Downloading files on the Linux is very easy, you can use wget command to download the files using the Linux command-line. In case, you need to download the torrent files, you need to make use of a third-party tool Aria2. The Aria2 make it possible for the users to download the torrent files as well as magnet links.
Installing Aria2 on Linux
Aria2 is a reliable torrent client that supports FTP, HTTP, SFTP, and other protocols. It is available on most of the Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Fedora, and OpenSUSE etc. To download Aria2 on command-line you need to follow a few simple steps.
Installing Aria2 Source for Ubuntu
For Ubuntu, Aria2 is available for installation in Universe repository. If the Linux distribution you are using does not contain Universe, then the first thing you need to have is Universe, Use add-apt-repository command for adding universe.
sudo add-apt-repository universe
Run the update command to set up the repository on Ubuntu.
sudo apt update
Now you can install aria2 using
sudo apt install aria2
Installing Aria2 on Debian
For Debian, Aria2 is available in the Main repository, use apt-get to install Aria2.
sudo apt-get install aria2/pre<>
Installing Aria2 on Arch Linux
For Arch Linux, you can install Aria2 in the Community repository, make sure that the Community repository is enabled in the directory /etc/pacman.conf and use pacman package manage to install Aria2.
sudo pacman -S aria2
Installing Aria2 on Fedora
For Fedora, the Aria2 is in primary Linux software sources so you can easily get it by DNF command
sudo dnf install aria2 -y
Installing Aria2 on OpenSUSE
For OpenSUSE, Aria2 is available in the OSS repository, use the Zypper package manager to download Aria2
sudo zypper install aria2
Installing Aria2 on Generic Linux
In Generic Linux, you can find the Aria2 downloader from the developer’s website and make use of the official documentation to install. You can get Aria2 for Generic Linux from here.
Downloading torrents from the command-line using Aria2
Aria2 is a multi-threaded download manager, all you need to get the torrent file or the magnet URL to start downloading by using the given syntax:
For magnet link you need to simply place the magnet link with aria2c.
In case you want to use the torrent file, there is no need to place the single quotation marks (inverted commas).
aria2c -T /location/file-name.torrent
It will download the file in the directory where you run the command. It is also possible to download multiple torrents at the same time using the touch command to create a text file.
Use echo command and add the torrent magnet links or torrent file links to the aria2-torrents text file. Just make sure to replace the torrent link with the Magnet link or Torrent file location with torrent name.
echo 'torrent 1' >> ~/aria2-torrents echo 'torrent 2' >> ~/aria2-torrents echo 'torrent 3' >> ~/aria2-torrents
After you are done adding the torrent files, start downloading with:
aria2c -i ~/aria2-torrents
After all the torrent are downloaded completely, you can clear the torrent text file.
echo ' ' > ~/aria2-torrents