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Popular rtorrent client with a webui for ease of use. Rutorrent


docker create --name=rutorrent \
-v <path to data>:/config \
-v <path to downloads>:/downloads \
-e PGID=<gid> -e PUID=<uid> \
-e TZ=<timezone> \
-p 80:80 -p 5000:5000 \
-p 51413:51413 -p 6881:6881/udp \


The parameters are split into two halves, separated by a colon, the left hand side representing the host and the right the container side. For example with a port -p external:internal - what this shows is the port mapping from internal to external of the container. So -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 http://192.168.x.x:8080 would show you what's running INSIDE the container on port 80.

  • -p 80 - the port(s)
  • -p 5000 - the port(s)
  • -p 51413 - the port(s)
  • -p 6881/udp - the port(s)
  • -v /config - where rutorrent should store it's config files
  • -v /downloads - path to your downloads folder
  • -e PGID for GroupID - see below for explanation
  • -e PUID for UserID - see below for explanation
  • -e TZ for timezone information, eg Europe/London

It is based on alpine linux with s6 overlay, for shell access whilst the container is running do docker exec -it rutorrent /bin/bash.

User / Group Identifiers

Sometimes when using data volumes (-v flags) permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container. We avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID. Ensure the data volume directory on the host is owned by the same user you specify and it will "just work" ™.

In this instance PUID=1001 and PGID=1001. To find yours use id user as below:

  $ id <dockeruser>
    uid=1001(dockeruser) gid=1001(dockergroup) groups=1001(dockergroup)

Setting up the application

Webui can be found at <your-ip>:80 , configuration files for rtorrent are in /config/rtorrent, php in config/php and for the webui in /config/rutorrent/settings.

Settings, changed by the user through the "Settings" panel in ruTorrent, are valid until rtorrent restart. After which all settings will be set according to the rtorrent config file (/config/rtorrent/rtorrent.rc),this is a limitation of the actual apps themselves.

Important note for unraid users or those running services such as a webserver on port 80, change port 80 assignment

** It should also be noted that this container when run will create subfolders ,completed, incoming and watched in the /downloads volume.**

The Port Assignments and configuration folder structure has been changed from the previous ubuntu based versions of this container and we recommend a clean install

Umask can be set in the /config/rtorrent/rtorrent.rc file by changing value in system.umask.set

If you are seeing this error Caught internal_error: 'DhtRouter::get_tracker did not actually insert tracker.'. , a possible fix is to disable dht in /config/rtorrent/rtorrent.rc by changing the following values.

dht = disable
peer_exchange = no


  • Shell access whilst the container is running: docker exec -it rutorrent /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime: docker logs -f rutorrent

  • container version number

docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' rutorrent

  • image version number

docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' linuxserver/rutorrent


  • 08.12.17: Rebase to alpine 3.7, add sox package.
  • 28.10.17: Mediainfo moved from testing to community repo.
  • 09.10.17: Use repo version of mediainfo to shorten build time.
  • 28.05.17: Fix permissions on secondary temp folder of nginx.
  • 26.05.17: Rebase to alpine 3.6.
  • 03.05.17: Fix log permissions.
  • 18.03.17: Note in readme about disabling dht in some circumstances.
  • 24.02.17: Patch a source file to quash rss https bug.
  • 29.01.17: Rebase to alpine 3.5.
  • 20.11.16: Add php7-mbstring package, bump mediainfo to 0.7.90.
  • 14.10.16: Add version layer information.
  • 04.10.16: Remove redundant sessions folder.
  • 30.09.16: Fix umask.
  • 21.09.16: Bump mediainfo, reorg dockerfile, add full wget package.
  • 09.09.16: Add layer badges to README.
  • 28.08.16: Add badges to README, bump mediainfo version to 0.7.87
  • 07.08.16: Perms fix on nginx tmp folder, also exposed php.ini for editing by user
    in /config/php.
  • 26.07.16: Rebase to alpine.
  • 08.03.16: Intial Release.
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