Version 16 (modified by Waldorf, 13 years ago) (diff)

Return of the "Building on Unix", "Prerequisites" is now a subsection

Building Transmission

If you are searching for a HOWTO, covering a specific desitribution or device (NAS, router, ...), have a look at the Building HOWTOs page

Getting the Source

Source code for official releases can be found on our download page.
If you've got SVN installed and would like to use a fresh code snapshot, open a terminal window and type:

$ svn co svn:// Transmission

On Mac OSX

Transmission has an Xcode project file (Transmission.xcodeproj) for building in Xcode, however, make sure you have this software:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
  • Mac OS X 10.5 SDK
  • Xcode 3.0 or newer

(Found on your OSX installation disk, or from the Apple Developer website)

If building from source is too daunting for you, check out the nightly builds.
(Note: These are untested snapshots. Use them with care.)

Building on Unix


Ubuntu users: The packages you need are: build-essential automake autoconf libtool pkg-config libcurl4-openssl-dev intltool libxml2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libnotify-dev . After you install those you can skip this section.

If this is your first time compiling on Unix, you'll need a few basic tools:

  • gcc
  • autoconf 2.54 or newer
  • libtool
  • automake 1.9 or newer
  • gettext 0.14.1 or newer
  • intltool 0.23 or newer

Once you've got the basics out of the way, here are the libraries that Transmission needs to have in order to build:

  • OpenSSL 0.9.8 or newer
  • libcurl 7.15.0 or newer
  • GTK+ 2.6 or newer (only needed by the GTK+ gui)
  • libnotify 0.0.4 (optional, and only needed by the GTK+ gui)
  • DBUS 0.70 (optional, and only needed by the GTK+ gui)

RPM users: you'll also need to install the corresponding -devel packages.

Building from a tarball

$ tar xvjf transmission-1.32.tar.bz2
$ cd transmission-1.32
$ ./configure -q && make -s
$ su (if necessary for the next line)
$ make install

Building from an SVN snapshot

First Time

$ svn co svn:// Transmission
$ cd Transmission
$ ./ && make -s
$ su (if necessary for the next line)
$ make install


$ cd Transmission
$ make clean
$ svn up
$ make -s
$ su (if necessary for the next line)
$ make install


The transmission ./configure (or ./ script allows you to switch on/off certain parts. To use these, you'll either use --enable-* or --disable-*. eg. To disable the GTK client: --disable-gtk.

The switches that are available are:

  • gtk = enables GTK+ client (default )
  • libnotify = enables lib notify (default)
  • cli = enables cli client (default)
  • daemon = enables transmission-daemon and transmission-remote client (default)
  • mac = enables Mac client (default, if possible)
  • wx = enables wxWidgets client (unsupported)
  • beos = enables beos client (unsupported)


theCrank: What about appending a list of HOWTOs, one for each (major...) distribution?

Waldorf: That's a good idea, but I wouldn't append them here. Rather have another page from where to link to the individual distro how-tos. I wouldn't mind adding smaller ones, like those for specific NAS or router devices.

charles: at first it would probably be enough to have them all on one `Binaries' page.

Waldorf: Now I come to think of it, it might be interesting to dump them on the FAQ page.
geirha: You might add on the wiki that you can get pre-built packages for debian/ubuntu at