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How to open Magnet links From FireFox

If you have tried in most of the cases the magnet links will not open if we just click on the link torrent sites provide. It just throws some error. But not anymore. now after reading this article you will be able to click the magnet link and firefox will open your favourite torrent client and start download.

For Windows:

Open NotePad and type the following in it:


@="URL:magnet Protocol"
"URL Protocol"=""



@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Application\\program.exe\" \"%1\""

Replace  C:\\Program Files\\Application\\program.exe with the program you want to run. Note that backslashes must be doubled and the additional slashes and quotes before the path must not be removed. Save the file something as “name.reg”, then double-click it to insert into the Windows registry.

For Linux:

Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter.
Right-click -> New -> Boolean -> Name: network.protocol-handler.external.magnet -> Value -> true
Right-click -> New -> String -> Name: network.protocol-handler.app.magnet -> Value -> /usr/sbin/azureus
Ensure network.protocol-handler.expose-all is set to true. (mine was already)

Make sure you have the right path to azureus (it might be something like /usr/sbin/azureus if the standard repo’s are used perhaps?)

To check it ->  System -> Preferences -> Menu Layout
Then use the left panel to navigate to the internet menu, then right clicked azureus and chose properties. this shows the path to the executable.

Thats it. Now all Magnet links will open in the particular torrent client( if the torrent client supports the openingof magnet links like this.).

I think qBittorrent does not support this kind of opening. But of course it supports Magnet Links.

Demonoid is BACK – An early christmas present for bittorrent scene

As millions of people wait for the arrival of Christmas in just a couple of weeks time, the festivities have come early for BitTorrent fans. A few hours ago the mighty Demonoid fully returned and the good news is that there appears to be little data loss. Users are feverishly uploading fresh torrents right now.

In September, Demonoid, one of the world’s most important and well-loved trackers, went down with overwhelming hardware problems.

An update on the situation was not good, with the site owners forecasting severe data loss. Some user data and torrent files were predicted to be lost forever and the site’s code had been seriously damaged.

Then, on November 5th, Demonoid’s tracker began to function again, which was followed by another announcement by the site owners. None of the negative rumors and speculation were true – Demonoid would soon return.

“The parts of the site code that got deleted are being rewritten and should be ready soon. We are also working to try and minimize the data loss as much as possible,” they announced.

Since then, nothing much has happened, but a few hours ago Demonoid users discovered they are to get an early Christmas present.

At around 1:30am EST, Demonoid reappeared and started accepting logins from registered users.

“Hello! We are currently testing the newly written code. More downtime is hopefully not necessary, but might be a possibility. Welcome back, we missed you!” the admins said in an announcement.

In respect of the concerns over data loss, it appears that the latest database entries run to Friday September 11th 2009, but of course, Demonoid users are already uploading new torrents, reported to be as many as 150 thus far.

A TorrentFreak reader who as been following the situation since the site’s return told us: “Some users on the IRC channel (which still is active) report not being able to log in. Those that can log in have all noticed that their ratios were pretty much what they remembered them to be before the long downtime. I was able to log in just fine on my first attempt with correct ratio as well.”

As the site deals with various issues, it became a little unstable around 2 to 3 hours after its initial return and then went down again around 4:00am EST.

Although Demonoid’s RSS feeds aren’t functioning, at the time of writing the site appears to be running again, and displaying their famous demon logo all decked out in a santa hat.

Christmas really has come early for Demonoid fans. All that is need now is a gift for everyone in the community – a period of open registrations.


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Mininova Deletes all copyright infringing torrents and Goes Legal

In a blog post in their official blog they said Mininova limits its activities to content distribution service.

Mininova was one of the largest BitTorrent index sites. It is a directory and search engine for many kinds of torrent files. It does not, however, host its own tracker.”

Mininova was sued by BREIN, a coalition of Dutch publishing, music film and software lobbies. In August the court ruled it must remove links copyright material or face a €5m fine.

Well this left no choice except 2 for mininova, either to go for an appeal, or remove all the infringing torrents. In their blog post they says they are thinking about going for an appeal. But to save their own a** they removed all the infringing torrents. Now the website is almost as good as empty.

They do offer this so called “Content Distribution Service”, but the question is whether it worth? I dont think so. The whole concept of torrent came for filesharing. But almost all of the users are using it, for getting copyrighted materials, which are not available for free.

The blog post says,

“Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service. According to the verdict (Dutch link) we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We’ve been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We are still considering an appeal at this moment.

We launched our Content Distribution service in 2007. This service allows producers and artists to easily publish and distribute their content for free through Mininova. The launch of Content Distribution has proven to be a success. Countless content owners have used Content Distribution to distribute their content (e.g. albums and documentaries) for free to millions of users. For example, the Dutch band Silence is Sexy released their complete album on Mininova and received the Interactive Award 2009 for doing so. The Dutch television broadcaster VPRO decided to start using Content Distribution in 2009 in order to distribute documentaries.”

Changing the face of Torrents – New Protocol

The torrent sharing is about to to change the face of files haring. They are about to launch a new protocol μTP or “micro-Transport Protocol” which is a new protocol from BitTorrent, Inc. It is going to be available as the default transport mechanism in both μTorrent v2.0 and BitTorrent v7.0.

Says the post:

“The fact is that our BitTorrent clients have become incredibly popular with users downloading large files over the internet. So much so that some observers claim that BitTorrent traffic accounts for 30%, 50%, or even more of all Internet traffic. Regardless of the actual numbers (which we have no way of knowing), it is clear that the popularity of BitTorrent is putting such a burden on ISP networks that they sometimes react by slowing down or interfering with that traffic.”