I installed a Popcorn-time desktop software on my Ubuntu linux to try that out. It appears to use a torrent technology to stream content as it downloads at the same time. Somehow that now gets the default to open magnet links for torrent files. Have not remembered any setting asking me to make the app open by default during installation or at download.
I don’t want this, don’t know how to change to my default torrent software – Transmission BitTorrent.
How to change back?
Add/edit it into the following files. Either or both is fine, but better to have it in for the system-wide list if you have multiple users.
- System-wide: /usr/share/applications/defaults.list
- User-specific: ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
The value of this entry – x-scheme-handler/magnet – needs to be set to the application you prefer.
For example, since you want it to be Transmission it will be similar as shown below:
Just make sure the .desktop file for the desired application is correct. Again you can check for that file in the same directory where this list is found.
As an alternative, the following terminal commands will also help.
Find out what is the existing default app that will handle such mime-type for your existing user:
:~$ xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/magnet
Replace that by using the next command:
:-$ xdg-mime default transmission-gtk.desktop x-scheme-handler/magnet
Lastly, you can check again if the last command was successful by running the first one.