Ubuntu 12.10 – Transmission fails to connect to HTTPS trackers

Transmission, the BitTorrent client installed by default in Ubuntu seems to have an issue with connecting to trackers using HTTPS at the moment.

After Transmission failed to connect to a tracker using HTTPS, I went searching and found this bug report.

The steps there are pretty simple and worked well for me:

  1. Close Transmission
  2. Download the .deb for updated libgnutls26 from here (bottom of page – choose your architecture then mirror)
  3. Install using

     dpkg -i (package name).deb
  4. Restart Transmission

UPDATE: It looks like this is now fixed, so running

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

should get it working again for you.