Not able to change default app for Magnet links

  1. Posts : 8
    Win 8.1.1

    Not able to change default app for Magnet links

    good day i noticed since going to 10 that clicking on magnet links does not open bittorrent. i have rerun windows and still the same problem. in cyberfox i fixed it easily enough, but for chrome and torch no love. i found a couple of things about registry entries but they did not work. i try to assign bittorrent to magnet links in windows but i cannot choose a default app from the system, i only get what you see below which is to "look for an app in the store". there must be a way to fix this so i can pick an app already on my system. thanks in advance for any gelp with this.

    Not able to change default app for Magnet links-app-store-bullshit.png
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  2. Posts : 8
    Win 8.1.1
    Thread Starter

    no one has any idea on how to fix this?
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 build 1809

    I am looking for the exact same thing can someone please help
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10


    Hey, I know this is an old thread but since it looks like people are still experiencing this problem and I also ran into this issue i'll post this.

    It seems like Deluge isn't changing the registry entry for the Magnet protocol.
    To change it manually directly run regedit.exe as admin and change values for these registry keys:

    to icon file or exe of your installed Deluge

    to your exe of your Deluge.
    Mine looks like this


    C:\Program Files (x86)\Deluge\deluge-1.3.15-py2.7.egg\deluge\data\pixmaps\deluge.ico

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Deluge\deluge.exe" "%1"

    I don't know if i'm allowed to post links in this forum but I saw the topic discussed on deluges official forum where they also showed how to create a .reg file for a fix but the above solution worked for me.

    Hope this helps.
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  5. SMF
    Posts : 3

    I apologize in advance for reviving this thread, but because none of the suggestions were helpful in my case, and this thread is high-ranking in Google about its specificity, I'll add another possibility:

    Look into your registry, specifically sub-keys of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet

    There are a few crappy apps that use this association method without bothering to clean-up after their mess once uninstalled. Known for doing this crap are Torch and Citrio browsers, others will exist without a doubt.

    There they will have an URL association for magnets that will sabotage anything in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

    A quick way to check this, without actually navigating to the key in question would be:

    1. Open the command prompt, type the following:
    reg query HKCU\Software\Clients /v magnet /s
    Note: as an example, this was the result for me:

        magnet    REG_SZ    CitrioDOC.FVBLGPJK6BS5NI3EMFOUZGPMJI
    End of search: 1 match(es) found.
    2. If there is at least 1 match to the query above, you might be inclined to delete it, the command will be structured based on the results above: reg delete (match key) /v (match value) /f, based on the same example, this is what is should look like:
    reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Citrio.FVBLGPJK6BS5NI3EMFOUZGPMJI\Capabilities\URLAssociations /v magnet /f
    This should do it if you have the same exact issue I had, but if it doesn't solve it right away make sure to close your browser and reopen it for it to acknowledge the lack of the key just deleted.
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro

    Workaround that worked for me

    Hey sorry I realize this is an old thread, but I was struggling with this problem and none of the options here worked for me, so I might as well post what worked for me:

    Basically this, but in case that issue is unavailable in the future I copy paste that, so the following isn't from me directly, just what worked for me:

    add qBittorrent to windows PC Settings/Search and apps/Defaults Dropbox - Screenshot 2015-02-08 03.03.21.png - Simplify your life with these values. notice that magnet use the app icon 0. torrent use the file icon 1

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    "Content Type"="application/x-magnet"
    "URL Protocol"=""
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe\",0"
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe\" \"%1\""
    "Content Type"="application/x-bittorrent"
    @="Torrent file"
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe\",1"
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe\" \"%1\""
    "ApplicationIcon"="C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe,1"
    "ApplicationDescription"="Torrent downloader"
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\qBittorrent\\qbittorrent.exe\""
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