The Pirate Bay - The galaxy's most resilient bittorrent site 

No more torrents=no changes anyhow

Today marks the end of an era. Sort of.

TPB will no longer give out links to .torrent files. The reason is simple: They're just a waste of space and our time.

Instead we're giving you Magnet links. It's simpler for us and no more hassle for you. It's more resilient than .torrent files and it uses much less bandwidth for those who wants to mirror. Also, since the magnet links are just a hash, it's on every single torrent detail page - so noone knows that you actually downloaded a file or not.

This means that noone can block torrent files without blocking data within a webpage. So far, few countries have implemented such harsh censorship tactics. Countries, particularily in EU, seems to moving towards total censorship so we do all we can to avoid our users ending up with less freedom.

A lot of media has hyped that we're stopping with the torrent files. It's like saying that Ferrari is no longer sellings cars - they're just selling BETTER cars. As are we, we're giving you the best links there are!

And to kinda-quote a bible, "Spilling seed is more severe then all sins, since he defiles his soul in this world and the world to come and he does not see the glory of the sharing."

PS. you _can_ download individual files using magnets - just wait until the metadata is fetched from the network. It is worth it.

Posted 02-28 2012 by Some1


#1. tours586 - 02-28 2012
nice !
#2. krikri3 - 02-28 2012
in a few weeks the crying ppl won't even remember it changed

GO TPB ! what you do now will be subject of study in the decades to come..
#3. brunomocsa - 02-28 2012
.torrent wate of time? magnet links are a lot slower...
#4. Deminted4eveR - 02-28 2012
fine and dandy but how do you use them? what browser?
#5. BoWLiN - 02-28 2012
#6. Sc00by22 - 02-28 2012
The only way is forward, a just move!
#7. vitormangraviti - 02-28 2012
Man... This shit is getting out of control. I don't mind downloading using magnets. It doesn't make a difference to me.
I am talking about these trials, censorships and so on.
I don't know. I fear that eventually TPB will disappear. If I was working with them I would've given up ages ago.
It's just too much hassle for no much return.
I am proud of you guys. You've been there for almost a decade taking all this shit and yet you are still fighting. Very impressive and very brave of you.
You have my respect.
#8. SharinganEyes - 02-28 2012
#9. Kdrietje - 02-28 2012
Awesome! The only thing that bothers me lately are those popup/popunders. UGH ANNOYING! :(
#10. tropomatic - 02-28 2012
Fuckin' magnets, how do they work?
#11. feygor - 02-28 2012
magnets work through almost any browser and just send the link direct to the torrent programme. It's almost just skipping out the middleman. I recommend those that don't like downloading the whole file go with 'bitcomet' it's a little bigger than your average torrent programme, but just as fast, some pretty nifty features (one of which is to select which files to download even from manget links)
#12. p.joker - 02-28 2012
HA! i was waiting for the logo to change, lovin' it. Well, i don't fear that TPB will eventually disappear, i believe TPB will always be, and is now evolving. And about the..these so called trials and attempts to..make us think natural things like TPB will become extinct... They just seem to try and get our attention from something they don't want our attention on.

It's fake. It's a bad joke.
#13. rogeatf - 02-28 2012
Nice one. Long live Pirate Bay!
#14. 923hgf - 02-28 2012
I can't select or deselect anything. It's just a blank box which looks like it has nothing in it.
#15. TristanLB - 02-28 2012
oki i click on the magnet nothing happens feygor !
double click nothing
what shud be installed and how ?
#16. Nickv451 - 02-28 2012
Thanks TPB. As all ways, you are staying ahead of the curve. Cheers!
#17. mark_o - 02-28 2012
TPB is the best :)
@TristanLB try uTorrent ;)
#18. ttrossil - 02-28 2012
#17 post of about a million incoming i bet! thanks dudes you guys are the best.
#19. johnsverdesky - 02-28 2012
Fine with me!!!
Long live Pirate Bay!!!!
#20. killeurkilleur - 02-28 2012
#21. junk1man - 02-28 2012
#22. TristanLB - 02-28 2012
@mark_0 i use uTorrent !
but what i mean how to download the torrent like before !
i am going to the page of the torrent selected
before we used to get a file save and add !
now i go i click on magnet nothing happens !
thats what i mean !
#23. Agusx1211 - 02-28 2012
Me parece una muy buena idea, no pueden hacerles juicio por simples enlaces magnet, subidos por usuarios
#24. ipfree549 - 02-28 2012
"so noone knows"
Who's this Noone?! ;)
#25. snailien - 02-28 2012
how is one going to be able to select certain episodes from a season, etc?> i guess if it has to happen...
#26. ZeroCast - 02-28 2012
Good move I guess.

I never really thought about using Magnet links till a couple of weeks ago. It's much less of a hassle like you guys said, it saves space and time.
#27. LupinII2 - 02-28 2012
So basically if you want to select specific files, you're forced to change to a different bittorrent client? Thats a crock of shit. TPB might as well make their own bittorrent client now that they went ahead and fucked everyone who doesnt want to download every little file in a torrent.
#28. murkydepths - 02-28 2012
it's awkward though in that you have to have bittorent running at the same time. usually I download my torrent files during the day and then load bittorent up and drag them into it before I go to bed to leave them downloading overnight. now I have to bookmark the downloads I want then open them up again later, more messing about...
#29. lol9765 - 02-28 2012
Huh. I feel like I should say something clever.


This seems like a smart move, let's hope everything works out!
#30. RichiiJm14 - 02-28 2012
whats this??
#31. johnny.fever - 02-28 2012
Again, TPB is the cutting edge! Nice job gentlemen.
#32. scene4all - 02-28 2012
For people that want to download only certain files, after clicking the magnet link let it open in ur torrent client. Once done give your client some time to fetch the data from the peers, then you can go to the files tab and you should see all the files contained in the torrent, right click and don't download the ones you don't want, Simple! :)

Long Live TPB!!!
#33. ttrossil - 02-28 2012
Just tell your Computer to open the magnets with Vuse. you can still choose what you want and dont want.
#34. Barney84 - 02-28 2012
Perfect! ;-)
#35. vertigo366 - 02-28 2012
.torrent files?

what are those? :P
#36. hellth45 - 02-28 2012
#37. MAA11792 - 02-28 2012
Another step into the future and hopefully a more convenient way of downloading ''copyright protected material''.

I tried to copy this link to one of my mates on MSN however the application informed me that this link was unsafe? lool

Thank you and remember to keep up all your good work!
Long live ThePirateBay.. or is it the MagnetBay? lol
#38. Barney84 - 02-29 2012
#39. evileyesteve - 02-29 2012
For all the people who can't work out how you can still select or de-select the files you want, check out comment #32. Thank you scene4all.
#40. dudeness88 - 02-29 2012
I believe this is a terrible idea , torrentfiles that include multiple files (e.g episodes etc) will be hard on users who want to select what content to download, though very good idea for our privacy.
#41. evileyesteve - 02-29 2012
And thank PB. May you live forever.
#42. tpbusername01 - 02-29 2012
magnets wont let us download individual files. fail
#43. dudeness88 - 02-29 2012
Well, good indeed, various software torrent programs will have to evolve a bit to better handle magnets and display list of files, like utorrent. Long live TPB!
#44. tor12 - 02-29 2012
How do you open this in Bitcomet?
#45. mwalsher - 02-29 2012
And you cannot ban magnet links because they are nothing more than a hash, i.e., a string of numbers of and letters. Banning them would be like banning people from posting MD5s on their web-pages, which would be absurd (and a fool’s errand anyway).
#46. Geez. - 02-29 2012
LOVE LIVE THE PIRATE BAY! And this to every government in any country: You can never bring us down!
#47. quimkaos - 02-29 2012

"How do you open this in Bitcomet?"
quit using BS software...
#48. LyesM - 02-29 2012
Freedom !
#49. MixMaster89 - 02-29 2012
i cant download anything...i click, double click and nothing happens...should i change anything in torrent or my brownser?
#50. 2230411 - 02-29 2012
yes, this is the may look like solution, but instead of "simpler and no more hassle" it is actually ALOT more hassle. And what if i have a bandwidth limitations? While i will wait for torrent program to hash names, it will be downloading files i don't need. Seems like fucking horseshit pile of hassle to me
#51. mwalsher - 02-29 2012
Oh, and you may want to remove that last paragraph from
#52. Mashmodo - 02-29 2012

Click the torrent in your torrent software, click the files tab near the bottom, right click the file/s you don't want to download, click "Don't Download".
#53. crashoveride420 - 02-29 2012
Yes my Master.
#54. rmanke - 02-29 2012
There needs to be an FAQ for this. I download files to a dropbox for downloading by a server. This system won't work with a distributed download server.
#55. MixMaster89 - 02-29 2012
what do i have to change in my brownser?
#56. Crusher23 - 02-29 2012
This morning this blog page was not up, so when I went to get a file, no "get torrent file" was there, so I was like

#57. 923hgf - 02-29 2012
rmanke: Which client? There's nothing like that on Utorrent.
#58. Doubzstep - 02-29 2012
This in a way is awesome, but troublesome. For users like me, I only like to download select files in a release. With torrents, you have to individually deselect all the files you do not want which takes much much longer than it did when .torrent files were available.

Oh well.

I support any and all decisions that TPB makes.
#59. angrygamer1023 - 02-29 2012
Heh, heh I agree with thepiratebay it really is a waste of space, as for me I am totally fine with it because I always click the get this torrent never the other button. But alteast no more annoying popups. :D
#60. Si1vermage - 02-29 2012
Works just as fine as the old stuff gogo TPB ftw ;D
#61. friedtwinkies - 02-29 2012
magent links are great and all but i like to choose specific files i want before i start to download
#62. friedtwinkies - 02-29 2012
magnet links are great and all but i like to choose specific files i want before i start to download
#63. juanhidgo - 02-29 2012



#64. Mashmodo - 02-29 2012

Click the torrent in your torrent software, click the files tab near the bottom, right click the file/s you don't want to download, click "Don't Download".
#65. realpeoplepirate - 02-29 2012
Yeah, its the best course of action so well done as always my pirate brethren!!
Not sure bout the bible quote, even if made with tongues firmly in cheeks... I don't like any religion being quoted, its not wat we're about.
Anyways thank you as always u are all beautiful people fighting the good fight
PIRATE BAY FOREVER!!!! DOWN WITH MONETARY-MARKET SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE!!!! for the pirates that aint in th know ;)
#66. 923hgf - 02-29 2012
@Mashmodo Could you take a screenshot of this? I can't see the files tab anywhere.
#67. Mashmodo - 02-29 2012

Try pressing F5 to show Detailed Information.

It's with the "General-Trackers-Peers" tabs.
#68. 923hgf - 02-29 2012
@Mashmodo Thank you so much!
#69. Gore_Juice - 02-29 2012
Nice initiative, I admire that. If it's less trouble for you guys, it won't be any trouble for any user here... :) Keep it up guys. Good Job!!
#70. mendota - 02-29 2012
i'm not sure if the hassle has increased or decreased for me. copying the link to the clipboard doesn't seem to be any faster than letting the browser hand off the torrent file to the client.

maybe i'll have to dig into the chromium config files to make this actually helpful!
#71. 3P1CSL4Y3R - 02-29 2012
(With uTorrent) When you first click a magnet link, confirm it in your browser, uTorrent will fire up, then you'll get that little 'save as' box with the file save location etc, Look closely, under the 'don't show this screen again' checkbox is 2 little arrows, Click those and PRESTO! you can select/de-select what files you want to download without having to go through the files tab.

Thanks TPB! - Still my fave torrent site for many years now!
#72. oapo - 02-29 2012
I preferred the .torrent files because i could save them so that when I needed to do a backup I did not need to find every single torrent again, but it doesn't matter as long as it still works...
#73. Mashmodo - 02-29 2012
@923hgf Your welcome :)
#74. sia-se - 02-29 2012
Will you still store the torrent files on your server? Or will you stop storing them at all?
#75. jnielson - 02-29 2012
Very Nice! was doing this already for some time.
#76. jmindset - 02-29 2012
seeing how i prefer this i have no problem. i usually used the "download" option. but the magnet is simpler and faster in my opinion. i didn't know about magnets till i joined 'the bay.
#77. Adikumoro - 02-29 2012
hail TPB!
#78. gonviegas - 02-29 2012
TPB crew deserves sincere respect and honor.
#79. Sweep09 - 02-29 2012
Cheers TPB
#80. zaphenomenalone - 02-29 2012
So in order to see if these magnet torrents we're just as (or even better as Some1 stated) I did a simple test. I downloaded House S08E14 using the magnet on ThePirateBay and an actual torrent file from KickAssTorrents. I did KAT's first and house was done in 3mins and 14secs. Then I started TPB's magnet and when after 4 minutes and it only being at 9% completion I decided that the experiment was over. I hope not every site switches to these magnets but for the time being I think I'll be using KAT.
#81. spacemannx - 02-29 2012
Thank god for that "PS" i had no idea you could pick what you wanted. Long live Piratebay.
#82. Phase30 - 02-29 2012
TPB forever bro!!
#83. LowBattMouse - 02-29 2012
it is a LOT slower now but everything else is the same. i dont get how some people have now problems if they want just some files and not all. atleast in azureus it looks the same as before, just a few seconds slower..

and what popups? only popup i see is in azureus(vuze) that ask what files a want to save, where and when, as it did with .torrents..
#84. PPirata - 02-29 2012
I would like to watch a tutorial explaining how to use magnet links
#85. wrlegion - 02-29 2012
A little step to the pirates, a huge seed for the world!
#86. sex_laxar_i_en_laxask - 02-29 2012
TPB is still the No. 1 site on the net! And will always be. :-)

#87. quimkaos - 02-29 2012
really? is there so many brainless people out there?
#88. EdgarS789 - 02-29 2012
It appears that torrents are still used when uploading files, right?
#89. GoggaIor - 02-29 2012
My utorrent updated to latest (3.1.2) isn't working with magnet links. The save as dialog pops up but the file list is empty, and it doesn't display the usual save directory (______\Torrent folder structure\)

If I put in my own save location the torrent still shows no files, 0b size, and only the name of the torrent. :/
#90. MissuX - 02-29 2012
some clients don't work with magnets..
you should put a link on our homepage to download uTorrent or some other witch supports magnets.
#91. Vinchenzo13 - 02-29 2012
Magnetic Link FTW?
#92. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
Uploading torrents will probably remain.
#93. jlacoste12 - 02-29 2012
Thank you For all you guy's Help If they Shut This website Down THere agenst The United States Constatution
#94. quimkaos - 02-29 2012
"some clients don't work with magnets.."

it's more like: most of windows clients wont work with magnets (the browser will not recognize the file format, thou it's a standard for about 10 years) you simply have to patch it! some you can do it in the program options (like utorrent) others you have to ask the developers for solutions, or quit you bullshit OS...
#95. willowwm - 02-29 2012
Honestly, this is the first time using a magnet link, at first I was 'wtf?!' but I see that it doesn't really change anything about downloading files, I can do that just as I always have.
I'm glad TPB is still here and still serving the same purpose.
#96. Vinchenzo13 - 02-29 2012
#97. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
My concern is magnet links are extremely optionless. When seeders want to save meta files so they can reload them in their client directly from their local drive, now we cannot. Seedboxes, mainly used for seeding, such as ruTorrent, cannot load magnet urls. Furthermore, when I load a torrent with a magnet link, I cannot choose alternative destinations, select or deselect files, etc. I feel this move is way, way too soon. Nothing supports it "properly".
#98. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #54. rmanke

Why don´t u use RSS for auto downloading, it´s much simpler.

Magnets works great by the way, so i agree with the TPB crew that .torrent files is a waste of space and time, magnets is simpler, u just have to give it a chance.

Like "#32. scene4all" says
For people that want to download only certain files, after clicking the magnet link let it open in your torrent client. Once done give your client some time to fetch the data from the peers, then you can go to the files tab and you should see all the files contained in the torrent, right click and don't download the ones you don't want.

I my self use uTorrent mostly with RSS, and it works like a dream!.
#99. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
The so called Bible verse quoted seems to be a Jewish Talmud quote. correct me if I'm wrong. The Hebrew Bible compared to the Jewish Talmud are worlds apart.
#100. Trollack - 02-29 2012
Terrible idea, using rtorrent on a remote box which cannot be easily upgraded, are you guys really so scared of getting sued nowadays? Like someone else wrote, better stop boasting about not caving to the authorities when you just removed EVERY FUCKING TORRENT ON YOUR SITE due to legal threats

Guess a lot of people like me will just go somewhere else , too bad , pirate bay RIP!
#101. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
#97. ShockDiamond, the maker of the torrent will be able to seedbox as the torrent meta-file or kick-start file will be in their hands.

TPB will most likely keep uploading of torrents as it's easier for them to qualify the upload and to track peers.

Are you saying you have a url/file association problem or you'd like to add trackers? To add trackers that can be done in most clients. You can also edit the magnet URL and add extra tr fields.
#102. warfare56 - 02-29 2012
umm how do i use magnet? because it keep popping up right away with vlc media player when i click on magnet. like it don't even download it
keep giving me errors
someone explain to me what the hell is magnet?
#103. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
#100. Trollack, maybe TPB should allow VIP members to still be able to download meta kick-start files.
#104. leif1313 - 02-29 2012
All win!
#105. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
By the way, if u use uTorrent and have specified a location for "move finished .torrent files to", then u have a copy off the actual .torrent file in that directory that u can save or do what ever u want with and use it to download the file when ever u want.
#106. teabag87 - 02-29 2012
i too had problem with the magnet, it said Firefox didnt know what to do. I just updated BitComet and it works fine now. So last resort people, just install the newest version of BitComet.
#107. sex_laxar_i_en_laxask - 02-29 2012
I'm using MS Win XP SP3, Firefox 10.0.2 and uTorrent 3.1.2 (updated today from 3.0.2) and magnet links works perfect.

Jag antar att de flesta testat magnet links tidigare. :-)
#108. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#101. e8hffff - 8 mins ago #97. ShockDiamond, the maker of the torrent will be able to seedbox as the torrent meta-file or kick-start file will be in their hands.

