How do BitTorrent magnet links work?

A BitTorrent magnet link identifies a torrent using1 a SHA-1 or truncated SHA-256 hash value known as the “infohash”. This is the same value that peers (clients) use to identify torrents when communicating with trackers or other peers. A traditional .torrent file contains a data structure with two top-level keys: announce, identifying the tracker(s) to … Read more