Can't download torrent files from YIFY (yts.am)

I go to yts.am, browse any movie and when i click the download button for the torrent file, it opens a blank page for me instead of downloading the torrent file. This issue is not with all pages however. For some movies it downloads the torrrent file whereas for some it shows a blank page with the file download URL at the address bar.

Screenshot of the issue. notice the address bar

what the download buttons look like
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Exact URL of the website in question: https://www.yts.am

Did the issue present with default Shields settings? (yes/no) yes

Does the site function as expected when Shields are turned off? no, the issue persists

Is there a specific Shields configuration that causes the site to break? If so, tell us that configuration. (yes/no): no

Does the site work as expected when using Chrome? I don’t have chrome to check. however, the site works fine both on my chrome and brave on android

Brave version (check About Brave): Version 1.29.79 Chromium: 93.0.4577.63

@markprezendes,
Thank you for reaching out to us.
So Brave has a built-in torrent client (webtorrent) – are you intending to use that to watch the contents of the torrent file in browser? Or are you wanting to download the torrent file and use your own torrent client?

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Clicking on the green button, will allow you to save the torrent file. Then just open that .torrent file in your fav application.

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I want to download the torrent file and use my own torrent client.

The white menu on your screenshot, I never get that when I open yts.am. :thinking:

@fanboynz @Mattches
I made a video of the issue but brave community doesn’t allow more than 4MB so I had to uplolad it on a third party site. Secondly, throught the video my mouse isn’t visible but note that I was clicking at the buttons that say 720p, 1080p, 2160p. If required I will make another video from my phone so that the mouse is visible.
Link to video
http://www.solidfiles.com/v/2dBGVM83nA7rp

Direct Video Link
http://s01-stream.solidfilesusercontent.com/stream/Nzc0YjVlZTNmMzA5NjFiZTU3ODY1ODNjYmZiNTYzZWNhMDFmNTI0MzoxbU9ZVGM6OHdqTXhPQkduaXhDY2kxTG90bkVpUlBYa2dv/2dBGVM83nA7rp.mp4

I noticed that Brave is trying to redirect you to WebTorrent, is that enabled via brave://settings/extensions ?

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Yes. I have kept it enabled because once in a blue moon I download something which is so small in size like 10MB 15MB that I feel it convenient to download through brave instead of opening my torrent client.

Could you check whether disabling WebTorrent, restarting Brave, and trying again will work out?

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Yes it works! But if it was trying redirect me to WebTorrent why was it showing me a blank screen instead? Isn’t that a bug?

It is probably an issue with WebTorrent, here are my findings:

  1. I enabled WebTorrent via brave://settings/extensions.
  2. Restarted Brave.
  3. Opened https://yts.mx/movies/cinderella-2021.
  4. Clicked on 720p.WEB, which is located right of Available in:.
  5. I was prompted to download the torrent.
  6. Repeated step 4 but this time clicked on 1080p.WEB and 2160p.WEB.
  7. I was displayed a blank white page.

To make sure WebTorrent is the culprit, I did the following:

  1. Disabled WebTorrent via brave://settings/extensions.
  2. Restarted Brave.
  3. Opened https://yts.mx/movies/cinderella-2021.
  4. Clicked on all 720p.WEB, 1080p.WEB, 2160p.WEB.
  5. Verified I was prompted to download all 3 torrents.

I tested using Brave Beta with default Brave Shields settings.

Brave 1.30.68 Chromium: 93.0.4577.63 (Official Build) beta (64-bit)
Revision ff5c0da2ec0adeaed5550e6c7e98417dac77d98a-refs/branch-heads/4577@{#1135}
OS Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)

CC: @Mattches and @fanboynz for additional information if anything can be done regarding WebTorrent.

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I just found a Github report that looks like the same issue.


Yep, there is definitely something wrong with WebTorrent. I just repeated my tests from my previous comment, and I got a blank screen even after clicking on 720p.WEB.

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@Rethanis excellent sleuthing.

@markprezendes I will reach out to the team and try and get some eyes on this particular issue.

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