Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to setting a password for Transmission Web UI

Nowadays I am playing with my Raspberry Pi. I'm using it as media stream server (link), NFS server (link1, link2) and recently it is now a P2P file sharing "server" (link1, link2). 

I am using Transmission for enabling my Raspberry Pi as P2P server because it is a versatile program which has command line and web interfaces. 

Transmission's configuration file is located at /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json and I read a bunch of web pages that helped me to configure it. However, for me was not clear how to set a password for the web interface then here is my recipe:
  1. sudo service transmission-daemon stop
  2. sudo vi /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json
  3. Find a line beginning with "rpc-password":. Change the string between double quotes for your [clear] password, e.g. "transmission"
  4. sudo service transmission-daemon start
If you left unmodified most of the parameters, your transmission deployment can be accessed from any browser using this URL "". The IP address could change and reflect your network configuration but the 9091 port is the default TCP port for Transmission. 

Transmission web page will prompt you with for a user name ("rpc-username" : "pi",) and password which is the string that you set in the third item above.

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