How to make Google Chrome open .torrent files with µTorrent

Unfortunately Google Chrome doesn’t currently support opening files without downloading them, which is a pain when dealing with .torrent files which must be manually opened after downloading. I’ve been doing things this way for a while, but today stumbled across a handy feature in µTorrent which solves this minor annoyance: monitoring a directory for .torrent files.

Under Options ? Preferences ? Directories, tick the bottom two boxes (Automatically load .torrents from and Delete loaded .torrents), then type or browse to the path where Chrome downloads your files. For me, it’s D:\Downloads.

You can keep Delete loaded .torrents unticked if you like, but for me this option is a godsend as it saves me having to manually clear old .torrent files from my download directory.

To make the process as seamless as possible, make sure that Chrome’s Ask where to save each file before downloading option is unticked:

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    12 comments on “How to make Google Chrome open .torrent files with µTorrent

    1. Robert says:

      Simple, yet effective trick!
      Thank you, another step into automating things on my pc! :)

    2. Alex C says:

      This truly helps.
      Thank you so much!

    3. Grizly says:

      Thanks man, this is great.

    4. Dancingnancy says:

      Thanks a bunch.. I can’t tell you how annoyed I was with this. I have file OCD :)

    5. Bernie says:


    6. gab says:

      Thanks for the trick, it works! :)

    7. MaximumRD says:

      Thanks this was sooo helpful ! It was driving me bonkers!

    8. Caroline says:

      There’s something easier, that does not force you to have uTorrent open:

      Step 1: download any .torrent file
      Step 2: click on the arrow next to the download button
      Step 3: click on “always open files of this type”

      From now on, all .torrent files will open using uTorrent.

    9. Chris Barnes says:

      Awesome! Thanks Caroline.

    10. ivan says:

      Probably a better way :
      after you download a torrent file, you can click on the arrow, next to the files name in Chrom. There you can choose to always open files from the same type. (using Utorrent for example as it is in my case)

    11. vic says:

      You just saved my life. :D
      Thank you

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