Getting Magnet links to work with uTorrent when using Chrome – Fixed

So after a certain site decided to not host .torrent files and switch over to magnet links, I had a problem getting Chrome to open magnet links automatically in uTorrent. After reading up on the news, I poked around on uTorrent and Chrome to see if I can get it working, but no luck. I just dealt with it for awhile, but today I just got annoyed. If you were like me, this is what you had to do in order to grab a file using the magnet link.

  1. Find torrent.
  2. Right click the little magnet icon in Chrome.
  3. Launch uTorrent.
  4. Click “Add Torrent from URL”
  5. Paste magnet link into field, press enter.
  6. Download Starts.

6 steps, not bad if you just wanted to download a file or two. Way too annoying for anything more than that.

Let’s go into the fix. Please note that I’ve only tried this on my computer. I’m running the latest version of Chrome (17.0.963.83 m) and uTorrent (3.1.2) on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

First, let’s check your registry.

  1. Hit windows key.
  2. Type in “regedit” without the quotes.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\open\command\
  4. This is what you’ll see (below)
    utorrent as program to open magnet links in regedit
    Now, where the arrow is pointing – you want to make sure that is where your uTorrent is located. I have mine located in a different folder than the default install directory, so watch out for that.
  5. Next,  navigate to the following folder. C:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
  6. Close Chrome Completely. (The first time I did this, I didn’t close Chrome, so my changes didn’t get saved)
  7. Edit the “Local State” file. To do this, you can right click on the file> Open With (Other Programs)>Notepad. Alternatively, you can open up Notepad first and drag “Local State” into Notepad.
  8. Hit Ctrl+F and look for “magnet”
    make sure it says false next to magnet
  9. You want to make sure this is what you see “magnet”: false, for me, it started out as true. Edited: Many of you have mentioned that if there is no reference of “magnet” in your “Local State” file, you can go ahead and manually add in the following line: ”magnet”: false
  10. Save and close file
  11. Boom. Done.

Good luck. Hope it helped out.

    • Mikhail Rodsky
    • April 22nd, 2012

    Thanks, it worked with RockMelt as well.

    • Glad I can help, Mikhail. I actually haven’t used RockMeIt before – might have to check that out now.

    • Sahil
    • May 22nd, 2012

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW MANY WEBSITES I SCAVENGED THROUGH TO FIND A SOLUTION!!!!

    TOOK ME AGES TO REALISE THAT IT WAS CHROME AND NOT UTORRENT THAT WAS THE PROBLEM1!

    ALBA

    • No problem, Sahil. I also spend 2-3 hours looking around for a solution before I realized the same thing, it’s why I posted this up for everyone =)

    • sam
    • May 27th, 2012

    you are awesome!!! this worked perfectly. thank you so much!!

    • WhiteFlameZ
    • June 4th, 2012

    Im using windows 8 Release Preview if you wanna know but when I open local state its shows exactly like you except in my local state there is no magnet and when I put it in and save its get restored again.
    Whats the problem

    • Hey WhiteFlameZ,

      Wish I could help you there, but I haven’t had the chance to check out the Windows 8 Preview.

      • FoldYourWings
      • July 18th, 2013

      Alright, I tried a ctr-f “find” search in the regedit and found out that it’s under something completely different in Windows 8. I found mine under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Classes\Magnet and from there on it’s all the same as above. I hope this helps for everyone using Windows 8!

    • GFS
    • June 11th, 2012

    Ive been trying to get magnet links to work for a couple hours now. I followed the steps you listed but when I went to check if the magnet was false in the chrome “C:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data”, magnet was not listed in the file anywhere. I have all my files updated and i chrome or Firefox isn’t recognizing the link and i cant click on it. I’m starting to run out of ideas, is there anything that i may have done wrong?

  1. GFS – try adding in “magnet”: false in the same place as the screenshot.

      • Jerome BG
      • May 24th, 2014

      Adding that magnet line did the trick for me, thanks all.

