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Transmission daemon running in a container. The default paths have been altered to:

  • /config
  • /download

transmission-daemon runs as root to avoid permission issues when accessing the NAS running under the normal debian-transmission user account. The HTTP RPC interface is listening on TCP port 9091 and the BitTorrent transfer port is listening on TCP & UDP port 51413. The HTTP RPC interface is configured without authentication and allows connections from all private IP ranges:



I use a NAS with a "download" share with the following structure:

Download - Completed downloads
Download\Torrents - Watch directory for .torrent files
Download\Torrents\Working - Working directory where "in progress" files are located

Host directory to container VOLUME mapping:

Host Directory Container Directory Comment
/mnt/download /download
/etc/docker/transmission /config chmod 777 /etc/docker/transmission
/etc/localtime /etc/localtime Set the container's TZ to match the host


Run the command sudo docker run -d --restart always -h transmission --name transmission -v /mnt/download:/download -v /etc/docker/transmission:/config -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro -p 9091:9091 -p 51413:51413 -p 51413:51413/udp randomparity/docker-transmission

Then open http://<docker host IP>:9091 in a browser to access the Transmissioni web UI.


Since I use a NAS I've run into an issue when adding a .torrent file to the "watch" directory where Transmission refuses to see that the file has been added. To work around this I've included a script which manually scans the "watch" directory every minute and uses the Transmission CLI add the torrent to the download queue.

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