I'm running transmission-daemon on a Raspberry Pi running headless Raspbian. I can SSH into it fine, and the FTP server on it runs without a hitch, but I can't use the terminal interface for Transmission to control it. Running:

$ transmission-remote -m
$ transmission-remote localhost -m
$ sudo transmission-remote -m

All give the following error:

Unexpected response: 401: Unauthorized User: deflate, gzip

Any ideas? Or am I using the wrong command? I want to be able to see active torrents, add more, etc.


Transmission-daemon has a web interface.
If you want a pure command line interface, use transmission-cli
Otherwise if you want to use transmission-remote, you'll need to modify /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json and modify this line -
"rpc-authentication-required": true, and make the true a false

  • I changed "rpc-authentication-required": true to false, restarted the server, and I still can't connect or see server stats. – Ian Hyzy Oct 12 '13 at 1:07
  • transmission-daemon is a bit funny, If you restart the server, it will overwrite the configuration file. After you modify the configuration file, run this command - killall -HUP transmission-daemon – Lawrence Oct 14 '13 at 1:40
  • I'm still getting the error and I checked to make sure the config file is persisting. – Ian Hyzy Oct 15 '13 at 1:22
  • Can you paste the config file somewhere ? – Lawrence Oct 15 '13 at 1:58
  • I tried re-installing and following all the instructions again and it works now, but there's no authentication. If someone has my IP address, couldn't they use transmission? – Ian Hyzy Oct 15 '13 at 4:14

If you want to keep "rpc-authentication-required": true for security reasons, you can supply the username and password with the auth flag, e.g. transmission-daemon -m --auth username:password.

It's quite possible that the server could be reachable by others, depending on how things are setup. I would recommend keeping auth on if you're not sure - it can't hurt.

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