The Deluge BitTorrent client has made its first stable release in over two years.
Deluge 2.0 sees the app ported to Python 3 and GTK3, pick up a new app logo, and finally offer support for sequential downloads — long time coming, that one.
Read on for more detail on this versatile BitTorrent client, the changes on offer in the latest release, and how to install Deluge 2.0 on your own Ubuntu desktop.
Deluge BitTorrent Client 2.0
You’d be forgiven if you’d forgotten all about Deluge.
But its slow release schedule saw many of its users move over to rival apps, like Transmission and Ktorrent.
New Features in Deluge 2.0
I’ll skip covering this torrent app’s existing feature set — the Deluge website and Wikipedia page both offer a concise overview — but I will reel off a selection of highlights to be found in the new Deluge 2.0 stable release:
- Sequential downloads UI handling
- New application logo
- Support for multiple-users
- Magnet pre-fetching with file selection
- Support for libtorrent 1.2
- Improved handling of torrents
- Info on torrent pieces states
- Updated SSL/TLS Protocol
- Allow changing ownership of torrents
- Editable host entries in the Connection Manager UI
Deluge 2.0 is also said to better handle thousands of torrents with faster loading times, and includes new keyboard shortcuts for changing torrent queue positions:
You can scour a full change-log over on the Deluge documentation site.
Get Deluge 2.0 on Ubuntu 18.04+
Deluge is free, open-source software and is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. As of writing v2.0.x builds are only available for Linux, but the team say packages for Windows and MacOS “are being worked on”.
Plugins built for Deluge 1.x are not compatible with Deluge 2.x.
If you’re on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later (or a distro based on 18.04, like Linux Mint 19.x) you can upgrade to and install Deluge 2.0 by adding the official Deluge PPA to your software sources:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/stable
If you have an older version of Deluge installed you should remove it prior to upgrading to the new version.
Then run an update and install the app.
sudo apt update && sudo apt install deluge
Finally, launch Deluge from your desktop’s application menu/overview.