Any Linux BitTorrent client with support for Magnet links?

  • Questioner

    Is there any Linux application (bonus points for being console/headless) that supports Magnet links - like the ones provided now by some famous "bay" for pirate BitTorrent users?

  • Answers
  • slhck

    rtorrent has support for magnet links since v0.8.7 released in october 2010, to load one just hit backspace in rtorrent and paste the magnet info.

    The info provided below is 3 years old and outdated.

    Maybe the tutorial How To Compile rTorrent From SVN In Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala / Debian 5 Lenny With Magnet Link Support will help you.

  • haimg

    Deluge 1.1.9 supports magnet.

    Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows. It uses libtorrent in it's backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console. It has been designed using the client server model with a daemon process that handles all the bittorrent activity. The Deluge daemon is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces being able to connect remotely from any platform.

  • Mad Fish

    Also, Transmission development version 1.80b1 supports magnet links. See changes.

  • Oracle2b
    • transmission
    • azureus / vuze
    • rtorrent
    • ktorrent
    • deluge

    here's a useful script to enable magnet URLs in firefox and chrome / xdg-open:

    e.g.: ./magnet-enable vuze

  • Peter Mortensen

    The new Transmission version (1.82) accepts Magnet links. It works fine!

  • jet

    ktorrent as far as I know supports them

  • Juanch0p

    With Transmission is very simple. Just go to that "bay" and copy the Magnet link address. Then in Transmission go to file->Open URL and paste it there. :)

  • Maggie


    The problem we faced lies in the instability of older versions of rtorrent and libtorrent. rtorrent 0.8.9 and libtorrent 0.12.9 are stable and will correctly load magnet links if the magnet link is wrapped as given by the script provided by rtorrent.

    As far as I know rtorrent is the only client that can handle magnet links dropped in to the client as easily as torrents.

  • Related Question

    windows - Opera's problem with magnet-links
  • Dmitriy Matveev

    I've encountered following problem while using Opera web browser:

    When I click on a magnet link on some web page like


    Opera is asking me if I want to open that link with my DC++ client.

    If I click 'Yes' button then my DC++ client is correctly "opening" the clicked magnet link and performing some action on it. There is also an option "Do not show this dialog again" in Opera's dialog, but it doesn't seem to be working correctly. If I check that option before answering 'Yes' and then click on other magnet link of the same kind the Opera will again ask me about how to open new link.

    I haven't found protocol association in 'Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Associations' part of my Windows Vista settings, but if I paste magnet link in "Run" dialog then Vista will handle that link perfectly.

    I've tried to find out how to manually set protocol association in Opera and found 'Programs' page of browser's advanced settings. There I discovered that instead of storing protocol to application associations Opera tries to store per-link associations (There are several entries with exact links as they was on web page as value of protocol field). If I click on the links which are already stored in Opera's protocols associations browser will ask me about them again.

    I haven't found any information on how to resolve this problem on the internet, maybe someone on this site will be able to help me.

  • Related Answers
  • efotinis

    Have you tried setting the association manually?

    Go back to the Programs section of the Advanced settings, delete the existing magnet protocols and add a new one. I'm using uTorrent, so I have this entry:

    Protocol: magnet
    Program: "C:\Program Files (x86)\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe" "%1"

  • kurast

    Opera ignores windows file associations.

    You must go in Tools>Preferences>Advanced>Programs then Include Protocol: "magnet" without quotes Open with anoter program: select your DC++ client

  • pako

    Try to use x86 version of DC++ client. Run DC++ client "As Administrator" once to register magnet protocol. Then start Opera.

  • anand_trex

    I have noticed that this happens with files also, but only of specific file types - exe, zip, rar etc. For pdf, if I check the "Don't ask me again" box (to open with SumatraPDF), it doesn't ask me again. Maybe it is a security feature?