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autodl-irssi is a plugin for irssi that monitors IRC announce channels and downloads torrent files based on user-defined filters.

Initial Setup#

Installing autodl is easy. Simply issue the following command from SSH:

sudo box install autodl

This command will configure autodl and the associated ruTorrent plugin.

How to Access#

Autodl is a plugin for the console IRC client, irssi. Thus, autodl doesn't have a graphical user interface of its own. You can either add rules with the ruTorrent plugin (the only GUI option), or write them by hand in the file: ~/.autodl/autodl.cfg

You can attach directly to the running irssi screen with:

screen -r irssi

To detach again, press: control-a, control-d

Service Management#

The systemd script for irssi (the main client for the autodl plugin) can be found at


As a multi-user script, you must call it with the username to change the service status for.

sudo systemctl start irssi@<username>


Configuration options for the GUI client can be found here. The options will be found under the header "Usage".

If you don't want to use the ruTorrent plugin and would prefer to configure the configuration files by hand, you can read the autodl-irssi documentation for an in-depth review of the available options.