So I'm still on a mac and I still don't seem to have any of the options you mention. This problem of Limewire being my default torrent app happened when I installed Snow Leopard. I'm assuming this is relevant. Please, any advice at all would be gratefully received.
I've attached a few screenshots of the interface section of my preferences just in case they help.
Thanks in advance,
Re: How to set Vuze as default download software, not LIMEWIRE
Jan 11, 2010 8:55 PM
in response to: timdaw
Not sure if Snow Leopard throws any wrenches in the works, but did you try the following.
To set torrent files to open with Vuze:
Get Info on a torrent, change the "open with:" option to Vuze and then click "Change All...".
To set your browser and other apps to open magnet links in Vuze, you could try installing RCDefaultApp which installs a System Preferences where you can edit the URL protocol for magnet links to open in Vuze and you can set the .torrent extension to open in Vuze.
For the love of... please stop talking about scrolling down and 'its there'. He said he's on a MAC, they both did, and that feature is simply NOT available on the mac version of Vuze. So please stop giving Windows advice.
As a MAC user, the best way to work around this is to make your internet browser recognize your application to always open magnet / torrent links with Vuze as your default application.
If you're using firefox: Firefox -> Preferences -> Applications -> magnet
You may enter 'magnet' into the search bar and the result will show up immediately. To the right you will see action and a drop down menu with various application options. If you do not see the application you wish, then select 'user other...' and find the application in your OS (usually found in the application folder).
Using the same search, type in 'torrent' and do the same thing.
A similar process can be used with IE or whatever.
IF you're using torrent files then its quite easy.
You just right click the torrent file, get info, open with, select the program, click change all.
Had this problem myself for quite some time on an older Mac and kept getting the error message:
Protocol (magnet) isn't associated with any program
until I finally figured it out. I had thought that the problem was that I was running OS 10.3.9, so I upgraded to 10.4.11, but in retrospect it shouldn't have been necessary, but I can't say for certain. That being said, all of these steps may not be necessary but this is the configuration that finally worked for me (although it does seem a little unstable, so some tweaking may be required):
1. In Firefox, in the URL bar enter:
You may get a warning message prompting you to continue with caution (you should).
2. One the information loads, scroll down the list. You are looking for four entries:
If they don't exist, you'll have to create them one-by-one; if they do exist, set them to the following values. To create them, control-click in the window and select:
New --> Boolean --> Name: network.protocol-handler.external.magnet --> Value: true
New --> Boolean --> Name: network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet --> Value: false
New --> Boolean --> Name: network.protocol-handler.warn-external.magnet --> Value: false
New --> String --> Name: network.protocol-handler.app.magnet --> Value: usr/bin/azureus
(If they already exist, then control-click and "Toggle" or "Modify"). The key for me was not to try to link to the GUI location of the app (/Applications/Azureus/Azureus.app), but rather the system level application, which is why I say this should have worked under 10.3.9.
Not sure if that's necessary, but once again ... works for me.
3. That should do the trick. You might have to Quit Firefox and relaunch, but after I configured it with those settings, magnet links worked again. I was slightly unstable and sometimes Azureus/Vuze would crash after a link, but relaunching seemed to solve the problem.
Re: How to set Vuze as default download software, NOT frostwire
Sep 12, 2012 11:26 PM
in response to: tinker
As per the suggestions you received "A prior post said to try Options -> Interface -> Reset File Associations, but I couldn't find any "Reset File Associations" under that tab, or anything that looked vaguely related."
There is no such options in V188.8.131.52
If you want to make vuze ur default downloader then follow the steps.
1) Open Firefox - Tools
2) Click Application Tabs. It will show content type & application to be associated
3) Search for Magnets (below content type list).
4) Besides magnet ( u will see frostwire in application side). Click on Frostwire & you will get a drop down box. Selecy always ask or Vuze or any other Torrent downloader & click ok.