Cross-Compile qBittorrent for Windows on Linux using MXE


It’s actually pretty easy to cross-compile qBittorrent on Linux for Windows targets using MXE, a cross environment based on the MinGW-w64 toolchain.

The MinGW-w64 project is an improvement on the original MinGW (Minimalist GNU for Windows) project to support 64-bits targets. Currently MXE supports two MinGW-w64 targets: i686-w64-mingw32 for 32-bits executables and x86_64-w64-mingw32 for 64-bits executables.

This is a guide to cross-compile qBittorrent on Linux for Windows 64-bits only.  As usual we’ll use Debian for this.

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Cookies support on qBittorrent

Like most people I used to use μTorrent to download files using the Bittorrent protocol or like they say now, to download torrents.

Since version 3.x of μTorrent some people like me got away from it, since it became bloatware. That all started when it was purchased by BitTorrent, Inc., and the client has gone down hill from there.  It’s still the most popular torrent client on the planet though.

So I moved to qBittorrent which is a wonderful client, but it lacks a feature that I really use and need: the ability to specify cookies when downloading a torrent from a URL using the WebUI.

I also wanted another little feature that I really need: the forms have to support the autocomplete feature of the internet browsers.  So when I fill a field in a form, the browser saves it for future use. For this to work the forms need to be actual forms, and you’ll see qBittorrent doesn’t use them.

Since qBittorrent is an Open Source project, it’s pretty easy to implement new features on.

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