    • Jules
    • July 19th, 2012

    Thanks for this although didn’t quite work for me was best solution out there. My solution was to add the location of utorrent.exe to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\open as well as to the command file underneath. (I saw this on another site but thought it was worth sharing here) Cheers

    • doc
    • August 2nd, 2012

    Its should be noted that to edit the ‘Local State’ file, choose to open with a text editor, such as ‘Wordpad’ or ‘Notepad’. It wont look the same as the screenshot provided. Also, if the line, ‘”magnet”: false,’ cannot be found, simply add the line yourself. I did this and it work for me.

    Thanks for a good tutorial ’4/5′

    • alamanch
    • August 4th, 2012

    mine says download beast not utorrent i want it to be utorrent wat do i do

    • Xzfloydzx
    • August 11th, 2012

    You are simply GOD. It took me months and I finally found this. Excellent sir.

    • Metu
    • August 21st, 2012

    hey I did exactly everything you said in your guide,I had to add the line magnet:flase, I added it saved and still magnet links doesn’t work to me…what should I do?
    btw I run windows 7 32 bit,thanks/

    • mLuisa83
    • August 22nd, 2012

    im sorry., i cant seem to follow through im stuck with the third step. im desperate i dont understand it. after i put regedit its only showing this “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT”. how come what am i missing? sorry. thank you in advance

    • Mia
    • August 31st, 2012

    This worked beautifully for me, thanks so much! I didn’t even have to edit the Local State file. Just changed the value in regedit, and since there was no ‘magnet’ in my Local State file, I didn’t do anything to it.

    But the next time I opened Chrome, magnet links were directed to utorrent.

    Using Windows 7 x64 and the latest Chrome beta.

    Thanks again!

    • Ashley
    • September 15th, 2012

    Thank you so much!

  2. I have no words to thank you…. A million searches, going to a dozen forums and asking people and everyone kept giving evasive answers…. Finally found your blog and a simple solution…. Love that you made screenshots and really simplified it, so everyone from new users to advanced users can follow the instructions….

    Love it, 10/10, already recommended your blog on all my SNS….

    Ciao and thanks once again !!! :)

    • Ben
    • October 5th, 2012

    Thank You for the help very much appreciated

    • niall
    • October 10th, 2012

    I followed all of your steps quite precisely but when I reached finding the magnet entry and setting it to false it was already done. Nothing had to be changed anywhere and still, opening a magnet link yields and empty torrent file… corrupt or void or otherwise…

    Any ideas?

    • C.Burns
    • December 17th, 2012

    Downloading with Chrome is cool but I prefer to use Torch browser coz the torrent client is already built-in it. Just thought I’d share :-)

  3. Man, thank you. I love the first fix, it’s quick and dirty plus I’m still using XP and not comfortable editing the registry on my only machine. I’ve been searching for a solution for months. What I learned via your first fix was to ignore the Utorrent popup that listed 0 bytes for the torrent. I clicked ok to download anyway, then I right-clicked the main file and deleted those I didn’t want downloaded. Works like a charm, cheers mate.

    • Bryan
    • January 12th, 2013

    Thanks for the tip, it really worked!

    • Hemant Sharma
    • January 23rd, 2013

    Thanks its great.

    • Richie
    • February 4th, 2013

    It works perfect, Thanks!

  4. Thanks for sharing this a lot of people have encountered this problem and I’m one of them.

    • JAuM
    • February 23rd, 2013

    Thank you! Works good here, I’m using Win8 Pro x64.

    • Aaron
    • March 16th, 2013

    Does not work for me, it does stop the popup message of chrome making sure I want to continue, but in utorrent every magnet link i click comes up with nothing, as if it wants to download an invisible torrent

      • Aaron
      • March 16th, 2013

      ignore that! i got it working lol thanks heaps, great help!

    • Atom
    • March 22nd, 2013

    O i was try to download from TPB and it always don’t work and i was so sad i was in big problem thx for this tutorail

    • Greeney
    • March 31st, 2013

    champion, worked a treat!

    • Voldemort
    • April 17th, 2013

    magnets have not worked for me for a long time, I followed the steps and I had them right so I dont know how to fix it :(

    • Vaughn
    • April 18th, 2013

    Thank you so much man spent so long looking over the internet for this, really helped me!

