27 June 2010
rTorrent is a text-based BitTorrent client written in C++, based on the libTorrent libraries for Unix (not to be confused with libtorrent by Arvid Norberg), whose author's goal is “a focus on high performance and good code”. SeedM8 is proud to offer rTorrent as a client for your seedboxes. rTorrent can be run with either the wTorrent web system or the ruTorrent web system. Please consult the comparison below to make your choice on the right system.
ruTorrent is the latest front-end for rTorrent, and also our personal favorite. In active development, it accomplishes everything that uTorrent WebUI should do (but doesn’t). Developed as a uTorrent clone, ruTorrent almost entirely resembles uTorrent running on a local machine (home PC). It’s packed with features, is extensible & lightweight, and supports addons which can also be created. There’s not a single thing missing from this excellent rTorrent web GUI.
• Torrent creation
• RSS Feed support
• Labels appended to torrents for categorization
• Content menu (right-click) is supported
• Tabs for data (traffic, files, speed, peers etc.)
• The ability to select/deselect files in a torrent (partial seeding)
• Automatically updates in the browser every 3 seconds (by default)
• Multi-language support
• Easy-to-install plugins (which you won’t find for uTorrent)
wTorrent offers many of the features lacking in uTorrent WebUI, like extra torrent info and available space remaining on the server and is thought to be the most widely-used WebUI for rTorrent. But when compared to ruTorrent, wTorrent is light years behind and missing many key features, such as:
• No torrent creation in wTorrent
• Selecting/deselecting files in a torrent to download is supported, although it requires countless clicks (individual files need to be checked manually, one-by-one; although there is a check all function)
• Torrents that are added as private don’t automatically appear on the main index page (are listed under the Private tab)
• WebUI does not automatically refresh the screen at a set interval (although this can be hacked using this Firefox addon)
Having said that, wTorrent does offer some decent functionality through Java & Ajax. Listed torrents can be opened up, which then displays 4 new tabs on the left side (see second screenshot below):
• Information (default) — Shows the data path, data uploaded, ratio and setting the priority.
• Files — Lists the individual files in each torrent. This is where files can be selected or removed from the download list.
• Trackers — Shows the current trackers listed for the torrent. This is where trackers can be removed from the list (although no new trackers can be added, nor changed).
• Peers — Lists the peers connected in the torrent.