TPB will most likely keep uploading of torrents as it's easier for them to qualify the upload and to track peers.

Are you saying you have a url/file association problem or you'd like to add trackers? To add trackers that can be done in most clients. You can also edit the magnet URL and add extra tr fields.

Your comment about "VIP" members only means all seedbox members with non-magnet-link-compatible-clients should all go VIP so they can upload? That's not really a solution. The seeder should have access to the meta file when logged in so they can provide the data anytime, anywhere, any client they need to use.
#109. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
#102. warfare56

Then u have to change the file associations for .torrent files!.
If u have a old .torrent file u can right click on it and open with, the u chose your torrent program ex uTorrent or what ever u use.
#110. Alexonfire7 - 02-29 2012
For everyone having difficulty with the magnet links, just get Utorrent, I`ve been using magnet links since I`ve started downloading, therefore i don`t see what the big deal is.
#111. Limpkit2011 - 02-29 2012
Ok, But We Like The Option Of Selecting A Magnetic Link Or Download The Torrent File.
#112. warfare56 - 02-29 2012
#109. Grim-Reapers umm i am a little confuse
i trying to download a movie but keep taking me to my vlc media player not utorret
#113. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
e8hffff - Oh, I meant to ask - doesn't TPB need to process the meta data to add its own tracking data? Loading the original meta file I created on the seedbox just sits there looking stupid. Maybe you know something I don't so please feel free to share because I need to upload the rest of the series I've started. haha. :)
#114. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#110. Alexonfire7 - 5 mins ago For everyone having difficulty with the magnet links, just get Utorrent, I`ve been using magnet links since I`ve started downloading, therefore i don`t see what the big deal is.

Well, it's because serious uploaders aren't using Windows machines at home running uTorrent. They're using seedboxes or corporate servers running *nix. haha. r/ruTorrent and Torrentflux look at magnet links' URLs like alien technology.
#115. paulo_c2010 - 02-29 2012
Simple to use, excellent for our privacy, hard blow to: A.C.T.A., S.O.P.A. & P.I.P.A. Rsss,Rsss,Rsss,Rsssssss
Step by step: get this torrent -> specify a location on your computer, ok -> window-save as- choose a location for your downloads -> 2 click to open inside the UTORRENT.
#116. morphirr - 02-29 2012
Magnets are fun, long live the pirate bay, you are the best!
#117. TaiTheGuy - 02-29 2012
I noticed a month or 2 ago TPB tried to encourage people to use magnet links, I think, by changing the order in which they appear in search results (BEFORE the d/l torrent option)
#118. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
How do I download files???

I click on the 'Get This Torrent' link and I get this,

'Firefox doesn't know how to open this address, because the protocol (magnet) isn't associated with any program.'

What gives? Can someone please explain to me how to download files?
#119. warfare56 - 02-29 2012
someone help me!!! when i click on these magnet links it keep taking me to my vlc media player few sec later
help please!!!!
#120. jamz3243 - 02-29 2012
well I have been waiting for this change, it's about time; for people crying about how to choose what files to download, if you use transmission and add the magnet link. You can right click on the torrent and select the "files" tab and check the one you want. if you are using the web client use the "inspector" and click on the blue button with the "f" and select the ones you want.
#121. WhyPaywhenUcanPirateBay - 02-29 2012
haha i was wondering wtf happened. thanks
#122. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012

I'm using Transmission on my iMac and have no idea how to use the magnet links.

Is there something I'm supposed to be doing on Transmission to allow downloading of magnet links?
#123. ricbuster - 02-29 2012
anythin capt'n!
I'll sail with you till t' end!
#124. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
Can someone please help me out?

Refer to posts #118 and #122.

Thank you.
#125. smaragdus - 02-29 2012
This is a real disaster, the end of The Pirate Bay. I will have to search for torrents elsewhere. Why you destroyed the superb site? Magnet links are trash and I am not going to waste my time with this trash. I have been seeding for years, uploading scores of TBs. No more. Thank you for destroying The Pirate Bay.
#126. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
I truly hate change.

I hate magnets, simply because i lose a bit of control on my end, and i can no longer keep a working record of the torrents i get (at least not in the same way).

BUT... i LOVE and TRUST The Pirate Bay (technically and morally), so.... That's where it starts and stops for me.

Thank you so much for fighting the good fight, helmspeople past and present (everyone who contributes/puts their asses on the line)... You keep the torch burning, and you inspire millions of us on a daily basis. You really are heroes... Literally/sincerely.

(thx and endless respect to all uploaders, seeders, and 'seeding leechers' as well)

Long live The Pirate Bay!!
#127. maxikd - 02-29 2012
much better than .torrent files...
#128. bobbygamer211 - 02-29 2012
#129. RobotDevil666x - 02-29 2012
You guya are simply heroes , modern day Robin Hood if you will , you fight all those years with greedy corporations , MAFIAA , RIIA and all thoose thiefs in suits and corrupted officials.
You had to leave your homeland and take all that shit from the media and courts but one day you will get a proper recognition , for now all i can say is:
Thank You for all you have done for us you don't even know how much TPB mean for us not only as a source but as a symbol that there still are people willing to secrifice for the greater good and take the fight to the man.
Long live The Pirate Bay !!!!!
#130. aaryan0077 - 02-29 2012

It most certainly will piss off some authorities, but hey that's what we want right?
Go on tpb, send the message, if you fuck with us, you will be fucked back..
Fuckin yeah!
Long live piratebay, long live piracy..
#131. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
how can i save something i want to dl later?
#132. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
sadly, as an uploader this will probably mark my last tpb upload
#133. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
yea this totally ruins the way i use this site...take it easy bros.
#134. Vinchenzo13 - 02-29 2012
This is the day when i stopd using TPB...:((
#135. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
theres alot of shit that needs to be fixed on this site, and this wasnt one of is really inconvenient not to be able to save the files to my computer to be downloaded at a later date, also...the excessive new advertising pop ups are annoying as all hell.
#136. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
@ metalcore: try copying the URL link from the magnet ("get this torrent") and pasting it in to the client (works with uTorrent). Hate to see you leave over this. If it works, you could just keep a doc handy and save your for-laters in that (not as handy as b4 in that sense, but still effective)
#137. pandy90 - 02-29 2012
Why are some people complaining? I have been using magnets since they first appeared on TPB. Slower? No! I click the magnet link, up to 10 seconds later it begins to download. 10 seconds! It takes you that long to load a .torrent file to your torrent client anyway so stop being little bitches and continue to get your FREE content, just in a different way. If you don't like it then don't download anything, buy it instead!!!
#138. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
funny...will see if this is the downfall of tpb. catch me at demonoid or onebigtorrent if you want my stuff.
#139. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
@ metalcore: plus, to address your other issue, there are tons of great ad-blockers made for firefox.... i almost never see pop-ups anywhere on the net.
#140. UAofE - 02-29 2012
What the fuck happened to the torrent downloads? All I can get is some worthless "magnet" link that takes over 10 minutes just to get the torrent metadata. Bye pirate bay!
#141. jfhjr - 02-29 2012
The only problem I see is, as usual, a LOT of people either don't read, choose to ignore what they read, and jump to conclusions without any merit. It says above that if you want to choose the files you download, just wait (let the little window that pops up sit there a minute until it populates with the contents of the torrent) and you can still choose just like always!

Then there's folks crying about "Oh waaah, I won't have any .torrent files to keep things organized as usual". Bullshit - you will STILL have a .torrent file in the same directory they were always saved in.

Then there are the ones we can TRULY ignore, the ones who have NO CLUE HOW THEIR TORRENT CLIENT WORKS, probably due to...NEVER READING ANYTHING!

Great change you made here @TPB! IMO it will thin out the herd and maybe the people left will actually seed instead of just leeching all the time and then closing down their client! ☮
#142. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
if i save this to my comp


how the FUCK am i supposed to know what the hell that gone.
#143. pick227 - 02-29 2012
Can magnet links be used on chrome? I ask this because of the fact that when I click on the link nothing really happens. Would I need to change from Utorrent to some other thing? Assistance would be greatly appreciated.
#144. pandy90 - 02-29 2012
o and anyone wanting to get the torrent file (FOR UTORRENT USERS ONLY), just click the magnet link, wait until it begins to download, then go to...


All .torrent files are there
#145. bobbygamer211 - 02-29 2012
If you dont mind porn ads

\/ \/ \/
#146. metalcore. - 02-29 2012

where do the torrent files go when i use magnet link? they do not go the normal folder for me, and tpb "this is the end of torrent files"....please explain.

id like to keep using the site if i can dl torrents as they are upped for later downloading (when i have space/time).
#147. pick227 - 02-29 2012
Assistance no longer needed, I figured it out.
#148. sofaking4242 - 02-29 2012
I still don't know how to select files now. Someone explain how to in Utorrent. All the previous explanations are horrible.
#149. metalcore. - 02-29 2012

"o and anyone wanting to get the torrent file (FOR UTORRENT USERS ONLY), just click the magnet link, wait until it begins to download, then go to...


All .torrent files are there"

if this is the case, what is the fucking point of getting rid of them? it just makes it much more intensive and time consuming (and far more inconvenient) ...tpb fail.
#150. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
also, does this allow for multitracking with other torrent based sites?
#151. UAofE - 02-29 2012
USE ADBLOCK PLUS TO BLOCK ADS! No more popups or ads, ever!
#152. cyberman007 - 02-29 2012
Wo thatz nice :).. I taught TPB is going to shut down.. @UAofe: dont stop ads thatz the only revenue for TPB
#153. jmz619 - 02-29 2012
lol to all the idiots.
#154. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
Install utorrent then install google chrome. Go to tpb. Find a torrent you want. Click "get this torrent" (always ignore that stupid giant green button that says "Download"). When the "External Protocol Request" window pops up check the "Remember my choice for all links of this type." and click the "Launch Application" button. Everything happens as usual.

If you still want something similar to a .torrent file you can right-click the "get this torrent" and click "copy link address" then paste it into a file of your own.
#155. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
steellynx get this torrent has been removed as an option, from what i can see...
#156. ennir - 02-29 2012
hmm... but i cant pick files that i wanted to download within a torrent its just gives u everything that is in it
is there a way around this?
#157. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
I think adblock is rubbish. Privoxy does a very good job of blocking ads and works well in combination with caching proxies like squid and other proxies.
#158. antreasg9 - 02-29 2012
GOOD is using pirate bay fuck you EU
#159. snakesweat - 02-29 2012
To best deal with magnet links, most torrent clients out there need a "get metadata" function. It is an extra step, but everyone knows that .torrents are going to be under a wholesale block eventually, so the magnet links are the way to go. TPB did not implement them in a user friendly way, however.

Anyway, with a "get metadata" feature added to our clients, we would be able to tell groups of torrents to gather data, but not download. As it is now, most torrent users are going to have to start the torrent and wait for metadata... Then after it arrives in a few minutes, pick and choose which exact files within that torrent you want. Of course, unless you throttle the bandwidth while it is getting the metadata, you will end up with a bunch of partial files you probably never wanted. Then you will have to make mental note to go in there and eliminate those partially downloaded files, after each torrent is finished downloading.

ARRRRGGGGGG !!! NOT exactly user friendly.
#160. snakesweat - 02-29 2012
In fact, an unintended consequence of this change might be tons of incomplete torrents out there sharing partial files. Files which exist in name only, but contain only a fraction of the data they need to be complete. Think about it.
#161. UltraReverend - 02-29 2012
Dammit, I don't like magnet links. But, I am getting expensive things for free, so I'm in no real place to complain. And neither are you.
#162. leodelacruzx - 02-29 2012
challenge accepted
#163. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
#113. ShockDiamond The Magnet link is a URL. Simply add &tr=tracker-url for each tracker you want to add. It's another matter how you'd add that url to your client.

Regarding TPB taking your torrent, then add all the trackers you want and then hope they don't clean them out when you submit the torrent.

Like I said TPB most likely will only enforce torrent meta kick-start files on downloads, not uploading the profile.
#164. khanBay - 02-29 2012
hello warfare56

you should do openwith setting of torrent files instead to open in vlc
#165. e8hffff - 02-29 2012
#163. e8hffff correcting > "Like I said TPB most likely will only enforce torrent meta kick-start files on downloads, not uploading the profile."

Like I said TPB most likely will only enforce magnets on downloads, not uploading of profiles.
#166. nr14 - 02-29 2012
Sure, why not? I have noticed however that when you download from magnet then you can't see what you're downloading/sort unwanted things out in utorrent. Help? The torrent content is all wrong, last edited 1/1/1970, 0B, no content etc.
#167. amfefe925 - 02-29 2012
gizz, i thought youre gonna close this site :)).. hahaha
good idea anyways..
#168. Phaux_The_Fox - 02-29 2012
my only problem with this is you can't select what files you're downloading, unless I missed something.
if i find a movie pack or something and don't want all the movies in it, I'd deselect them, but from what i've seen of the magnet files i no longer have that option have have to take all the files.
is there a way around this i missed?
#169. saraslave - 02-29 2012
At first I was a little unnerved by this, I was wondering how to select individual files.
but after it loaded in Transmission, after a few minutes it loaded like a regular .torrent and I could individually select files like normal by ctrl. clicking it (right clicking) on the torrent and selecting the files from the menu.

A little unnerving at first, but now seems quite easy.

Not a very hard learning curve at all, and it seems to provide extra security!

Thanks guys! I'm glad you're one step ahead in the cat and mouse game!

Woo hoo! they will never shut this down!

; )
#170. vulcan59444 - 02-29 2012
Nothing new to me, I have been using magnet links.
But then again I don't make any original "torrents", or, what do we call them now?
Thank you to TPB and members
#171. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
yea, but it's not have to wait for the meta-data to load (including a bunch of incomplete torrent files) and then deselect and go through and delete all the incomplete files you dont want...its a really big unnecessary pain in the ass (for most people except those pandering in fear of litigiousness).
#172. VP88 - 02-29 2012
#173. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
lets say there is 25 uploads = 25 gb i want to get a day...i come to the site and find everything i want in one sitting (well, i used to anyways) then i would get the things 2 or 3 at a time (depending on seeding speeds)and just delete the torrents as i got them. this is no longer possible, it seems. now i either a) have to load all the magnets up and stop them in utorrent (pain in the ass...stupid, and unncessary)or try and remember everything i want so i can come back and search for them when i actually want to dl it. how is that better? stop with the spin tpb, it's bs. this is not better for the users per-se, it's better for you as a torrent hosting site that i'd imagine makes pretty decent money off advertising- correct me if i'm wrong. you aren't the only filesharing site on the net (though sometimes i think you think you are), it is just as easy to move to another site that still offers convenience...personally, im not convinced this is in my benefit, so ill probably take that route. good luck tho
#174. scionert - 02-29 2012
the biggest effect of this would be to those who are using Xunlei (Thunder mod), because i don't think xunlei recognizes magnet links.
#175. sammyboblammy - 02-29 2012
I appreciate they TPB is concerned and working hard to fix any problems may they be current or in the future. Always happy to sail the seas with you and as an American I prefer to remain Anonymous. Keep up with current events and fight where you can. If there is a cause worth fighting for its this. Revolutions have been built on less and we are talking about a direct attack on the people...We The People.
#176. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
@sammy, how does this make you more anonymous? i don't understand...your peer data can still be viewed and logged, no?
#177. metalcore. - 02-29 2012
also, tpb needs to make their search function MUCH BETTER, as right now it is pretty shit. how are you supposed to find stuff that doesn't come up in search??? (this is one reason why i grab torrents as soon as they are upped for later downloading)....not everything is easily searchable, far from it on this site.
#178. scatmaster - 02-29 2012
acta and all these other sopa clones are the result of whiney holleywood millionairs, poeple wouldnt have to resort to this kinda of shady thing anyways if they werent pressuring the governments of the world to cencor everything because they are missing out on a few million a year..i say suck it..they sit on millions while the rest of us work our asses off to put food on the table...
#179. BigDawggy - 02-29 2012
From one Pirate to another, PLEASE continue to stand firm for your principles. This move to magnet files was wise, all things considered. Keep to the Code!
#180. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #112. warfare56

Are u using Firefox ?
if so, then start Firefox and go to "tools" menu, then "settings" and then "applications" there u have a list of applications and file associations, look on the left side for "magnet" and then on the right side list there should say "use uTorrent (standard)". Do the same thing with "Torrent-fil", and then on the right side list there should say "use uTorrent (standard)" but in your case it will say "VLC" witch is wrong, then change it to uTorrent.
#181. VolodyaVA - 02-29 2012
Bad move, you haven't thought through all the use cases. A person dumping a torrent file in the Dropbox folder, and a computer somewhere else on the internet is set to start downloading every torrent from that folder... it's not impossible.

You *already* had magnet links which allowed people who ran torrent clients on their local machines to use them. Removing an option without thinking things through is a very bizarre thing to be called "cutting edge".
#182. skulldragon - 02-29 2012
Magnet cons:
I can not see, what the eff am I downloading.
I must wait, up to 30 min, until it displays the file list so I could deselect the unwanted crap.

But yea, the rest remains the same..

And as even american research says: piracy doesn't cause any losses (to Hollywood), since the downloaders are all (90%) poor and even if downloading for free wasn't possible, we, the poor people, WOULDN'T BUY ANYTHING ANYWAY SINCE WE DON'T HAVE A DIME!!
Hollywood and other ACTA supporters/crybabies should instead be happy, since we "advertise for free", if we liked the product.

