Deluge FAQ

  1. General
    1. Is Deluge Free? Can I get the source?
    2. How to start the various user-interfaces
    3. Where does Deluge store its settings/config?
    4. Where does Deluge store the .torrent files?
    5. How do I reset the settings back to default?
  2. Bittorrent
    1. The files tab shows a different percentage-completed than the torrent
    2. What do all those numbers in parentheses mean?
    3. Seeding torrents have no queue position! Why?
    4. What bandwidth settings should I use?
    5. Deluge sometimes creates files that I didn't ask it to download?
    6. I lost data on force recheck?
    7. Does Deluge support Initial/Super? Seed?
    8. Does Deluge have an embedded tracker?
    9. Does Deluge support multi-tracker torrents?
    10. What is the difference between full allocation and compact allocation?
    11. Selective downloading isn't working. How come?
    12. Which ports should I use?
    13. Deluge uses random ports instead of selected one, why?
    14. What does "Auto Managed" do?
    15. Does Deluge have an equivalent to "Force Start"?
    16. What is a magnet uri, and how do I get Deluge to handle them?
    17. What is Peer TOS Byte
    18. Can Deluge use blocklists such as SafePeer or PeerGuardian?
    19. I have a status bar warning: "No Incoming Connections!"
  3. Console
    1. How do I connect the console UI to a daemon on a non-default port?
  4. Daemon
    1. Why is Deluge still listed in my task manager even after I close it?
    2. How do I start and stop the daemon?
    3. How do I start the daemon with logging enabled?
    4. I can't connect to the daemon from another machine
    5. How do I make Deluge connect to a different daemon?
    6. How do I stop Deluge from killing the daemon when I quit the GTK UI?
  5. Web UI
    1. What is the default password
    2. How do I change the password?
    3. How can I reset the password?
    4. How do I use https?
    5. Can I bind the webui to port :80 in Linux?
    6. How do I configure plugins with the WebUI?
    7. How do I auto-connect to a specific daemon?
  6. Installing
    1. How do I install Deluge?
    2. Does Deluge have its own repository?
    3. How do I set Deluge as my default BitTorrent program?
  7. Troubleshooting
    1. Deluge won't start! What should I do?
    2. Deluge won't start with a "ImportError: No module named pkg_resources" error.
    3. Deluge won't start with a "ImportError: No module named libtorrent" error.
    4. How do I find what libtorrent version I am using
    5. Deluge won't start with a “gobject.GError: Unrecognised image file format” error.
    6. Deluge's GTK UI won't connect to a remote daemon
    7. Deluge isn't working! What should I do?
    8. How do I add an already completed torrent to Deluge?
    9. Torrent stuck at 99% or some other point, even though seeders available
  8. Troubleshooting on Windows
    1. Deluge doesn't start!
    2. Error: 14001 side-by-side configuration
    3. Samba Network Shares
    4. How can i change language in Deluge GUI for Windows
  9. Enable Deluge Logging


General

Is Deluge Free? Can I get the source?

Yes, Deluge is Free Software, as defined by the Free Software Foundation, and is released under the GPL, giving our users complete freedom. The source code is available on the download section of our site. Our GPL nature allows you to be 100% sure that our program will never “spy” on your activities. Closed-source BitTorrent clients cannot make that same claim.

How to start the various user-interfaces

Gtk UI

The main graphical interface. Can be started with either of the following:

deluge
deluge-gtk

Console UI

The text-based interface, ideal for terminal use:

deluge-console

The console can be also run in a non-interactive manor to get direct output at the terminal:

deluge-console "info [torrent]"

Note: Requires the Deluge daemon, deluged, to be running.

Web UI

The web interface enables access to Deluge from your browser. There are two ways to enable this interface:

  1. From the GTK UI you can enable the WebUI plugin
  2. If running the Deluge daemon the recommended method is to disable the plugin and run it standalone instead:
deluge-web

Point your browser to http://localhost:8112 and the default password is: deluge

Where does Deluge store its settings/config?

