I'm interested of converting a .torrent binary file into a magnet file.
What are the possibilities to achieve that in Linux/Unix/OSX?
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Rather late, but as suggested in the comments, the following produces a magnet link, with no further fiddling necessary:
transmission-show -m yourfiles.torrent
This program is shipped as part of the
transmission-cli package on Debian derivatives, and part of the larger Transmission client.
Of course the
.torrent file must be created beforehand, but that can also be done with a Transmission command, and it doesn't require a tracker (anymore):