Give us humane jobs, give us humane salaries, you filthy retarded newriches! The real root of evil here is you! Either kill yourself or let us live as humans.
#183. dukeford57 - 02-29 2012
I applaud TPB's continuing way to keep ahead of the times. But, I hate these magnet links. Like every one says, you can't see whats being downloaded, and you can't save them to download at a later time like torrents. I for one will probably share less now because I only have so much room on the ext hd. Since I cant save torrents to dl at a later time, I'll have to dl them all on the same day while theyre being seeded. Then I'll have to delete all unwanted files as I need the room. This will cause the dl not to be shared as there will be a torrent error from uTorrent saying file not found. Doesnt seem like a good plan to me.
#184. krgrc888 - 02-29 2012
Thank you very much!
#185. xtfx - 02-29 2012
#186. Azhstar - 02-29 2012

I did that but Magnet doesn't show up on the left side at all...
#187. RadioRanger - 02-29 2012
This won't work for me. I get my torrents while on a network workstation. Download them directly to the network server, where Views is running all the time.
The workstation doesn't know what a magnet is.

Just a thought. This looks like a desperate move to save a sinking ship. We may be seeing the end of "The Pirate Bay".

Thank-You Pirate Bay.
#188. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #186. Azhstar

What happens when u click on a magnet link on TPB ?
#189. zadnica - 02-29 2012
Cool! Thx
#190. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
Some of u guys maybe want to visit YouTube and search for this "How To Download Magnet Links" the u have videos on how to fix this problem.
To fix this is easier then u think!.
#191. shambos - 02-29 2012
fuck yeah love your work TPB!!!!!!!!!
#192. hostrave - 02-29 2012
I love you TPB and more POWER!!

F@*k you ACTA supporters! Its the Film, Music, and even Software Industry's unpreparedness for the Digital Age that caused its own revenue loss.
#193. RETXEDTAGNOB - 02-29 2012
Thank You Pirate bay! MABUHAY KA!
#194. virtualgeek11 - 02-29 2012
RESPECT!! nothing but RESPECT, you people are resilient indeed...
#195. patrickl96 - 02-29 2012
Well i use Google Chrome, and i've noticed downloading magnets is a lot easier and a lot faster than downloading the .torrent file as it will instantly open up uTorrent and ask me where I wish to download my file to straight after clicking on the magnet link file.

Good Job TPB!
#196. Demon_Gate - 02-29 2012
Lol The person who control TPB is a female, just so everyone here knows xD
#197. shifty79 - 02-29 2012
male or female tpb is the best net site out their
#198. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
So I click on the magnet icon, Transmission opens up automatically and then nothing. Nothing appears on the Transmission screen.

What am I doing wrong?
#199. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #198. 8bigtubes

Then your file associations is wrong, it must point to your torrent program!
#200. dovidiela - 02-29 2012
I download magnets long time already (just because of the unnecessary space usage), yet i didn't know about better privacy in doing so...

anyway, cheers to the TPB administration for continuing to take care of "the pirate army".. Keep up the good work
#201. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
re #199. Grim-Reapers

What should I be doing?

FWIW, I'm using Firefox on a Mac. What settings should I be changing?
#202. DjoserXD - 02-29 2012
can you please explain how to download with magnets cause i dont know how to do it :(
#203. whitecat2010 - 02-29 2012
For those who used to save .magnet files for downloading later. Just make a Word or Wordpard document called "Torrents for later" and copy-paste there the name of the content and the URL of its page. Then when you're ready, go there and download.
For those who want to pick and choose which files to download. You have to wait a bit until the list is there, then (on uTorrent) go to the lower portion of the window, to the "Files" tab, right click and choose "Don't download". They will be skipped.
File associations. Firefox doesn't need anything, it does it automatically (or maybe asks you the first time you try to download a magnet, you say "ok" and it's done). If it is not like that on yours, do as directed above, go to tools-settings-applications and make the association there, asking that uTorrent is used for magnets.
That's all, folks. No big deal!
#204. caulkins - 02-29 2012
Your analogy is poor. It's more like Ferrari announcing that it will no longer make cars with doors that open, so you'll have to climb in the window like on Dukes of Hazzard.
#205. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #201. 8bigtubes

What happens when u click on a magnet link on TPB ?

re #202. DjoserXD

Visit YouTube and search for this "How To Download Magnet Links" there u have videos on how to do !
#206. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
re #203. whitecat2010.

Can you help me with my problem?

Click on magnet icon, Transmission open automatically but I get nothing on the Transmission screen. No transfers, nothing.
#207. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
re #205. Grim-Reapers.

I click on the magnet icon, Transmission opens up automatically and that's it.

I don't see any transfers. Nothing. Transmission just opens.
#208. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
how can i dowload magnets.when i click on magnet nothing happens, any of file like music ,games,and that stuff dont work magnet links.sorry for this stupid question.if you understed this english.
#209. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #206. 8bigtubes

U know what, the best for u may be to reinstall uTorrent and reassassinate the torrent files.
Hopefully this will fix your problems, but first u need to uninstall uTorrent completely.
#210. Sigge313 - 02-29 2012
anyone got the time to help me with the new download system?
when i click on the magnet icon all i get is a blank option in my Utorrent?
any suggestions please?

/a friend in need
#211. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
re #209. Grim-Reapers.

I've never used uTorrent before. I'm using Transmission.

Also, uTorrent doesn't have a version that is suitable for my Mac OSX version.
#212. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #208. grujic11

The same goes for u, just reinstall uTorrent !.
#213. sandm666 - 02-29 2012
This jargon was confusing at first, but here's how to make sense of it for those still confused.

1. Click the "download magnet" link for your desired
2. For the uTorrent program at least, the download box will open and be blank, showing no files in the torrent/magnet. This is intentional. This is how they keep others from seeing what you're downloading and in turn, keeping you from being sent to prison for a less than valid reason.
3. If you want to choose which files to download, hit 'okay' to start the download. Under the "files" tab on the lower half of the program, it should be blank but soon after, fill in with the files in the magnet link. If you don't want to download them all, pause/stop your download and select through the unwanted ones individually, right click and choose "do not download". It sorts them by folder but not IN folders that you could un-check en masse. Not as convenient, but more than a fair trade off to protect fellow bayers from prying government eyes
#214. zissou80 - 02-29 2012
Fellow Pirates - Lets commend P-Bay for their ahead of the curve move to magnets. After the initial roar of discontent, most users won't even notice the change.

1. Learn about magnets like you had to learn about torrents back in the day

2. Bitcomet allows you to view and uncheck files within a torrent while still dealing with magnet links (utorrent will hopefully follow suit shortly)

3. Keep Your Upload/Download Ratio as close to 1:1 as possible....what we do here is based on karma and what you give is equal to what you receive!

4. Movie reviews do belong on Pbay comments! P-bay is my one stop shop for no bullshit movie opinions - you know people don't lie when they have nothing invested!
#215. Kiss_My_Ass - 02-29 2012
Ah, so The Pirate Bay died today. I, like millions of others, use older versions of bittorrent software because they work well, take up very little space, and don't come loaded with useless bullshit. I have no need nor desire to change from utorrent 1.7.7; it WORKS. One thing it won't do, however, is use fucking magnet links, even though the option supposedly exists. Between you guys doing this idiotic shit and the TV release groups' asinine mid-season switch to H264 (useless for most set top players) this becomes one of the most fucked-up weeks in the history of the internet.

R.I.P. TPB......
#216. caulkins - 02-29 2012
How do I re-seed using magnet links? It used to be I could simply re-download the .torrent, point Transmission to the previously downloaded file(s), and it would recognize it as already downloaded. I tried that using a magnet link and it wanted to re-download the whole thing.
#217. Janizar - 02-29 2012
Magnet links don't work for shit. I expect a decent tutorial on how to set up magnet links for every operating system/browser/torrent client.
#218. bobnot - 02-29 2012
I have only used magnets for a long time but im seriously fucked off with the pirate bay popups they are fucking out of control and now they play music are you fucking serious its making the site a pain in the arse to use.
I use the pirate bay a lot less because of the popups.
sort it out you thick twats.
#219. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #211. 8bigtubes

Sorry my bad!
U can go to YouTube and search for "Magnet links & Transmission", the first video is what u are looking for.
#220. shadowvex - 02-29 2012
*high five* #10
*facepalm* #11

lulz achieved nonetheless...
#221. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
#210. Sigge313 this is like my my situation magnet not work at all.when i click on any file nothing happens. in utorrent nothing happens.when i download torrents works good.and magnet not
#222. 8bigtubes - 02-29 2012
re #219. Grim-Reapers

I've watched that video. Problem is, it isn't in English so I don't know exactly what he's doing.

Also, I'm using a Mac. He's using a PC.
#223. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
just reinstal utorrent.hope this happens to work for me
#224. 10001101 - 02-29 2012
The interesting question is how is this saving space? After using a magnet link, the first thing the torrent program does is download the torrent file once it gets it finds it. So this is actually seems very limiting when things fail.

And it's a huge hassle for those that download on a different computer then they are working on. You must open the magnet and then find the torrent file once it has started, then move the torrent file over to the right place.

What I want to know is there something to just use to be able to save the torrent file to the correct location after launching a magnet?
#225. SystemFolder - 02-29 2012
I've been using the magnet links since they first came to TPB and have only been using the .torrent file links when the magnet links don't work for some reason. I'm glad to see that TPB is setting the example for what a good torrent site should be.
#226. gilect - 02-29 2012
long live the pirate bay
#227. pimpmobile - 02-29 2012
Just keep on keeping on piratebay! The day you go down is the day freedom is truely dead!
#228. Zen_Bud - 02-29 2012
I am confused, mine torrent today has a torrent file??!!

And I can download it!
#229. scionert - 02-29 2012
My isp is throttling torrent downloads, that's why i'm using Xunlei (ThunderMod).
But Xunlei doesn't support Magnet links.
Does anyone know any Xunlei-like programs that support Magnet links.
Xunlei uses http port 80 (without conflicting with web browser), that's why it's not affected by ISP throttling.
#230. Grim-Reapers - 02-29 2012
re #222. 8bigtubes

Have u seen this video on YouTube?
"Transmission: How to download music, movies & software online for free (Mac)"
#231. leodelacruzx - 02-29 2012
#232. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
not work at all.reinstal utorrent not work... am using chrome latest version....what i have to do
if someone have solve for this
#233. talk_to_the_sky - 02-29 2012
i can't open magnet and download it. i have utorrent. :/ help!
#234. Janizar - 02-29 2012
The issue that I had was old utorrent. Get a new one and it will work.
#235. SystemFolder - 02-29 2012
@#222. 8bigtubes

Go to Google and search for RCDefaultApp. Download and install that preference pane. Now, open that pane and click the URLs tab. Scroll down in the list to find magnet and make the default application: Transmission. Also, make sure you're using the latest version of Transmission. I'm sorry that I can't help in more detail since I use Vuze.
#236. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
#233. talk_to_the_sky that the same problem i have.i download new utorrent and no help
#237. darktrin - 02-29 2012
Look, I think that you've missed the bloody plot here. I mean, think about this. Let's say I have a HTPC which is running my BT client. Now, I tell the BT client to download something by putting a .torrent file into it's import directory.

Now, from a different computer, I click download on a .torrent file, and then my BT client in my HTPC downloads it. Easy? Well, not anymore, because now, I can't do it. I have this stupid magnet link, and can't do sweet fucking shit with it.

Nice work guys! You make too many assumptions, like why would my BT client be on the same machine which is searching the net? Ever heard of a seedbox? Rofl. This is just crap. Why don't you just turn your website off for basically a tonne of users. Bah. Future my arse!
#238. TheAmericanPsycho - 02-29 2012
well,its not a bad move,since most of the f.cking laws against us the pirates,are based on torrent distribution,till they get around to pass a law about the magnet links,will take anothe 2-3 years,and by than The gods would have found another way! "They will try to corner us,scare us,take our freedom and souls away.But they can never take our warior spirit away,and they will allways be afraid of it" ! a quote made by me!

To those that have a torrent problem,and CAN NOT download the magnet links,fellow Pirates,plese check you browser,and set the new link with the magnet link in your BROWSER!thse of you who use chrome like me,should have that automaticly!

P.S. TPB!thank you my brothers,for being renegades all this time,for giving us pleasure,for fighting to be free and have the right to do as you wish!if i can be of some sorts of help,i will gladly stand behind you,-and protest,fight or anything !
#239. SystemFolder - 02-29 2012
For the record, I use Vuze on a Mac and have no problems with magnet links. I click on the magnet link, it opens up Vuze, and downloads the torrent file from the swarm. Then, it gives me the chance to select which files in the torrent i do/don't want. I then click the Ok button and it adds the torrent to the queue. Easy peasy.
#240. dirtyboy1 - 02-29 2012
Somebody said that magnets are better and compared them to Ferrari or as the new improved ... ah no Ferrari's are fast and this magnet thing sloooower then ever downloading a small file with 396 peers using utorrent. Wow extremely slow, I am disappointed with this change it is not faster... IF OTHERS ARE USED TO THIS THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE WENT THE OTHER WAY! SAD SAD DAY, HOPE IT GETS BETTER.
#241. jaycarl - 02-29 2012
The people that are saying the download is a lot slower are RIGHT! Its use to take 5 min to download a 350mb episode, now it takes over 30 min. Still love TPB none the less!
#242. caulkins - 02-29 2012
How does this keep anyone out of legal trouble? Won't the MAFIAA lawyers still be able to see your IP address and sue you as a John Doe, forcing your ISP to reveal your identity?
#243. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
lol @ Janizar "I expect...", followed by 234... stay classy, J, stay classy
#244. racicd - 02-29 2012
Thanks ThePirateBay, for all you do for us!
#245. ironymon - 02-29 2012
Magnet link or torrent file.. makes no difference, but i preferred torrents since i could instantly discard all unescesarry text files and other crap i do not need. This could either mean ppl will abuse this and add thousand text files to their torrents. Plus it takes time to get the file names before you can discard them, and magnet links take a bit longer but when they start they go just like the old torrents.
#246. new-1892 - 02-29 2012
I thing the magnet links is very clever movement
I love too thepiratebay!
#247. TD0607 - 02-29 2012
Anyone found a way to store, and preferably convert, mangnet link uri's to .torrent files? Or a way to initiate a download remotely?

If there's no such app, then maybe I should make one?

Can see that this might be a space-saving step for TPB, but this is NO advantage to me, nor anyone else (unless, I guess if the ISP is watching your every move).
With this new setup, I have to physically (or by remote desktop) sit in front of the computer to download.

Up until this moment, I use a shared dropbox folder to store torrents from any of my 4 computers, where these are started on my server. Any ideas to how this setup is reproduced with these stupid magnetic uris?
#248. jh31415 - 02-29 2012
Question: how do I use a magnet link to download on a different machine to my web browser? At the moment I save a .torrent in a folder that my client scans for new downloads. I don't seem to be able to do that any more...
#249. DGRdave - 02-29 2012
I never knew what magnet links were for but they seem to be great. On average I would download at 1.1 mb/sec and now I'm doing 1.4 mb/sec steady... Love TPB !!!
#250. Sanic_ - 02-29 2012
When Ever I am feeling sad and blue, I stroll over to the PB legal page and cant stop laughing.

I love you PB! can I have your babies?
#251. Sancho2311 - 02-29 2012
You guys are a legend!!!!!!!!!!!!
#252. ChazT - 02-29 2012
Just like comment #248 (jh31415)... I usually download/upload torrent files to a Dropbox folder which my imac watches and downloads using Transmission. I do this from everywhere on different devices. How do I do this with magnet links?
#253. Suomisisu - 02-29 2012
Get ready to watch your site die... Boycott TPB. I'm going back to private trackers.
#254. lastsamuraiz - 02-29 2012
We love you TPB. TPB rocks here in Pakistan.
#255. Suomisisu - 02-29 2012
You're a bunch of faggoty liars. I love how you speak of Magnets like they're the future. It's so funny that you're tricking such fucking stupid people into thinking that magnets are so great. If magnets were so fucking great you retards why didn't you use them from the start? Because they fucking suck and you're shit scared of lawsuits. But now magnets are the only way you can try to avoid lawsuits. Sony will find a way to kick your ass and all you're going to be left with is an even shittier service, more DDoSes and lawsuits than you can handle. This changes nothing except for turning TPB into an even bigger pile of shit. Good job trying to polish a turd, you failed miserably. This site is trash now, everyone go find yourself a private tracker ASAP like SCC or even fucking IPT for gods sake.

What a bunch of idiots I love how you talk like this is the future but you only just started... magnets suck. Give it a week and everyone will realise how much they suck and that you're all a bunch of liars-
#256. Degenhardt - 02-29 2012
I bow to your wisdom, oh great Pirates of the vast Internet-Ocean!
#257. Sancho2311 - 02-29 2012
#258. 1337cher - 02-29 2012
#259. new-1892 - 02-29 2012
I forgot to say: I'm using Firefox 10.0.2., Windows XP (pack 3) and mTorrent 3.1.2...all works perfect!
#260. LordValoth - 02-29 2012
Been using magnet links for ages now with Bitcomet and I love the little guys, so cute and magnetic. If you are having any issues give Bitcomet a try ;-)
#261. LoNDoN00420 - 02-29 2012
I love TPB but this move blows. I was here earlier like WTF happened to all the torrents?! The process is FAR slower and more cumbersome now. Not what I would call progress.

HINT: Freedom is defined by CHOICE! We chose your site because of the services it offered. Removing the most popular downloading option on the site might not be so wise in the long run...
#262. Super_Duper_Dude - 02-29 2012
Hey is there any chance anyone could help me please or give me some advice?

I keep pressing the "download this torrent using magnet" link things and nothing happens. No window opens, it doesn't load in my program and if I open in a new window it just goes to "about:blank". I've tried it a million times and still the same result every time.

I use Google Chrome and Miro. Thanks in advance for any help :)
#263. nikotiini3 - 02-29 2012
Why does so many people have problems with this? I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and the latest Firefox and the latest Deluge. Works perfectly. You would think it would work on more mainstream operating systems such as Windows and OSX, and more mainstream torrent clients such as µtorrent etc. Btw at least Deluge doesn't need to even be open to open magnet file. It just happens. Also all files are manageable. Magical!
#264. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#141. jfhjr - Today 05:07 The only problem I see is, as usual, a LOT of people either don't read, choose to ignore what they read, and jump to conclusions without any merit. It says above that if you want to choose the files you download, just wait (let the little window that pops up sit there a minute until it populates with the contents of the torrent) and you can still choose just like always!

