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 Michelle | Updated on Jul 12, 2023

When you use certain torrent sites, you may notice a magnet link next to the torrent file. Are you wondering what exactly a magnet link is, how it differs from a torrent file, or how to use magnet links? If you want to know the answer, keep reading!

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

A magnet link is a hyperlink that includes a feature code generated according to the hash result to identify the resource. More simply, a magnet link contains information for downloading a target file. It is an advanced downloading method designed to replace torrenting.

Entering the 21st century, torrent downloading has become the main way to download various 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, a lot of pirated content is spread through torrent networks, causing copyright holders to crack down on torrent trackers, making torrenting a dire situation. Therefore, magnet links that do not rely on trackers became popular.

Magnet links work in a similar way as torrent files. Both ways are to download files through the P2P sharing network. The only difference is that magnet links are serverless, meaning that they do not require a central tracker to find other peers.

Compared with torrenting, downloading resources with magnet links is more stable than downloading torrents. 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.

How to Open Magnet Links?

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.

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At Last…

That's all I want to share about magnet links. I hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!

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