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A collection of articles and tutorials for and by Whatbox users. Any user with an active slot can create and edit articles.

New to Whatbox

Getting Help

  • FAQ - Read a collection of frequently asked questions
  • Support - Make a ticket to our support staff
  • IRC - Talk to other users and staff in our chatroom
  • Skynet - How to use our IRC bot

Getting Started


  • BitTorrent Clients - An overview of the available clients
  • rTorrent - The default client on our slots, text-based, but is extended with GUI's
    • ruTorrent - A web front-end for our default client rTorrent.
  • Deluge - A full-featured client with frontends for Linux, Mac and Windows
    • Deluge Console - Documentation on the command line utility for Deluge
  • Transmission - A solid client with native Mac, Qt, Web and terminal interfaces
  • Transdroid - An open-source application for managing torrents from Android devices
  • Creating Torrents with ruTorrent and mktorrent
  • Browser Plug-ins for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Accessing Your Files

SSH - Secure Shell

  • SSH - Connect to your slot via SSH
    • Bash Shell Commands - Basic bash commands, for the default shell in SSH
    • screen - A powerful terminal multiplexer that lets you run commands even when not connected
  • SSH Tunneling - Tunnel your Internet connection through SSH

Installed Software

  • Installing Software - The general rules and steps for adding software to your slot
  • List of Installed Software - With an active slot on your Manage page, this page shows the version numbers of popular software already installed on your server.
  • OpenVPN - Connect to our VPN for secure browsing through your slot
  • Python - A general-purpose programming language that emphasizes readability.
  • cron - A time-based job scheduler
  • irssi - A text-based IRC client
  • ZNC - An IRC bouncer
  • The Lounge - A web-based IRC client
  • Archives - Handling zip, rar, tar, and 7z archives
  • xseed - A script for modifying torrents for cross-seeding
  • rsync - A powerful file synchronization tool
  • rclone - rsync for cloud storage
  • lftp - A free and open source command line FTP client
  • flac2mp3 - Transcode FLAC media files to MP3

Sharing Your Slot with Others

  • Dropbox - Use Dropbox with your slot
  • OneDrive - A Microsoft OneDrive desktop client / daemon
  • Resilio Sync - Resilio's secure, distributed sync app based on BitTorrent, Inc technology
  • Nextcloud - A cloud server similar to Dropbox or Google Drive
  • Syncthing - An open-source peer-to-peer file synchronization application
  • nginx - Set up your own nginx web server to host websites
  • ProFTPD - Set up your own FTP server with custom usernames and passwords

Media Servers

  • Plex - all of your video, music, and photo collections,
    • Tautulli - A web application for monitoring, analytics and notifications for Plex Media Server.
    • Plex WebTools - A plugin for Plex Media Server that allows installation of extra modules including subtitle management
    • xTeVe - An M3U proxy server for Plex DVR and Emby Live TV.
  • Jellyfin - An actively maintained open source personal media server (forked from the last open-source version of Emby and actively developed since).
  • Emby - A shareware personal media server with apps on just about every device

Downloader and Usenet Utilities

  • RSS - Use RSS feeds to automatically download torrents
  • Autodl-irssi - A torrent auto downloader using irssi
  • plowshare - An uploader/downloader for Hoster or Direct Download sites
  • pyLoad - A download manager for 'Hoster' websites, video sites, and HTTP/FTP links
  • MEGAcmd - A collection of programs for accessing the specific Direct Download site Mega
  • FlexGet - A multipurpose automation tool for RSS torrent downloading
  • SABnzbd - A Usenet newsreader and downloader
  • NZBGet - A lightweight Usenet newsreader and downloader written in C++
  • SickBeard - Open source video manager for newsgroups with limited torrent support
  • SickChill - Fork of SickRage, focused on BitTorrent support
  • Medusa - Another fork of SickRage
  • CouchPotato - Open source video manager for newsgroups and BitTorrent with client support
  • Headphones - An automated music downloader for SABnzbd and BitTorrent
  • Sonarr - Open source PVR for Usenet and BitTorrent users
  • Radarr - A fork of Sonarr to work with movies
  • Lidarr - A fork of Sonarr to work with music. Early in development and bugs expected.
  • Bazarr - Optional companion program to Sonarr and Radarr for subtitle management. Early in development and bugs expected.
  • Jackett - Works as a proxy between applications like Sonarr/Radarr and BitTorrent trackers

Media Organization

  • beets - Music library manager and MusicBrainz tagger
  • Ombi - A web application that gives your shared Plex users the ability to request
  • Overseerr - Another web application for managing requests for your media library

Other Programs and Scripts

  • Murmur - The Mumble server
  • Midnight Commander (mc) - A feature rich text mode filemanager and a clone of Norton Commander
  • NCurses Disk Usage (ncdu) - A curses-based version of the well-known 'du', and provides a fast way to see what directories are using your disk space.
  • Node.js - Built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications.
  • Flood - Alternative rTorrent web interface using Node.js.
  • gsutil - gsutil is a tool written in Python that lets you access the Google Storage cloud from the command line.
  • Using XMLRPC with Python - Interacting with the XMLRPC interface on your rTorrent server through Python scripts.
  • Redis - Redis is an open source, networked, in memory key-value cache and store
  • Go - Go or Golang is an open source programming language created at Google
  • md5deep and hashdeep - md5deep is a set of programs to recursively compute and compare MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, Tiger, Whirlpool message digests
  • yt-dlp - A command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and other video sites


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