The File Extensions Database


.MAGNET File Extension

  • Developer by: BitTorrent, Inc.
  • Category: Internet related Files

What is an .MAGNET file?

.MAGNET is Magnet link

The magnet file extension is associated with the Bittorrent, eDonkey, DC++  and other peer to peer file sharing systems.

The magnet file stores magnet link that refer to resources available for download via peer-to-peer networks.

It is stored in simple text format and editable in any text editor.


How to open:

Use compatible tools to open *.magnet links.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .magnet file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

How to solve problems with MAGNET files

  • Associate the MAGNET file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any MAGNET file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.MAGNET files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the MAGNET file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .MAGNET is Magnet link. Because only the current version supports the latest MAGNET file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the BitTorrent, Inc. manufacturer website after an available .MAGNET is Magnet link update.
  • To make sure that your MAGNET file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.