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The team brings you another container release featuring :-

  • regular and timely application updates
  • easy user mappings (PGID, PUID)
  • custom base image with s6 overlay
  • weekly base OS updates with common layers across the entire ecosystem to minimise space usage, down time and bandwidth
  • regular security updates

Find us at:

  • Discord - realtime support / chat with the community and the team.
  • IRC - on freenode at Our primary support channel is Discord.
  • Blog - all the things you can do with our containers including How-To guides, opinions and much more!
  • Podcast - on hiatus. Coming back soon (late 2018).


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Rutorrent is a popular rtorrent client with a webui for ease of use.


Supported Architectures

Our images support multiple architectures such as x86-64, arm64 and armhf. We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling linuxserver/rutorrent should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Tag
x86-64 amd64-latest
arm64 arm64v8-latest
armhf arm32v6-latest


Here are some example snippets to help you get started creating a container.


docker create \
  --name=rutorrent \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -p 80:80 \
  -p 5000:5000 \
  -p 51413:51413 \
  -p 6881:6881/udp \
  -v </path/to/rutorrent/config>:/config \
  -v </path/to/rutorrent/downloads>:/downloads \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2"
    image: linuxserver/rutorrent
    container_name: rutorrent
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - </path/to/rutorrent/config>:/config
      - </path/to/rutorrent/downloads>:/downloads
      - 80:80
      - 5000:5000
      - 51413:51413
      - 6881:6881/udp
    restart: unless-stopped


Container images are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Parameter Function
-p 80 ruTorrent Web UI
-p 5000 scgi port
-p 51413 Bit-torrent port
-p 6881/udp Bit-torrent port
-e PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
-e PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
-v /config where ruTorrent should store it's config files
-v /downloads path to your downloads folder

User / Group Identifiers

When using 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 any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id user as below:

  $ id username
    uid=1000(dockeruser) gid=1000(dockergroup) groups=1000(dockergroup)


Application Setup

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

If after updating you see an error about connecting to rtorrent in the webui, remove or comment out these lines in /config/rtorrent/rtorrent.rc ,whatever value is set, yes or no. Just setting them to no will still cause the error..

use_udp_trackers = yes
peer_exchange = yes

Support Info

  • 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

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (ie. nextcloud, plex), we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Run/Create

  • Update the image: docker pull linuxserver/rutorrent
  • Stop the running container: docker stop rutorrent
  • Delete the container: docker rm rutorrent
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker create parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)
  • Start the new container: docker start rutorrent
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Via Taisun auto-updater (especially useful if you don't remember the original parameters)

  • Pull the latest image at its tag and replace it with the same env variables in one shot:
    docker run --rm \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock taisun/updater \
    --oneshot rutorrent
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Via Docker Compose

  • Update all images: docker-compose pull
    • or update a single image: docker-compose pull rutorrent
  • Let compose update all containers as necessary: docker-compose up -d
    • or update a single container: docker-compose up -d rutorrent
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune


  • 22.02.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.9.
  • 03.11.18: - Add pipeline and multi arch logic to repo.
  • 27.08.18: - Add bind tools package.
  • 22.08.18: - Rebase to alpine 3.8.
  • 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 use in /config/php.
  • 26.07.16: - Rebase to alpine.
  • 08.03.16: - Initial Release.
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