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The LinuxServer.io 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 LinuxServer.io ecosystem to minimise space usage, down time and bandwidth
  • regular security updates

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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 ghcr.io/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:



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

docker-compose (recommended)

Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2.1"
    image: ghcr.io/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

docker cli

docker run -d \
  --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 \


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.

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

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__PASSWORD=/run/secrets/mysecretpassword

Will set the environment variable PASSWORD based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretpassword file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

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

THIS IMAGE IS DEPRECATED. Please migrate to crazy-max's image.

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.mode.set = disable
protocol.pex.set = 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..

trackers.use_udp.set = yes
protocol.pex.set = no

To add plugins, create a plugins folder in your /config directory and add your plugin folders. Ensure proper user and group ownership is set once you add the directories. To add themes, create a themes folder in your /config directory and add your theme folders. Ensure proper user and group ownership is set once you add the directories.

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

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" }}' ghcr.io/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 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

Via Docker Run

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

Via Watchtower auto-updater (only use 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 run:
    docker run --rm \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    containrrr/watchtower \
    --run-once rutorrent
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Note: We do not endorse the use of Watchtower as a solution to automated updates of existing Docker containers. In fact we generally discourage automated updates. However, this is a useful tool for one-time manual updates of containers where you have forgotten the original parameters. In the long term, we highly recommend using Docker Compose.

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)

  • We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone https://github.com/linuxserver/docker-rutorrent.git
cd docker-rutorrent
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t ghcr.io/linuxserver/rutorrent:latest .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 25.03.22: - Deprecated. Please migrate to crazy-max's image.
  • 02.06.20: - Rebasing to alpine 3.12.
  • 29.02.20: - Update readme for pex/dht.
  • 28.06.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.10.
  • 20.05.19: - Shift to building from official releases instead of commits.
  • 13.05.19: - Add libffi and openssl.
  • 07.05.19: - Add cloudscraper pip package.
  • 11.04.19: - Fix warnings in webui by adding python3, procps and pip packages.
  • 23.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 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.