What are magnet links?

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What are magnet links?

Post by LUNA NOCTURNE on Wed 20 Feb 2013, 13:45

Can you explain the simplest way possible what are magnet links, and what is the difference between a magnet link and a torrent?
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Re: What are magnet links?

Post by invalidusername on Thu 21 Feb 2013, 02:09

Magnet links are basically alternate download links.


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Re: What are magnet links?

Post by Rozen on Thu 21 Feb 2013, 03:48

I assume you are familiar with torrent files. Basically, the torrent file contains the "metadata" which is information such as file list, filenames, tracker url, etc. Your BitTorrent client calculates a hash code which serves as a kind of ID in order to find peers (people who download/upload) that share the files.

The magnet link is just a set of parameters with the hash code which makes it possible for you to get the metadata directly from peers.

So, think of it as downloading the torrent file from peers.
I hope that makes a bit of sense! Razz

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