Version 2 (modified by Cas, 7 years ago) (diff)

Add details on setting up systemd

systemd Scripts

Firstly ensure Deluge daemon deluged and Web UI deluge-web are installed.

User Management

For security it is best to run a service with a specific user and group. You can create one using the following command:

sudo adduser --system  --gecos "Deluge Service" --disabled-password --group --home /var/lib/deluge deluge
  • This creates a new system user and group named deluge with no login access and home directory: /var/lib/deluge

Add to the deluge group any users you wish to be able to easily manage or access files downloaded through Deluge, for example:

sudo adduser <username> deluge

Migration from init.d or upstart script

Get rid of any old init files named deluge in /etc/init.d/ like this:

sudo /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon stop
sudo rm /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon
sudo update-rc.d deluge-daemon remove

Remove old upstart scripts like this:

sudo stop deluged
sudo stop deluge-web
sudo rm /etc/init/deluge-web.conf
sudo rm /etc/init/deluged.conf

Deluge Daemon (deluged) Service

Create the file /etc/systemd/system/deluged.service:

Description=Deluge Bittorrent Client Daemon

ExecStart=/usr/bin/deluged -d


Now start the service and verify it is running:

systemctl start deluged
systemctl status deluged

Deluge Web UI (deluge-web) Service

Create the file /etc/systemd/system/deluge-web.service:

Description=Deluge Bittorrent Client Web Interface



Now start the service and verify it is running:

systemctl start deluge-web
systemctl status deluge-web

Note: Both these service scripts should be updated so that deluge-web starts on deluged service and both respawn, the same as upstart scripts.

Enable the service on boot

Enable the services to start up on boot:

systemctl enable deluged
systemctl enable deluge-web


Create a structure for Deluge to log to and give the user that Deluge is running as (in this case deluge) full access to that directory:

sudo mkdir -p /var/log/deluge
sudo chown -R deluge:deluge /var/log/deluge
sudo chmod -R 750 /var/log/deluge
  • Note: The above commands affect the log directory and all files within it, combined with the umask specified in the upstart jobs these affect the permissions new logs are created with.
    • 750 grants full access to the deluge user, only recurse tree and read access to members of the deluge group and prevents access from all other accounts. Chmod

Edit the service files like so:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/deluged -d -l /var/log/deluge/daemon.log -L warning
ExecStart=/usr/bin/deluge-web -l /var/log/deluge/web.log -L warning
  • Refer to the FAQ for possible log-levels.

Restart the daemon:

sudo restart deluged

Create /etc/logrotate.d/deluge with the following code to rotate the logs:

/var/log/deluge/*.log {
        rotate 4
                initctl restart deluged >/dev/null 2>&1 || true
                initctl restart deluge-web >/dev/null 2>&1 || true