1. Setup tutorial for Deluge development

The aim of this tutorial is to download the source code and setup an environment to enable development work on Deluge.


To build and run the Deluge applications they depends on tools and libraries as listed in DEPENDS.md.

Almost all of the Python packages dependencies will be installed using pip but there are some packages or libraries that are required to be installed to the system.


Build tools

sudo apt install git intltool closure-compiler python3-pip
pip3 install --user tox

You might need to add ~/.local/bin to your PATH.

Runtime libraries and tools

sudo apt install python3-libtorrent python3-geoip python3-dbus  python3-gi \
python3-gi-cairo gir1.2-gtk-3.0 gir1.2-appindicator3 python3-pygame libnotify4 \
librsvg2-common xdg-utils

Setup development environment

Clone Deluge git repository

Download the latest git code to local folder.

git clone git://deluge-torrent.org/deluge.git
cd deluge

Create Python virtual environment

Creation of a [Python virtual environment] keeps the development isolated and easier to maintain and Tox has an option to make this process easier:

tox -e denv

Activate virtual environment:

source .venv/bin/activate

Deluge will be installed by Tox in develop mode which creates links back to source code so that changes will be reflected immediately without repeated installation. Check it is installed with:

(.venv) $ deluge --version
deluge-gtk 2.0.0b2.dev149
Python: 2.7.12
OS: Linux Ubuntu 16.04 xenial

Setup pre-commit hook

Using pre-commit ensures submitted code is checked for quality when creating git commits.

(.venv) $ pre-commit install

You are now ready to start playing with the source code.