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rTorrent on Windows

To be able to run rTorrent on Windows, you are going to need Cygwin.

Installing Cygwin

Download Cygwin 1.7 from the Cygwin page. Please keep in mind, that version 1.7 is in beta status at the time of writing this manual (direct link).

Start the installer, choose "Install from internet", select a directory to install Cygwin, and one for the packages to be downloaded to, then set up your connection and pick a mirror.

You're going to need the following packages in order to compile and run rTorrent:

  • gcc
  • libcurl-devel
  • libncurses-devel
  • libtool
  • make
  • openssl-devel
  • patch
  • pkg-config
  • subversion
  • wget

These might require some other packages, let them be installed. Wait until the installer downloads and installs the necessary packages, check wherever you want shortcuts, and close the installer. When you're done, start Cygwin (if you choose not create any shortcuts, you can start Cygwin with the cygwin.bat in your installation directory).

Now we can proceed with rTorrent.

Installing libsigc++

Since there is no libsigc++ package for Cygwin, we're going to need to compile this one first. By default, Cygwin has no /usr/localr/src, so create one.

mkdir /usr/local/src
cd /usr/local/src

Download, compile and install the latest libsigc++ source from the Gnome ftp site - for me, it was 2.2.3.

tar xjvf libsigc++-2.2.3.tar.bz2
cd libsigc++-2.2.3
make install
cd ..

Installing libTorrent

Now download the latest libTorrent source from the svn repository, compile, and install it.

svn co svn:// libtorrent-svn
cd libtorrent-svn
./configure --disable-mincore
make install
cd ..

Installing XMLRPC-C (optional)

Of course, we want to be able to control rTorrent via XMLRPC-C, let's say by rTWi. For that, we need to install XMLRPC-C, preferably something over version 1.07.

svn co xmlrpc-c-svn
cd xmlrpc-c-svn
./configure --disable-cplusplus
make install
cd ..

Unfortunately the 'make install' has failed for me with every version of XMLRPC-C I've tried, so I decided to copy the neccessary files by myself.

mkdir /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/include/xmlrpc-c/*.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/

ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/oldxmlrpc.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc.h
ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/server.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc_server.h
ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/server_abyss.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc_abyss.h
ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/server_w32httpsys.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc_server_w32httpsys.h
ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/client.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc_client.h
ln -s /usr/local/include/xmlrpc-c/server_cgi.h /usr/local/include/xmlrpc_cgi.h;

cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/xmlrpc-c-config /usr/local/bin/

cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/abyss/src/*.a /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/abyss/src/*.dll /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/expat/xmlparse/*.a /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/expat/xmlparse/*.dll /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/expat/xmltok/*.a /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/expat/xmltok/*.dll /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/libutil/*.a /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/lib/libutil/*.dll /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/src/*.a /usr/local/lib/
cp /usr/local/src/xmlrpc-c-svn/src/*.dll /usr/local/lib/

Installing rTorrent

Now download the latest rTorrent source from the svn repository.

We are going to need to do some modification on the source code. Download and apply this patch (see ticket #1184 and ticket #1495 at the rTorrent trac). After you're done, you can compile and install rTorrent.

svn co svn:// rtorrent-svn
cd rtorrent-svn
patch -p0 < rtow.diff
./configure --with-xmlrpc-c
make install
cd ..

You are now ready to run rTorrent on Windows.


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