Then there's folks crying about "Oh waaah, I won't have any .torrent files to keep things organized as usual". Bullshit - you will STILL have a .torrent file in the same directory they were always saved in.

Then there are the ones we can TRULY ignore, the ones who have NO CLUE HOW THEIR TORRENT CLIENT WORKS, probably due to...NEVER READING ANYTHING!

Great change you made here @TPB! IMO it will thin out the herd and maybe the people left will actually seed instead of just leeching all the time and then closing down their client! ☮

#265. Bozzanac22 - 02-29 2012
the downloads are so sloooowwwww ://
#266. x.infamous.x - 02-29 2012
Erm... for ppl who want to select/de-select anything, just click ok - then go into the files tab and unselect what you dont want (if your using utorrent & you may have to add the files tab - i cant remember) :)
#267. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Haha, I love being cut off without warning! I was saying it pisses me off that people have no clue what they're talking about, since it's not really Windows/Mac uTorrent users this shoots a bullet to the head of. It's the seeders that start the file sharing in the first place from seedboxes, that cannot make any use of magnet links.
#268. pumpernickel - 02-29 2012
At least for me this is not user friendly at all since I use a QNAP NAS to download torrents and not my PC.

Now I have I am forced to use Magnet Link, search in "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent" for the downloaded torrent file (thanks to Pandy90 for that hint) and then copy that to the NAS.
#269. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
As I was trying to point out, someone actually posted useful data. It's not perfect but it's some kind of workaround for seedbox seeders still using Windows and uTorrent on their local machine.

#144. pandy90 - Today 05:09 o and anyone wanting to get the torrent file (FOR UTORRENT USERS ONLY), just click the magnet link, wait until it begins to download, then go to...


All .torrent files are there
#270. pyro12345 - 02-29 2012
well i use bitlord and this magnet crap doesn't seem to work at all for bitlord...thanks for ruining my morning tpb....howewever i will always remain a supporter of tpb, just to bad it seems i may be forced to download some other crap software to get what i want from the internet
#271. Radek.Sch - 02-29 2012
This is a very BAAAAD decision !!!
This is so stupid and not USEFUL !!!
Only NO BRAIN MAN can create this !!!
Im downloading torrent files every day, but not always have enough free space.
Im downloading the torrent files to my hard drive and when I have free space and a taste on the data, then I download the data .. I love the right to download the data when I want and now I must download the data immediately !!!
This is fucking BAD !!!
This is the END for me with TPB !!!

PS: Sorry for my english :)
#272. Super_Duper_Dude - 02-29 2012
Hey is there any chance anyone could help me please or give me some advice?

I keep pressing the "download this torrent using magnet" link things and nothing happens. No window opens, it doesn't load in my program and if I open in a new window it just goes to "about:blank". I've tried it a million times and still the same result every time.

I use Google Chrome and Miro. Thanks in advance for any help :)

ps. I've tried it in IE as well and it still doesn't work. It keeps coming up page cannot be displayed :/
#273. LoNDoN00420 - 02-29 2012
Does this remind anyone else of the Netflix fiasco last year?

Yet another online service that gets extremely popular because of the way it functions mistakenly believes it can change it's entire user protocol and still keep the same traffic.

Netflix learned the hard way & had to back-peddle (FAST!) to save customers. I can only hope & pray TPB is as wise in their hind-sight in the coming days.
#274. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
#262. Super_Duper_Dude try to open with IE 8 OR 9 magnets links.i have the same problem like you.and i try with ie 8 and works .dowloading like i am only download magnet this is better than torrents
#275. etpirateb - 02-29 2012
For people who want to save the .torrent files... just copy the magnet link in a text file. The result is the same.
#276. mw2pro123 - 02-29 2012
I always thought .torrent was faster... but okay...
#277. ZerkkB - 02-29 2012
Meh, boring... I preferred the .torrent files, but who cares, magnets can do.

BTW. With Firefox and qBittorrent on Ubuntu Maverick it works "out of the box".
#278. cloud.castle - 02-29 2012
Ooooh, i thought there's something wrong with the site. STOP ACTA! STOP EVERYTHING! LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE!
#279. President_Kush - 02-29 2012
GRRR I hate magenet links. I've skimmed through the comments a bit, and I'm really surprised at some of them. I keep seeing people trying to "justify" this BS. I feel the need to respond to a couple repeating trends..

posters: Use ____ client

ME: Fuck that, there are tons of different clients and people use the ones they want for a reason, they shouldn't have to switch.
posters: start download, wait for meta data, then go to "files" tab in BT client and choose don't download

ME: Yes thats an option, but its FUCKING STUPID. what a ass backwards way of doing shit. Then the files are already there and you manually have to go to your download directory and search and destroy.
#280. yamiseto - 02-29 2012
I registered just to say this...

I am boycotting TPB from now, till .torrents come back.
#281. Super_Duper_Dude - 02-29 2012
#274. grujic11 - thank you for the reply, however I tried IE9 as well and no luck with that either :(

Chrome nothing happens, and IE9 is page cannot be displayed. What am I doing wrong? :/

Any more help would be really appreciated...
#282. hazelaar2 - 02-29 2012
Thank you for all your hard work for us!!!
#283. grujic11 - 02-29 2012
#281. Super_Duper_Dude in my case work perfect with ie 8.. i would i can help you but i dont nothing else..this work for me.
#284. new-1892 - 02-29 2012
Simply & easy! Just as @etpirateb #275 says!!!
#285. juvemp01 - 02-29 2012
so search and browse magnets now
#286. pyro12345 - 02-29 2012
This is fucking rediculous! I have tried every work around I could read about so far and nothing works! These magnet links are the most fucking stupidest idea ever! I WILL NOT
#287. MainThink - 02-29 2012
I cannot believe this, everyone is complaining for nonexistent problems!

Has anyone even noticed, before complaining, that when you start a "magnetized" torrent in uTorrent a .torrent file is created if you activate the "Store .torrents in:" settings?


And has anyone even noticed that once you click "Start" on a torrent you can then select which files you want and which files you don't?

And has anyone even noticed that you can actually associate a protocol with a software in your browser?

If you use a BS client that either does not offer the features needed or does not implement magnets correctly, just change! What's the big deal?
Is flexibility such a bad thing? Or is IE9 shit just because it's IE? Right...

Ah but no, it MUST be TPB's fault if most people cannot be even bothered to learn to use their f****** client.
Come on it's ridiculous, it takes half the time to find an answer on google than it takes to come here and bitch about it.

#279: how
#288. MainThink - 02-29 2012
#287 was too long, it doesn't matter anyway.

I don't even know why I bothered in the first place LOL
#289. pyro12345 - 02-29 2012
somehow got cutoff in last post....I WILL NOT download another crap piece of software just because some idiot wants to quote religion and and try to force people do do things a certain way...after all, isn't that what the government was trying to do to TPB? R.I.P Pirate Bay!
#290. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#272. Super_Duper_Dude - 45 mins ago Hey is there any chance anyone could help me please or give me some advice?

I keep pressing the "download this torrent using magnet" link things and nothing happens. No window opens, it doesn't load in my program and if I open in a new window it just goes to "about:blank". I've tried it a million times and still the same result every time.

I use Google Chrome and Miro. Thanks in advance for any help :)

ps. I've tried it in IE as well and it still doesn't work. It keeps coming up page cannot be displayed :/

In all likelihood, your browser doesn't have any extensions assocated with hashes, so you'll need to install a bitorrent client, such as uTorrent, that will patch your browser to recognize the data it's receiving. People have said firefox and chrome are not working, but IE should.
#291. kunal19 - 02-29 2012
magnet links r too slow. maybe its the client. i was using utorrent for .torrent. can anyone suggest something better
#292. T.O.N314 - 02-29 2012
Normally I never leave a comment, as to avoid joining the plethora of unbeknownst 'Drama Queens', however, this ANATHEMA to the monumental battle 'we' just won has compelled me to invoke -What Should Be- the BLATANT OBVIOUS. Thus, in the form of a question, I incite: Of what polarity does a magnet attract? For those of whom the OBVIOUS apparently escapes, the answer is: OPPOSITE. Another term often used would be NEGATIVE.
#293. romeo2539 - 02-29 2012
I think that i have been mislead and lied to. Of course I will use Magnet link, but over a month ago the rumor came out that TPB was getting rid of the torrent links and TPB said that this was absolutely false and that they would be ONLY putting the magnet link first as default selection. Now to see that the torrent links are gone leads me to believe they strung us along on deceitful words. I dislike using magnet links because of the issues that NO ONE wants to address. "we don't want to have to download EVERYTHING" just the parts we want. Address that issue please. Such a hassle going through all the files on Utorrent and right clicking on each one and selecting "don't download"...Tedious and frustrating. Also, the downloading is like turtle speed.....WTF? We gave up downloading a 25 kilobyte torrent file (wasted space? hardly) to get slower speeds? Come on TPB
#294. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#273. LoNDoN00420 - 49 mins ago Does this remind anyone else of the Netflix fiasco last year?

Yet another online service that gets extremely popular because of the way it functions mistakenly believes it can change it's entire user protocol and still keep the same traffic.

Netflix learned the hard way & had to back-peddle (FAST!) to save customers. I can only hope & pray TPB is as wise in their hind-sight in the coming days.

Not at all. Netflix made the right decision to split online viewing and rent-by-mail services. If the company kept it up, they would have to charge more to everyone to keep the doors open, so to speak. $8 for online, $8 in the US (it's never was available in Canada) for rent-by-mail. If you don't like unlimited choice for $16 per month, go rent the damn thing from a local store for $4 per rental. You complain about Netflix but not about your banks raising interest rates through the roof, right? ;) Focus on the
#295. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Haha, I was saying, Focus on the real thieves! ;)
#296. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#291. kunal19 - 5 mins ago magnet links r too slow. maybe its the client. i was using utorrent for .torrent. can anyone suggest something better

Actually, it's not slow. It's just downloading the .torrent file in the background for you. It's no slower than waiting for TPB to hand you the torrent file anyway, since it's always so fucking slow, I hate 5'o-clock shadow by the time it download at 352 bytes per second. :P
#297. LoNDoN00420 - 02-29 2012
@ShockDiamond - Agreed about the banksters but that wasn't my point. I never said either move wasn't better for the companies involved. I was pointing out that both sites gained popularity through positive user experiences, and they both effed up ROYALLY when they decided to put other factors ahead of the quality their users' interaction with their site. We shall see very soon what happens to the once-glorious Pirate Bay...
#298. Super_Duper_Dude - 02-29 2012
#290. ShockDiamond - thank you for your help and advice. And anyone else that responded too.

I found out the problem - my software (Miro) wasn't up to date so I updated it. I feel stupid now lol.

Thank you to the Pirate Bay for being an amazing site. I don't really understand this whole magnet vs. torrent thing, but so far the magnets seem to working great!! I think people need to remember this is a free site, you'll never catch me complaining about something free :)
#299. petden0 - 02-29 2012
To those, having problems: I use uTorrent and Firefox, Firefox automatically opens uTorrent if I click on a magnet link. If it doesn't work for you, copy the magnet link, click "Add Torrent from URL" on your torrent client (if it doesn't have this feature get uTorrent) and paste the link. Start the download, and when the torrent client got the information about the torrent, click on "Files", and there you can select what files to download. I think most of the torrent clients will be able to use magnet links and select what files to download, when you start the download, eventually, because TPB is the biggest tracker in the world, and they will probably update their clients.
#300. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#292. T.O.N314 - "this ANATHEMA to the monumental battle 'we' just won has compelled me to invoke -What Should Be- the BLATANT OBVIOUS. Thus, in the form of a question, I incite: Of what polarity does a magnet attract? For those of whom the OBVIOUS apparently escapes, the answer is: OPPOSITE. Another term often used would be NEGATIVE."

Thanks, Professor. To break it down, a magnet's north pole attracts its opposite, the south pole (positive and negative), thus the idea of magnet links ironically is going to attract negative attention. It will probably make the RIAA and MPAA to dump another billion dollars into trying to stop piracy. Threats, lying, legal action, DoSing, legal-trickery, piracy bills, destroying Internet functionality.. am I missing something else they haven't tried? What other methods does money buy? OH, next is bribes.
#301. spawn3731 - 02-29 2012
I didn't go through all the comments, but most are positive. I have one problem with these magnet links, and though I am not opposed completely, I do not like them as much. As comment 32 states, now we have to bookmark every goddamn page we want to DL and come back to it just to DL it. I would rather still have .torrent files that I can place in a folder and come back to later and then download it when I want to.

As comment 287 said, learn to use your client. Well most people know how to, however, other people are just dumb fucks, sorry dumb fucks if this offends you. However, it is the fact that maybe I don't want a shit load of torrents sitting in my client where I have to look at the word Queued or Stopped or Paused. That shit pisses me off and I'm sure it pisses other people who mass torrent all the time. It looks like I'm gonna have to go back to Torrentday and again. Fuck me running.

Thank TPB, I love you and still do, but maybe you could have introduced this slowly and made it a lit
#302. pyro12345 - 02-29 2012
The fact is you can only use the magnet links with certain software. So essentially TPB is now forcing people to do things their way. We will now be forced to use certain software to download everything. Should rename the site to "The American Government"...They like to enforce their will upon the whole world and quote religion all the time!
#303. s33rial - 02-29 2012
Wtf is a magnet link?!
#304. s33rial - 02-29 2012
So I associated magnet links with uTorrent 2 (version 3 doesn't even have that *** option) and it shows as empty, I saved it to a folder and nothing. Wtf?!
#305. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#297. LoNDoN00420 - 7 mins ago @ShockDiamond - Agreed about the banksters but that wasn't my point. I never said either move wasn't better for the companies involved. I was pointing out that both sites gained popularity through positive user experiences, and they both effed up ROYALLY when they decided to put other factors ahead of the quality their users' interaction with their site. We shall see very soon what happens to the once-glorious Pirate Bay...

Funny (ironic) you should mention they put factors ahead of quality, regarding interaction with their site, because let's just say that I'm not in the country their made the changes, so I can't comment on that. :) The only thing I don't like is the lack of "scenarios" of issues you can choose from, which usually leads to calling them when you'd rather just fill in form data. :)
#306. s33rial - 02-29 2012
Ok, it finally started downloading but this method is crap because you can't select which files you want to download beforehand. You have to click "Don't download" on the individual files after it already started downloading and if he downloads just 0.000001% of that file you don't want you end up with a ghost file on your computer that although having no contents has the size of the actual finished file allocated and then you have to go to the directory and manually delete it. So crappy.
#307. spawn3731 - 02-29 2012
I was trying to say:

Thank TPB, I love you and still do, but maybe you could have introduced this slowly and made it a little less painful, or as least put some oil on a post so we could grease our asses before you raped us. I'm not saying fuck you exactly, you still provide a free service, but fuck you in a sense that this was too sudden. Hell, you'll still see me here once in a while, kinda like a long lost old friend, just to say hello and see what the hell is going on. Plus your the only ones will the balls enough to fight against those corporate aids infested dicks. So much appreciation for that.
#308. Mbb15 - 02-29 2012
to bad
#309. kApTajN.HaDDoCk - 02-29 2012
You can actually still get the torrents. I just downloaded a file. Found a random Google cahced TPB page and copied the URL from the 'GET TORRENTFILE' link. Just change the numbers and the title of the specific download:
#310. splasha - 02-29 2012
good, good!
#311. dopeddude - 02-29 2012
For the folks having concerns about using magnet links with seedboxes, some clients DO support magnet links. I have transmission on my seedbox, and all I do is copy the magnet link and open it up on the seedbox. Everything else works just the same. Some have mentioned that they aren't able to specify the target location of the download if it's a magnet link - some clients permit changing the location of the download during the transfer itself.
#312. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Database error when trying to post...
#313. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Okay, it's the image host I was using that TPB banned. haha. A quick and messy guide to retrieving meta data (torrent) files with Windows/uTorrent..
#314. -Gabe- - 02-29 2012
Great quote! I hope we won't find any trouble
#315. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#311. dopeddude - 6 mins ago For the folks having concerns about using magnet links with seedboxes, some clients DO support magnet links. I have transmission on my seedbox, and all I do is copy the magnet link and open it up on the seedbox. Everything else works just the same. Some have mentioned that they aren't able to specify the target location of the download if it's a magnet link - some clients permit changing the location of the download during the transfer itself.

Yes, if you're using Torrentflux/Transmission. ruTorrent has a patch but it's mostly in Russian, I believe. If you know how to patch it just by the code, then power to you. Good luck getting your seedbox host provider to patch it. ;)
#316. solowmeh - 02-29 2012
Need some help?

If you're browser isn't opening when you click download
then you need to go into your browser settings and setup
magnet to open with the application of your choices
( that's if you're app supports magnets )

if you want to choose files then you need magnet to download
first before you select the files you want and the reason for this is because MAGNET IS NOT A TORRENT....

to put it simple they are what they are, a series of links to the torrent you're trying to find and once found they then will download the information in the torrent which means things are back to front for those who choose to select files first.

The positive side to magnet is it holds the hash value of the torrent which is then used to locate copies of the files among the peers, Meaning it has an ability to find/link it self to the torrent your trying to download even if your tracker is down.
This means magnet link doesn't require as much seeders as
a torrent because of its ability to find more tracke
#317. solowmeh - 02-29 2012
Magnets are not faster or slower,
magnet is a way of finding that's why when you
1st start you're download its extremely slow because
its spending that time linking it self to trackers
of you're torrent and once done downloading is as normal.
#318. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Another thing I've noticed is, if a torrent has 0 seeders, there's still a torrent download link. I wonder if that's just until there's a seed or if they always return when there are 0 seeders.
#319. MainThink - 02-29 2012
#293, Romeo, do you really go file by file in the list?
Seriously? Even if there is no 'select all' in the right-click context menu, selecting the first and shift-selecting the last still works. Hell, even Ctrl+A works.

As far as speed is concerned, the only thing slower than before is the time it takes to find peers and to be honest it doesn't feel THAT slower at least for me, I don't get what everyone is complaining about, I just downloaded a few torrents at the usual speeds.

