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3/2/12
Original Poster
NemesisVM

Chrome not opening magnet links

Google Chrome version (type about:version into the address bar): 7.0.963.56 (Official Build 121963)
Operating System:Windows 7 x64
Error Message: None
Extensions installed: None
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Clicking on magnet links doesn't do anything.
Magnet links work in other browsers. Ex: IE9
Other protocols which work in IE (example steam://install/) also do not work in chrome.
I already completely delete my preferences in Local/Google/Chrome/User Data .
Tried editing the Local State file but there is no "magnet" entry under "protocol_handler" .
I am using uTorrent 3.1.2 to download.2012-03-02
 
Also attempting to paste the magnet URL in the address bar gives me a google search page for it.
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jintokl
3/10/12
jintokl
Same issue here..Its working in FF. Also have issues with NFL videos
chris2455060
3/12/12
chris2455060
go to start menu type run hit enter then type in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data then enter, go to local state find protocol_handler go down to magnet true and change it to magnet false
Ace Jasper
3/14/12
Ace Jasper
Hey chris,
 
Would this location be the same thing?
C:\Users\AceJasper\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
 
I was able to find the Local State file by editing with notepad++
There was no mention of "magnet" anywhere in the file, so I tried
manually adding it with the same syntax as the others:
 
"protocol_handler": {
"excluded_schemes": {
"afp": true,
"data": true,
"disk": true,
"disks": true,
"file": true,
"hcp": true,
"javascript": true,
"magnet": false,
"mailto": false,
"ms-help": true,
"news": false,
"nntp": true,
"shell": true,
"snews": false,
"vbscript": true,
"view-source": true,
"vnd": {
"ms": {
"radio": true
}
}
}
},
 
 
This didn't work though, it changes back automatically...
 
Thanks for the lead though, if you have anymore suggestions I would gladly hear them out! :D
speedwaystar
3/17/12
speedwaystar
i'm now having this same issue, which is annoying.
 
the purpose of excluded_schemes, i believe, is to prevent evil formats like disk:// and file:// being used remotely (notice they are set to "true", which i assume implies that they are blocked from working. otherwise, people could use delete file://C:\\Windows\\importantfiles.* and that would be bad.
 
TL/DR you want excluded schemes->magnet: to be set to "false", so that magnet links are *not* preemptively ignored.
speedwaystar
3/17/12
speedwaystar
oddly, posting the magnet link in the search bar *does* open the appropriate torrent application. it's clicking on the link which doesn't work for me.
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Negeen E.
9/4/15
Negeen E.
Hey Internet Peeps!

Here's how you re-allow magnet links on a Mac:

1. Quit Google Chrome! 

2. Navigate to ~/Users/YOUR USER NAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Local State 
    [note: the User Library folder is invisible, so to open it, go to your user folder and press command-G (Go to folder) and type Lib] 

3. Open "Local State" in a text editor (like Text Wrangler, Text Edit, etc.) 

4. Look for "protocols" and "magnet" and change "true" to "false" (this means ignore Magnet links = false) 

5. Save file in same format it's already in (should not have file extension on end of filename) Relaunch Chrome. 
   (not Local State.txt or anything else) 

note:  if it still doesn't work, open this file again and simply delete the entire line with "magnet" (and nothing else)

This solution was taken from a user in this forum post. If none of these solutions work for you please start a new thread so someone from the Chrome team can help you!

Happy interneting :)
 
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