Sunday, July 04, 2010

Common rTorrent commands

Console software are extremely lightweight, but there's also the problem of usability. Consoles make use of the keyboard exclusively and this can be a steep learning curve for those not used to the command line.

However once properly set up, you can basically leave things alone and remember only the commands that are frequently used.

Here's a list of commands I commonly make use of in rTorrent including a few semi-frequent ones:

Backspace Add torrent in paused state using URL or file path
Return Add torrent and start download immediately
^s Start downloading inactive torrent
^d Stop active torrent, or delete inactive torrent
^r Hash check torrent
[Shift] + a/s/d Increase upload [download] throttle by 1/5/50 KB
[Shift] + z/x/c Decrease upload [download] throttle by 1/5/50 KB
^q Shutdown rTorrent. Force shutdown if pressed twice
up/down Select item
left/down Select view

There's more of course, but you'll find that there's very little else you'll need unless you're a control freak. If you find you need more, here's the rTorrent user guide.

Related posts:

A rTorrent command reference
Getting started with rTorrent on Ubuntu