#301, set the "save .torrents in:" option, use the magnet and start the download, stop it and "Remove And > Delete Data". You have a .torrent you can keep for later.
#320. mellowclown - 02-29 2012
Viva Teh Pirut Baye!
#321. albiondean - 02-29 2012
The scene goes H264, TPB goes Magnet links, this will upset one or two mouthy fuckers, fucking great, lol.
#322. solowmeh - 02-29 2012
#319 Yep people complain with out using common sense

Speed is the same and people need to understand what a magnet
is, its still the torrent you're downloading saying that it
is slower is saying that the torrent is slow, magnet is a link, it uses its hash to find the files for the torrent,
it then links to peers/trackers and starts downloading the file. * ITS STILL DOWNLOADING FROM A TORRENT *

a magnet is nothing but numbers like a word that your using to input into a search bar....
#323. albiondean - 02-29 2012
H264, Magnet links, its about time we move forward.
#324. uf1902 - 02-29 2012
So many people use torrents, they're safe and simple. This is just so much hassle. Not happy TPB... But i'll get over it
#325. Belakorr - 02-29 2012
Amazing idea, great step forward.
#326. loosynose - 02-29 2012
#327. NStreppel - 02-29 2012
#328. panosol - 02-29 2012
#329. pspanda - 02-29 2012
Soon, uTorrent will change its name into uMagnet. lol!
#330. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
Years. It's been so many years. Resenting the years in my heredity. Oh, I have hated and loved you. I have hidden behind you but I finally see.

You, I've mistaken for destiny, but the truth is my legacy is not up to my genes. True, though the imprint is deep in me it will always be up to me. Up to me.

Free at last. :)
#331. ch3573r11 - 02-29 2012
kinda sucks.. i'm usin µtorrent 2.2 cuz the 3er versions are banned on a private tracker where i'm registered..
and my 2.2 doesn't get the files via magnet :(
#332. Traziz - 02-29 2012
MFW people are complaining because they have share to a .80 ratio or higher to get everything on nearly most of the torrents :D

Complain away you freeloader complain away.
#333. -Kotaro- - 02-29 2012
As long as the site doesn't shutdown, I won't have to slap someone.
#334. T.O.N314 - 02-29 2012
WOW! Come on, guys! Combine a little basic education, technical knowledge, and common sense and you would see the reason(s) behind this action sitting right in front of you... Still lost? Allow me to enlighten you with a mere hint, which might inspire you to use your brains and figure the rest out on your own. "For TRUE enlightenment can only come from within."

HINT: Google 'security risk-tor vs mag (Don't actually waste your time, as you will find little to nothing...hmmm)Just use it as a thought, a 1st theory in your formula, if you will.

2nd thought being the attribute that is repeatedly being stated as the only SOLID "POSITIVE" AH THE HASH. Finally, keeping in mind the opposite polarity = 'Negative', and think rootkit.

Have I completely lost you, or have you now obtained the key needed to open the door?
#335. aventin - 02-29 2012
I'm also not very happy with this change. I don't browse for torrents on the same machine that are doing the actual downloading. I used to transfer .torrent-files to a "watched" directory and downloading would commence automatically. Not so much, anymore. Reintroduction of the personal RSS-feed would solve it. Please?
#336. white_arcades - 02-29 2012
#337. Mr_Gamer - 02-29 2012

I've been using magnet links since they where introduced on TPB. But sometimes, when a "torrent" had very few seeders and leechers, using the magnet link could take forever to just fetch the data, and it was even worse if the downloaders used the *.torrent instead of the magnet.

On the other hand, when there are a lot of seeders and leechers - as with a torrent - magnet goes blisteningly fast. Faster than a *.torrent-file...

I use magnet links for all television series I'm following, and only use *.torrents if there are too few seeders and/or leechers.

Rock on Pirate Bay, continue to do what is right, just and unselfish!
#338. xcate - 02-29 2012
This is excellent!
It's sad though, that the most users(look above) are retards who don't know shit about computers, downloading etc. Seriously, asking HOW you OPEN a magnet link? Oh my.. And how to select/deselect files to download? Come on...
#339. peerGeek - 02-29 2012
Ha. I see what you did there!

Keep going, TPB!!
#340. Traziz - 02-29 2012
@ #338 - Says someone who had to learn what it was also in the first place. I wouldn't be so quick to try and make people who are asking look like retards, most of them are not sure and are only asking.

How did you find out? Or were you born with the knowledge of magnet links?
#341. tibird - 02-29 2012
they could have posted a fac telling people how to use a magnet link first instead of just springing it on everyone like that. the fact that people didnt know doesnt make them idiots or retards. some people actually have lives and dont live on the computer. in theory it sounds great but there could have been something posted first.
#342. peerGeek - 02-29 2012
And for those who are whining "all this to save a few kb of space??", note that these .torrent files alone amount upto hundreds of GBs for the main server. So, STFU and support magnet links, which reduces a LOT of burden for TPB.
#343. OneFourOne - 02-29 2012
Era Started
#344. white_arcades - 02-29 2012
Somebody stop all these squarking imbeciles who aren't prepared to do a moment's homework. Magnets help protect TPB. It makes total sense for the users to host the metadata, that's where all the other data comes from. End of.
#345. themike10452 - 02-29 2012
like (Y)
#346. panosol - 02-29 2012
#347. TPBPolice - 02-29 2012
i want ferrari:)
#348. Taix4 - 02-29 2012
:D ive always used magnet links
#349. andyxl - 02-29 2012
Long live TPB :)
#350. zMTz - 02-29 2012
umm i've clicked magnet links for a long time, no change at all
#351. GunbikeZ - 02-29 2012
I have to agree with zMTz and the rest, Magnets are way more easier and better. Always used em.
#352. fullamd - 02-29 2012
Magnet link not working
I have vuze v4.7.0.2
Can any one help
#353. johnny-27 - 02-29 2012
Works perfect with uTorrent 3.0

TPB 4ever!! Cheers!
#354. gzvnfr - 02-29 2012
(i got that 'mini-heartattack' last night when i saw there are no 'download torrent' links anymore.... and as i never used magnets before i thought for a second that it's over with TPB too....)

But, thaaaaaaank you SO MUCH for being so strong and fighting those bloody acta/sopa idiots! Thanks for giving us our freedom!!!

#355. SirAnthrax - 02-29 2012
I seriously don't see why you would quote an outdated fairytail but I like the Magnet links!
#356. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
Is there a way to get uTorrent to automatically create the directories like the .torrents used to? The magnet links want to go in the same directory...
#357. cleric212 - 02-29 2012
can anyone help me please when i click on the magnet link nothing happens and when i use firefox it says firefox doesnt know how to open this address because the protocal magnet isnt associated with any program. i use utorrent 2.0
can someone please help me because i cant use piratebay anymore and its the best torrent site ever ive been using for years. thanks alot
#358. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
I keep having to manually create a folder then point utorrent toward that folder when downloading through a magnet link.

Each torrent should be in its own folder, never in a general (downloads) folder.
#359. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
cleric212 make sure you have the newest version of firefox and utorrent is 3.1.2 now, use it, not 2.0! Also, google chrome is much better than firefox, you should try it.
#360. Nas33R - 02-29 2012
i think i started hating TPB.. it doesnt seems good at all..
#361. ShockDiamond - 02-29 2012
#356. steelllynx - 27 mins ago Is there a way to get uTorrent to automatically create the directories like the .torrents used to? The magnet links want to go in the same directory...

The magnet links actually download the torrent file anyway, so if you've configured uTorrent to save meta files in a specific location, that's where you would find them. If not, they're here:
Note this is Windows 7, however, XP is just Doc and -Settings user location.
#362. speedyblonde69 - 02-29 2012
Im getting frustrated i cant download with the magnet it pops up aneither window saying external protocall is being asked for and it is recommending me not to add this as it will harm my computer any ideals of a way around this. please help ty Speedy
#363. aprosas - 02-29 2012
great move guys. for those of you having trouble, just use bit torrent program. it automatically links it with magent link
#364. MainThink - 02-29 2012
#362, Speedy, guess what: the browser tells you that you're trying to add an association between a protocol (magnet) and a software (for example uTorrent).
It says it may be harmful for your computer, because sometimes malware uses that technique to mess things up.

But wait, you clicked on a magnet because you want the browser to "send" it to your bittorrent client. You did it, you know it was you, on your computer, trying to do something you want to do.

Now, the big question: why THE HELL would you say no??????
#365. sully.macking - 02-29 2012
SHiiiiiiiiiiiiit! Why?! it's really bad TPB
#366. TedEFunk - 02-29 2012
I'm having mixed success with the magnet files. On some files, everything works fine but on others I am getting an:


Any ideas how to correct this issue?

Currently using BitTorrent
#367. nenadpopov - 02-29 2012
#368. VolvoHearse - 02-29 2012
Been using this site for years. But i think this will be the end for me here. Magnets doesnt work at all. Must copy every singel url in instead of just marking all torrents i got and do it all one time.
#369. BlizzardSt0rM - 02-29 2012
I just wanted to say that you will have half of my first paycheck as soon as i get employed for all the help you gave me with my in humanity restored...tnx really are awesome
#370. skoumoun - 02-29 2012
TBP still showing the way! Long live TBP. Long LIVE the TORRENT.

#371. ADAMANSKA - 02-29 2012
God Bless teh TPB!God Bless teh Pirates!
#372. tflagger997 - 02-29 2012
"A lot of media has hyped that we're stopping with the torrent files."

Good - then it will take some of the pressure off. Run a campaign that points out torrents are not being shared - so why the bills to strip our freedom (etc.). Then just link to the press to prove it, using the tactics of politicians against them.
#373. kyle.scott.10 - 02-29 2012
I'm really confused about all this magnet link stuff. When i try downloading something and when i click on the magnet link, on utorrent it shows that i'm not downloading anything at all. I tried uninstalling it then reinstalling it but nothing changed. Could anyone please help me understand this and help if they know what's wrong with my utorrent. thanks
#374. cleric212 - 02-29 2012
thanks steel i did what you said updated utorrent to 3.1 and it now works. thanks alot.
keep up the great work piratebay your the best
#375. guest_unknown - 02-29 2012
thank god :D
#376. kyle.scott.10 - 02-29 2012
Also i've read some of the comments about getting the latest version of utorrent. I already have the latest version. I have google chrome already but when i click get this torrent with the magnet to the left of it, it shows that there is no file :/ please someone help :(
#377. st3x - 02-29 2012
You guys rawk. Keep it up!
#378. MareVA90 - 02-29 2012
Pirate bay begins
#379. ogantitan - 02-29 2012
Nice one. Long live Pirate Bay!
and thanks man
#380. xSoubi - 02-29 2012
The Magnet Bay! :D
#381. Gamekingg - 02-29 2012
i fucking don't know how to use those magnet links!? is doesn't start downloading!, this change of TPB sucks for me, Fuck
#382. Gamekingg - 02-29 2012
Please someone help with this problem?! magnet links won't start downloading, i allready have the latest version of Utorrent,! please help? :)
#383. kelsexy - 02-29 2012
With my Google Chrome browser these don't work at all, kind of irritating to go back to Internet Explorer. I am using Bitcomet and it DOES give you the list of files to select before downloading. So apparently you need the world's oldest browser, and Bitcomet to make this work.
#384. impshum - 02-29 2012
#385. Trollack - 02-29 2012
The TPB crew may think that by shutting down their tracker they shield themselves against further legal problems, and they may be right. I take back my earlier hard words, they have suffered enough as persons from the legal harassment, I can understand if they are tired of the bullshit. It would have been more honest to just say that though but whatever. Thanks for all the years of free porn and music, the best things in life ^^

Anywag, again this is a terrible idea in general. This is indeed an important moment in the history of content distribution, but not the way TPB crew think.

If everyone follows this lead, there will not be any authoritative (centralized) source for the actual hash values of the files to download. If someone co-opts or disturbs the DHT the whole network of peers collapses. Your downloads will simply never start, instead of taking some time as it is now.

My feeling is that the DHT which is used for Bittorrent (Kademlia) was not designed to withstand the kind of attacks that w
#386. Trollack - 02-29 2012
e know copyright holders have been known to mount. Think a Mediadefender size effort aimed at taking down the DHT network. This may well be the beginning of the end.

Also TPB loses a very important power with this, and that is the power to censor away truly evil shit like child pornograhpy.
#387. chris4smd - 02-29 2012
Another day another way, trying to stay ahead of all the onset legislation limiting our given right of freedom of information.. Again thank you for staying the course you have chosen all these years IT IS TRULLY APPRECIATED
Keep them coming magnets,torrents what have you,just stick it to all the sold out politicians who support this kind of legislation.....
#388. cleric212 - 02-29 2012
i have a problem with utorrent 3.1 you cant see how much you have uploaded or how many seeds and peers there are does anyone else have this problem.
#389. eberson86 - 02-29 2012
i fucking don't know how to use those magnet links!? is doesn't start downloading!, this change of TPB sucks for me, Fuck
#390. ticlar - 02-29 2012
I lv u tpb guys... u guys rocks !
#391. RushLimbaughIsAnAsshole - 02-29 2012
Please explain to me: how am I suppose to continue downloading something started in (let's say) february, if in march I will restore my Windows with a Ghost image (or if someone have an fatal OS crash)? All "tracking" data in my BitTorrent will be gone and I will be left with half-downloaded "content" data! How do I go around that problem (without saving additionally in bookmarks all that stuff that I put into my BitTorrent)?
#392. ktba - 02-29 2012
i'm clicking the little magnets for quite some time anyway ^^
don't need to have those .torrents files everywhere on my disk.
#393. Derc - 02-29 2012
Been using them for probably 2 yrs in utorrent. Long live TPB!
#394. ttrossil - 02-29 2012
To every one says there leaving pirate bay cause magnets suck....Nobody fucking cares. have fun using inferior torrent sites!
#395. jj.jj123 - 02-29 2012
Fucking brilliant you guys!! Works like a charm with no hassle at all! LONG LIVE THE MAGNET BAY AKA THE PIRATE BAY. You guys have all the respect we can give, Were from N.Z for 3years now and i wouldnt ever change website. Is there any donation place we can donate money to the The Magnet Bay?? Cheers Guys!!
#396. torrent02 - 02-29 2012
Yet again, the Bay amazes me!! And I didn't know that Magnet links can't be blocked (in a sense) :) Yay!!!!!

Long live the Pirate Bay!!!
#397. milce99 - 02-29 2012
you guys rule...just keep on going...the world needs you...theese days are critical for people.... :)
#398. lynasara - 02-29 2012
i still don't understand how i can download just one file in the whole magnet. Because I won't download a 10GB file just for 10Mb...
#399. diaolemeno - 02-29 2012
Been using magnet links for a while myself, nice decision! WTG TPB!

@RushLimbaughIs... : IDK about Bittorent, but μTorrent saves an actual .torrent file, even if you use a magnet link. Look at: %appdata%\uTorrent
#400. vreyhr676y - 02-29 2012
You're chicken out because of the threats, pfff. Magnets suck and never prevailed for a reason.
#401. Cass18 - 02-29 2012
Hi! A little question. I have some files .torrent i download a few days ago, if i put to download now, this files running or no?
PD: Srry for my english xD
#402. Brynhi - 02-29 2012
I don't know much about computers and such. But the fact that I can no longer download properly is a load of crap! It won't go directly to Utorrent or even upload in any way.
#403. carlitosv.1.0 - 02-29 2012
#404. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
Well said, @ #287 [et al] MainThink ... So too @ #338/xcate & #343/OneFourOne & #387/chris4smd ...For real.

Most problems people are mentioning have already been solved elsewhere in the comments... People need to read through them. Also need to stop making themselves look ridiculous with posts claiming to have been 'betrayed' by tpb. Totally absurd charge. If nothing else, tpb have f'n earned the benefit of any doubt while things shake out... EARNED it.

And, off topic a bit... Endless solidarity with our Anon brothers and sisters that were pinched overnight. F'n legends and heroes, every one.

Love live TPB.
#405. Belzac - 02-29 2012
The Pirate Bay.
#406. Sabrann - 02-29 2012
I use Tixati, once it's downloaded the metadata it pops up just as it does with a torrent download and asks which of the files I want to save.

In short, you want to download this stuff for free? You gotta keep up to date. Ideally you'll know a little bit about what actually happens when using p2p software to download stuff too.

As for problems, do a Google search, there's plenty of video tutorials and most p2p clients have some sort of support forum.

@Cass18, It should still work the same as always.
#407. markusarkus - 02-29 2012
Tack TPB!!!
#408. DeGun - 02-29 2012
Long Life to the Unsinkable Ship of TPB !

#409. ssdriver - 02-29 2012
I love it..Piratebay standing strong against the world.. doing all of us a valuable service.. for free.. and you get the whiners..A new generation of spoiled brats.

Sail on TPB.... the users will adapt or drown.. deal with it.
#410. Jobbo999 - 02-29 2012
how do you do this with BitTornado?
#411. vreyhr676y - 02-29 2012
Fuck you morons
#412. YK2011 - 02-29 2012
I've been using Magnets forever.

LoL at all the people who are IRL "HOW DO THEY WORK?"!
#413. JSascha - 02-29 2012
I always use magnet links :)
#414. Psythik - 02-29 2012
Magnets suck. In uTorrent I always have to manually type out the directory when I click a magnet, while the .torrent file always picks the last one I used automatically.

Goodbye TPB, it's been a good 9 years...
#415. YK2011 - 02-29 2012
Are you using the latest version? Latest is 3.1.2.
#416. libertaswv - 02-29 2012
@ #401. Cass18: Just did a test.... You should have no problem at all. Plus, your english is just fine, don't feel weird about it.
#417. crowruin - 02-29 2012
guys use firefox to download them.... just click the magnet while you have utorrent open :D should work
#418. thetorrentlord - 02-29 2012
Like a lot of other people have stated, I like to choose what I want to download and I don't want to wait until the files are downloading to choose. Just tested it on a current file( and it took over a min. just to get the text file completed that was in the torrent. There were only 2 files and it downloaded almost 8MB before it completed the 4k text file on a 12MB connection speed. What a JOKE!!!! What if someone wants to download torrents on one machine to load on another?????? Surly I can not be the only person in the whole wide world who does that!
#419. madeiner - 02-29 2012
This is extremely stupid.

