Getting Magnet links to work with uTorrent when using Chrome


Magnet Links not opening for you in Chrome!

Have you ever come across a .torrent file and noticed that Chrome can’t open magnet links? It can be rather annoying, especially if you are using those files quite frequently.

Below are some instructions on how to download a magnet links file with uTorrent, plus guidance on how to fix this problem for future so that Chrome automatically sends the file to uTorrent for opening.

AdHoc Guidance
1) Find the magnet torrent file.
2) Right click the little magnet icon in Chrome, then copy the URL.
3) Launch uTorrent / Torrent software of your choice.
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. See below for a detailed guide on how to apply a fix.

This was done using the (current) latest version of Chrome (33.0.1750.117 m) and uTorrent (2.2.1) on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, although newer versions of Chrome and uTorrent should still work!

Permanent Fix Guidance
1) Hit the Windows key (not literally)
2) Type in “regedit” without the quotes, then press enter.
3) Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Magnet\shell\open\command\ on Windows 8 this is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Classes\Magnet
This is what you’ll see (below)


Where that arrow is pointing – you’ll want to make sure that is where your uTorrent is located. You may have a custom location, so be mindful of that.

4) Next, navigate to the following folder. C:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
5) Close Chrome completely before moving on to the next step. (Otherwise your change will not get saved)
6) Edit the “Local State” file using an editor of your choice (Notepad / Wordpad is fine)
7) Hit Ctrl+F and look for “magnet” – if you do not have this entry, then simply create it in the same place as shown in the screenshot below. This needs to be set to false


8) Save and close the file. All done!

As a side note, you may notice that when you click on a magnet links file, uTorrent may show the file as empty at first, but don’t worry … once you have click OK / Next, the files will start to download.

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    • Smriti Walia
    • 19/04/2016

    i am using windows 10 and i do not get the option of edit local state..what do i do?

    • THGhost
    • 21/03/2016

    Doesn’t work on Windows 10.

    • Ana
    • 11/11/2015

    Thanks for the help…… It really worked…

    • Athena
    • 30/09/2015

    thank you!!!! very helpful!

    • dave c&b
    • 05/06/2015

    Hi, I had this happen to me where no magnet links worked OR could even find the URL on the right click so I went to the bottom of the right click on “inspect element” to find it in there to no avail, closed that element and it now works, go figure! but it seems to be working

    • Mick
    • 08/12/2014

    Fixed by changing the directory in the registry file to use instead of /, for some reason qBittorrent automatically uses the wrong one (i.e. when it asks you to set it as the default) which Chrome doesn’t respond to.

      • Felipe
      • 23/04/2015


    • anon
    • 01/12/2014

    Chrome is the worst, most insecure peice of shit I’ve ever tried to use, Not being able to open a simple file and instead launching DC++….. yeh use Firefox! Fuck Chrome

    • SL1808
    • 31/10/2014

    Thanks a bunch it works.

    • Javid
    • 05/10/2014

    help i think i deleted it

    • raymond
    • 12/09/2014

    well thyis didnt work, msgnet isnt found in my registery keys and my chrome was already set to false, so, any suggestions?

      • Ben Goza
      • 03/11/2014

      Hi Raymond. Magnet wasn’t found in my registry keys either (Windows 8). Right click on Classes and choose New > Key. Name it magnet and put the location of your torrent software in the data field just like it shows in the article, with the location in quotes, and “%1” in its own set of quotes.

    • Emily
    • 04/08/2014

    This worked perfectly! As someone who is not technologically savvy, the steps were very easy to follow. Thank you!

    • bronix
    • 12/07/2014

    i cant find app data please help

    • Nagaros
    • 03/07/2014

    thankyou it’s working ! .

    • dude
    • 01/07/2014

    works for me on win 7 and opera 20.0.1387.82

    • Ricardo
    • 22/06/2014

    Nah, that’s not working for me. I tried different pages and the result is alwasys the same: chrome can’t handle magnet links. I checked, double-checked, the “Local State” file, and it is all correct. “magnet” is set to “false” (“magnet”: false), HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMagnetshellopencommand is pointing to the right location. I also changed the “Local State” file to read-only, but that didn’t help either.

    I tried with IE and it worked fine.

    I’m running windows 8, and chrome 35.0.1916.153 m. “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTSoftwareClassesMagnet” doesn’t exist on my computer. I don’t know what else to do.

      • Ben Goza
      • 03/11/2014

      I had the same problem. I had to create the Magnet key by right clicking on Classes and choosing New > Key. Name it magnet and put the location of your torrent software in the data field, as shown in the article!

    • David MacDonell
    • 03/06/2014

    Make sure nothing is running in the background that is even related to Chrome.

    • Vanessa
    • 26/05/2014

    Thanks so so much! I’ve been trying to fix this for hours and now I finally succeeded!
    But it only worked after I change the local state file to read only.

    • Jack Miller
    • 26/05/2014

    Just as an add on, for some unknown reason, I had to change the local state file to read only as google chrome would revert it back to it’s earlier state.

    • GJRB
    • 25/05/2014

    Very clear, worked for me… though it seems a bit superfluous to have the regedit step included, as mine IS a customized location and it did not effect the rest of the process. Thanks though!

    • Miles
    • 24/05/2014

    Thanks so much!!!

    • Andre
    • 24/05/2014

    WOrks for me. Thank you very much indeed !!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers, mate 🙂

    • Ronaldo Marcucci
    • 20/05/2014

    You saved my life. Thank you very much 😀

    • Rafael
    • 08/05/2014

    It does not work for me.

    Windows 8.1 Chrome 34.0.1847.131
    Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTMagnetshellopencommand
    Value: C:UsersRafaelAppDataRoaminguTorrentuTorrent.exe

    Chrome closed totally (no process found)
    Local State updated with “magnet”:false
    Chrome started and magnet links don’t work. Need to copy and paste.
    Reopen Local State and changes keep in there. But links not working.

      • Réda
      • 13/10/2014

      Right click on the magnet then copi the adress of the link then past it in this website then wait while your torrent file is created. When done just download it.
      This totally works! 🙂

      • Jack Miller
      • 26/05/2014

      Try to change the local state file to read only. It worked for me.

    • Gabriel Furlan
    • 02/04/2014

    You saved my life. Thanks!

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