command-line bittorrent utility

Jille Timmermans jille at
Thu Jun 26 23:47:13 UTC 2008

(enhanced) ctorrent

Kris Kennaway schreef:
> I am looking for a command-line utility that can fetch via bittorrent 
> that
> a) doesn't use curses.  It must be usable in a script and without a tty!
> b) doesn't use X11.  Must be a command-line utility!
> c) Must be able to inform the script when the transfer is complete.  A 
> callback mechanism of some kind is fine as long as it doesn't require 
> polling.
> This is for distribution of files within a LAN and WAN: I have some 
> large files that I need to distribute to many machines, and pushing 
> them all out multiple times from the server is inefficient.
> Things that come close:
> * The python implementation, but it doesn't seem to work very 
> reliably.  I get errors and exceptions from both the client and server 
> when transferring a file with only two machines participating.
> * is a daemon with command line client. 
> It doesn't provide for c), and it also doesn't work reliably.
> * Not much else.
> Surely I am not the first person to want to use bittorrent in a script?
> Kris
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