    • Marc
    • April 19th, 2013

    Brilliant.
    This also works for the Google Chrome Portable App.
    The “Local State” file is located here (for me. Check you own PortableApps installation folder):
    “C:\PortableApps\PortableApps\GoogleChromePortable\Data\profile\Local State”.

    However, I had uTorrent Portable installed. Then it got updated via the full installation, not the portable one. I didn’t like this so I uninstalled it. Doing so removed the Registry Key “Magnet” altogether and the magnet link did not trigger any uTorrent event. Nothing.

    I just added it again manually following the good screenshot in this tutorial:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\command
    set (Default) to “C:\PortableApps\PortableApps\uTorrentPortable\uTorrentPortable.exe” “%1″ (including all the quotes).

    Et Voilà!

    Thank you for this very good tutorial.

    • Carolyn
    • April 22nd, 2013

    magnet is already set to false. I checked and double checked and it is correct, and I still cannot get Chrome to download magnet files. Any suggestions? I am using the latest version.

    • 9fatcats
    • May 10th, 2013

    AWEsome!!! You’re the MAN! I thought I was going to have to do a sys recov. :(( Thanks a million, Roflcopter Alert!

    • Adriana
    • May 16th, 2013

    Perfecto!, gracias.

  5. Thank you for this. Luckily, I wasn’t searching for long before I found it, saved myself quite a bit of time, it seems.

    Very easy to understand, despite having to edit the registry.

    Cheers, mate.

  6. For me everything is like this and it says on Local State “magnet”: true,
    But it still isnt working. :(

    • Konrad Harlan
    • June 10th, 2013

    Thank the maker! I had bitlord installed at one point and it was a bit like driving cockroaches out of my home when i wanted to remove it. My chrome magnets were still associated with bitlord even after it was gone and utorrent was back. this finally fixed it!

    • Sean
    • July 16th, 2013

    Cheers, I moved where I stored utorrent and it stopped working, the regedit worked a treat

  7. Thank you very much! It helped! You are a genius :)

    • Doctor Vell
    • September 12th, 2013

    This is great for the Windows but I use Ubuntu Linux 13.04, what about us users?

    • Lilly Rocha
    • September 28th, 2013

    Mine keeps going back to true!
    Can somebody help?

    • Anthony
    • October 7th, 2013

    Thank you so much! Been driving me crazy! Just note for others, when you edit the ‘local state’ file, just open it up with notepad! =)

    • NEFLEURIOUS
    • October 30th, 2013

    WOOT-WOOT
    It worked!! All these websites were telling me to copy link and add manually, and theres nothing you can do in chrome. It took me some working out how to edit Local State, but eventually I read down and opened in wordpad = no magnet, so I did what Mia suggested and changed the value in regedit.
    Awesome!!

    • Qwwq
    • December 11th, 2013

    THANKS. WORKS !!! :)

    • Patriarca
    • December 23rd, 2013

    It works!
    Thanks

    • Eric
    • December 24th, 2013

    Anyone know how to fix this problem on Mac? OSX 10.6.8

    • Mary Gibson
    • December 25th, 2013

    I have only Windows XP Professional so a lot of the registry codes did not show up quite like the Windows 7. Is there a fix for Windows XP? The method you described to pull over one file at a time is very original, but I would like to use magnet downloads a lot. Thanks

    Mary Olivier

    • KG
    • December 28th, 2013

    Thanks, a lot Dude, ur the best. Yo.

    • dzoni
    • January 6th, 2014

    THX!!!

    • Etai
    • January 17th, 2014

    Thanks a lot. I couldn’t get magnets to work for me until I read your post. My computer was still using a previous torrent client as it’s default and so all I had to do was the first step. I changed the program location from BitLord (no longer on my computer) to uTorrent in regedit and everything is working perfectly. I didn’t even need to change any Chrome settings. Thanks again.

    • Mandrake
    • January 18th, 2014

    Thanks This REALLY does work perfect thanks again

    • david
    • January 18th, 2014

    hello rofl

    thanks for the help. but when i reach step number 4, i see nothing in the data field. it only says: (value not set)

    also, when i try step 5, i dont find any “appdata” in my users folder.

    how can i fix these issues?

