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What are Magnet Links?

A magnet link is an open URI-scheme and supporting practices/code for enabling seamless integration between websites and locally-running utilities, such as file-management tools or peer to peer clients.

Magnet links have been implemented in DC++ 0.4032. With this version of DC++, it will register, by default, to handle any magnet: links you click on in web pages. If you click on one of these links, DC++ will pop up and ask you if you want to search the DC network (or hubs you're connected to, at least) for this hash.

You can create your own magnets in the search frame, file list window, and download queue by a new contextual menu choice - just right click on the file you want a magnet for, and select Copy magnet link to clipboard. Since magnet links are an open standard for all (peer to peer) applications, there are hash types in some magnets that DC++ cannot handle. It can only handle magnets that contain a tiger tree hash.

An example link looks like: magnet:?xt=urn:tree:tiger:UXNWMYERN37HJNXB7V6KDJKZXMFBIQAGMDMYDBY&dn=DCPlusPlus-0.4032.exe.

Submitted by GargoyleMT

DC++ Change Log Related Entries:
0.671: Magnet registration fix (thanks ullner and farcry)
0.667: Fixed magnet registration issue (thanks garg)
0.4032: Added bitzi.com lookup and magnet link copy (thanks garg), Added (limited support for) magnet link handling (thanks garg), Magnet handler included in installer (thanks garg & magnethandler author)

Last update: 2006-06-02 21:14
Author: BSOD2600
Revision: 1.0

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