The default location for the Deluge config is in the home directory of the current user.

  • When running as a service the config is relative to the user specified in the service configuration
  • The config location can be manually changed by using the --config option at startup

Linux (Mac OSX)

~/.config/deluge/

Windows

%APPDATA%\deluge\

Where does Deluge store the .torrent files?

Within the Deluge config directory in a directory named state.

How do I reset the settings back to default?

If you don't care about losing your current torrents then delete everything in Deluge's config directory.

If you do want to keep your current torrents then delete everything except for the state folder.


Bittorrent

The files tab shows a different percentage-completed than the torrent

The files tab will only show percentages based on completed pieces while the main view will show total completed including incomplete pieces.

What do all those numbers in parentheses mean?

Field # (#)
Seeders Number of connected seeders Total number of seeders
Peers Number of connected peers Total number of peers
Downloaded Total amount downloaded Total amount downloaded this session
Uploaded Total amount uploaded Total amount uploaded this session

Seeding torrents have no queue position! Why?

Seeds use something called "seed rank" to determine which should be active and which should be queued.  The seed rank is determined by the number of seed cycles a torrent has completed.  Torrents with fewer completed seed cycles are prioritized for seeding.  A seed cycle is completed when a torrent meets either the share ratio limit (uploaded bytes / downloaded bytes), the share time ratio (time seeding / time downloading) or seed time limit (time seeded).

What bandwidth settings should I use?

Start with the following:

Maximum Connections200
Maximum Download Speed (Kib/s)-1
Maximum Upload Speed (Kib/s)80% of upload speed
Maximum Upload Slots4
Maximum Half-Open Connections20
Maximum Connection Attempts per Second20

If you're using Windows XP*:

Maximum Half-Open Connections8

If you're using pre-SP2 Windows Vista*:

Maximum Half-Open Connections4

You can then tweak those settings to suit your connection. See Bandwidth Tweaking.

Note: if you do not know your upload speed, go to http://speedtest.net and run a test. You can view the results in KB/s by choosing "kilobytes" for "Speed Measurement" which can be accessed under "Settings" in the top left corner of the page.

  • If you have Deluge setup as a ThinClient then this setting is determined by the OS the daemon is running on, not the thin client.

Deluge sometimes creates files that I didn't ask it to download?

Deluge handles files as pieces, not as individual files. This gets tricky, as sometimes the same piece is shared between consecutive files. So if you tell Deluge to download a file, it'll download all of the pieces within that file, and if one of those pieces is shared with another file, that file will also be created, although not necessarily entirely downloaded.

Note: Deluge can be run with experimental libtorrent from libtorrent_aio branch. In this case all pieces of not wanted files will be stored in one temporary file per torrent.

I lost data on force recheck?

Force recheck discards all incomplete pieces.

Does Deluge support Initial/Super? Seed?

Not yet, but it will be added in the future when libtorrent 0.15 is released.

Does Deluge have an embedded tracker?

No and it probably never will. We want to be the best BitTorrent client around, and to do that we need to focus on just being a client.

Does Deluge support multi-tracker torrents?

Yes it does. You can edit the trackers associated with a torrent by right-clicking on a torrent within Deluge, and clicking on “Edit Trackers.”

This conforms to the BitTorrent Multitracker specifications

What is the difference between full allocation and compact allocation?

Compact allocation only allocates as much storage as it needs to keep the pieces downloaded so far. This means that pieces will be moved around to be placed at their final position in the files while downloading (to make sure the completed download has all its pieces in the correct place). In full allocation, the entire space that a file needs is allocated as soon as one piece of that file is downloaded, thus decreasing fragmentation.

We suggest that our users use full allocation.

Deluge uses sparse files for full allocation, the compact allocation option is only useful on file systems that don't support sparse files (such as FAT or HFS+).