    Im only average with computers.

    thanks if you can help.

    David

    • Nila
    • January 25th, 2014

    Thank you! It works perfectly fine. :)

    • Helga
    • January 28th, 2014

    Thank you soooo much!!! You’re awesome!!

    • alina obradovici
    • January 30th, 2014

    Thanks a bunch!

    • stargoop
    • February 14th, 2014

    I’m usually really good at pc puzzles but spent months and months of rackin the brain and searching the net even reloading windows and utorrent with no luck. Just couldn’t not try one more time and found your solution. You soooo rock!! works perfectly…thanks

    • Hasse
    • February 25th, 2014

    Awesome mate, thanks a million times! :)
    Works like a charm!

    • Auoros
    • March 1st, 2014

    Thanks for this helped.!

    • Md.Touhidur Rahman
    • March 28th, 2014

    Who ever you are, Thanks a lot. It worked.

    • Chaython
    • March 28th, 2014

    No magnet in chrome local state

    • Hi Chaython, I just updated the instructions. Other commenters mentioned that just typing in the magnet line as seen in the image works fine. Have a try!

    • god
    • April 17th, 2014

    If you have shareaza installed search through the registry with shareza and del the Magnet Handlers key in HKCU Software. Just Ctrl F Shareaza until you find it its not that many searches. Shareza has some way that it intercepts and steals magnets even when the above strings and chrome settings are correct.

    • zvipesh
    • April 20th, 2014

    Great help – worked great –

    thank you

    • Henrik L
    • April 22nd, 2014

    You are a HERO, one headache less.

    Thanks!

    • aung ye tun
    • April 23rd, 2014

    how do you edit local state file, i am stuck at that stage

    • Hi Aung, you can right click on the file and Open With>Notepad. Or you can open up Notepad and drag “Local State” into Notepad. I updated the instructions in case anyone else has this issue.

    • Samuil Guhonter
    • April 29th, 2014

    You, Sir, made my life so much simpler, I thank you very much. And even a total idiot like me could follow your instructions.

    • Tarna
    • May 7th, 2014

    Hi all,
    I don’t have HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\open\command\ OR HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Classes\Magnet :(

    Can someone please help??? I have been looking for a solution for days!!

    • Henri
    • May 22nd, 2014

    Thanks a lot!

    It seems that “magnet”: false, was missing from the Local State file for some reason.
    I added it myself manually below the javascript and now it works: magnet links open fine now in uTorrent.

    FYI: I am using the latest uTorrent (version 3.4.1 build 32117 32-bit) with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.

    • Khalisii
    • May 23rd, 2014

    Thanks million times, you save my day, probably life :D ( can´t imagine my further existation without torrent :DD)

  8. Thank you guys I was desperate! <3

    • Stav Dor
    • May 24th, 2014

    Work Like a Charm :)
    Tnx very much!

    • steezy
    • May 24th, 2014

    Your a legend mate worked perfectly! THANKS!! =)

    • Phil
    • May 25th, 2014

    I have too be honest i was gonna do all this, until i thought i would just use a different browser to get the torrent

  9. Worked like a CHARM ….

    Thanks….

    • AMAN
    • May 26th, 2014

    You are a god man it worked for me after this

    • Digga
    • May 27th, 2014

    Legend. I had to manually add the magnet line in the ‘local state’ file – all good now.

    • Michael 111560
    • May 28th, 2014

    I did every step but i didn’t find the “magnet” in the file. Any help?

    • Hi Michael,

      It looks like you can manually add in “magnet”: false

      I updated the post since many of the other commenters mentioned this worked for them!

    • Nikos
    • May 28th, 2014

    You are awesome
    Thanks a lot

    • daman
    • May 28th, 2014

    If magnet does not exist in the “Local State” file as described above, you can add “magnet”:false in. Just make sure that chrome is shut off when you do this. I did that and now it works fine.

    • Tincho
    • May 28th, 2014

    THANKS! It totally worked! I was having to use internet explorer because dammit magnet didn’t work in Chrome until now. Thank you so much, whoever yo are (H)

    • Celeza
    • May 29th, 2014

    Man, you are AWESOME! Thank you so much for this GREAT post.

