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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Introduction to Magnet Links

Introduction to Magnet Links

Introduction to Magnet Links

Added: Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The file-sharing organism keeps evolving and has recently shifted its course towards other ways of providing services to users, mostly thanks to the viral anti-piracy movement that has been going on for a while now.

For instance, a lot of .com domains have moved to other domain names, because the authorities of the United States are either blocking the “notorious” websites at will, or threaten them with lawsuits that cost thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You might have already noticed another change of behavior – the replacement of .torrent files with magnet links. Although magnet links have been used for a long time, The Pirate Bay was the first to officially change its policy and now offers magnet links instead of torrents, which makes it a must to know how to use them. The basic difference is that you are able to store a whole website on a pocket USB memory stick.

First of all, let’s find out, once again, what a magnet link is? Basically, it is a hyperlink embedding the hash code for a torrent. Once your BitTorrent application (uTorrent, BitTorrent, Azureus, or other) opens the magnet link, it starts searching for people sharing the same file based on the same hash code. Another advantage of magnet links is that they don’t require a tracker as it is, because they use DHT. In other words, magnets do not offer any data about their source, only about content – this is good for index sites, because they aren’t required to host the files themselves.

Using magnet links is as easy as using .torrent files. In fact, it is similar to the method you used to download torrents from The Pirate Bay before. Simply click “Get This Torrent” button and you are ready to go. Actually, only the technology behind the method has changed, not the method itself.

Meanwhile, you should remember that magnet links are still under development, which means that there still may appear some problems with them to be fixed. Unlike .torrent files, which offer detailed information about their content (this means that you are able to choose which files you want to download and which to skip), magnet links can’t do this momentarily. Nevertheless, since The Pirate Bay switched from .torrents to magnets, other indexers have started to regard them as the method allowing to offer shelter from anti-piracy groups and the entertainment industry. Today most of BitTorrent’s applications support magnet links.

April 12th,2012

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Date:  Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-04-12 15:07:34)
ic3m4l3 avatarseems magnets the way to go MUCH less space needed on servers for meta files,,,not that the meta files go on et servers anyways but for download purposes ther good,,,BUT the only problem is choosingw hat torrent to donwload or not WITHIN a torrent unlike meta files wer u canselect wat to download before u clik ok meta u have to do into ur clint and choose not to download or not after it started,,if your downloading a scene tv pack all in rar every episode can be a real pain but for low b/w and storgae yeh magnets seem the way to go

posted by (2012-04-12 15:12:57)
Kuntu avatarYou can select the contents of ur torrents, and select what you want/dont want.

Just wait for a moment after you download the magnet link till it fetches the meta data and then you can see the contents and select them. It takes 5-10 seconds.

And aslo upgrade ur clients becoz some old ones dont support them.

posted by (2012-04-12 15:43:15)
bssbig avatarit has been a long while that pirate bay switched to magnet links only

posted by Kitty (2012-04-12 15:47:12)
Daewoo avatarYou may be able to look inside magnet links and choose files but you are stuck with the folder and name the uploader chose. I just wish they behaved exactly the same as torrents. I like to rename my files so, I no longer seed as long as I used to. So everyone loses. This is progress? NOT!!

posted by (2012-04-12 16:02:54)
ic3m4l3 avatarno,,wen u donwload meta it auto opens up in utorrent NOT like torrents do so if uve donwloaded say a tv series and each ep is in rar and u only want say ep 5 and 10 then u gott scroll through the hundreds of rar files in ur clinet and selct or de-select what u want,,,more of a pain in teh arse but its the thing now innit so just gotta deal with it

posted by (2012-04-12 17:04:50)
skel1977 avatarSo is it safer to use magnet links?

posted by (2012-04-12 17:42:00)
Kuntu avatar@skel1997 magnet links are same as .torrent, you need to hide ur torrent activity if you should need to irrespective of .torrent/magnet links.

@Don yeah u gotta to deal with it, but its not that u cant select at all.

posted by ET lover (2012-04-12 17:51:36)
wolverinessm avatarThis magnet link is great.

posted by (2012-04-12 21:02:41)
XtreMest avatari need to have tutorial on this lolz....
Still i can use it just like torrent but is a bit difficult for me.
Works good on my IPad as remote for Utorrent. easy to download and link

posted by (2012-04-13 00:28:57)
Rockman avatarI have tryed both Magnet and torrent links and can see no difference getting 160 to 190 k speed for both so what the big deal and how do i see this big deal ? ? PLease explain . .

And using peer block with both does that keep me safe ? later . .

posted by (2012-04-13 04:32:30)
Kuntu avatarYeah peerblock works to a certain extent,safety provided is same in case of magnet links/.torrent....

Magnet links dont increase the speed of download.
They are just an alternative to .torrent extension and are lighter on servers becoz they require less space for storage, opens quickly when you download them.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2012-04-13 07:53:38)
Zohaib avatarMagnet Links also easy way for us....

posted by (2012-04-13 08:50:03)
Rockman avatarOk -Kuntu- thanks for the info i didn t know guess i ll stick with torrents . . why change . . .

posted by (2012-04-13 08:51:54)
Rockman avatarHang on "shelter from anti-piracy groups" please explain i don t get that . .

posted by (2012-04-14 11:20:40)
wifirogue avatarmagnet links have been around for years now... they work great with utorrent remote .i been downloading torrents with magnet on my phone and sending them to my pc for almost 5 years now..so glad the world has woken up to magnet links at last... long live piracy

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