I use a ReadyNAS to download files. Now i have to

1) install a torrent client on every PC in the house even if i don't need it
2) everytime i need to grab the magnet, save the torrent, find it in explorer, then upload to the nas, then delete the temporary file in the torrent client


I sincerely hope you lose a lot of traffic to this.

Can anyone recommend another torrent site with comments/VIPs that doesnt do this magnet bullshit?
#420. otorinolaringologija - 02-29 2012
now to the top 100
#421. jaivs1984 - 02-29 2012
yo pienso que desde el principio de los torrents hubieran usado este metodo (magnet). los archivos .torrent si es perdida de espacio..
#422. person400000 - 02-29 2012
registered to say i prefer collecting .torrent files
#423. floss666 - 02-29 2012
For the random handicapped mac/win-user I dont see magnets posing a problem. However for the more advanced users (us who actually passed the ccnp-exam) magnets are truly useless. Lets say I am on a computer I dont have control over daytime. With .torrents, I could easily download the .torrent-file and save it to a directory accessible from my home server, which in turn scanned that directory for new .torrent-files and started downloading as soon as they appeared. I would really love hearing the TPB crew explain how magnets are supposed to make my torrenting "less of a hassle".
#424. floss666 - 02-29 2012
#419. madeiner, completely agree. Whatever happened to the ability to choose? Ofcourse magnets should be here as an option, but I would like to hear TPB explain to us the real reason for them robbing us the ability to choose our preferred way of downloading. Theres something they are not telling us. I think they got offered money from someone if they stopped the distribution of .torrent-files, and happily accepted. A huuuuuge chunk of TPB-credibility is lost forever.
#425. WandaJay - 02-29 2012
No complaints here, just happy to have access. To all the whiners out there...are you seriously going to complain about TPB changing this when you are paying nothing for their hard work and dedication?? Jeeeez get a life!
#426. eNdEmiOn06463 - 02-29 2012
This sucks actually. Those damn magnets take forever to get started and you can't see what files are exactly in it until it starts downloading. Guess TPB will move to the bottom of the list of torrent sites to consider when looking for a download from now on.
#427. poppyeye_45 - 02-29 2012
there are more boos and jeers then applause's so that can't be a good thing.
#428. person400000 - 02-29 2012
also all the files are missing from the magnet links.
#429. person400000 - 02-29 2012 magnets have no files.
#430. poppyeye_45 - 02-29 2012
you can't see the files until it starts downloading.
#431. jayhanton - 02-29 2012
magnet links......ok thats fine..just please GET RID OF THE CASINO POP UPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#432. steelllynx - 02-29 2012
Sick of the ads and popups here?

Just install it and point your web browser to proxy at localhost:8118

No more bullshit. See how much faster all your web sites load.

I used to run privoxy on the linux router/server computer at work and I redirected all traffic from :80 to :8118 using iptables. Or :3128 for squid caching proxy, which forwarded to :8118 made the whole LAN nice and peppy. A lot less tech support calls too because of less bullshit malware.
#433. MagnetMagnate - 03-01 2012
The theory that magnets are slower doesn't seem to be true in my downloads right now.
Still hitting download speeds of 2-3 MB/second.

The only issue I have is with the RSS feeds from Pirate Bay not updating on my Android. But I have been assured by the developer of one of the torrent remote apps that they are working on properly parsing magnet-ized RSS feeds or developing a new means of doing so. I would use uTorrent remote, but it never lets me login.

I haven't been overly disturbed by this change and I think some of these people should go out and buy all their music and movies if they can't learn to adapt.

This will all be smoothed out patient dillholes.
#434. Angertek - 03-01 2012
You know what the pirate bay is missing that they should definitely get. A like bottom/bar just like the one from youtube. For comments, for torrents, for everything seriously you guys should add one to the site
#435. ytmal89 - 03-01 2012
Holy shit! Just click on a Magnet, wait a few seconds then skip the files you don't want! Been doing it for years! Simple!
#436. hostrave - 03-01 2012
Even a School grader here in Hong Kong knows how Magnets work!
"To Adapt is to Survive"

#437. zixnbg - 03-01 2012
#438. zixnbg - 03-01 2012
for 15 years i have been on the internet, I dont post much torrents, I am not a good seeder/uploader.

But please people. do not complain, nobody likes that, women dont like that, TPB don like that.

Be thankfull for TPB, and for your life...

#439. adrianorr - 03-01 2012
Hail hail, TPB! May TBP never go down!!

For people who are having trouble with magnet download, just click the link and wait a few seconds. You need a installed (not even it, if you use some versions of uTorrent) torrent program, like vuze(former azureus), bitcomet, uTorrent and others. I personally recommend uTorrent. Simple, light and efficient.

And as other user mentioned, TPB you have my respect and admiration.
#440. dirtymeister - 03-01 2012
Yeah, nice!
#441. Enemencio - 03-01 2012
Yeah, this seems like it might be *a tiny bit* more of a hassle, at least at the very beginning, but in the long run, I think we'll all agree that this was a smart move. I think TPB is actually leading the way, and showing the world how file-sharing will manage to survive in an age of increased crackdowns. So props to you, TPB.
#442. beerswagger - 03-01 2012
any ideas on how to speed up mag links.i had no probs with torrents.mag links running at 0.1
#443. beerswagger - 03-01 2012
6 days to download 700 megs.i think this sites done
#444. juankii - 03-01 2012
cool keep up the good work!!!
#445. Vinchenzo13 - 03-01 2012
Lol two days ago i TPB for me,but there is a way-
#446. magi123 - 03-01 2012
can't download torrents from office anymore, but respect this decision. should we say, long live the magnet bay!
#447. punx_roxer - 03-01 2012
i have the latest Utorrent and when i click on the magnet file it opens and doesn't show there's a file is that normal or what i just re installed utorrent and same thing.
#448. thorn96 - 03-01 2012
#449. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012

Some time ago, an excellent person posted this "Magnet How To" information on TorrentFreak.

Thank you kind person!

I saved it for posterity. I’m glad I did so now I can share it with all of you.


If you are using Firefox and you try to download a magnet link, Firefox may give you a message regarding not knowing how to download it because it is not associated with any program. Here is how to fix that...

1. Make sure your bittorrent client has DHT turned on. Also turn on PEX if it is listed. Most clients support magnets. Check to make sure your client does. Utorrent versions after 1.8 support magnets. I use uTorrent 1.8.3.

2. Open Firefox. In the address bar, type “about:config” (wit
#450. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012
2. Open Firefox. In the address bar, type “about:config” (without the quotes). If a warning message pops up, just agree with it and get past it.

3. You will see a list of Firefox settings. Anywhere in the white space, right click. Select “New”, and then “Boolean”.

4. In the blank box that pops up, type “network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet” (without the quotes).

5. When asked to set it “True” or “False”, set it to “False”. The reason we set it to False is because we want to force Firefox to popup an association box when we select our magnet link.

6. Now, lets make our association permanent. Go to The Pirate Bay and find a torrent you are interested in. Click on the magnet link. Firefox should now popup a message box asking you what program you want to associate with magnet links. If your client is not listed, use the browse feature to find your client of choice. When you have selected your client, there should be a selection box to make the association permanent so
#451. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012
6. Now, lets make our association permanent. Go to The Pirate Bay and find a torrent you are interested in. Click on the magnet link. Firefox should now popup a message box asking you what program you want to associate with magnet links. If your client is not listed, use the browse feature to find your client of choice. When you have selected your client, there should be a selection box to make the association permanent so Firefox won’t show you the popup box every time. Check the box to make the association permanent. Select Ok or Save to close the box (I can’t remember how it is worded, but you know what I mean.)

7. If you are used to downloading .torrents then you are used to that slow delay from clicking to actually arriving at your client. With magnet links, it’s almost instantaneous. Once you click the magnet link, it’s in your client. Once you have it in your client, it may take a few seconds or minutes to get started, but once it does, it will take off just like the .torrents (provided the
#452. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012
7. If you are used to downloading .torrents then you are used to that slow delay from clicking to actually arriving at your client. With magnet links, it’s almost instantaneous. Once you click the magnet link, it’s in your client. Once you have it in your client, it may take a few seconds or minutes to get started, but once it does, it will take off just like the .torrents (provided there are seeds of course).
#453. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012

I’m not sure how it is done in other clients, but I can give you the example from uTorrent. If you use a different client, perhaps you can extrapolate from this information on how to do it in your particular client.

1. Select the file in uTorrent by clicking it once. This emphasizes the file.

2. Look at the tabs at the bottom of your client. One of those tabs is named “Files”. Click on that tab.

3. It should show you the files listed. Select the files you DON’T want and right click. You should see the selection “Don’t Download”. Click it.

HAPPY MAGNETING EVERYONE! (I think I just invented a new word)
#454. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012
They don't give you much space to write do they?

#455. Mr.Panda - 03-01 2012
Good grief Pirate Bay, fix your characters!

the information you type in firefox is...

#456. kbfore - 03-01 2012
I use chrome and other than a pause when first downloading I see no problem. You can edit as it downloads.
#457. punx_roxer - 03-01 2012
Mr.Panda followed what you said and it pops up on utorrent as a blank file...
#458. punx_roxer - 03-01 2012
nevermind apparently thats normal just click it and i can't take what files i want on on utorrent. thanks
#459. sinx5 - 03-01 2012
Thumbs up!
#460. jamesensor - 03-01 2012
Long live the fighters!!!!
#461. djps0 - 03-01 2012
i now cant download in my mobile :(
#462. plsad - 03-01 2012
Go dudes! Go!!!

We support you!

Never stop!!! No matter what!!!

Thank you so much guys for everything! Keep on fighting!

We will never fall. But if that day comes, let's make it a hell of a ride getting there. Give them a fight they 've never seen before!
#463. hexza - 03-01 2012
TPB FOREVERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#464. Trollack - 03-01 2012
OK, changing clients is not feasible. Same situation for me as the people with proper seedboxes or a ReadyNAS, QNAP etc . I cant download magnet links with lynx /wget / elinks, and I'm not gonna patch rtorrent in russian ^^

Where else can people who need actual .torrent files go?

Suggestions here so far were

KickAssTorrents demonoid onebigtorrent

What else, ishount, torrentreactor, ? What is stable?
#465. ajcmf23 - 03-01 2012
I Really like tpb and .torrent files because you can see what your going to download and chose what you want to download.. PLEEZZZZZZZ KEEP THE .TORRENT FILES. THAT IS THE BEST PART I LIKE ABOUT TPB!! i dont want to quit using tpb.
#466. waugzoo - 03-01 2012
Thank you TPB great move.
Keep up the good fight.

ps. Hey Chip Im on The Pirate Bay :)
#467. pyro12345 - 03-01 2012
Well earlier today I posted several comments about this sucking ass! I was right! But I pride myself on being very resourceful and in fact I found a way to download the same good ole fashioned torrent files from right here on TPB. So fuck off you religion spouting, will enforcing, voice of the people ignoring idiots that decided to go ahead with this! I loved TPB for what it was, not what it is trying to be! Infact I JUST downloaded a torrent file for The Colbert Report that I have been trying to watch since last night!
#468. itswhip - 03-01 2012
Magnet links work on Firefox, but NOT on Chrome... fix it for Chrome
#469. Blacker.Death.Metal - 03-01 2012
Brutal. I know its not a huge issue, but the start-up time of magnet links for me are extremely slow.
Torrent files - almost instant download start, even if it is still finding peers.
Magnet link? Took 4 minutes to actually start displaying and downloading the file i wanted.

But download speeds seem the same, as to be expected, and i guess a couple of minutes isn't a huge issue.
Might annoy me for some small files though..
#470. RealPure - 03-01 2012
Was this done to remove liability from TPB and onto us users?

Just wondering. Cool either way.
#471. valkyr1 - 03-01 2012
Been using them the whole time, so no difference to me. All the people complaining. My neighbor also. I asked him to show me how he dl's, and when he showed me, had to laugh. He uses the mag-link without even knowing it. Keep up the good work PB. Greetings from Germany.
#472. BurferTheGreat - 03-01 2012
Ummmmm What's all the bitching for? I use Halite 03.03 on the same as before...and I'm getting free stuff. Do a little research, test various clients mag capable...and stop bitching. TPB, ...... keep doing the thing that you do, and do so well.
#473. jc032110 - 03-01 2012
(Problems with magnets links is fixed by upgrading your torrent client!)what does this mean and what do i have to do
#474. ofr5555 - 03-01 2012
I use utorrent for torrent files. I went into my Firefox browser settings and selected utorrent to open magnet links. The only difference that I see is the magnet file appears empty until it actually connects. Then you can deselect files you don't want to download. I still get about the same speed; around 1,400kbs/sec. Piratebay works much better without the torrent file system. The pages load much quicker and hardly any more lagging.
#475. AlienYouCallGod - 03-01 2012
What does it mean "just wait until the metadata is fetched" with respect to being able to select and deselect files within a torrent.
#476. bryanTKTK - 03-01 2012
#477. ridge87701 - 03-01 2012
For all the whiny bitches - You are getting every goddamn thing for free, and yet you complain? People have even specified and explained how to download individual files from a Magnet Link and yet, your problem is that you will have to change the client?

Well, too fukkin bad, my friend. Coz it's because it's people like YOU who end up causing this kind of trouble!
#478. Killer3474 - 03-01 2012
Shit, now what am I suppose to do with uTorrent? Damn, time to go client shopping again...
#479. curlyflea - 03-01 2012
SOMEONE HELP!!! When I click on the magnet link, absolutely nothing happens. How the hell do I fix this??? I AM NOT HAVING ISSUES ON CHOOSING WHICH FILES TO DOWNLOAD. I NEED HELP!!!
#480. Killer3474 - 03-01 2012
uTorrent is now bust. I suggest Tixati because it has both .torrent and magnet link support. Besides, it looks a lot better than uTorrent and has more tools and shit - BUTTONS!
#481. hashuboy - 03-01 2012
well thats a really really good move and TPB will always rule for sure i hope u people bring more changes good changes to the P2P world and to this site too keep up the good work u do even with stupid people always crying over something or the other..
#482. hashuboy - 03-01 2012
and to all the people utorrent supports the .magnet links learn to do some research before crying!
#483. grujic11 - 03-01 2012
#482. hashuboy good sentence lets learn someting before magnet work well,now in my case magnet is better then you agree
#484. XXXmas5 - 03-01 2012
I love your SITE!
But I ask you to support forward utorrent because Miro can not setup without administrator rights, and BitTorrent is harder to use than utorrent. utorrent can remember my torrents so I only have to start utorrent client and this starts the seeds also. BitTorrent can't remember my torrents to upload? I always have to add again the torrent files when I restart the computer??

utorrent has boss button and I can hide utorrent but Bittorren can't be disappeared. How can i hide BitTorrent program?
#485. RazorRape - 03-01 2012
From the legal threats page:
"0 torrents has been removed, and 0 torrents will ever be removed"

If by 0 they meant every single .torrent file on the site, then they made good on their promise. It ill matters, though. It works perfectly fine with BitTorrent.
#486. RazorRape - 03-01 2012
"Magnet links work on Firefox, but NOT on Chrome... fix it for Chrome"

Plain and simply incorrect. Shame on you for spreading misinformation.
#487. RazorRape - 03-01 2012
"How can i hide BitTorrent program?"

Try pressing the X button. Or the minimize button. Not difficult. BitTorrent isn't as user-friendly as uTorrent is, true, but it's better for advanced users.
#488. amvick143 - 03-01 2012
Hey All,

I am new to this MAGNET thing. Before when I use to download the torrent to my hard disk and on opening it, I use to get the file list of the torrent.

Now, when I click on GET THIS TORRENT, it opens up in UTorrent without any file list at all. I mean how do I know what I am downloading.

Also, now how do I save these magnet files on my local hard disk so that I can download it as per my convinience
#489. CHT1974 - 03-01 2012
The magnet button somehow is now being replace by

(Problems with magnets links are fixed by upgrading your torrent client!)

Can I know what should I do to get this working again? I have tried Utorrent and Bittorrent, change the setting on my firefox as recommended, all not working.

Can someone please help. Thanks
#490. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012
File relocation isn't a problem at all for me - I use Bittorrent and all I have to do is stop the torrent, right-click on a file, and select "Relocate" and browse to the right place. See, I want my music on one drive, my movies on another, and odds and ends on a third. I'll be using my relocated files so I can keep seeding, but:

I believe what you're doing is going to cost us all a LOT of seeders. As soon as the download is done, they'll move the files to where they want them and stop seeding. Sure, they could go into the preferences in the torrent client and change the default download directory for every torrent, but let's face it, most won't bother with that, and they won't bother with Relocate, either. They'll simply stop seeding.

I just uploaded my 8th set of sexy movie clips. The torrent file had about 25 good trackers in it. I decided to try to start it using the magnet link and found that all but three trackers were missing. Am I supposed to add them one at a time manually for
#491. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012

Am I supposed to add the trackers one at a time manually for everything I share? Please, someone answer that question. In this case, I waited about ten minutes for the metedata to be fetched, and finally gave up and used the torrent file which, thankfully, was still available.

Extra info for people still having trouble by clicking on the magnet link: Right-click it and select "Copy URL to clipboard" and then, in Bittorrent anyway, do "File/Add torrent from URL". The magnet should already be filled in and all you have to do is click OK. If it's not filled in, paste it in from the clipboard (Ctrl V).

