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Transmission docker container

What is Transmission?

Transmission is a BitTorrent client which features a simple interface on top of
a cross-platform back-end.

How to use this image

This Transmission container was built to automatically download a level1 host
filter (can be used with dperson/openvpn).

sudo docker run -it --cap-add=NET_ADMIN --device /dev/net/tun --name vpn \
            --dns --dns --restart=always \
            -d dperson/openvpn-client ||
sudo docker run -it --name bit --net=container:vpn \
            -d dperson/transmission
sudo docker run -it --name web -p 80:80 -p 443:443 --link vpn:bit \
            -d dperson/nginx -w "http://bit:9091/transmission;/transmission"

NOTE: The default username/password are admin/admin. See TRUSER and
TRPASSWD below, for how to change them.

NOTE2: To connect to the transmission container, point your browser to the
actual <hostname_or_IP_address> of the system running docker with a URI as


NOTE3: To open the peer connection port add the following to the
docker run command:

-p 51413:51413 -p 51413:51413/udp

Hosting a Transmission instance

sudo docker run -it --name transmission -p 9091:9091 -d dperson/transmission

OR set local storage (see Complex configuration below):

sudo docker run -it --name transmission -p 9091:9091 \
            -v /path/to/directory:/var/lib/transmission-daemon \
            -d dperson/transmission

NOTE: The configuration is in /var/lib/transmission-daemon/info, downloads
are in /var/lib/transmission-daemon/downloads, and partial downloads are in


sudo docker run -it --rm dperson/transmission -h

Usage: [-opt] [command]
Options (fields in '[]' are optional, '<>' are required):
    -h          This help
    -n          No auth config; don't configure authentication at runtime

The 'command' (if provided and valid) will be run instead of transmission

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES (only available with docker run)

  • TRUSER - Set the username for transmission auth (default 'admin')
  • TRPASSWD - Set the password for transmission auth (default 'admin')
  • TZ - Configure the zoneinfo timezone, IE EST5EDT
  • USERID - Set the UID for the app user
  • GROUPID - Set the GID for the app user

Other environment variables beginning with TR_ will edit the configuration
file accordingly:

  • TR_MAX_PEERS_GLOBAL=400 will translate to "max-peers-global": 400,


Any of the commands can be run at creation with docker run or later with
docker exec -it transmission (as of version 1.3 of docker).

Setting the Timezone

sudo docker run -it --name transmission -e TZ=EST5EDT \
            -d dperson/transmission

Complex configuration

If you wish to adapt the default configuration, use something like the following
to copy it from a running container:

sudo docker cp transmission:/var/lib/transmission-daemon /some/path

You can use the modified configuration with:

sudo docker run -it --name transmission -p 9091:9091 \
            -v /some/path:/var/lib/transmission-daemon -d dperson/transmission

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