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I am trying to download a file using the bittorrent protocol but I can't get my browser to open the magnet link in my torrent client. I have qbittorrent installed but I still can't seem to download from magnet links.

A little box always shows up asking what application I want to use and there is a button that says "browse" but I can't choose anything.

How can I use such links on Ubuntu?

And when you go to explain, please explain every detail as if you are talking to someone who doesn't know anything about Ubuntu.

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marked as duplicate by Braiam, falconer, roadmr, Avinash Raj, guntbert Jan 24 '14 at 21:01

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I don't understand the lot of downvotes although for a simple duplicate question where the duplicate has +21 UP. – falconer Jan 24 '14 at 15:45
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  1. Click the torrent link to open which should start the Launch Application window where you should check mark the Remember my choice for magnetic links, and click the Choose... button; snap1

  2. Now in the next window that appears you can browse to and select the file /usr/bin/qbittorrent. For this click File System on the side pane and browse through the directories usr -> bin where you'll have to select the executable file qbittorrent to open.

    Or, just click the File System and click the "edit path" icon to type a file name manually (or use the shortcut Ctrl + L); snap2

  3. Then in the path input box labelled Location: type the path of the executable of the application - /usr/bin/qbittorrent and click Open; snap3

  4. Having the desired launch application selected, now click the OK button. This will start the application qBittorrent and you can continue managing your download from there. snap4

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thank you so much!!! – GamerGirl Jan 28 '14 at 22:00

So to download Ubuntu from torrent, you can also save the .torrent file to ~/Download for example.
Then you open your favorite torrent application. Opening torrent from file should be like "File" -> "Open".

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I have ubuntu, im trying to download music and movies off pirate bay, but it is giving me issues – GamerGirl Jan 24 '14 at 14:59

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