Torrents have been around for a while, and currently, torrent trackers are more popular than ever. During the years, many trackers appeared, gained a trusted community and then disappeared due to legal issues and active government intervention. Some like Demonoid managed to come back after several months of inactivity, while others sank back into oblivion.
If your favorite torrent tracker got shut downed or it’s down for unknown reasons, you’re probably looking for an alternative. While the net is full of torrent sites, not all of them can offer you quality content. Furthermore, for someone who is new to the BitTorrent world, finding a torrent tracker might be difficult.
So, today we’re going to talk about the 10 best torrent sites. But first, let me answer some questions you might have.
Are Torrents illegal?
As long as you’re downloading copyrighted content such as movies, songs, books, or games torrents are illegal. You might get in serious trouble depending on where you live. Some countries have “good privacy laws” like Bulgaria, and they don’t care much about torrenting. But in others like Germany or the UK, you can get a hefty fine for downloading something as small as a song.
Should I Use VPN for Torrenting?
Visiting a torrent tracker, you might get a message saying that you’re not using a VPN and your IP address and locations are visible. But should you get a VPN? The short answer is yes. A VPN hides your Internet activity from your internet provider so that they don’t know that you’re downloading a torrent. Hence, they don’t know you’re doing “illegal” things.
What’s more, some of the torrent trackers we’re going to talk about might be banned in your country. And the only way to surpass that block is using a VPN. I recommend ExpressVPN.
What’s the Difference between Private and Public Trackers?
Think about private trackers as a closed community. They don’t let anyone join easily, and they have rules for maintaining a seeding/leeching ration and how long you should seed a file. The good thing about them is that you’re less likely to download an infected file and you have a larger seed pool available.
Public trackers are trackers which everyone can use. Some of them might require an account, others might not. I’ve included only public trackers on the list because you can start downloading immediately and you won’t have to wait for account approval.
Top 10 Torrent Sites
After we’ve covered the basics, let’s see the ten best torrent sites, where you can get your daily dose of shows, games, and music.
I’m sure that The Pirate Bay is number one is not a shock to anyone. This famous Swedish torrent site has been under attacks from the government for years resulting in domain changes and downtime. Not only that, but access to it has been blocked in several countries. Nevertheless, The Pirate Bay is indeed hard to kill, and it’s still up and running after 14 years.
After the demise of KickassTorrents, it’s the most popular torrent tracker boasting millions of regular users, a large uploader community, and diverse content. You can find almost anything from books to “adult” movies, and you don’t even need registration to download torrents. The interface is user-friendly and allows you to sort torrents by seeders/leechers.
If you can’t access the site from your country, it means it’s on the block list. In such case, you can either get a VPN or use one of TPB’s mirrors and proxies.
Founded in 2008, RARBG started as a Bulgarian tracker, which steadily climbed to the top. Currently, it holds a global rating of 330 according to Alexa. What makes it so appealing to a larger percent of the online community is quality and diversity – you can find movies, games, TV, music, and software.
Just like The Pirate Bay, RARBG is easy to navigate and user-friendly. You can sort through the content quickly, see “Top ten,” search through the catalog, or read some movie news. You don’t need to create an account to use the site, but you can create one in several minutes.
However, RARBG is blocked in several countries, including Bulgaria. But you shouldn’t have a problem if you’re using a VPN or going through one of the several available proxies.
The unfortunate demise of KickassTorrent back in 2016 opened up a hole in the torrent community, and 1337X rose to the challenge. Created in 2007, 1337X got extremely popular in the last two years, thanks to its new design, large catalog, and the dedicated group of uploaders who provide fresh content.
Looking through the site, you’ll notice useful links like “Trending Torrents,” “New TV Episodes,” “Top 100 Torrents” in addition to a movie and TV show library. The site also has a nice music selection, 3D movies, UHD movies, e-books, and games. You can sort search results by category, size, seeders, leechers, and time.
You don’t need to open an account to download torrent and magnet links. But creating an account will also allow you to stream torrents. You also need an account to upload files, and the site has some rule, you’d better check.
Keep in mind that the site is blocked from Google, and it won’t appear in the search results. That should tell you that 1337X is rightfully among the best torrent sites.
If you’re a movie fan, YTS.ag will quickly turn into your favorite torrent tracker. This site deals exclusively with movies, which you can download in high-definition – 720p, 1080p or even in 3D. What’s more, the site has a user-friendly design, and it’s easy to sort the torrents by quality, genre, rating or order.
Another thing, which immediately caught my attention, is that every torrent has a nice description in addition to Rotten Tomato score, IMD rating, cast, and director. You’ll also notice that the size of the high-definition movies is smaller in comparison with other trackers so that they won’t take so much space on your hard drive. Furthermore, you can read some interesting reviews and comments.
Similar to the other torrent sites we’ve discussed this one also doesn’t require a registration. But if you have “requests” for a particular torrent, you’ll have to make an account.
A relatively new in the torrent world, Zooqle proves to be an excellent alternative to more popular trackers. Zooqle boasts a clean, user-friendly design and over three million verified torrents, including a large collection of movies and TV shows. What’s more, Zooqle’s search engine will also give you suggestions when you start typing.
