Update Deluge version on your Raspberry PI

By Adrian Moreno | June 15, 2015

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post the latest version available from Raspbian repositories is 1.3.3. And you may not use other repositories since they will probably not provide packages for ARM devices such as the Raspberry PI.

There are different reasons for updating Deluge to the latest version. One of them is that 1.3.3 does not support Magnet links, which is a very common way of loading in torrents to the client. Another reason might be fix the “Connection Failed. Check logs for details” when trying to configure the Deluge downloader on CouchPotato. This error occurs because Deluge updated its secure transport protocol in one of the newest versions.

Uninstall any previous version of Deluge

If you already have a previous version of Deluge installed, uninstall it.

sudo apt-get remove deluged
sudo apt-get remove deluge-web
sudo apt-get autoremove

Download and install the newest Deluge version

First, let’s stop Deluge in case it is still running.

sudo service deluge-daemon stop


sudo /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon stop

Install a few dependencies needed to compile and run Deluge. Most of them will probably be already installed in your system.

sudo apt-get install python python-twisted python-twisted-web python-openssl python-simplejson python-setuptools intltool python-xdg python-chardet geoip-database python-libtorrent python-notify python-pygame python-glade2 librsvg2-common xdg-utils python-mako
sudo reboot

Create a folder where you will download Deluge on and cd into it.

mkdir deluge
cd deluge/

Now download the latest version of Deluge from their website. At the time of writing the latest version was 1.3.11, but you can check for the a newer version here and update the URL from the following commands.

wget http://download.deluge-torrent.org/source/deluge-1.3.11.tar.bz2
tar xvf deluge-1.3.11.tar.bz2
cd deluge-1.3.11/

Let’s clean the build (just in case) and compile it.

python setup.py clean -a
python setup.py build

Now we can install the new version of Deluge.

sudo python setup.py install
sudo python setup.py install_data

And delete the files we have downloaded and extracted since they are no longer needed.

cd ../..
sudo rm -Rf deluge/

Verify that the new Deluge version is working fine.


Go to http://[raspberry_IP]:8112/ and verify that you can see the Deluge web interface.

Configure Deluge to autostart on boot

Verify that you already have the following config file at /etc/default/deluge-daemon with the content below or create it if you don’t have it.

sudo nano /etc/default/deluge-daemon

And the content.

# Configuration for /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon

# The init.d script will only run if this variable is not empty.

# Should we run at startup?

You must also have the script to run the Deluge daemon and web UI as a Linux service. Let’s verify you have it there.

sudo nano /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon

If you don’t have it just download it into /etc/init.d/:

sudo wget -O /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon http://cdn5.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/gg/up/sshot5151aa042ad11.txt

Fix the permissions of the init script.

sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon

And update the RC.

sudo update-rc.d deluge-daemon defaults

Create the directories to keep the logs from the Deluge daemon and the web UI.

sudo mkdir -p /var/log/deluge/daemon
sudo mkdir /var/log/deluge/web

And give it permission to the pi user.

sudo chmod -R 755 /var/log/deluge
sudo chown -R pi:pi /var/log/deluge

Edit the init script to modify a few lines.

sudo nano /etc/init.d/deluge-daemon

Replace DAEMON1, DAEMON1_ARGS, DAEMON2, and DAEMON2_ARGS variables by these ones.

DAEMON1_ARGS="-d -L warning -l /var/log/deluge/daemon/warning.log"
DAEMON2_ARGS="-L warning -l /var/log/deluge/web/warning.log"

Restart the service.

sudo service deluge-daemon restart

Let’s set a logrotate rule to handle the Deluge logs.

sudo nano /etc/logrotate.d/deluge

And set the following content.

/var/log/deluge/*/*.log {
rotate 7
create 600

Make the Deluge web UI to automatically connect to the daemon

To do that, we just need modify the config file of the web UI. But first, let’s stop the daemon.

sudo service deluge-daemon stop

Now, open the config file.

sudo nano /root/.config/deluge/web.conf
nano ~/.config/deluge/web.conf

And replace this line.

“default_daemon”: “”,

By this one.

“default_daemon”: “″,

The Deluge web interface will now automatically connect to the daemon.

Create a Deluge username and password to allow access to other apps

You may have other applications such as CouchPotato that integrate with Deluge to automatically load in Torrent files. To allow access to Deluge from external applications, you have to specify a username and password.

First, let’s set the proper permissions to the directories and files.

sudo chmod 770 ~/.config/
sudo chmod 770 ~/.config/deluge
sudo chmod 660 ~/.config/deluge/auth

And now append a new user and password to the auth file. Replace username and password with whatever values you want.

echo username:password:10 >> ~/.config/deluge/auth

Now let’s restart the daemon for the change to take effect.

sudo service deluge-daemon restart

If you feel so inclined, please let us know how it went and leave some feedback if you find it useful.

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