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Transmission is designed for easy, powerful use. Transmission has the features you want from a BitTorrent client: encryption, a web interface, peer exchange, magnet links, DHT, µTP, UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding, webseed support, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more.


Supported Architectures

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

Application Setup

Webui is on port 9091, the settings.json file in /config has extra settings not available in the webui. Stop the container before editing it or any changes won't be saved.

Securing the webui with a username/password.

Use the USER and PASS variables in docker run/create/compose to set authentication. Do not manually edit the settings.json to input user/pass, otherwise transmission cannot be stopped cleanly by the s6 supervisor.

Updating Blocklists Automatically

This requires "blocklist-enabled": true, to be set. By setting this to true, it is assumed you have also populated blocklist-url with a valid block list.

The automatic update is a shell script that downloads a blocklist from the url stored in the settings.json, gunzips it, and restarts the transmission daemon.

The automatic update will run once a day at 3am local server time.

Using whitelist

Use WHITELIST to enable a list of ip as whitelist. This enable support for rpc-whitelist. When WHITELIST is empty support for whitelist is disabled.

Use HOST_WHITELIST to enable an list of dns names as host-whitelist. This enable support for rpc-host-whitelist. When HOST_WHITELIST is empty support for host-whitelist is disabled.

Use alternative Transmission torrent ports

Use PEERPORT to specify the port(s) Transmission should listen on. This disables random port selection. This should be the same as the port mapped in your docker configuration.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

    container_name: transmission
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME= #optional
      - USER= #optional
      - PASS= #optional
      - WHITELIST= #optional
      - PEERPORT= #optional
      - HOST_WHITELIST= #optional
      - /path/to/transmission/data:/config
      - /path/to/downloads:/downloads
      - /path/to/watch/folder:/watch
      - 9091:9091
      - 51413:51413
      - 51413:51413/udp
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=transmission \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME= `#optional` \
  -e USER= `#optional` \
  -e PASS= `#optional` \
  -e WHITELIST= `#optional` \
  -e PEERPORT= `#optional` \
  -e HOST_WHITELIST= `#optional` \
  -p 9091:9091 \
  -p 51413:51413 \
  -p 51413:51413/udp \
  -v /path/to/transmission/data:/config \
  -v /path/to/downloads:/downloads \
  -v /path/to/watch/folder:/watch \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Ports (-p)

Parameter Function
9091 WebUI
51413 Torrent Port TCP
51413/udp Torrent Port UDP

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.
TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME= Specify the path to an alternative UI folder.
USER= Specify an optional username for the interface
PASS= Specify an optional password for the interface
WHITELIST= Specify an optional list of comma separated ip whitelist. Fills rpc-whitelist setting.
PEERPORT= Specify an optional port for torrent TCP/UDP connections. Fills peer-port setting.
HOST_WHITELIST= Specify an optional list of comma separated dns name whitelist. Fills rpc-host-whitelist setting.

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Where transmission should store config files and logs.
/downloads Local path for downloads.
/watch Watch folder for torrent files.

Miscellaneous Options

Parameter Function

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    docker exec -it transmission /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f transmission
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' transmission
  • Image version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (noted in the relevant, we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull transmission
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d transmission
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop transmission
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm transmission
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)


We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-transmission
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 07.10.23: - Install unrar from linuxserver repo.
  • 10.08.23: - Bump unrar to 6.2.10.
  • 10.06.23: - Bump unrar to 6.2.8, install transmission-extra.
  • 25.05.23: - Deprecate armhf.
  • 14.05.23: - Explicitly install transmission-remote.
  • 02.03.23: - Add cron init to allow user customizable crontabs.
  • 08.02.23: - Rebase to Alpine Edge to get access to most up to date builds of Transmission. Remove bundled 3rd party UI packages.
  • 05.01.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.17, restore GNU findutils package.
  • 02.11.22: - Rebase to Alpine 3.16, migrate to s6v3.
  • 12.08.22: - Bump unrar to 6.1.7.
  • 03.04.22: - Add Transmissionic as a UI option.
  • 21.02.22: - Build unrar from source, rebase to Alpine 3.15, add symlinks neeeded for TWC. Credit @alexbelgium
  • 09.07.21: - Wait for the transmission-daemon termination after a caught sigterm.
  • 06.03.21: - Add Flood for Transmission as a UI option.
  • 23.01.21: - Rebasing to alpine 3.13.
  • 02.11.20: - Add ca-certificates package to allow connecting to https trackers.
  • 02.06.20: - Rebase to alpine 3.12, update to transmission 3.0, remove python2, add python3.
  • 11.05.20: - Remove unnecessary chmod (remnant of previous change).
  • 28.04.20: - Use transmission-remote to update blocklist.
  • 30.03.20: - Internalize
  • 29.03.20: - Update auth info in readme.
  • 19.12.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.11.
  • 04.10.19: - Update package label.
  • 21.08.19: - Add optional user/pass environment variables, fix transmission shut down if user/pass are set.
  • 19.07.19: - Send SIGTERM in blocklist update to properly close pid.
  • 28.06.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.10.
  • 23.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 22.02.19: - Rebase to Alpine 3.9, add themes to baseimage, add python and findutils.
  • 22.02.19: - Catch term and clean exit.
  • 07.02.19: - Add pipeline logic and multi arch.
  • 15.08.18: - Rebase to alpine linux 3.8.
  • 12.02.18: - Pull transmission from edge repo.
  • 10.01.18: - Rebase to alpine linux 3.7.
  • 25.07.17: - Add rsync package.
  • 27.05.17: - Rebase to alpine linux 3.6.
  • 06.02.17: - Rebase to alpine linux 3.5.
  • 15.01.17: - Add p7zip, tar, unrar, and unzip packages.
  • 16.10.16: - Blocklist autoupdate with optional authentication.
  • 14.10.16: - Add version layer informationE.
  • 23.09.16: - Add information about securing the webui to README.
  • 21.09.16: - Add curl package.
  • 09.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.
  • 28.08.16: - Add badges to README.
  • 09.08.16: - Rebase to alpine linux.
  • 06.12.15: - Separate mapping for watch folder.
  • 16.11.15: - Initial Release.