How can I download magnet links via Firefox in Ubuntu?
Question by Manu Jain /

When I try to download from magnet links Firefox says “Could not launch application for the magnet links.” I am using Ubuntu 11.10. How can I fix this?

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Answers (7)
  • seif mdoe

    i meet some hardness to download file meas some one ca help me?

  • lerps

    thanks so much bruce your were a big help!!!

  • Bruce Epper

    use the following command:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install transmission

    This will update your package lists and then install the most current version of transmission (2.33).  Any version of transmission starting with 1.9 supports magnet links.

  • Abdullah Sorathia

    Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. Next, Add a key by Right-click -> New -> Boolean -> Name: network.protocol-handler.external.magnet with value -> true
    Add another key, by Right-click -> New -> String -> Name: with Value ->bittorrent
    Also, do ensure that the key network.protocol-handler.expose-all is set to true.

    • manu jain

      i want to download using qbittorrent…can you help me with that…

    • Alan

      Thanks for your help.

      I am using KTorrent and found that New -> String -> Value needs to be “ktmagnetdownloader” not “ktorrent” which would have been the obvious choice.


  • Mike

    Well, do you actually have a torrent application installed that supports magnet links? If I remember correctly the default transmission client (or version) installed with Ubuntu doesn’t support them.

    You probably have to simply update your installation. I’m not much of a Ubuntu user so I can only offer the command line:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

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