- Demonoid: Oh no… this private membership community was accepting new members but now seems to be offline. With the demise of , Demonoid was one of your best options for finding current torrents and getting reliable seeders so this is particularly sad.
- RARBG.to: This site is for P2P enthusiasts who take their file sharing seriously. In particular, RARBG is about quality high-resolution torrents, not about high quantities of torrents. When you look at the file sizes, you’ll see why this site is not for everybody. But if you are serious about your video files, then definitely consider this exclusive site. Note: memberships are not given freely, as the community there is very tight-knit. Adult advertising and pop-ups are also very annoying at this site.
- Torlock: Torlock is special. These folks actually pay their users a commission for uncovering fake torrents and reporting it to their community. In a world of phony files, this is a tremendous service. If you are a regular downloader and are tired of wasted downloads and fraudulent files, give Torlock a try.
- EZTV.ag: this site is run by respected uploaders. It doesn’t have the same volume of options as larger sites, but readers say that the quality of the files is consistently good.
- : SeedPeer was a very large database of over 3 million torrent files but seems to be offline now. Too bad – the search interface was simple, and the keyword cloud map helped as a discovery means to find interesting movies, TV shows, and music artists. Fans spoke very highly of SeedPeer.
- idope.se: This is a somewhat new site created in tribute of K.A.T. The administrators of idope also offer a mobile app for those users who use tablets and smartphones for their P2P hobby. Not many readers are aware of this site yet, and the interface is still being tweaked for improvement. Give this site a try and let us know if it works for you.
- Bitport.io: Bitport is a newer 3rd party service in the Czech Republic. They don’t give you torrents but instead will download torrents for you onto their own private servers. Once your large files are transferred to them, you then log on and download the completed file directly to your computer. The free version allows 100MB per hour transfer. You can subscribe to get faster transfer speeds. Bitport is an excellent service, and considering the risks that they incur, the small monthly fee is an excellent value for the customer.
- Boxopus: Boxopus is like , a 3rd party cloud downloader. The service does charge $1.50 to use for a week or $50 for a year. If you want to integrate with Dropbox, then you’ll need to look elsewhere, as Dropbox has blocked Boxopus torrents. But there are some very convenient features here that some readers really rave about. The price is actually very reasonable if you plan your downloads so that you can use the week-long access to its maximum.
- ExtraTorrent.cc: is very visual and very busy. But the thumbnails and file information at this site are tremendous. This site is definitely worth trying, as it is very browsing-friendly for discovering movies and music artists.
- Toorgle.com: Toorgle is a torrent metasearch engine based on Google technology. Like any metasearch service, your searches result from multiple other search engines on the Web. Toorgle retrieves the location of these files for you as a kind of matchmaking service. It’s quick to use and can help you find rare or obscure torrents. Just make sure you are careful in which torrent you choose at Toorgle because Toorgle will show results from dodgy torrent sites, take the time to check that a torrent has positive comments and is verified by users before you download. Careful and experienced users comment that Toorgle can be very helpful if you know how to pick the good torrents from the bad.
- Isohunt.to: Isohunt is reborn! After being shut down by the MPAA on October 17, 2013, Isohunt has been resurrected with a new domain name in a new country. Please support this longtime champion of P2P file sharing!
- Torrent Funk: Torrent Funk is a very popular torrent search site that now supports commenting. While Torrent Funk also supports ‘verified status’ tagging, which some people prefer to comments. The interface can be difficult to discern between sponsored ads and the actual torrent links. But the Torrent Funk site layout is pleasing, the cross- movie recommendations are very helpful, and several readers highly recommended Torrent Funk. Give this site a try, and watch if it will grow over time.
- here and here. : Sad news… KAT IS OFFLINE as of July 20, 2016. The administrator of was arrested by US investigators in Poland. He is now charged with copyright infringement. Read more on the shutdown
- Torrents.me: This site offers metasearching of movies and music in English and Spanish. There are some popup advertisements that are annoying, but perhaps you might like the framed interface for searching other torrent sites.
- BitSnoop.com: The largest known database of torrents today. With over 18 million indexed files, one could argue that this is the only site you’d need to search at. Try BitSnoop for yourself and see how it presents its results with its comments and ratings… you might like this site as much as other readers do.
- TorrentHound: At over 4.7 million torrents at the time of its death, TorrentHound was one of the largest players in the torrent P2P game. Unfortunately, they’re shut down for good.
- LimeTorrents: LimeTorrents looks like most other torrent sites: tabular lists of torrents, with girly porn advertising in the sidebars. But LimeTorrents does have a growing database of nearly 2 million torrents, and multiple readers speak highly of the quality of seeds and legit files in the Lime catalog.
