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How to Install WebTorrent Desktop 0.18.0 on Linux

WebTorrent Desktop 0.18.0 recently released, is a free, open source streaming torrent application for Mac, Windows, and Linux. With WebTorrent Desktop, you can watch video from the Internet Archive, listen to music from Creative Commons, or audiobooks from Librivox.

WebTorrent Desktop

WebTorrent Desktop Features

  • Lightweight, fast torrent app
  • Beautiful user experience
  • Free, non-commercial, ad-free, and open source
  • Instantly stream video and audio
    • WebTorrent fetches file pieces from the network on demand for instant playback.
    • Even when the file isn’t fully downloaded, seeking still works.
      (Seeking just reprioritizes which pieces are fetched from the network.)
  • Stream videos to AirPlay, Chromecast, and DLNA
  • Based on the most popular and comprehensive torrent package in Node.js, webtorrent
  • Full-featured, but bloat free
    • Opens magnet links and .torrent files
    • Drag-and-drop makes adding or creating torrents easy
    • Discovers peers via tracker servers, DHT (Distributed Hash Table), and peer exchange
    • Supports the WebTorrent protocol for connecting to WebRTC peers (i.e. web browsers)
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WebTorrent Desktop 0.18.0 Changelog


  • Add a new “Transfers” menu for pausing or resuming all torrents


  • Update Electron to 1.4.15
    • Windows 32-bit: App can use 4GB of memory instead of just 2GB
    • Fix “Portable App” writing crash reports to “%APPDATA%\Temp” (Windows)
  • Updated WebTorrent engine to 0.98.5
    • Fix issue where http web seeds would sometimes stall
    • Don’t send ‘completed’ event to tracker again if torrent is already complete
    • Add more peer ID entropy
    • Set user-agent header for tracker http requests


  • Fix paste shortcut in tracker list on Create Torrent page
  • Auto-focus the ‘OK’ button in modal dialogs
  • Fix formatting issue in the speed stats on the Player page

How to install WebTorrent Desktop 0.18.0 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

32bit OS

sudo apt-get install gdebi


sudo gdebi webtorrent-desktop_0.18.0-1_i386.deb

64bit OS

sudo apt-get install gdebi


sudo gdebi webtorrent-desktop_0.18.0-1_amd64.deb

How to uninstall WebTorrent Desktop from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove webtorrent-desktop

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