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qBittorrent running in an openvpn stolen from https://hub.docker.com/r/haugene/transmission-openvpn/
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qBittorrent with WebUI and OpenVPN

Docker container which runs qBittorrent torrent client with WebUI while connecting to OpenVPN.
It bundles certificates and configurations for the following VPN providers:

  • Private Internet Access
  • BTGuard
  • TigerVPN
  • FrootVPN
  • TorGuard
  • NordVPN
  • UsenetServerVPN
  • IPVanish
  • Anonine
  • HideMe
  • PureVPN

When using PIA as provider it will update Transmission hourly with assigned open qBittorrent. Please read the instructions below.

Run container from Docker registry

The container is available from the Docker registry and this is the simplest way to get it.
To run the container use this command:

$ docker run --privileged  -d \
              -v /your/storage/path/:/data \
              -e "OPENVPN_PROVIDER=PIA" \
              -e "OPENVPN_CONFIG=Netherlands" \
              -e "OPENVPN_USERNAME=user" \
              -e "OPENVPN_PASSWORD=pass" \
              -p 9091:9091 \
              hayduck/qbittorrent-openvpn

You must set the environment variables OPENVPN_PROVIDER, OPENVPN_USERNAME and OPENVPN_PASSWORD to provide basic connection details.

The OPENVPN_CONFIG is an optional variable. If no config is given, a default config will be selected for the provider you have chosen.
Find available OpenVPN configurations by looking in the openvpn folder of the GitHub repository.

As you can see, the container also expects a data volume to be mounted.
This is where Transmission will store your downloads, incomplete downloads and look for a watch directory for new .torrent files.
By default a folder named transmission-home will also be created under /data, this is where Transmission stores its state.

Required environment options

Variable Function Example
OPENVPN_PROVIDER Sets the OpenVPN provider to use. OPENVPN_PROVIDER=provider. Supported providers are PIA, BTGUARD, TIGER, FROOT, TORGUARD, NORDVPN, USENETSERVER, IPVANISH, ANONINE, HIDEME and PUREVPN
OPENVPN_USERNAME Your OpenVPN username OPENVPN_USERNAME=asdf
OPENVPN_PASSWORD Your OpenVPN password OPENVPN_PASSWORD=asdf

Network configuration options

Variable Function Example
OPENVPN_CONFIG Sets the OpenVPN endpoint to connect to. OPENVPN_CONFIG=UK Southampton

Transmission configuration options

You may override transmission options by setting the appropriate environment variable.

The environment variables are the same name as used in the transmission settings.json file
and follow the format given in these examples:

Transmission variable name Environment variable name
speed-limit-up TRANSMISSION_SPEED_LIMIT_UP
speed-limit-up-enabled TRANSMISSION_SPEED_LIMIT_UP_ENABLED
ratio-limit TRANSMISSION_RATIO_LIMIT
ratio-limit-enabled TRANSMISSION_RATIO_LIMIT_ENABLED

As you can see the variables are prefixed with TRANSMISSION_, the variable is capitalized, and - is converted to _.

PS: TRANSMISSION_BIND_ADDRESS_IPV4 will be overridden to the IP assigned to your OpenVPN tunnel interface.
This is to prevent leaking the host IP.

Access the WebUI

But what's going on? My http://my-host:9091 isn't responding?
This is because the VPN is active, and since docker is running in a different ip range than your client the response
to your request will be treated as "non-local" traffic and therefore be routed out through the VPN interface.

How to fix this

There are several ways to fix this. You can pipe and do fancy iptables or ip route configurations on the host and in
the container. But I found that the simplest solution is just to proxy my traffic. Start an nginx container like this:

$ docker run -d \
      -v /path/to/nginx.conf:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:ro \
      -p 8080:8080 \
      nginx

Where /path/to/nginx.conf has this content:

events {
  worker_connections 1024;
}

http {
  server {
    listen 8080;
    location / {
      proxy_pass http://host.ip.address.here:9091;
    }
  }
}

Your Transmission WebUI should now be avaliable at "your.host.ip.addr:8080/transmission/web/".
Change the port in the docker run command if 8080 is not suitable for you.

Known issues

Some have encountered problems with DNS resolving inside the docker container.
This causes trouble because OpenVPN will not be able to resolve the host to connect to.
If you have this problem use dockers --dns flag to override the resolv.conf of the container.
For example use googles dns servers by adding --dns 8.8.8.8 --dns 8.8.4.4 as parameters to the usual run command.

If you are having issues with this container please submit an issue on GitHub.
Please provide logs, docker version and other information that can simplify reproducing the issue.
Using the latest stable verison of Docker is always recommended. Support for older version is on a best-effort basis.

Building the container yourself

To build this container, clone the repository and cd into it.

Build it:

$ cd /repo/location/docker-transmission-openvpn
$ docker build -t transmission-openvpn .

Run it:

$ docker run --privileged  -d \
              -v /your/storage/path/:/data \
              -e "OPENVPN_PROVIDER=PIA" \
              -e "OPENVPN_CONFIG=Netherlands" \
              -e "OPENVPN_USERNAME=user" \
              -e "OPENVPN_PASSWORD=pass" \
              -p 9091:9091 \
              transmission-openvpn

This will start a container as described in the "Run container from Docker registry" section.

Controlling Transmission remotely

The container exposes /config as a volume. This is the directory where the supplied transmission and OpenVPN credentials will be stored.
If you have transmission authentication enabled and want scripts in another container to access and
control the transmission-daemon, this can be a handy way to access the credentials.
For example, another container may pause or restrict transmission speeds while the server is streaming video.

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