    • Miguel
    • May 31st, 2014

    Thanks so much your instructions worked perfectly for me. Well except for one thing, upon opening the “Local State” file in notepad there was no line for “magnet” so I just manually added the line and everything works flawlessly.

    • Drac
    • May 31st, 2014

    In my case I even have the “magnet” word when I open the file with notepad. Then I write it like it was in your image and all works fine. Thank you so much!

    • Ghost_NL
    • May 31st, 2014

    Tip to add the command line in the local slate file worked for me too! adding the “magnet”: false, worked like a charm. Finally able to use chrome on our favorite download site from the north of europe!

    CHEERS!

    • ZerMetKi
    • May 31st, 2014

    It worked. Thanks, dude!

    • Vijay
    • June 1st, 2014

    Awesome boss…its worked perfectly!!!
    Thanks for the great help!! Cheers!!

    • Thank you
    • June 1st, 2014

    Thank you very much. Worked like a charm.

    • Marc
    • June 1st, 2014

    Bravo !
    It works
    Marc

  10. Thanks a lot, works great every time!

    • Ami Oren
    • June 1st, 2014

    Thank you!!!
    Magnets didnt work with chrome & vuze
    and now they do!!

    • kAs
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Thanks a lot!

    • bszentgyorgyi
    • June 2nd, 2014

    AAAAAnd it works!!
    Thank you sooo much mate! :)

    • Navaid
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Worked like a charm…Took me three days of surfing to get to your solution and it was worth it

    • hillbilly
    • June 2nd, 2014

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

    • trlpirate
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Excellent piece of help! Works perfectly with my Windows 8.1 home edition.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Colin
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Thanks for the advice it really helped out now torrents work agqin

    • dms87
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Thank you very much man! I’ve searched for ages for any way to fix it and here it is. Works on Windows 8 just fine!

    • Khiol
    • June 2nd, 2014

    Side Note: For some reason chrome may not even have a “magnet” protocol in this case you can just add in ‘ “magnet”: false, ‘ straight to the file.

    • belen
    • June 2nd, 2014

    THANKS!!!!

    • Tony
    • June 3rd, 2014

    I appreciate greatly this post. Thank you plenty !

    • Aman
    • June 4th, 2014

    I did exactly the same thing. But nothing happened. The error still persists. I am using windows 8 32bit.

    • Veronezzi
    • June 4th, 2014

    Very thank my friend, this work fine! Problem fix!!!

    In my case, in the local.state file, not even had this line for magnet link, but put it in there in false condition, really solve the problem!

    Thank again.

    • Johan
    • June 4th, 2014

    This article is up to par with the invention of the wheel and the discovery of fire.

    A hug and a kiss from a happy Swede!

    • Bruno
    • June 4th, 2014

    thank man help a lot

    • innerg
    • June 4th, 2014

    Thank You !!!! this problem has been a nuisance for over a month…

    upon opening the “Local State” file in notepad there was no line for “magnet” so I just manually added the line and everything works

    • Murilo
    • June 5th, 2014

    Thank you, it works!!!

    • Danilo
    • June 5th, 2014

    great man!!! it works like a charm, i didn’t have the “magnet” line so i added manually and works instantly.

    • ninjanina
    • June 6th, 2014

    Thank you so much!!!
    Not techie at all but the workaround works!!

    • rob
    • June 7th, 2014

    So i got my magnet link working again but windows (8.1) asked me to search for a program but comes up with windows cannot find ms-windows-store:assoc?protocol=magnet. it probably has nothing to do with chrome or utorrent. I’ll just manually add the links into utorrent for now I guess. Thanks anyway

    • Daniel
    • June 7th, 2014

    Instructions don’t work for me. Even with Chrome closed, I edit the Local State and add “magnet”: false, to the file under protocol handler. Whenever I open Chrome back up and check the file, the magnet line I entered is gone. Every. Single. Time.

    Running Windows 8.1.

    • Manish Singh
    • June 7th, 2014

    Really worked man, thanks a lot bro……………

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