What will catch your attention once you start looking through the site is that it has a TV calendar. You can see upcoming TV episodes it, which is a great way to keep an eye on your favorite TV program. Furthermore, when you select a movie, you’ll see different releases sorted by video quality from 3D to low definition.
Torrentz.eu used to be one of the most popular torrent search engines, and many were sad to see it close down in 2016. However, the good news is that we already have Torrentz2, a successor of Torrentz.eu which proudly takes its place among the best torrent sites.
Just like Torrentz.eu, Torrentz2 doesn’t host torrent but acts as a search engine. A quick search for one famous superhero movie brought up hundreds of torrent links with possible download locations.
You can sort results by age, peer, rating, and size and narrow the search by selecting “verified” or “adult on” and “adult off.”
Moreover, the design of Torrentz2 is simple to use. All you have to do with type what you’re looking for or select “My Torrentz,” which brings up the latest verified torrents as well as the week’s top torrents.
One possible downside of Torrentz2 is that you can stumble upon a fake torrent link if you’re not careful. However, a quick Torrentz2 search shows that each torrent link has feedback which shows you what the quality of the content is and whether it has viruses or malware.
Another torrent tracker that offers quality content is TorrentDownloads. Its boasts a user-friendly design which is pleasing to the eye and makes it easy to navigate. TorrentDownloads also seems to have a variety of categories, including anime, software, and books.
What caught my attention besides the design is that the categories are sorted by genre. So you can find only drama movies or pop songs, for example. Sadly, you can’t sort the results by size, seeds, or leech, which means that you can’t filter inactive torrents.
Instead, you can see the most active torrents as well as most seeded and leeched ones from a link on the main page. In addition to this, you can select “Today’s torrents” and “Yesterday torrents” if you want to see what’s new on the site.
And as far as I can tell, you don’t need an account to download a torrent, and you can also rate existing torrents and leave feedback regarding their quality and authenticity.
TorrentDownloads even offer you a list of other torrents site under “Advertisement Link” on the main page. You can check them out if you don’t find whatever you’re looking for on the site.
On the negative side, the advanced search option is a lot simpler than I expected. A better filtering system will certainly benefit TorrentDownloads’ users because you can get lost in the sea of inactive torrents.
If you are a TV fan, you can’t find a better torrent site than EZTV to get your daily dose of favorite shows. As far as I can tell, it has a great variety of content, and probably all shows currently airing on TV.
Clicking on a torrent shows that each has a detailed description and the ability to leave comments and feedback. It also shows who uploaded the torrent and whether it is verified.
In addition to this, you have several filters at your disposal: 720p, 480p, WEBRips, and Daily Shows. But I don’t see a way to sort results by size or seeds.
On the other hand, if you select your show, you can see available episodes on EZTV as well as detailed information about the show. In addition to this, they have a “Show List,” where you can find the status and the rating of the show.
If that’s not enough, EZTV also have a countdown list which shows you how many days until your favorite show returns. And you can do all that without having to create an account. However, if you want to get rid of the ads, you’ll have to make an account or use an ad blocker.
EZTV also has a forum where make requests for certain shows and episodes. The only thing that would make this torrent site better would be the ability to request seed on inactive torrents.
Another addition to our list of the bests torrent sites is LimeTorrents. It has a nice and clean design, which is what catches the eye of the user. It also offers a great variety of content, including anime and apps.
What I like about is that you have several download options, including torrent, magnet link, and anonymous download. It also warns you if you’re not using VPN to hide your IP address. But the excellent thing is that they state in the FAQ that they won’t log any IP addresses or hostname to protect their users’ privacy.
Another advantage is that you don’t need an account to download content. But you need one if you want to rate torrents, post comments or add torrents to your bookmarks.
I also noticed that they have “Top Torrents” and “New Torrents,” which allows you to see what is trending and what is new. They also have a quick browse option and links to other torrent trackers.
Another advantage of LimeTorrents is its blog, which features interesting articles about how to unblock LimeTorrents in some countries as well as mirror and proxy suggestions.
Kickass Torrents have quite the history of ups and downs. Nevertheless, the famous torrent tracker is back on track and makes our list of the best torrent sites.
As usual, Kickass Torrents has great content available, including books, anime, software, and adult content. Torrents show many times people have downloaded them, who is the uploader, and if it’s verified or not. There is also a movie gallery available, where you can search for movies by their release year.
Searching for torrents shows me that you can sort results by size, age, seeds, leech, and files. Verified torrents have a green crown that helps you distinguish them from the rest.
Another advantage of Kickass Torrents is that they take privacy very seriously and demand that you use a VPN to download torrent links. But you can download magnet links without making an account or using a VPN.
Moreover, katcr.co has a simple interface with a search bar and shortcuts to Movie, TV, Games, Music categories. You can also switch to the full page if you like to see all recent torrents.
Even though, governments and agencies are trying to block and restrict access to many torrent trackers, using a trusted VPN will solve this problem quickly. Just be careful what you’re downloading and avoid fake torrents. And if you prefer private trackers, I recommend keeping an eye on OpenTracker.org to see when registrations are opened.
What do you think about these ten best torrents sites? Do you use them? Have you got a tracker to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.