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For some reason on certain websites when I press on magnet links it redirects me to 'Add new torrent' and its empty. Size: 0B and the list below it is empty too.

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Any idea how to fix this?

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Question was reopened and comments deleted, see What to do about torrents? This one is deemed legal. –  Tom Wijsman Mar 4 '12 at 4:01
    
Magnet links from some websites(e.g. tpb) lack that info... you will have to start the download for the info to be populated. later, you can switch to files tab and skip/prioritize the files of your choice.. –  tumchaaditya Jul 23 '12 at 6:32

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Magnet links work by your machine retrieving the torrent information from other peers. This includes the torrent size and etc.

this means when you first download the magnet link file your machine won't know anything about the torrent. After a short while of running the torrent you should find utorrent populates the information. The amount of time taken depends on the number of available peers, etc.

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I think you didn't understand me. when i press on the magnet icon on pirate bay it redirects me to utorrent and i got this: dl.dropbox.com/u/15358757/12.jpg –  Ron Kantor Feb 29 '12 at 11:47
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Your screenshot changes your question from "I'm having trouble using this application" to "I'm having trouble pirating this television show". –  Bad Neighbor Feb 29 '12 at 12:09
    
My thoughts entirely. –  Sirex Feb 29 '12 at 12:18
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what can i say .. i live in a country which doesn't air this program on tv so i dont have any 'legal' way to watch it. –  Ron Kantor Feb 29 '12 at 13:08
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start download, let information be populated. then select files, i suppose –  Journeyman Geek Feb 29 '12 at 23:32

For some reason on certain websites when I press on magnet links it redirects me to 'Add new torrent' and its empty. Size: 0B and the list below it is empty too.

Magnet links do not display data in uTorrent

No, and it wouldn’t because that’s normal for magnet links.

When you download a .torrent file, it is several kilobytes large and contains all the information necessary for using the torrent including the file and folder names, sizes, and hashes of all of the torrent’s files.

Magnet links are only a couple of dozen bytes and contain only the name and hash of the torrent itself (not its files). (I don’t see why the total size of the torrent couldn’t also be included for convenience, but it’s not.)

When you use a magnet link, it will be devoid of any content and you must start it to retrieve the information that .torrent files contain. You get this information from other peers and µTorrent notifies you in the log:

[2012-07-23 00:56:51] Finished receiving metadata for 'Really Cool Torrent'

(You will also know when it has retrieved the metadata because the torrent’s Selected Size column will change from 0 B and the Files tab will become populated.


Similar to magnet links are ed2k links for the eDonkey network. Unlike magnet links however, ed2k links, they can contain all the information necessary including the files’ names, sizes, and hashes.

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