Help Downloading

Updated: 27-Aug-2014
Help Downloading
Install BitTorrent Client
To download from MagnetDL you need to install what's called a BitTorrent Client. We recommend uTorrent because it has full support for magnet links. It's free and file size is small so you should be able to download it quickly. Once the download is complete, double click the file and follow the simple step by step installation. We also have an optional uTorrent Search Plugin so you can search MagnetDL from within uTorrent.

Searching On MagnetDL
When searching MagnetDL generally all words you put in the search query will be used. Our search is case-insensitive. This means a search for "your search query" is the same as "Your Search Query". If searching for a specific TV Show and Episode, eg: S02E13 is shortcut for Season 02, Episode 13. This has become a standard for uploaders when they create the title of the download.

You will notice the red magnet icon at the left of each download title. This is a direct download link for convenience. This means clicking a magnet icon will automatically open your BitTorrent client to start downloading. You will also notice the SE (Seeders) and LE (Leechers) columns. Seeders means the number of users who are currently sharing the download. Leechers means the number of users who are currently downloading it. Generally you want a healthy number of seeders so you have more sources to download from. If the SE (Seeders) column is zero you may struggle to download the content successfully.

For your convenience you can sort your search result by: Age, Type, Files, Size, SE, LE, and you can do it either Ascending or Descending. Eg: Sorting by Size can allow you to see which download has the largest file size. Sorting by SE can allow you to see which download has the highest number of seeders.

Viewing Download Information
When you click a blue download link in the search results you will be able to see comprehensive download information. In particular, you will be able to see the file list information to give you a better idea of what exactly you are downloading. It also shows the file size of each individual file in the download. You can also share the download page with friends by posting on social network sites.

When you see the "More Info" field you should always click on the INFO link to view more information. These are sometimes extremely important because they can provide instructions on how to install the file(s) you download. If it's a music download it can contain the track listings and the bitrate quality of the tracks. If it's a Movie download it can contain the language spoken and languages texted, as well as the video and audio quality. Some downloads also have an IMDB link so you can view further information.

Downloading Files
With magnet links, when you add a download to your BitTorrent client you will usually only see the name of the download. The files and size will be blank. This is because that information is unknown by the download client until you proceed to download. Once your download begins this information will become available. It has to collect it from seeders who already have this download. If there are some files in the archive you do not wish to download you can click the "Files" tab, right click on the file you don't want to download and click "Don't Download".

If you have trouble downloading, click on the "Trackers" tab and make sure the "status" of everything is working. If DHT, Local Peer Discovery, or Peer Exchange are not working you may need to change the settings. Go to: Options > Preferences > BitTorrent. Ensure "Enable DHT Network", "Enable DHT for new torrents", "Enable Local Peer Discovery", and "Enable Peer Exchange" are all ticked.

Security Measures
We recommend you scan any file(s) you download from the Internet. AVG, BitDefender, NOD32, Kaspersky AntiVirus are some examples of antivirus software. If you don't scan your files with antivirus software there is a chance your computer can be infected. Usually you don't need to do this manually. Your antivirus should automatically scan any file you download. Although we try to only link to downloads that have reputable uploaders we are unable to guarantee every file is a safe one.

After Downloading
Many files you download will be compressed into RAR (eg: .rar, .r01) or ZIP (eg: .zip) archives. To extract these files we recommend WinRAR. Having WinRAR installed on your system is convenient if you plan on downloading these types of files often. Your download is usually split into parts (eg, .rar, .r01, .r02, etc). You need to download all parts before attempting to extract the file. When all parts are downloaded, ensure they have been all saved in one folder. Then you can simply double-click on one of the files and it will open WinRAR. You can then extract (decompress) these files (parts).

With movie files we recommend VLC Media Player. It is completely free to download with zero spyware and can handle just about any movie format you throw at it. You will notice most movie files are in .avi or .mp4 format - both of which VLC can easily handle. It plays most codecs with no codec packs required. Eg: MPEG-2, H.264, DivX, MPEG-4, WMV player.

If the above sounds like jargon to you - don't worry! If it seems complex it really isn't. Once you do this once or twice you will be a professional at downloading from MagnetDL!

Firefox Search Plugin
With our helpful Firefox search plugin you can search directly from within Firefox without having to go to our website first - Install MagnetDL Plugin. After installation click on the Google logo in the search field on the top right corner of the browser window and choose "MagnetDL". You can now search for downloads on MagnetDL directly from your browser window.

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