When you talk about downloading a torrent file, it’s normally assumed that you’re looking to download some illegal and copyright protected content from the Internet. This belief is so popular that many companies have simply blocked access to torrents from their internal networks. 

The question is, how do you download legal torrents while in your office where the entire torrent network is blocked? Well, that’s where the Transmission web interface comes into the picture.

If you don’t already know, the Transmission web interface is a torrent client that allows you to download torrents on your computers. It has a feature that lets you access the client installed on your computer from another machine on the internet.

In simple words, you can install the app on your computer and then control it from your office machine. This way you can download torrents even when you’re away from your machine.

Why To Use The Transmission Web Interface

There are various reasons as to why you may want to use the Transmission web interface. One of these is mentioned above where your office doesn’t allow access to torrents but you still wish to download them.

Other scenarios may include the following:

  • When you’re on the go and you want a file downloaded when you get back home.
  • You want to cancel a torrent download immediately as you found out it has a virus but you aren’t at your computer.
  • You’ve received a message from your ISP that you’ve exceeded your data limit and you’ll be now charged per MB/GB. You may want to cancel some of your torrent downloads.

Regardless of why you want to use it, configuring and using the Transmission web client is fairly easy.

Downloading And Configuring Transmission Web Interface

Transmission by default doesn’t have the web client enabled in it. That means you’ll need to go into the settings menu and enable an option so your app can be accessed from anywhere on the internet.

The following procedure has been performed on a Mac machine. Steps should be similar for other platforms.

  • If you haven’t already, head over to the Transmission website and download and install the app on your computer.
  • Launch the app and you’ll get a prompt. Hit Open to open the app anyway.
  • Click on the Transmission menu at the top and select the option that says Preferences. You’ll enable the web interface from there.
  • When the preferences pane opens, click on the last tab that says Remote. It’ll help you set up remote access to the app.

    The first thing you need to do is tick-mark the box that says Enable remote access to turn on the Transmission web interface.

    Secondly, you may want to add password protection to your web client. To do so, tick-mark the Require authentication box and then enter a username and password in the given fields. You’ll then need to use these logins to access the Transmission web interface.

    Keep the listening port as is unless it’s being used by other apps on your machine.

    If you want the web interface to be only accessed by certain IPs, check the box for that and then use the + (plus) sign to add those IP addresses. You can use a wildcard as well.

    Then, click on the Launch web interface button to launch the Transmission web interface in your browser.
  • If everything goes well, you should see an interface that looks something like the following. It means the web interface has been successfully set up.

The Transmission web client can now be accessed from your other computers.

Configuring Your Router To Accept Connections

While this may not be the case on all routers, some routers require you to set up port forwarding before you can access the Transmission web interface from a remote device. This can be set up from your router’s settings menu and the generic steps to do it are given below.

  • Find the local IP address of your computer. If you’re on Windows, refer to this guide. Mac users need to click on the WiFi icon and select Open Network Preferences to view your IP address.
  • Open a browser and enter in 192.168.1.1. Log-in to your router’s settings menu. By default, logins should be admin and admin for both the fields.
  • Click on Forwarding at the top to open forwarding options.
  • Select Port Forwarding on the following screen.

    Enter in 9091 in both Start and End port fields.

    Enter your computer’s local IP address in the IP field.

    Tick-mark Enable and click on OK at the bottom.

Using The Transmission Web Interface

You only need to access the IP from a remote device to use the Transmission web interface.

Open a browser on your remote computer/device and enter the IP address you noted down in step-5 in the above section followed by a colon and 9091. For example, if IP was 103.30.220.121, you’d type in 103.30.220.121:9091 and hit Enter.

You’ll see the Transmission web interface on your screen.

Monitor Downloads And Uploads

You can see the progress on the downloads and uploads of your torrents. It’s on the main screen.

Pause And Resume Torrent Downloads

You can pause and resume your downloads as well. Select the torrent to pause and click on the pause icon at the top.

To resume a torrent download, select the torrent and click on the resume icon at the top.

Add New Torrents To Download

To add a new torrent for downloading, click on the first icon and then enter the URL for the torrent.

It’ll begin downloading on your computer where Transmission is installed.

Remove Existing Torrent Downloads

If you no longer want to download a torrent, you can have it removed.

Select the torrent and then click on the second icon in the menu bar. Choose Remove on your screen.

Your chosen torrent will be removed.