- FullDLS: At over 2.5 million torrents, Pearltrees/FullDLS is one of the larger torrent search sites today. The advertising is a bit cumbersome, and you’ll have difficulty finding what is worth clicking and what is just sponsored banner advertising. But the site is recommended by readers, and the search catalog does have popular files.
- Monova.org: This service is another example of clean and simple interface style. Additionally, Monova goes beyond torrents to also index newsgroup sites (e.g. alt.binaries.highspeed), which can sometimes be faster than torrent swarm downloads. Advertising is as unobtrusive as possible on the Monova pages themselves. Popup adult advertising will be a turn off for some users, but if you can work around that, this search service has a strong catalog of modern torrents.
- 1337X: This site went through all sorts of changes, and eventually ended up as a subdomain of Torrentbay India. The database wasn’t nearly as large as its competitors, but you could find some good obscure older torrents here. Unfortunately, they seem to be gone for good.
- TorrentDownloads.cct: With over 6 million torrent files in its catalog, this site is considered the second-largest torrent index on the Web today. To help you navigate the sheer magnitude of its database, TorrentDownloads also publishes a filter to see only those torrents that have passed verification testing.
- Torrentz.com: This metasearch engine may look a bit amateurish, but it works well. It conveniently scours other torrent search sites for you, arguably saving you 20 minutes of search time when you are seeking that one particular song or movie.
- YourBitTorrent.com: This site has gone through changes over the years. The sponsored download links are annoying, especially for beginners who are not used to visually filtering out the paid advertising links. But readers at have spoken highly of this site. If you are an intermediate or advanced downloader, visit YouBitTorrent and decide for yourself if you like the interface.
- Fenopy.eu: Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy has a Spartan and clean interface, and a portion of its library is dedicated to verified torrents. Easy sorting of the tabular results and a catalog of the most popular torrents will please most users. Advertising does pop up and distract, but no more than other torrent sites. Definitely, give a try.
Here is a Visual Version of this Top Torrent Site List (not as updated and will be merged with this article soon).
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Disclaimer and legal warning for new torrent users: Lifewire does not condone illegal sharing of copyrighted material. While P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are indeed copyrighted. Uploading these copyrighted files puts you at risk of a civil lawsuit in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK. While these lawsuits are often class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials, some lawsuits are harshly targeted at making examples of individual downloaders. These P2P civil lawsuits are very real, and whether or not they are successful, they are extreme financial and emotional burdens on the defendant.
ISP warning: your ISP may choose to release logs of your downloading/uploading activity to potential copyright plaintiffs. The more megabytes you download, the more you risk being sued by copyright protection groups.
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The Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay is a peer to peer file sharing site where users can swap movie, music, and game files. It’s defined as a torrent tracker, which means that it’s a central hub for all file transfers that Pirate Bay users share. The site was created in 2003 and remains one of the most popular places online to find all kinds of content.
While you can search via keyword on Pirate Bay, it’s more interesting to see what’s in the Pirate Bay Top 100 picks. These are the files that are seeing more activity than anything else on the site, divided by category into Books, Music, TV Shows, Movies, and lots more.
Isohunt is a bittorrent file search engine with millions of fans all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of files are shared here every single day, making it one of the most popular torrent websites currently in existence.
Isohunt offers a sophisticated search that offers Boolean search filters, wildcards, and the use of quotations to specify a phrase. You can subscribe via RSS to any search phrase. Click on a search result, and you’ll see a summary of contents, user submitted comments and criticism, and of course, a link to download the files you’re looking for.
Public Domain Movie Torrents
You’re not going to find any extremely popular movies here at Public Domain Movie Torrents, but what you will find are tons of completely free classic and B-movie movie files. Because they have fallen out of copyright and are now in the public domain, you can share these movies, available in a variety of different formats, with as many people as you would like without fear of copyright infringement.
Kickass Torrents, a torrent search engine created in 2008, offers a very user-friendly site that beginners will especially appreciate. Check out the content on Kickass Torrents several different ways: by tag, by keyword, by category, by latest download, and by most recent releases.
Mininova is one of the largest torrent search engines on the Web, started back in 2005, and therefore offers you a LOT of content from which to choose from – even an RSS feed so you can stay updated easily on featured content.
You can search for files at Mininova several different ways: see what’s the most popular, browse the categories (books, anime, games, TV shows, etc.), or check out Mininova’s advanced search. The advanced search gives you even more options, including the ability to filter your search via keyword.