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How to unban peers in qBittorrent

qBittorrent has a feature to easily block a misbehaving peer (by IP) in just 2 clicks. This is nice feature (although I don’t really use it often), but it has a big weakness: the GUI doesn’t provide any easy way to unblock the banned IPs.

Luckily, it’s quite easy to unban them manually, although I guess this may get a bit tedious if the list is long (again, it shouldn’t be though): the ban list is entirely saved in qBittorrent’s config file, which is located:
– on Windows, in %APPDATA%/qBittorrent/qBittorrent.conf
on Linux, in ~/.config/qBittorrent/qBittorrent.conf

Then find the line starting with IPFilter\BannedIPs= (that should be on or around line 106): it contains the list of banned IPs, which you can edit or empty.
Note that you should close qBittorrent while you’re doing your modifications, otherwise they’ll get overwritten.

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  1. 7up says

    For OS X users
    Open Terminal

    pico ~/.config/qBittorrent/qBittorrent.ini

    Go down to IPFilter\BannedIPs delete the IPs that you wish

    CTRL+X (THEN) Y to save..

    As stated above qBittorrent needs to be closed whist this file is modified.

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