Recently I installed BitComet. Now when I click a torrent magnet link from chrome it opens with BitComet though I changed the settings of BitComet to not to be the default program to open magnet links. I couldn't find default magnet link settings in μTorrent. I want my default program to open magnet links to be μTorrent. I'm using Windows 8.1 and my browser is Chrome, I want to make the default program to open magnet links to be μTorrent.

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    I had to deselect the 'open magnet link' option in qTorrent - then Apply, then reselect it - and it fixed the issue. – niico Jul 23 '18 at 17:52

Open μTorrent. Go to preferences from options menu. Select general. Click the button Associate with torrent files. Your problem is over.

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You need to change the "Handlers" setting inside the Chrome Settings.

Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.

Select Settings > Show advanced settings.

In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.

In the dialog that appears, find the “Handlers” section. Click Manage handlers.

Use the drop-down menu next to a listed protocol to select the web service that should be used by default.

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    ?? This doesn't work the list is read-only? See: i.stack.imgur.com/SkkOU.png – Pacerier Nov 26 '16 at 7:06
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    The settings layout has recently changed to make everything even more difficult than it already was. There is no "Manage handlers" any more. – Ken Sharp Aug 11 '17 at 2:38
  1. Press Win + R, type regedit and press OK.
  2. Browse to the following location:

  3. Double-click the default location and change the data section to:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe" "%L"
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  • This answer also works for Transmission and in fact any other program given the right path, thanks! – cat Feb 20 '17 at 15:58
  • after last windows update this doesnt work anymore (it worked for changing from utorrent to qBittorrent), but now no magnetic links open – Icebone1000 Sep 25 at 1:28

Assuming you are talking about windows

Chrome uses the windows default handler for the filetypes. Just search for "Default Apps" in your start menu and change the association there, and chrome will then call the correct file.


I just did this on win10 for .torrent

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  • This helped me to find the Default app per Protocol which was what I needed. – Machado Aug 21 '19 at 22:26

HOW TO FIX Chrome version 63 or higher keeps popping up mod window of "always open these types of links in the associated app" even after clicking - it doesn't remember - bugs chrome -.. 1) Go to search box on your taskbar and type "run" 2) In Run, type %appdata% and press OK. 3) Press AppData on the top, and go to Navigate to C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences 4) Open it with Notepad. 5) Press Ctrl+ F and find "protocol_handler":{"excluded_schemes":{}}, and click Find Next. 6) Replace that part with "protocol_handler":{"excluded_schemes":{"magnet":false}},?

for torrent magnet links

or for roblox users instead Replace that part with


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  • For me this answer was (part of) the solution. Chrome did not handle the new torrent client and kept using the old one. I uninstalled the old one, added the excluded_schemes from this answer and re-checked magnet association in the new torrent client. After a reboot everything is working perfectly! – mrexodia May 12 '19 at 14:49

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