Selective downloading isn't working. How come?

Selective downloading requires full allocation, check you are not using compact allocation. See above for details between the two.

Which ports should I use?

The official ports for Bittorrent are 6881-6889, but most ISPs block or at least throttle those ports, so users are encouraged to use a port range of something between 49152 and 65535.

Deluge uses random ports instead of selected one, why?

You will need to click OK or Apply in Preferences after changing the port however Deluge will pick a random port if the chosen port is not available.

Run netstat to check if the port is free.

What does "Auto Managed" do?

An "auto managed" torrent, is a torrent managed by Deluge. This means that it obeys Deluge's queue settings. By disabling "auto managed", a torrent will become active (i.e. start downloading/uploading). It will still be be bound by the stop ratio though (see 'Stop seed at ratio' under the Queue section of the torrent's Options tab).

Note: All active torrents (including those not "auto managed") are counted in the total active queue settings. This means that if the total number of active torrents ("auto managed" and not) exceed the limit for total active torrents in the queue settings, Deluge will automatically queue any "auto managed" torrents until the limit is no longer exceeded.

Does Deluge have an equivalent to "Force Start"?

Deluge has "auto managed" torrents which are similar, see above for details.

To make a torrent no longer "auto managed":

  1. Select the torrent in question.
  2. Select the options tab.
  3. Unselect "Auto Managed".

What is a magnet uri, and how do I get Deluge to handle them?

Magnet URIs are an easy way to add torrents by their info-hash. You can learn more about them here

If you're using GNOME, then you can do these following commands to associate magnets with Deluge:

gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/magnet/command 'deluge "%s"'
gconftool-2 -t bool -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/magnet/needs_terminal false
gconftool-2 -t bool -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/magnet/enabled true

If you aren't using GNOME, but using Firefox 3.0 or earlier, you can set it up this way:

  • Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter.
  • Add a key by Right-click -> New -> Boolean -> Name: network.protocol-handler.external.magnet with value -> true
  • Add another key, by Right-click -> New -> String -> Name: network.protocol-handler.app.magnet with Value -> deluge
  • Ensure that the key network.protocol-handler.expose-all is set to true.

For Firefox 3.5+ use the same approach to create a boolean key network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet and set its value to False, you will be prompted to pick up a handler next time you attempt a magnet download.

In Windows, you can simply re-run the installer and select the magnet association option.

What is Peer TOS Byte

IPv4 Header Type Of Service Byte http://www.shorewall.net/3.0/manpages/shorewall-tcclasses.html (More Info)

Example Settings:

tos-minimize-delay 0x10
tos-maximize-throughput 0x08
tos-maximize-reliability 0x04
tos-minimize-cost 0x02
tos-normal-service 0x00

Can Deluge use blocklists such as SafePeer or PeerGuardian?

Yes. Enable the Blocklist Plugin

I have a status bar warning: "No Incoming Connections!"

You need to configure your router or firewall to allow (unblock) incoming torrent traffic for the network ports that Deluge uses.

Enabling UPnP in Deluge and on your router can automatically open the ports as needed.


Console

How do I connect the console UI to a daemon on a non-default port?

$ deluge-console
>>> connect localhost 12345

Daemon

Why is Deluge still listed in my task manager even after I close it?

You closed only the UI, but you did not close the daemon. Choose "Quit & Shutdown Daemon" to close both Daemon and GtkUI.

How do I start and stop the daemon?

deluged
pkill deluged

Note: Deluge accepts the SIGTERM signal and cleanly shuts down.

How do I start the daemon with logging enabled?

See: Faq

Using the --do-not-daemonize (-d) option you can also log to console:

deluged -d [-L <loglevel>] [-l <logfile>]

I can't connect to the daemon from another machine

See ThinClient for more information but the summary steps are:

  1. Configure the daemon to allow remote connections
  2. Configure Authentication
  3. Restart the daemon.

How do I make Deluge connect to a different daemon?

