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TUI and CLI client for the Transmission daemon

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stig is a TUI (text user interface) and CLI (command line interface)
client for the `BitTorrent client
Transmission <>`__.

stig being in alpha status does **not** mean you should expect bugs.
It's supposed to indicate that behaviour may change with a new release
since I'm still experimenting with what works best. If you know how to
make stig more flexible, convenient, intuitive or just *better*, feel
free to open an issue.


- **Filters** are used to list/start/stop/remove/etc torrents matching
any combination of criteria
- **Tabs** with list of torrents/peers/files, documentation, etc
- **Commands** or **sub-commands** (think git) do everything, and they
can be invoked

- through single- or multi-key (think emacs) **keybindings**,
- by entering them in a **command prompt** (think vi),
- by providing them as **CLI arguments** in your interactive shell
or in **scripts**,
- or by listing them in an **rc file**.

- **Color themes** support 16 and 256 colors
- **Complete built-in documentation** with ``help`` command or
``--help`` argument
- Full **API abstraction layer** makes it possible to add support for
other BitTorrent clients with RPC interfaces (contributors are


Add two torrents, one by file and one by hash, and exit

.. code:: bash

$ stig add /path/to/some.torrent d4d6b73851fe3288e40389a8e1fb98124a9b9ba5

Connect to non-default host and present the TUI

.. code:: bash

$ stig set torrents.local

Print all uploading and/or downloading torrents on localhost:9092 and

.. code:: bash

$ stig set connect.port 9092 \; ls active

List torrents with more than 50 seeds, then remove them

.. code:: bash

$ stig ls 'seeds>50'
$ stig rm 'seeds>50'

Stop down/uploading torrents with ``/foo/`` in their download path and a
ratio above 10

.. code:: bash

$ stig stop 'path~/foo/&ratio>10'

Open two tabs with different torrent lists:

- slowly uploading torrents with ``/foo/`` in their download path
- small or well-seeded torrents, sorted by size (ascending) and number
of seeds (descending)

.. code:: bash

$ stig tab ls 'path~/foo/&rate-up<10k' \; tab ls 'size<500M|seeds>=1k' --sort 'size,!seeds'

Configuration and Scripting

All configuration is done in an rc file, which is just a script
containing a list of commands (think vim and .vimrc) that are executed
during startup. The default rc file is ``$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/stig/rc``.
``XDG_CONFIG_HOME`` defaults to \`/.config\` if not set.

See ``stig help rcfile`` for more information.

Example rc file


# Host that runs Transmission daemon
set connect.port 123

# Update torrent/peer/file/etc lists every 10 seconds
set tui.poll 10

# Default columns in torrent lists
set columns.torrents name ratio rate-up rate-down

# Open a few tabs on startup
tab ls active --sort !%downloaded,path,!rate
tab ls paused --sort !%downloaded --columns name,%downloaded,ratio,size
tab ls isolated --sort tracker --columns name,path

Run different rc files either with ``stig -c path/to/file`` or with the
``rc`` command. You can even turn them into executables with the shebang
``#!/path/to/stig -Tc`` (``-T`` disables the TUI, ``-c`` specifies the
rc file).

Example maintenance script


#!/path/to/stig -Tc
rm path=/path/to/torrents/trash
pause seeds>100
start seeds<20&size>10G|seeds<50&size>20G


The `latest release <>`__ is always on

For Arch Linux stig is available on AUR as
`stig <>`__ and the latest
development version as
`stig-git <>`__.

Pipsi (recommended)

`pipsi <>`__ installs applications in
self-contained virtual environments in ``$HOME/.local/venvs/`` that
include all dependencies. Executables are sym-linked to

.. code:: bash

$ pipsi install stig
$ pipsi upgrade stig
$ pipsi uninstall stig


`pip <>`__ installs applications with
their dependencies in the system-wide (``/usr/local``) or user-wide
(``$HOME/.local``) environment.

.. code:: bash

$ pip3 install stig # Installs in /usr/local/
$ pip3 install --user stig # Installs in $HOME/.local/

To update, add the ``--upgrade`` or ``-U`` option.


The following extras are available to enable optional features:

Display peers' country codes
Strip arguments from process title when running in tmux session (this
requires Python headers; e.g. ``apt-get
install libpython3-dev``)

To install depdencies for an extra, append ``[<EXTRA1>,<EXTRA2>,...]``
to the installation source.

.. code:: bash

$ pipsi install 'stig[setproctitle,geoip]'

Development version

To install the latest development version, simply replace ``stig`` in
the commands above with
``git+``. (You may need to
escape the ``#`` depending on your shell.)


To make your code changes effective immediately, you can either run
-m stig <ARGUMENTS>`` in the project directory or use ``pip3``'s
``--editable`` option.

To run the tests, simply run ``make test`` in the project directory.
This creates a virtual environment in ``./venv``, installs stig and its
dependencies in there and runs all available tests.

If you want to only run tests for a specific module or package:

#. Create a virtual environment: ``make venv``
#. Activate it: ``. venv/bin/activate``
#. Pass any path in the ``tests`` directory to pytest: ``venv/bin/pytest


- Python >=3.5
- `urwid <>`__ >=1.3.0
- `urwidtrees <>`__ >=1.0.3dev0
- `aiohttp <>`__
- `async\ timeout <>`__
- `pyxdg <>`__
- `blinker <>`__
- `natsort <>`__
- `maxminddb <>`__ (optional; shows
country codes in peer lists)
- `setproctitle <>`__
(optional; prettifies the process name)
- `asynctest <>`__ (only needed
to run tests)


Pull requests, bug reports, features requests, ideas for improvement and
all other constructive contributions are welcome.

If you want to contribute code and get stuck, don't know where to even
begin, or just to make sure you're not duplicating someone else's
efforts, open an issue.

Please submit your custom themes if you would like them to be included
in stig.


stig is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
General Public License <>`__ for
more details.

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