FIX: Magnet links not working [Chrome, Firefox]

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  • Your Chrome or Firefox browser may stop automatically opening magnet links with default torrent clients.
  • Follow the steps in the article to troubleshoot the issue and get your magnet links working again.
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Firefox Chrome not opening magnet links

If you have downloaded torrents, you know what Magnet links are how do they work. Magnet links are most commonly used for peer-2-peer file sharing. However, at times the magnet links can stop working on Chrome and Firefox.

A number of Chrome users have reported the magnet links to be not working. This problem occurs when Chrome refuses to identify the link resulting in an error.

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In this article, we have listed a few troubleshooting tips that you can try to fix the magnet links not working issue on your Chrome and Firefox browser.

How can I fix the Chrome magnet links not working issue?

1. Edit Registry Editor

Chrome magnet links not working

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:
    Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\open\command
  4. Copy-paste the above path in the registry editor to navigate.
  5. In the right pane, check the Data column, which will show the complete directory path of the torrent client.
  6. If the path does not direct to your torrent client installation, you need to modify and make the changes. Leave it as it is if the path is valid and move to the next method.

If the path does not match with your torrent client installation directory, here is how to change it.

  1. Press the Windows key + E.
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    C:\Users\*your username*\AppData\Roaming\
  3. Next, open your torrent client folder. In my case it is uTorrent, so the full path will look like this:
    C:\Users\*your username*\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent
    Chrome magnet links not working
  4. To this, we need to add the .exe file as well. So, the full path will look like this:
    C:\Users\*your username*\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
  5. In Registry Editor, right-click on the Default value.
  6. Select Modify.
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  7. Change the path within the first quote with your torrent client path and click OK to save the changes. Leave everything else in the data field as it is.
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  8. Close registry editor and launch Google Chrome.
  9. Try to access any magnet link to see if it opens with the default torrent client.

2. Manually create a registry file

Magnet links not working

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Create a new file.
  3. Copy and paste the following contents in the file:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome\URLWhitelist]
    "1"="magnet:*"
  4. Save the file as Chrome Magnet Links fix.regChrome magnet links not working
  5. It is important to save the file with a .reg extension.
  6. Once saved, double-click on the file to run it.
  7. Restart Chrome and check if the magnet links are working as before.

Note that you may have to repeat the steps every time Chrome installs a new update.


3.  Check content settings

Chrome magnet links not working

Note: This option may not be available on a newer version of Chrome.

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your PC.
  2. Click on the Menu icon (three dots).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. From the left pane, click to expand the Advanced.
  5. Click on Privacy Security.
  6. Scroll down and click on Content Settings.
  7. Scroll down again and click on Handlers.
    Chrome magnet links not working
  8. Under Handlers, toggle the switch to Enable the ‘Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols’

Once done, relaunch the browser and check if you can open the magnet links directly.

When you click on a magnet link, either shared through email or provided by torrent sites, your web browsers like Chrome automatically identifies the correct protocol and prompts you to open the link via your default torrent client like uTorrent or BitTorrent.

The magnet links not working in Chrome issue can occur due to several reasons. However, you should be able to fix it by following the steps listed in the article above.

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Let us know which method worked for you in the comments.

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