The quickest way to get up-and-running with bitmagnet is with Docker Compose. The following docker-compose.yml is a minimal example. For a more full-featured example including VPN routing and observability services see the docker compose configuration in the GitHub repository.

    container_name: bitmagnet
      # API and WebUI port:
      - "3333:3333"
      # BitTorrent ports:
      - "3334:3334/tcp"
      - "3334:3334/udp"
    restart: unless-stopped
      - POSTGRES_HOST=postgres
      - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=postgres
    #      - TMDB_API_KEY=your_api_key
      - worker
      - run
      - --keys=http_server
      - --keys=queue_server
      # disable the next line to run without DHT crawler
      - --keys=dht_crawler
        condition: service_healthy

    image: postgres:16-alpine
    container_name: bitmagnet-postgres
      - ./data/postgres:/var/lib/postgresql/data
    #    ports:
    #      - "5432:5432" Expose this port if you'd like to dig around in the database
    restart: unless-stopped
      - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=postgres
      - POSTGRES_DB=bitmagnet
      - PGUSER=postgres
    shm_size: 1g
        - CMD-SHELL
        - pg_isready
      start_period: 20s
      interval: 10s

After running docker compose up -d you should be able to access the web interface at http://localhost:3333. The DHT crawler should have started and you should see items appear in the web UI within around a minute.

To upgrade your installation you can run:

docker compose down bitmagnet
docker pull
docker compose up -d bitmagnet

go install

You can also install bitmagnet natively with go install If you choose this method you will need to configure (at a minimum) a Postgres instance for bitmagnet to connect to.

Unofficial Packages and Installation Methods

Community members have developed the following packages; these are not maintained under the bitmagnet project:

Running the CLI

The bitmagnet CLI is the entrypoint into the application. Take note of the command needed to run the CLI, depending on your installation method.

  • If you are using the docker-compose example above, you can run the CLI (while the stack is started) with docker exec -it bitmagnet /bitmagnet.
  • If you installed bitmagnet with go install, you can run the CLI with bitmagnet.

When referring to CLI commands in the rest of the documentation, for simplicity we will use bitmagnet; please substitute this for the correct command. For example, to show the CLI help, run:

bitmagnet --help