By default, Deluge (GTK UI) is in classic mode, the daemon and GTK UI are linked together. To disable classic mode:

  1. Preferences -> Interface
  2. Disable (untick) Classic Mode
  3. Restart Deluge and it will now start in thin-client mode
  4. Use the Connection Manager to enter the other daemon details

See ThinClient for more information on remote GTK UI

How do I stop Deluge from killing the daemon when I quit the GTK UI?

See above.


Web UI

What is the default password

The default password for the web interface is 'deluge'. You should change this upon first login for security reasons.

How do I change the password?

In the Web UI:

  1. Click on "Preferences"
  2. Select the "Interface" category
  3. Fill out the fields under "Password"
  4. Click "Change"

How can I reset the password?

Note: you need to stop the Web UI before you do any of the following.

If you have forgotten the password, you can reset it by deleting web.conf from Deluge's config directory.

Important: This will delete all of your Web UI settings.

You can also reset it by using the following script (which does not delete your existing settings):

#!/usr/bin/env python                                                                                                                                                                         
# Changes the password for Deluge's Web UI

from deluge.config import Config
import hashlib
import os.path
import sys

if len(sys.argv) == 2:
    deluge_dir = os.path.expanduser(sys.argv[1])

    if os.path.isdir(deluge_dir):
        try:
            config = Config("web.conf", config_dir=deluge_dir)
        except IOError, e:
            print "Can't open web ui config file: ", e
        else:
            password = raw_input("Enter new password: ")
            s = hashlib.sha1()
            s.update(config['pwd_salt'])
            s.update(password)
            config['pwd_sha1'] = s.hexdigest()
            try:
                config.save()
            except IOError, e:
                print "Couldn't save new password: ", e
            else:
                print "New password successfully set!"
    else:
        print "%s is not a directory!" % deluge_dir
else:
    print "Usage: %s <deluge config dir>" % (os.path.basename(sys.argv[0]))

How do I use https?

  1. Create (self-signed) ssl certificates: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/ssl/ssl_faq.html#selfcert

Linux

  1. Put deluge.cert.pem and deluge.key.pem in ~/.config/deluge/ssl/

Windows

  1. Put deluge.cert.pem and deluge.key.pem in %APPDATA%\deluge\ssl\

ALL

  1. Enable https in the webui config.
  2. Restart the webui

Can I bind the webui to port :80 in Linux?

You cannot bind to anything under 1024 in Linux, however if you have kernel 2.6.24 or higher, you can use capabilities to allow python to bind to port 80 securely. In debian/ubuntu:

  1. sudo apt-get install libcap2-bin
  2. sudo setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /path/to/python
  3. Configure the WebUI to use port 80
  4. Restart deluged daemon.

How do I configure plugins with the WebUI?

Not all plugins are configurable directly with the WebUI right now. The easiest way to configure the plugins is to use the GTK UI. If you cannot install the GTK UI on the machine with your daemon, it is possible to connect to that daemon from another computer with the GTK UI. See ThinClient for more information on remote GTK UI.

How do I auto-connect to a specific daemon?

  1. Stop the Web UI
  2. Edit web.conf, find "default_daemon" and set its value to the daemon id in hostlist.conf
    e.g. to connect to localhost you would open hostlist.conf as see a snippet like this:
    ...
          "123459d5a5b414159caa1323f6e0c9b240c7abcd",
          "localhost",
          58846,
    ...
    
    use the first entry, which is the id and add it to web.conf
    "default_daemon": "123459d5a5b414159caa1323f6e0c9b240c7abcd",
    
  3. Restart the Web UI

Installing

How do I install Deluge?

Installing

Does Deluge have its own repository?

There is an unofficial Ubuntu repository hosted at launchpad: More Info

How do I set Deluge as my default BitTorrent program?

