Simple Guide on How to Use Magnet Links

Curious about magnet links? We explain exactly what a magnet link is and how to use magnet links below!

Michelle | Feb 26, 2021

When you use some torrent sites, such as the Pirate Bay, you might’ve noticed that there is a magnet link next to the torrent file. Did you ever wonder what exactly these magnet links are, how does it differ from a torrent file, or how to use magnet links? If you want to know the answer, read on!

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What is a Magnet Link? How Does It Differ from a Torrent File?

A magnet link is a hyperlink that contains a feature code generated according to the hash result to identify the resource. To put it more simply, a magnet link contains the information used to download the target file. It is an advanced downloading method developed to replace torrenting.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, torrenting has become the primary way to download all kinds of resources. When you download a .torrent file, you need to rely on a tracker to find other peers downloading this resource, exchange resource fragments with them, and piece together a complete resource (this whole process is called P2P downloading). However, many pirated content is distributed through the torrenting network, causing copyright owners to suppress the torrent trackers, hence led to a grim situation for torrenting. Therefore, magnet links that do not rely on trackers have become popular.

Magnet links work very similarly to that of the torrent file. Both ways are to download files through the P2P sharing network, only that the magnet link is serverless, meaning that it does not require a central tracker to find other peers. And that is the biggest difference between the torrent file and the magnet links.

Compared with torrenting, downloading resources with magnet links is more stable. See the next part to know how to use magnet links.

How to Use Magnet Links?

It’s super easy to use magnet links to download resources. First, you have to make sure you have a BitTorrent client, such as qTorrent and uTorrent, installed on your device. Then go to a torrent site and click the magnet link of the file you want to download. Your browser should automatically pop up a notification asking for permission to open the magnet link with your torrent client. Then you can just relax and let the torrent client do the rest of the work.

If you friend sends you a magnet link, you can copy the link and paste it in the client manually. The client will start downloading immediately.

At Last…

We hope you’ll find our answer helpful. And that’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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