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Flood is a monitoring service for rTorrent. It's a Node.js service that communicates with rTorrent instances and serves a decent web UI for administration. It's a work-in-progress.


If you have a specific issue or bug, please file a Github issue. Please join the Flood Discord server to discuss feature requests and implementation details.

Getting started


  1. rTorrent needs to be installed and running with XMLRPC configuration.
  2. Install NodeJS version 8 or higher (you might want to manage different Node versions with nodenv or nvm or n).
  3. Install node-gyp pre-requisites, see, ex: python2, make, gcc.


Copy config.template.js to config.js and review its comments. This is required.

When loading the web interface, you will be prompted to configure the connection to rtorrent. Other configuration options are handled config.js.

What to configure

  1. Be sure to create a long and unique secret (used to sign JWT auth tokens).
  2. If you are proxying requests to Flood from your own web server, configure Flood's path from the host at the baseURI property. All requests will be prefixed with this value.
    • For example, if serving Flood from, you would set baseURI to /apps/flood. If serving flood from, you do not need to configure baseURI.
    • Read more about proxying requests to Flood on the Wiki, this is a common pain-point for users.

Note: Some of these values are baked into the static assets (like baseURI), so changes to this file require recompling static assets.

Compiling assets and starting the server

From the root of the Flood directory...

  1. Run npm install if you haven't already or if you've pulled changes.
  2. Run npm run build.
  3. Run npm start.

Access the UI in your browser. With default settings, go to http://localhost:3000. You can configure the port in config.js.


I've been bad about cutting actual releases, so check this repo for recent commits.

  1. To update, run git pull in this repository's directory.
  2. Check config.template.js for configuration changes that you may wish to incoporate in your config.js.
  3. Kill the currently running Flood server.
  4. Run npm install to update dependencies.
  5. Run npm run build to transpile and bundle static assets.
  6. Start the Flood server with npm start.


Local Development

  1. Run npm install.
  2. Run npm run start:development:server and npm run start:development:client in separate terminal instances.
    • npm run start:development:server uses nodemon to watch for changes to the server-side JavaScript.
    • npm run start:development:client watches for changes in the client-side source.
  3. Access the UI in your browser. Defaults to localhost:4200.

Environment Variables

  1. DEV_SERVER_PORT: webpackDevServer's port, used when developing Flood. Defaults to 4200.
  2. DEV_SERVER_HOST: webpackDevServer's host, used when developing Flood. Defaults to
  3. DEV_SERVER_HTTPS: webpackDevServer's protocol, used when developing Flood. Defaults to http.

Running with Docker

  1. docker build -t rtorrent-flood .
  2. docker run --name rtorrent-flood -e RTORRENT_SCGI_HOST=w.x.y.z -p 3000:3000 rtorrent-flood
  3. Other supported environment variables:

The docker container includes a volume at /data, which is where the database will be located. Additionally, you can place your SSL files there, /data/flood_ssl.key and /data/flood_ssl.cert. Set FLOOD_ENABLE_SSL to true to enable their use if present. Additionally, a local rtorrent socket file located at /data/rtorrent.sock can be used if RTORRENT_SOCK is set to true. The location of the socket file can be overrided by setting RTORRENT_SOCK_PATH to the path of the socket.

Check out the Wiki for more information.