How to Install Transmission 2.90 in Ubuntu 15.10, 14.04, 12.04

Last updated: March 2, 2016

Transmission BitTorrent

Transmission, the default BitTorrent client of Ubuntu, has reached the 2.90 release. Now it’s available in PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.

Transmission 2.90 brings miniupnpc API v14, CyaSSL/WolfSSL and PolarSSL cryptographic backends support, various bug fixes and performance improvements to GTK & Qt clients. Read the changelog for details.

Transmission 2.90

Transmission 2.90

How to Install Transmission 2.90 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives, follow the steps below to install or upgrade the GTK and/or CLI version:

1. Add Transmission PPA.

Launch terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

Transmission PPA

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Launch Software & Updater and you’ll see the 2.90 release of Transmission available in update list after checking for updates.

Upgrade Transmission

3. (Optional) For any reason you want to revert the changes and downgrade to the stock version of transmission available in your Ubuntu release, purge the PPA via ppa-purge:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

That’s it. Enjoy!


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2 responses to How to Install Transmission 2.90 in Ubuntu 15.10, 14.04, 12.04

  1. Hoover Campoverde March 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you Ji m. Now I have Transmission update and it works great using Ubuntu 14.04.4LTS amd64.

  2. Kaloyan Grancharov March 3, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I use Lubuntu 15.10. Until now I always used qBittorrent instead of Transmission, because of one simple thing: I noticed that in Lubuntu 15.10 for first time it was possible to control Transmission in the way I like. It was possible to make the GUI appear on the Desktop just by one click with the left mouse button on the system tray icon of Transmission. And then one more click on it – and the GUI hides again. Just like in qBittorrent. And when I want to exit the program I needed to click on the system tray icon once with the right mouse button – and then the menu shows and I click “Exit”.
    But now, after the update, the old dumb ways to control the program are once again applied. Now in order to show the GUI on the Desktop I have to click with the right mouse button on the system tray icon and then from the menu that appears I have to select “Show Transmission”. What a disappointment: instead of one simple click, now I have to click two times, but wait… each time – with a different mouse button. A whole adventure for such a simple thing? No thanks. If I find from where I can edit the mouse controls for Transmission I will try to reverse these settings, and I will keep going with Transmission, but if I do not find how to do it, then I will switch back to qBittorrent where everything is as I like it.