How to Install Deluge on Ubuntu 24.04/22.04/20.04 Linux

Deluge stands out as a lightweight yet powerful torrent client, ideal for users who need a reliable and efficient means of managing torrent downloads. Here’s why Deluge is a preferred choice for many Ubuntu users:

  • Lightweight Design: Deluge is known for its minimalistic footprint, ensuring smooth performance even on less powerful machines.
  • Extensibility: Thanks to a wide range of plugins, Deluge can be customized to suit various needs, from enhanced privacy to improved download management.
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: Whether you’re on Linux, Windows, or macOS, Deluge provides a consistent and stable experience.
  • Advanced Control: This feature offers fine-tuning options for bandwidth scheduling, speed limits, and more, putting you in complete control of your downloading experience.
  • User-Friendly Interface: Deluge features an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate, making it accessible for beginners and advanced users.

Deluge’s flexibility and comprehensive feature set make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to streamline their torrenting experience on Ubuntu. As we progress through the installation steps, we’ll guide you through them to ensure Deluge is optimally set up on your Ubuntu system.

Method 1: Install Deluge with Ubuntu or PPA Repository

Update Your Ubuntu System Before Deluge Installation

Before installing Deluge, it is essential to ensure that your Ubuntu system is up-to-date. This helps prevent potential issues due to outdated packages or dependencies.

To update your system, run the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

This command first updates your package list (sudo apt update) and then upgrades all installed packages to their latest versions (sudo apt upgrade).

Select Deluge APT Installation Option

There are two options for installing Deluge on your Ubuntu system: the default Ubuntu repository or the Deluge Team’s Personal Package Archive (PPA).

Option 1: Install Deluge with Ubuntu Repository

Most users’ easiest method is installing Deluge using the standard Jammy Jellyfish or Focal Fossa repository. This ensures compatibility and stability with your Ubuntu distribution. To install the Deluge desktop client, run the following command:

sudo apt install deluge

This command installs the Deluge BitTorrent client and its necessary dependencies.

Option 2: Install Deluge via Deluge Team PPA

Sometimes, Ubuntu LTS releases can lag behind new software releases due to their focus on system stability and security. As a result, you might prefer to install a more recent version of Deluge with new features and performance improvements.

The Deluge team maintains an upstream release PPA containing newer software versions. To install Deluge from the PPA, first, install the software-properties-common package, which provides tools for managing PPAs:

sudo apt install software-properties-common -y

Next, import the Deluge Team PPA into your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/develop -y

Now, update your package list to include the new PPA:

sudo apt update

Finally, install the Deluge BitTorrent client using the imported PPA:

sudo apt install deluge

Optionally, you can confirm the PPA version is installed with the following command:

Method 2: Install Deluge via Flatpak and Flathub

The second method offers an alternative for installing Deluge via Flatpak and Flathub for those who prefer Flatpak applications on Ubuntu.

Enable Flathub Repository for Deluge

Before enabling Flathub, ensure Flatpak is installed on your system, then run the following command:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Install Deluge on Ubuntu via Flatpak Command

With Flathub set up, the stage is all set for Deluge’s installation. Employ the flatpak install command to commence the process. Specifically, for Deluge, input:

flatpak install flathub org.deluge_torrent.deluge -y

Launch Deluge BitTorrent

After successfully installing Deluge, it’s time to launch the application. Two primary methods for launching Deluge are the command-line interface (CLI) and the graphical user interface (GUI). We will discuss both methods below.

CLI Methods to Launch Deluge

If you prefer using the terminal, you can launch Deluge by simply typing the following command that matches your installation method:

deluge
flatpak run org.deluge_torrent.deluge

GUI Method to Launch Deluge

For desktop users who prefer using the graphical user interface, follow these steps:

  1. Open Activities: Click on the Activities button in the top-left corner of your desktop or press the “Super” key (usually the Windows key) on your keyboard.
  2. Show Applications: Click on the “Show Applications” icon located in the bottom-left corner of the Activities overview, or press the “Super” key and “A” simultaneously.
  3. Search for Deluge: Type “Deluge” in the search bar to quickly locate the application.
  4. Launch Deluge: Click on the Deluge icon to launch the application. If you frequently use Deluge, you can add it to your favorites for quick access by right-clicking on the icon and selecting “Add to Favorites.”

Additional Deluge Commands

This section will cover some essential commands for managing the Deluge BitTorrent client on Ubuntu Linux, including updating, uninstalling, and removing the Deluge PPA.

Update Deluge

Deluge updates should appear as notifications when available. However, sometimes, these notifications may fail to show up. In such cases, you can manually check for updates using the terminal.

To do so, run the following command:

sudo apt update & sudo apt upgrade

This command first updates your package list (sudo apt update) and then upgrades all installed packages, including Deluge, to their latest versions (sudo apt upgrade).

Alternatively, Flatpak installations of Deluge use the following command:

flatpak update

Remove Deluge

If you no longer wish to use Deluge, uninstall it from your Ubuntu system using the command you used to install It on your Ubuntu system.

APT Remove Method for Deluge

sudo apt remove deluge

After uninstalling Deluge, you may want to remove the Deluge Team PPA you added earlier. To remove the PPA, use the following command with the --remove flag:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:deluge-team/develop -y

Removing the PPA ensures that your package list no longer includes the packages provided by the Deluge Team PPA, keeping your system clean and organized.

Flatpak Remove Method for Deluge

flatpak uninstall org.deluge_torrent.deluge

Conclusion

We’ve gone through the steps to get Deluge up and running on your Ubuntu system, whether that’s the latest 24.04 or the slightly older 22.04 and 20.04 versions. From updating your system to choosing how to install Deluge—via the official Ubuntu repository or the Deluge Team’s PPA—and getting it started with either the command line or the graphical interface, we’ve covered it all.

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