Schedule BitTorrent Clients to Automatically Start and Stop Downloading

Although many Internet Service Providers offer a nearly or fully unlimited amount of traffic or bandwidth, many do not. One of the common ways to restrict traffic is to throttle the entire connection or specifically reduce Peer2Peer traffic speed until a certain time when the network will be quieter. Others might reduce your connection speed if you exceed a specified quota during peak hours.

Some ISP’s sometimes don’t monitor or count what you download when the network is at its quietest, which is mainly overnight. If you’re a heavy torrent user that downloads or uploads torrents nearly every day, you either have to physically be there at the best time to start transfers, or start the torrents going when you can. Even if it means running them during peak hours and possibly risking restrictions.

Luckily there are ways to automatically start or stop downloading and seeding your torrents. Most of the popular torrent clients have this feature built in or easily available. Here’s a selection of popular Torrent clients and how to schedule BitTorrent downloads in each one. This saves you the trouble of starting and stopping torrents yourself.

qBittorrent

There isn’t a specific feature in qBittorrent that allows you to set individual schedules for every day of the week. However, you can set an overall schedule for every day, weekdays only, weekends only, or for one individual day.

1. Click the Options button (right most button) or go to Tools > Options (Alt+O).

2. Click on the Speed icon down the left. Check “Schedule the use of alternative rate limits”, set the from and to time, then choose when to apply the schedule in the dropdown.

3. Finally, set the download and upload speeds to apply during the scheduled time from the boxes above.

Qbittorrent scheduler

Setting the download/upload box to Zero will mean unlimited transfer speed.

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Deluge

1. Click the Preferences button on the toolbar or go to Edit > Preferences.

2. The scheduler plugin is not enabled by default so it needs switching on before you can use it. Click on Plugins down the left and in the window put a check next to the Scheduler plugin, then press Apply.

3. A Scheduler option will now appear at the bottom on the left of the Preferences window for you to select and make changes.

Deluge scheduler

There are no label descriptions but the one hour blocks and colors are easy to understand. Green is normal transfer conditions, orange is the limited mode for which you can alter the settings below for upload/download limits in addition to the number of active torrents. Red will stop transfer activity completely.

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Free Download Manager

Although this is primarily a general file download manager, it also is a torrent client. There is a scheduler built in that works on each downloading file or torrent individually.

1. Right click on a torrent in the download list and select Schedule.

2. The Scheduler should already be enabled, all you have to do is check the Everyday box or check specific days individually. Then set the From and To times.

Fdm scheduler

Right click on any other downloads to set their own separate schedule.

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Transmission

The scheduling feature in Transmission is virtually identical to the one found in qBittorrent. That means you can set a download/upload speed for every day of the week, weekdays only, weekends only, or for one individual day.

1. Go to the Edit menu > Preferences, the options are on the initial Speed tab under “Alternative Speed Limits”.

2. Choose the download/upload speeds, check the “Scheduled times” box, set the time, and select the day schedule from the drop down box.

Transmission scheduler

There appears to be no unlimited transfer option in this mode. The workaround is to set the limits to exceed your internet connection speed.

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uTorrent/BitTorrent

As these two clients are pretty much identical, they both have the same (although different color) interface and the Scheduler is also the same for both. If you are one of those users hanging onto the old version 2.2 of uTorrent, the scheduler function is still the same.

1. Go to Options > Preferences (or press Ctrl+P).

2. Click on the Scheduler category down the left and tick the box to enable the scheduler.

3. You can now set your schedule by clicking on the blocks in the grid.

Utorrent scheduler

All blocks default to Full Speed, repeatedly click on the block or drag the mouse to cycle through the other Limited, Turn Off, and Seeding only options. Each block represents one hour and starts at 12 AM midnight which should be enough for you to set it to your liking. There is also the option to set the upload/download rate when running in limited (light green) mode.

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