See comment #273! Netflix all over again, starting some crap and then backpedaling.
#492. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012

One excellent point that I saw earlier is that when a torrent client takes a crap and loses all of the torrents, we would have to go hunt down each one from the website again. I can't imagine the misery. I'm rotationally seeding about 150 torrents, several of then ten gigs or more, and if I lost them all I doubt I'd hunt them all down again. I'd simply stop seeding them. I don't have six hours to search for them all again. However, with the actual torrent files on my hard drive, it's a snap to restart them. This happened to me less than a week ago. I opened Bittorrent and it was totally empty, like a new install. In a panic I googled it and found out that it happens sometimes, and that if my resume.dat was bad I'd have to manually restart them. It was, and I did. But if I'd have had to go doing search after search on the website, I'm afraid there'd be a couple dozen people missing out on the Irving Klaw Classics and much much more.
#493. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012

To the magnet users who call us crybabies: If the shoe were on the other foot and they had suddenly dropped magnets, you'd be raising your fair share of hell, wouldn't you? Please don't be so disrespectful of your fellow citizens. And I'm not crying; I'm arguing and appealing using logic and reason, behaving respectably.

TPB, please reconsider and leave the option open for either method. Please. You don't hurt the people who prefer magnets, and you keep the rest of us all safe and warm and cozy. And that will improve seeding.

#494. zootalaws - 03-01 2012
For all sorts of reasons, thanks for the efforts on our behalf ocnverting everything over to Magnet.

For me personally, I am going to have to completely revamp how I manage my torrenting.

I browse the 'Bay, right mouse-click, save as, direct the torrent to my dedicated download server and off it goes. Now I can no longer do that - because a magnet isn't downloadable.

I can see how it is better for PB and for a lot of users, but I also take x3001wtm's point about seeding - I leave it to my download box, but a lot of people don't have the luxury. I will wait and see how things pan out.

But thanks. No doubt it was a lot of work.
#495. chandlerboy - 03-01 2012
So what if I only want to select a few files to download from a mega torrent of several tens of gigs?

Making this a hassle for no good reason.
#496. zMTz - 03-01 2012
don't block ads you fuckwits - it's what keeps them alive. let me guess, you leech torrents as well.
#497. zMTz - 03-01 2012
that was referring to steelllynx & jayhanton
#498. CHT1974 - 03-01 2012
Does anyone know how to fix this? I keep seeing this message when I am suppose to see 'Get Magnet'

#499. ShockDiamond - 03-01 2012
If you use WINDOWS and do not have a problem with magnets, you have no place to tell others with difficulties to stop whining. The people that are NOT using Windows/uTorrent, for a greater part, are the people that provide scene-released torrents, such as TV shows, current movies, etc. from *nix servers and seedboxes that are NOT magnet-friendly.

If their ability to supply data to start with is damaged, you won't be downloading anything new because it just will not be here in the first place. And even if you do, you think magnets are slow to load now, wait until shitty home isp connections are the only seeders.
#500. ShockDiamond - 03-01 2012
I'm not saying magnets are bad per se. I'm only saying it's way too fucking early to be relying solely on magnets because the seeds that bring the most releases are not magnet compatible.

With any luck, this move will "force" the creators of currently non-compatible software to integrate it in their next release. Until then, this move has only scratched the surface of its consequences.
#501. ShockDiamond - 03-01 2012
Thus far, it seems brand new uploads still provide meta data links. If this continues, in the long run, it should work out.

If you're not sure what to do with magnet links, visit:
#502. s33rial - 03-01 2012
Torrents are back, fuck yeah!
#503. iycgtptyarvg - 03-01 2012
Aaaargh... been a long time fan of the Piratebay, but now I'll have to go to Kickasstorrents for my torrenting pleasure.

Thanks for the years of fun... it was great.
#504. Suomisisu - 03-01 2012
Lol the faggots at TPB are deleting any comment that doesn't support the move. I wrote a huge unbiast reason as to why magnets suck and as to why no one has been using them up till now (because they suck) and it just got deleted. (It was comment #252) what a joke. Fucking TPB faggots, you're fucking worse than censorship sites. It's cool for you fuckers to silence people's voices but it's bad for industries to do it. Go fuck yourself you cunts.
#505. leowar1 - 03-01 2012
hola, alguien me puede ayudar?, mi duda es que con un enlace magnetico que estoy probando la velocidad promedio de bajada es 29 kps y antes con en torrent era 90-95 kps. ¿es normal esa velocidad con enlaces magnéticos?, ¿por que esta tan lento?.
#506. torrent02 - 03-01 2012
Kickasstorrents = :( (Frowny face). The Bay = :).

To all those who are throwing a big fit over the switch, go use a (and I'm shouting this for a reason here) DIFFERENT FUCKING SITE FOR YOUR SHIT!!!!!!! Or deal with it. That is all.
#507. tigerneenee11 - 03-01 2012
THANKS PB for all the downloads, but this is horse-shit, you might as well close up shop like BTJunkie. Moving over to KickAssTorrents from now on. This is truly a sad sad day!Goodbye forever.

P.S. you underestimated the generosity of Americans a simple donate link would have eradicated any issues you had
#508. asdfrv - 03-01 2012
Surely there are only two paths to follow here, the path of The Pirate Bay or the path of btjunkie(RIP). Most torrent sites may choose the former.

Tixati, as of now, may be the only straight forward way to go in terms of which bit torrent client to use when dealing with magnet links.

' 350mb in under 6 min.
#509. ttrossil - 03-01 2012
lol close down cause retards don't know how to use there computers sounds great!
#510. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012
Suomisisu - Your hateful, juvenile comments have not been deleted. They are numbered 253, 255, and 504. No comments have been deleted since I saved the whole web page earlier this morning.

Rude magnet users - Calling the rest of us whining bitches and crybabies is not constructive to the issue. If magnets had suddenly been dropped, I'm sure you guys would be raising your fair share of hell right now.

TPB - You say that "Magnets are simply another way to download the torrent." But we need the actual torrent file for restarts. You'll devastate seeding (see my comments in #492) because the vast majority of people won't bother with hunting down torrents again, or learning to use Relocate (even if their clients do provide for it). You've got to stop now and reverse the announcement and continue providing torrent files before this madness ruins the greatest torrent site ever. You're the only torrent site many of us trust. Don't do this to us. Please.

RazorRape made a good point in comment
#511. x30001wtm - 03-01 2012
DAMN that 1000 character brick wall! :)

RazorRape made a good point in comment #485 - From the legal threats page: "0 torrents has been removed, and 0 torrents will ever be removed". Make it so, Number One.

#512. newskiller2 - 03-01 2012
Well Some1 sounds very pleased with himself but TPB (hopefully unintentionally) seem to have cleverly alienated many loyal and long term users who used to send torrent files to NAS drives.

I hope TPB will find a way of addressing this issue.

(ignorant responses to this issue by those who's self interest is blinding are unimpressive)
#513. nikita566 - 03-01 2012
This magnet stuff really, really sucks, but we should all be grateful to Pirate Bay. Thank you guys/gals very much.
#514. ninj85 - 03-01 2012
Magnet links truly suck. That's the end if TPB for me.
#515. ttrossil - 03-01 2012
5.562.396 registered users. Last updated 07:14:07.
30.673.825 peers (22.003.356 seeders + 8.670.469 leechers) in 4.141.014 torrents

5.564.749 registered users. Last updated 23:00:07.
37.364.934 peers (28.036.949 seeders + 9.327.985 leechers) in 4.327.836 torrents.

#516. JunkyVirus - 03-02 2012
Well, I can't DL shit now, I hit the magnet link and it opens uTorrent but there's no files for me to DL
It's kind of annoying, anyone know how to fix it ?
#517. iovar - 03-02 2012
Everything is extremely slow and torrents take hours to begin, if ever. It reminds me of of edonkey a few years back. A lot of stuff that you could see but very little you could really download.

You can't push progress. If magnet was better all you had to do would be to give the option and it would eventually overtake torrent files.

TPB is where I'm used to finding stuff, but I guess I'll have to evolve... and learn to use other torrent sites instead...

An end of an era indeed...
#518. JunkyVirus - 03-02 2012
@ iovar
Yeah, I've always used TPB and always loved it, but now I guess I have to move on to another site, anyone has one to recommend ?
#519. eXPer1ence - 03-02 2012
I use Firefox and it says...

"Firefox doesn't know how to open this address, because the protocol (magnet) isn't associated with any program."

No, I can't just look through the list and "associate" uTorrent with magnet links, because the magnet protocol isn't there in Firefox.

I have to add the url to the magnet link in uTorrent with "Add url from torrent" or something.

I won't beat about the bush - Pirate Bay just lost a user. Fuck this shit.
#520. eXPer1ence - 03-02 2012
Also adding shit to "about:config" in Firefox does precisely fuck all.
#521. cepher169 - 03-02 2012
Thank you for showing me u are just as weak as BTJunkie!! BTJ and TPB have always been my favorite sites and now I gotta find another damn site cuz u guys think that everybody has 3 or 4 hours to download a torrent using magnets when I used to be able to download torrent files in 15-20 minutes!! U think this is easier?? Easier for who?? Not us people who u guys have always claimed that u do this for in the first place!! Like I have already noticed u are gonna lose a lotta clients to Kick-Ass including me who had been a avid and defending client for 6 years, RIP!!!!!
#522. x30001wtm - 03-02 2012

I can still get the normal torrent file no matter what!

This works on Bittorrent. Everyone else, your torrent client might have something similar:

RIGHT click the magnet link and do "Copy URL to Clipboard"

Go to Bittorrent and do File / Add Torrent from URL / OK

The magnet link from the cliboard should already be filled in. If not, paste it in (CTRL V). Next, say OK and let it start at whatever default crap it wants while you browse in Windows Explorer to:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Bittorrent

As soon as Bittorrent retrieves the file data, it will CREATE THE TORRENT FILE in that directory!

Continued below due to the 1000 character limit...
#523. x30001wtm - 03-02 2012

Now go back to Bittorrent and delete that torrent altogether. It will NOT delete the .torrent file it just created. So, just copy the .torrent file to wherever you want to permanently keep it, then drag it into Bittorrent and drop it. Shazaam! You get all the options you've ever had: What files to get, and where to save them. Same as if you had downloaded the .torrent file...

Except! There are ZERO trackers! At least, in the one I just did. Under Trackers all it lists are DHT, Local Peer Discovery, and Peer Exchange. All three say Working and the torrent is downloading fine.

Hope this helps.

#524. x30001wtm - 03-02 2012

No need to browse to that Bittorrent data directory each time. Browse to it once in Windows Explorer, and size the Windows Explorer window so you can see a bit of the desktop behind it.

Now RIGHT click on the Bittorrent folder name, and HOLD the button down as you drag it to the desktop. Let go. Select "Create shortcuts here". A new shortcut is created. I renamed mine to Bittorrent Data.

At this point you can leave it on your desktop forever, or drag it over the Start button and hold Shift while you let go, which will move it to the Start menu.

Continued below...
#525. x30001wtm - 03-02 2012

Either way, when you launch that shortcut it will open a simple single pane Windows Explorer window with all the torrent files in that directory listed. Sort by Date and you'll see the newest one at either the top or the bottom. You can copy torrents from here to the full Windows Explorer window with simple drag and drop like any other files. Just don't accidentally MOVE them... COPY :)

Remember: The .torrent file won't be created until Bittorrent recovers the file data, so watch the Files list in the running (magnet) torrent until the file names fill in, then delete that torrent entirely and follow the above steps.

Hope this helps.

#526. sudn5723 - 03-02 2012
Hate it. I use Dropbox to sync torrent files and my server just downloaded. This let me use iPad. Now I can't. Boooooo.
#527. Pogmog - 03-02 2012
I use Vuse (aka Azureus) and there is virtually no change. The only difference is instead of Firefox downloading the torrent files now Vuze does.

Anyone complaining about it ruining their set ways have to adapt to the change and should just grow up and be happy that they can still torrent the stuff they want.

Hopefully the people that can't handle this change are the same people that fill up the cracked game pages with incessant complaining that the torrents are broken because they can't get it to work -- and leave.
#528. Minot13 - 03-02 2012
Must keep both. .torrent files and magnet url. Files a lot better than urls.
#529. roxverzosa - 03-02 2012
Hi guys! Got a question, how i come i cannot download anymore here? (Problems with magnets links are fixed by upgrading your torrent client!)
#530. ironymon - 03-02 2012
Like i mentioned, all torrents are filled with useless text files. I'm gona have to get another torrent client that can see inside magnet link and i can discard the files i don't need.
#531. popeye013 - 03-02 2012
So, does anyone know how to make uTorrent see whats contained inside a Magnet file? I went to download a one yesterday, and just as predicted, i got a trojan that almost slaughtered my HDD!! Thanks to TPB!!
Magnets = Death of millions of PC's and yes i have a very good Anti-Virus and spyware programmes, but they are not 100% as anyone with half a brain cell will know.
#532. crour2008 - 03-02 2012
I have np at all with the change it work perfectly well BUT : if i use a proxy server to access thepiratebay which will be soon necessary in my location, i cannot download the magnet link if somebody know how to solve that problem i will be very thankfull.
#533. brunomocsa - 03-02 2012
@crour2008 - just copy the magnet link, and in utorrent select add torrent url.
#534. Sabrann - 03-02 2012
Guys really, if your torrent client can't offer the option to select what files you want after loading a magnet link and downloading metadata from a peer...

You either need to update your torrent client to the latest version, fiddle with the settings or if that doesn't sort it you need a new torrent client!

I personally recommend Tixati. It not only allows you to do the above but it can create a torrent file in a folder you specify every time you start a transfer.
#535. askopos2 - 03-02 2012
no changes anyhow. My ass!

As it's quite clear from previous comments, Windows users who seed from their HDD can get around this with a barely acceptable amount of hassle if they don't want all the files a download. That sucks a bit.

But you just took away the point of owning a NAS that SEEDS files all day and all night. If I can't get the NAS to download without installing a torrent client, wait a couple of minutes and then manually copy a file, I'll just end up downloading it on the computer and copy it to the NAS when it's done. End result: I don't seed. Everybody loses. That sucks ass.
#536. projektet - 03-02 2012
Well, its nice that loyal TPB users being bashed because we dare to question a decision by TPB staff.......Just lovely
#537. projektet - 03-02 2012
Ive gone from 4000 Kb/sec to double digit Kb/sec.....Im leaving....Thanks for more than 8 years
#538. projektet - 03-02 2012
One more thing....I sounded bitter, but I want to thank every TPB user, staff member(Previous and current) and everybody involved with this great community.....I deeply appreciate everyone of you..I know how to use Magnet links but I find it a hassle and it annoys the hell out of me....No bad feelings and best of luck in the future.
#539. a854821 - 03-02 2012
Magnet links? What the fuck is this, BearShare?

You now officially suck TPB. The courts scared you badly enough this time so you gave in and showed yourselves to be the cowards that I always knew you were. All the big talk in front of the cameras and at the press conferences was nothing more than that. And to make matters worse you insult our intelligence by labeling this chicken shit move of yours as progress.

And seriously now, quoting Bible scriptures? Get the fuck off of it.

Fuck you and your fucking magnet links you Swedish fucking faggots.
#540. m0vi3buff - 03-03 2012
I downloaded a whole 600 MB torrent and I never got to chose which file I want to download.. Nothing in the 'Files' tab nor in the 'Info' tab.. SERIOUSLY??!!!
#541. iknouluvmi - 03-03 2012
That's all fine and good........except for the fact that the magnet files don't want to work for me! I can't download anything.
#542. newton8573 - 03-03 2012
"(Problems with magnets links are fixed by upgrading your torrent client!)"
The url goes to utorrent site
So piratebay supports utorrent

utorrent is good but it isn't open source !

Can thepiratebay recommend an open source client that handles magnet links good ?
#543. ProphetZarquon - 03-03 2012
The Pirate Bay is now broken:

Magnets are slower. I am getting consistent 3Mbps tests to servers all over the US & 1.5Mbps up. Torrent file starts almost instantly using no Trackers. Finished in 5 minutes. Identical torrent downloaded by Magnet link is on it's third hour at 9kbps. Two others with dozens of Seeds connected and hundreds of Seeds in the swarm have not even started yet.

I'm using uTorrent 3.1.2, there is no problem with my torrent client, Magnets are intrinsically slower, plain and simple.

Also the long startup time means that I have to walk away and hope to come back after the download has started (who knows when that is) so that I can select and prioritize my files.

My Android device had to switch to a newer, less functional torrent client to use magnet links. Many users will be left in the cold by this move. Maybe they do not contribute, except I believe that everyone contributes. I'd rather everyone used torrents. If we keep making it harder, novices will give up and tha
#544. ProphetZarquon - 03-03 2012

If we keep making it harder, novices will give up and that makes it easier to isolate and vilify us as a group. And that's sad.

My meager uploads will die the sad lonely death of no Seeds without torrent file hosting. Magnet links are inferior for rare files and they slow the seeding process. They generate excess traffic and are overall bad for the performance of the network.

Keeping the torrent files available in the network actuallyshould be great, but eliminating the original torrent links themselves is a bad decision right now.

I love The Pirate Bay and I love these guys and the whole community for what we have done, but this is caving to paranoia and threats.

This is a step backwards. The corporate fascists win.

I guess I'd better start looking for a new network.
#545. r4heel - 03-03 2012
please don't hate the bay
#546. r4heel - 03-03 2012
don't you just hate magnet links coz' i do
utorrent is disgustingly slow in fetchin data through magnet links
so had to look elsewhere
please try qBittorrent it is surprisinly fast in fetching data through magnet links
#547. r4heel - 03-03 2012
qbittorrent is also available as a portable app
get qbittorrent portable
copy "GET THIS TORRENT" link from piratebay
in qbittorent goto "File" goto "Add link to torrent..."
hopefully qbittorrent will have captured the link
click "Download"
Hope I have helped ;)
#548. r4heel - 03-03 2012
try this out its a portable app
you got nothin to lose
qbittrent is Free / Open Source = no risk
#549. JunkyVirus - 03-03 2012
Well this sucks, they fuck up the best torrent site there is, where will I go now for my torrents -.-
Been looking but no one is as good as TPB -.-
#550. DisturbedChucky - 03-03 2012
right, ok i get why the torrent files have been removed, but I use my nas to download as it has a built in BT client and I dont want to install a BT client on my pc.

it will accept either a torrent file, or a url. i copy the magnet url from right clicking it and putting it in as a url in the nas's BT client but nothing happens

starting to seriously wind me up now, give me back my torrent file download
#551. sdubb55 - 03-03 2012
TPB is the best!
#552. wuzupnow2000 - 03-03 2012
these magnets suck!!! bring back torrent file downloads ASAP!!!
#553. melthebell - 03-03 2012
when i click to download a magnet it opens in my utorrent, fair enough, but takes an age to start (list how large the file is etc)
it turns red because theres no http trackers in it, just udp???
i just get invalid urls (cos theyre not http?) i actually have to use torrentz to find the exact file im downloading and use their trackerlist to manually add them into my torrent in utorrent, kinda defeats the purpose of using piratebay?
#554. Climsq - 03-03 2012
It's baffling how many crying ignorant people are in the comment section, it literally gives one a headache to try and read through it. Here's a particularly funny kid "a854821".
Why do you kids feel so entitled?


