Running uTorrent under wine works pretty well in Linux. One problem with installing under wine is that file associations are not set correctly. This means that double-clicking a .torrent file or opening a .torrent link in your browser won’t automatically start uTorrent. Here’s how to solve that.
First, create a file called utorrent with the following content:
#!/bin/sh if [ "$1" ]; then torrent_file="Z:`echo $1 | sed 's/\//\\\/g'`" env WINEPREFIX="/home/avery/.wine" wine \ "C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe" "$torrent_file" else env WINEPREFIX="/home/avery/.wine" wine \ "C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe" fi
Replace /home/avery with the path to your home directory. Make sure to make the file executable:
$ chmod +x utorrent
This is the main script that we’ll start uTorrent with. Basically, if given a file path on the command line, it will transform it from a linux path to a wine path.
/tmp/sample.torrent will become
Z:\tmp\sample.torrent. The sed bit comes from an Ubuntu forums thread.
Next, we need to fix the .desktop file. It should be located at
~/.local/share/applications/wine/µTorrent.desktop and contain something like:
[Desktop Entry] Name=µTorrent Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/avery/.wine" wine \ "C:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe" Type=Application StartupWMClass=Wine Icon=6948_utorrent.0
Add the following two lines to the end of the file:
The first line makes uTorrent show up correctly in the GNOME menu system. The next associates uTorrent with the BitTorrent MIME type. Also, change the Exec line to:
Obviously, replace the path with wherever you put the utorrent script from above. The .desktop file should now contain:
[Desktop Entry] Name=µTorrent Exec=/home/avery/bin/utorrent %f Type=Application StartupWMClass=Wine Icon=6948_utorrent.0 Categories=Network;FileTransfer;P2P MimeType=application/x-bittorrent
To make uTorrent the default BitTorrent client, edit
[Default Applications] application/x-bittorrent=µTorrent.desktop
This file might already exist, in which case you can just add the second line. Finally, we need to update GNOME’s file associations database:
$ update-desktop-database ~/.local/share/applications