded...

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...and installed...

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When the installation is complete, close Synaptic and proceed to the next step!

Step 2 - Download and Install uTorrent

Download uTorrent's installer from here. Right click on the utorrent.exe file and choose the "Open with "Wine Windows Program Loader"" option...

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The uTorrent installer wizard will appear. Uncheck all the boxes and click the "Install" button...

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uTorrent's main window will appear!

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Step 3 - Create uTorrent Desktop Shortcut

In this final step, we're gonna create a desktop shortcut for the uTorrent application that we've just installed.

Right click on your desktop and select "Create Launcher..."...
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On the new launcher window, fill in the fields as follows:

Type: Application
Name: uTorrent
Command: wine "/home/YOURUSERNAME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/uTorrent/uTorrent.exe"

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Note: Replace "YOURUSERNAME" in the Command field above, with your username (e.g. /home/marius)

Choose a suitable icon, and click OK. Now all you have to do in order to enjoy uTorrent is to double click on the uTorrent shortcut on your desktop. Enjoy!

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