You're just being laughed at
#555. dralex10 - 03-03 2012
I spend a lot of time to find this info...
#556. Mephisto80 - 03-03 2012
I hope this will prove as good as you say it is!
#557. ProphetZarquon - 03-03 2012
Wait, you are whining about somebody whining?
How about acknowledging that Magnet links do not work as reliably, or as easily, or as quickly as torrent files?

Just because uneducated people whine about it, doesn't make them wrong.

ThePirateBay is now useless for many of the devices it used to serve. NAS boxes are a really big deal since they can't be easily upgraded and this will cost us a lot of Seeders.

Comment areas are a place for people to have their voices heard. If you don't like that, then don't read comments.

This move really sucks for a lot of people and it is going to hurt the file-sharing community overall. Complaining about it here is our only way of posting feedback for this.

Magnet links are lame. Getting in people's faces and being insulting because they stated their opinions (even if they did so poorly) is pointless, unhelpful and rude. is still offering Torrent files. I've been using that site to get rare files started. I'm hearing several of my frie
#558. melthebell - 03-03 2012
right my problems solved, in your client dht, peer exchange and local.
i had all but enable dht for new files.
its now downloading, although its still red
#559. ProphetZarquon - 03-03 2012
I'm hearing several of my friends in the community saying they will not bother posting to TPB anymore. That is sad. At least we still have TV Team and EZTV here. Although, they are also on Kick Ass Torrents, so The Pirate Bay is really becoming pretty pointless now.

Torrent files are faster than Magnet links. That alone will drive people away from this site.

Being thankful for what we get and being annoyed that the quality of service is declining are not mutually exclusive. This is a huge step backwards for many users.
#560. traxxox - 03-04 2012
Magnet links are just another way of GETTING the torrent.
That's all.
You are STILL using torrents.
Magnet links technically do not work by themselves.
Instead of getting the torrent file from TPB directly you are simply getting it from your peers. And magnet links are what do this.

This is extremely important.
An emergency backup file of TPB website would be absolutely HUGE if that file contained all the actual torrents.
It would probably be 100 gigabytes for just the torrents alone.
Now for the magnet links alone, that back up file would be about 1 gigabyte. And that would be for a nicely organized list (such as an .xl file) that can be processed by appropriate software.

TPB claims that they are saving lots of bandwidth.
And I believe them.
They believe in decentralization. And this is the way to do it.
And, by the way, TPB still gives away the torrent if it has no peers sharing it. But that doesn't matter anyway.
#561. traxxox - 03-04 2012

Magnet links (and torrents using DHT protocol) are nothing more than a new and improved P2P system.

1. It's maximum speed is faster than ed2k links, for example.

2. You can share a folder of files. (And you can pick and choose which files you want if you don't want all of them.) With ed2k you can only share one file at a time. You can put a folder in a zip file but then you can't pick and choose from it. If the file is greater than 4GB it won't fit on a FAT32 harddrive.

3. It's more decentralized than ed2k (and other p2p sytems).

Free and open P2P filesharing is the future!
The links (and a catalog of the links) live on , even if the source website is gone.

TPB is not switching to magnet links because they are afraid of the "feds". They are doing it because its the right thing to do.

Thank you TPB for pushing technology in the right direction and helping the people.
Your contribut
#562. traxxox - 03-04 2012
ution to society is invaluable!
#563. Online.Pirate - 03-04 2012
I prefer .torrent files.. that way if anything does happen and for some reason my download manager (FlashGet 3) does crash and loses it's downloads.. which it did once in the past.. I can easily just go and open the torrent files from my computer, rather than having to try remember which files were downloading and going and searching again online.

That being said, magnet links have worked fine for me since the change, and it's very simple to select just the files you want to download... ALTHO coming on today, magnet files don't seem to work, they just keep timeing out and not letting me add them to my download manager
#564. mswing777 - 03-04 2012
There is still a way to obtain TPB torrents, but of course you have to click the magnet link. Well, once you launch your favorite torrent client after the magnet download, go to this directory (assuming you use Windows Vista/7/8):

In that folder, there is/are torrent/s inside. If you have problems going in "Application Data", you need to take Ownership to do so. Hope this helps! ;)
#565. alsyco - 03-04 2012
#566. Online.Pirate - 03-04 2012

Or ya just do what I been doing since having the magnet links timing out..
I just take the info hash and download the .torrent file and run it that way
#567. paandin - 03-04 2012
**(Problems with magnets links are fixed by upgrading your torrent client!)**

Why not download ??????
#568. r4heel - 03-04 2012
damn people get yourself QBITTORRENT

it freaking good with magnet links
#569. Sanderisbestok - 03-04 2012
Im listening to the Skyrim theme song which i downloaded on the piratebay #beceauseyouwannaknow
#570. anonist - 03-04 2012
To all macintosh useres with Vuze:

The Vuze is a bit unstable with magnets if you activate magnetlinks through your browser.

A great thing with TPB´s new service is the Harsfiles provided.

1. Open Vuze

2. Copy the text and numbers in the Hars info at TPB download page

3. Click open torrent in Vuze and choose > open URL

4. Past the hars after the magnet info

5. Hit ok....
#571. popeye013 - 03-04 2012
I wonder if TPB will refund the cost of repairing it?? Like fuck they will, yet its caused by them as people now feel the need to add a virus to a torrent.
#572. xLen0x - 03-04 2012
The slowest download speeds ever and i can't understand how this is supposed to be better than .torrent files!!!
#573. piratiinho - 03-04 2012
#571, it's your responsibility and your own, asshole. You must be idiotic not to know what you're downloading.

What The Pirate Bay is doing is more than what you ever done in your life, so stop fucking complaining and grow a pair.
#574. 2612mauro - 03-04 2012
es una lastima que lleguemos a esto... un gran abraso atodo el grupo TPB desde mi pc un reconocimiento por tanto tiempo acompañados por vosotros.. y sus descargas que seran historia
esto no termina solo hay una pausa..
un gran abraso MAURICIO VILLEGAS-
#575. Mordordevil - 03-05 2012
Thanks for breaking my uTorrent chrome extension for uTorrent remote. It doesn't handle magnet links.
#576. Online.Pirate - 03-05 2012
You get a trojan, complain and say will piratebay pay the repair costs??
A- With magnet links it is easy to see what files are in the torrent..
B- You complain because TPB is allowing you access to things for FREE rather than paying for them?

As for people complaining about having to change their torrent programs.. eg Bittorrent, Utorrent etc...
Programs like that are shit... get yourself FlashGet 3.7, it's not a torrent program but a download manager.

Not only does it download torrent files, but you can go to websites with playable videos (eg Youtube) and can download the video to your computer at the click of a button. Downloading a large file from a website? It can do that and allows you the pause the download and pick up where it left off..
Got a page full of images you want to save? It can do all of them at the click of a button for ya also.
#577. TenRapesASecond - 03-05 2012
fuck magnet links!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#578. slayer4ya - 03-05 2012

I have been stumped for hours on how to get the magnet links to load on my Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3. I use to be a fan of TPB but since the change over to magnet links I'm losing interest. My problem is that I can access TPB through a proxy (ex: or but when I load the PB page of what I want to download and click the link nothing happens. I'm using Safari V 5.1.3. The magnet link is dead and nothing happens on my computer. I'm trying to use Transmission, but am fine with using uTorrent. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks,

#579. anonist - 03-05 2012

Use the Hars info - cut and past into your clients "open torrent > open URL and wait until the magnetfil loads. Now you can choose what you want to dl as usual.

Download vuze - it´s a pain, but it worx.

Safari is not compatible with magnets. Use Firefox.
#580. rcharbon - 03-05 2012
Temporary workaround (I use BitTorrent):
1. In Options/Preferences/Directories, check "Store .torrents in:" and pick a location.
2. Start a download with a magnet link
3. Once the list of files appears in the Files tab, stop the download.
4. Delete the torrent from the main window.
5. Go to the "Store .torrents" folder and restart the torrent using the appropriate .torrent file. You'll get the usual dialog with the ability to select the files you want to download.

Hopefully BitTorrent will release a new client that automates this process soon! I often download ebook torrents with hundreds or thousands of files, most of which I don't want.
#581. brahov - 03-05 2012
Nooooo, this is not good!

I use .torrents because I search my downloads on my laptop but I let my mediacentre desktop download them automatically!!

Please Please Please get them back? I'll have to switch sites because of this...

Also it gives me a backup of what I have downloaded..

With regards,

#582. popeye013 - 03-05 2012
piratiinho & Online.Pirate, fuck you both,
I wasn't addressing you, i was addressing TPB, so if you wish to get your nose caught in a door that has fuck all to do with you, expect it to get cut off alright!!.
Again, fuck off and keep your nose out of where its not wanted, welcome or needed.
#583. brunomocsa - 03-05 2012
#582 @popeye013
Watch out, we got a badass over here.
#584. torrent02 - 03-05 2012

A) People with Mac/Apple computers need to watch it. Whether or not they tell you, they watch your online/download activity. Too much and they'll come and screw you over.

B) Magnet links should download fine with your old torrent client. To those who cry because you can't click for it to download on your laptop and then have it go to your desktop, cry me a river. Set it up differently and you'll be fine.

C) To those who are getting viruses.... Put a fucking anti-virus on your computer, problem solved.

D) Long live the Pirate Bay!!!
#585. traxxox - 03-05 2012
#584. @torrent02
"...A) People with Mac/Apple computers need to watch it. Whether or not they tell you, they watch your online/download activity. Too much and they'll come and screw you over. ..."

How does that work exactly?
And who is "they"? ("They" could mean people at Apple, your ISP, your local government...etc..)
#586. piratebayuser9999 - 03-06 2012
How do I add comments to Finale 2011 ? Miro and the patch BOTH had a trojan horse detected by AVG and they had to be removed AFTER getting the patch and program installed. Please distribute my experience as appropriate. thank you rebels for your service.
#587. slayer4ya - 03-06 2012
Thank you, #579. anonist - Y-day 15:14

The only solution that worked. I never needed Firefox, as I am able to do the following procedure instead:

1) download Vuze
2) go to TPB through proxy (I'm out of North America for now)
3) find my desired torrent
4) copy info hash
5) go back to Vuze and go to - file > open > torrentfile > add url > paste info hash
6) select which files I want to download

There, thats what I did to solve my mac issue. Hope this helps other people trying to fix this problem. Special thanks to "#579. anoints".


#588. tuskengod - 03-06 2012
Everyone who thought adding large quantities of torrents via magnets to rtorrent need to fret no more, you'll need to install rtorrent-extended by following the guide here

Then here's a quick PHP script for generating a torrent containing a magnet, which you can place in your torrent watch directory.

function makeTorrentFromMagnet($magnet)
return “d10:magnet-uri”.strlen($magnet).”:$magnet”.”e”;

I'll assume if you're smart enough to have gone through that guide, you'll be smart enough to apply that function. The way I did it is with an HTML form that accepts a double-linebreak delimited list of magnets and a path relative to the torrent watch directory, it then loops through all the magnets and writes the torrents to the watch directory, they're then picked up by rtorrent's torrent watcher. I use a webUI to access rtorrent so this is handy for me. You could also write, say, a bash script to do what the script do
#589. WildRapier - 03-06 2012
Damn kids. They're all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?

I am a hacker, enter my world...

Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...

Damn underachiever. They're all alike.

I'm in junior high or high school. I've listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. "No, Ms. Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it in my head..."

Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike.

I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me... Or feels threatened by me.. Or thinks I'm a smart ass.. Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...

Damn kid. All he does is play
#590. WildRapier - 03-06 2012
heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is found. "This is it... this is where I belong..." I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...

Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They're all alike...

You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us cr
#591. WildRapier - 03-06 2012
riminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.

I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.
#592. WildRapier - 03-06 2012
I'll add to this..."tough post" ... like magnets... we will attract each other... pull strength from each other... and drive the motive force of knowledge...with continued evolution of technology, to stay ahead of repression...or to reverse poles and confront it!!!
#593. GrandTheftAutoV - 03-06 2012
I like that it's harder to track, but man are some of these magnets SLOW! All Mass Effect 3 torrents currently at average of 50kb with slight lucky peaks upto 400kb here and there, which is awful considering I used to get 950kb+
#594. tigerneenee11 - 03-06 2012
***To comments about others for being upset***
People have a right to not like this, whether or not their educated about computers (I'm a network manger at a major hospital). First there is only 1 program that will find all peers (1.5-3mbps) LimewirePro. It is not shut-down, older versions work just fine-with TORRENTS! All other P2P's suck. To acknowledge the smartasses, yes there are ways around it, but its too time consuming even for me, let alone normal people who are not techs. So do this and nothing else, get Limewirepro at ,then use KickassTorrents for your downloads. -Etra special hint_ KickassTorrents is not as well indexed as TPB, but they do have them, search TPB then copy the torrents key words and paste to KATorrents. See just 1 step (after you get Limewire of course)
#595. konysheep - 03-06 2012
I can't download anything! Help, why the magnet links don't work?!
#596. c619m - 03-06 2012
How do I add torrents remotely if I can't get access to the URL of the torrent, in a place where installing pretty much everything is disabled.
#597. robotbot - 03-06 2012
Dear TPB,

Do you think this will affect the amount of seeders? I, like many others can no longer seed because EVERYTHING is on my NAS.
#598. robotbot - 03-06 2012
Ok, so if anyone is using Vuze, copy the torrent file from this location and past it into your NAS bittorrent.

#599. robotbot - 03-06 2012
C: Users UservAppData Roaming Azureus torrents
#600. anonist - 03-06 2012
There are regular pirates and there are premium pirates. Lol - Kim Dot Com Back and feed your angry next of kin...
#601. Grost - 03-06 2012
#602. WB808 - 03-07 2012
Sorry i'm a bit confused... where do i find this "hars info"?
#603. mrolie - 03-07 2012
This is NuckingFuts!!, Ive researched everywhere and i still cant figure out how to DL using these damn "Magnet links" Is anyone nice enough to Explain step by step how to use these frigging things! at the moment I try to download/Utorrent opens/dropbox opens/ but theres nothing in the usual torrent box(Its blank)size is 0%. Ive tried using firfox and Chrome but its still blank! If i press "OK" "Invalid path specified Modify and try again" box shows up. What am I doing wrong pleasssssssssse!!!!!!!!!
#604. joanmcbitch - 03-07 2012
@mrolie Download the "nothing". Let it load in UTorrent. It'll find the torrent & DL it though you can't see it initially. If you want to be able to check off what you don't want to download update UTorrent. That's not working? Download BitComet.
#605. traxxox - 03-08 2012
#602. WB808
"...Sorry i'm a bit confused... where do i find this "hars info"?..."
That's a mistake. He means "hash info" or "info hash".
Look at the 40 character hexadecimal number printed on every "details for this torrent" page.
It is under the label "Info Hash:".
#606. mrolie - 03-08 2012

But Nothings Happening? Ive left it like that for 5-10min???
#607. themashedavenger - 03-08 2012
so now i have to read tutorials and work out why these links arent doing anything, probably check options and posibly install a new client thingy... yay!
no that doesnt sound like any hassle at all...

sorry i love u guys, but i really dont need that extra hassle in my life, i think ill just go to demonoid till i can be arsed taking that course in information technology that ive been putting off for 15 years...

love mashy.
#608. Granchen - 03-08 2012
Only problem is that all the private trackers starts to ban all the newer utorrent versions wich means magnet links wont work and you will loose those users
#609. torrent02 - 03-08 2012
@ traxxox,

"They" meaning the Apple company would get in with the government and basically say, "Hey, IP address such and such has had such and such download activity from such and such as site". It would then get added to some list to get checked out.

It's fine to download from an Apple computer, but it'd be a good precaution to use proxies, especially for Mac users. Even I, using Windows, use proxies so I can't get screwed.

Yes, proxies can be backlogged by government, but it's more of an annoyance than anything else. The chances of that ever happening are slim.

Explanation over :)
#610. jkc313 - 03-09 2012
magnets work just fine on macs or pcs. proxies probably a good idea

still: amazing the bitching and whining going on about a service that is provided absolutely FREE.

anyone still using Vuse, download Miro. Miro handles magnets just fine.

my thanks still go out to TPB for the service they have provided for almost 10 years
#611. UltraReverend - 03-10 2012
Wait, I just found a torrent file... Are they back, or did I just find a dusty old torrent in the recesses of TPB that just hasn't been removed yet?
#612. yerisan710 - 03-11 2012
better impossible.... thanks for the coloboracion, we will be working with you in the same way

mejor imposible....gracias por la coloboracion,estaremos colaborando con ustedes de igual forma
#613. wallmartysec - 03-13 2012

GOOD NEWS.... ! I thought I couldnt download movies with magnet link and utorrent 1.7 or 1.8, but it is possible, no problem. Listen: Open in utorrent File, then Add torrent from URL, what you write in the box is NOT the url of the page with the movie from TPB, but instead you right hand click on the magnet link and go to Properties, the URL there is the one you copy and paste as the URL they ask, then the download starts immediately, no problem.

#614. ManyAlias - 03-13 2012

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