On Windows, the installer should do this automatically. On Linux/Unix? (GNOME), right-click on a torrent file, click on properties, click on the "open with" tab. Is Deluge listed there? If so, select it to be your default, if not, click on "add", then click on "use custom command". Insert /usr/bin/deluge and click add.


Troubleshooting

Deluge won't start! What should I do?

Sometimes Deluge's settings get corrupted and need to be reset. See: Reset Settings

Deluge won't start with a "ImportError: No module named pkg_resources" error.

You need to install setuptools.

Deluge won't start with a "ImportError: No module named libtorrent" error.

You need to install libtorrent-rasterbar

How do I find what libtorrent version I am using

The latest versions of Deluge include libtorrent version information in Help|About or with --version from the terminal.

Alternatively use python to import and query libtorrent:

python -c "from deluge._libtorrent import lt; print lt.version"

Deluge won't start with a “gobject.GError: Unrecognised image file format” error.

You need to install SVG support. On Debian/Ubuntu?, the package is librsvg2-common.

Deluge's GTK UI won't connect to a remote daemon

Make sure both the GTK UI and the daemon are the same (or similar) versions.

Deluge 1.2 was a complete rewrite and hence is unable to connect to 1.1.x

Otherwise make sure you've followed the thin client userguide.

Deluge isn't working! What should I do?

The best thing is to provide us with a debug log of deluged and/or deluge (depending if the error is related to the daemon and/or to a UI).

If you are in Linux, see Enable Deluge Logging below

If you are pasting the log on the forums, please use the [code][/code] tags.

If you are pasting the log on IRC, please use dpaste or pastebin or something similar.

How do I add an already completed torrent to Deluge?

If you add an already completed torrent to Deluge, you just need to set Download Location to the path where your data is, and Deluge will continue downloading/seeding the torrent.

A common error occurs if your torrent contained a folder. If your torrent contained a folder called Torrent.Name.2010, such that the data was in ~/downloads/Torrent.Name.2010/ You need to set the download location to ~/downloads/ not ~/downloads/Torrent.Name.2010/

If you have already added the torrent to Deluge, you can pause it, select 'Move Storage', point it to your data, then choose 'Force Re-check'

Torrent stuck at 99% or some other point, even though seeders available

Check that local machine firewall or router is not detecting a SYN flood and blocking packets. As a torrent reaches completion and you become a seeder, there can be a sudden inrush of connections from other peers that causes firewalls to start blocking. If so, try reducing the total connections allowed in Deluge, or increasing the tolerance on the router, or turning off SYN flood detection. Also check local storage for the downloaded file is not out of space (shown on bottom status bar in Deluge UI).


Troubleshooting on Windows

Deluge doesn't start!

Make sure Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) is installed.

Error: 14001 side-by-side configuration

This error is solved by installing the Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)

Samba Network Shares

In order for Deluge to use a Samba share from within Windows, the share has to be mapped to a drive letter.

How can i change language in Deluge GUI for Windows

There is a bug in the way GTK sets language on Windows but there are several workarounds:

  • Set the global LANG environment variable to the language you require.

  • Delete the following language files from Deluge program folder:

C:\Program Files\Deluge\deluge-1.3.x-py2.6.egg\deluge\i18n
C:\Program Files\Deluge\share\locale

  • Open notepad, type in:
    set lang=en
    start deluge.exe
    
    Save the file as Deluge.cmd in the same folder as Deluge.exe. Create a shortcut to the .cmd file and use it to start Deluge.

Enable Deluge Logging

To enable logging run Deluge from a terminal with the following options.

  • These options apply to all Deluge applications: deluged, deluge-gtk, deluge-web & deluge-console

Logging to shell

deluge -L <loglevel>

Logging to file

deluge -L <loglevel> -l <logfile>

Available Log levels

  • none
  • critical
  • error
  • warning
  • info
  • debug

Note: debug is very verbose and with a lot of torrents log files will be MB's in size.

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