Chased away by piracy watchdogs and streaming services, the current torrent landscape looks much different compared to what it looked like just a few years ago. Some of the well-known public torrent sites have closed their doors, and many others have to keep switching from one domain name to another just to stay afloat.
That’s a shame because torrent sites remain excellent repositories of legal content, including independent movies and music, books that are now in public domain, legally obtained recordings of concerts and gigs, Linux distributions, language learning material, and more. Fortunately, the days are not yet numbered for the BitTorrent file distribution system, and we’ve prepared a list of 5 torrent sites that are alive and well even in 2018.
- Global Rank: 108
- Rank in the United States: 79
The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 by Swedish think tank Piratbyrån, which was established to support the free sharing of information, culture, and intellectual property. The site quickly took off and became a safe haven for internet pirates from around the globe. In 2009, the website’s founders were hit with a lawsuit and found guilty of assisting in copyright infringement. Thanks to huge support from the community, The Pirate Bay has not only survived but eventually became the most-visited torrent site in the world.
Mimicking the design of the Google search engine, The Pirate Bay allows users to easily “pirate search” for torrents or browse torrents according to categories. The main categories include audio, video, applications, games, adult content, and books, but each category is also divided into several sub-categories.
Recommended for: Being the largest torrent site in the world, The Pirate Bay has something for everyone.
- Global Rank: 374
- Rank in the United States: 226
RARBG has emerged as the most popular torrent site for movie buffs. Although RARGB also has other content, movies and TV shows dominate. Not only are new movies and TV shows uploaded to RARGB very soon after their official release, but they are typically available in several different qualities. To help you find something entertaining and worth your time, RARBG includes a link to IMDb right next to each torrent.
RARBG quickly responds to DMCA takedown notices, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a target of lawmakers in several countries around the world. As of writing this article, RARBG is blocked in Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Portugal, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Morocco, Indonesia, Ireland.
Recommended for: RARBG is the best torrent site for movie buffs.
- Global Rank: 1,019
- Rank in the United States: 1,152
EZTV used to be home to a release group that specialized in TV shows. After the group got shut down, the site ended up in the hand of a new owner, who opened it to the public and turned it into what EZTV is today: a torrent site for TV shows.
EZTV makes it very easy to see which TV shows were released what day, and it allows users to filter torrents by quality, popularity, name, and several other parameters.
Recommended for: EZTV is best for people who binge-watch TV shows and hate to miss even a single episode.
- Global Rank: 4,574
- Rank in the United States: 12,906
1337x is a popular torrent site with movies, TV shows, games, music, applications, anime, documentaries, and other content. 1337x launched in 2007, during the heyday of peer-to-peer file sharing, and it saw increasing popularity in 2016 after the closure of KickassTorrents. Not only is 1337x banned from Google search queries, but the site is often accessible only through its IP address.
1337x stands out from other torrents sites thanks to its polished design and excellent usability. There are multiple ways how to download each torrent, and all content is conveniently sorted into multiple categories.
Recommended for: Users who are looking for an alternative to The Pirate Bay.
- Global Rank: 30,878
- Rank in the United States: 31,799
isoHunt and The Pirate Bay have several things in common: both sites were founded in 2003, both have a huge database with millions of torrent files, both were taken down by legal action from the MPAA, and, above all else, both are still accessible to this day.
What separates isoHunt from The Pirate Bay and many other torrent sites is the fact that isoHunt is actually an online torrent files index and repository that spiders many popular torrent trackers and acts as the world largest torrent search engine.
Recommended for: isoHunt is best for those who want more than what traditional torrent trackers can offer.