I’m going to give you my picks for the best torrent sites in 2017, but first, let’s go over a brief 2016 recap of some big changes to the torrent scene.
2016 was a big year for torrents and filesharing, with the most significant development occurring when the world’s most popular torrent database, KickassTorrents, was shut down by the authorities. Additionally, Torrentz, one of the largest torrent search engines, unexpectedly shut down, leaving a big hole in the torrenting community.
With shutdowns and arrests shaking up the torrenting scene, there are some existing services that might be able to fill the void. Additionally, some new faces have emerged as viable alternatives to KickassTorrents and Torrentz.
An important thing to remember when it comes to torrent sites is that there are public and private sites. A private torrent site will require either some form of payment or an invitation from a current member. Private torrent sites (such as Demonoid or BitSoup) tend to have faster releases. Download speeds can also be better on these closed communities.
Public torrent sites, on the other hand, are free and open to the public. They mainly rely on adverts to cover their costs. An excellent example of a public torrent site was KickassTorrents, which had about one million daily users before it was shut down in July 2016.
If you’ve heard of KickassTorrents, the chances are that you’ve probably heard of The Pirate Bay. Dubbed “the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site,” TPB has evaded numerous shutdowns and domain seizures in recent years.
The Pirate Bay is currently the most popular torrent index in the world, with an impressive global Alexa ranking of 131. A simple interface, a huge selection of torrents, and minimal adverts all contribute to TPB’s popularity. If there ever was an alternative or successor to KickassTorrents, TPB is it!
RarBG began as a simple BitTorrent tracker in 2008 and has risen to provide torrent files and magnet links to over 300,000 users a day. The website is easy to understand for beginners, while a huge community also regularly posts feedback on torrents.
Originally hosted in Bulgaria, RarBG has had to do some hopping around to evade the authorities. Unfortunately, some countries have banned RarBG altogether: Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Portugal, and India. However, using a VPN while in these countries will allow you to access RarBG!
YTS.ag is another BitTorrent tracker, although slightly different from TPB and RarBG, with a direct specialization in movies. Visitors get to enjoy YTS.ag’s user-friendly interface – perhaps my favorite on this list. There is also a remarkable number of 720p, 1080p, and even 3D movies.
The ability to choose movie quality is unique among torrent sites. Low bandwidth users certainly appreciate this option. Note that YTS.ag only provides movie torrents – those looking for software or games should check out The Pirate Bay or RarBG.
ExtraTorrent benefited from the downfall of KickassTorrents and Torrentz, rising to become one of the biggest torrent search engines. Users have an awesome selection of torrents available, ranging from movies and music to books and anime.
When it comes to ranking torrent sites by popularity, ExtraTorrent is second only to The Pirate Bay. However, experienced torrent users will be disappointed they can’t one-click download torrent files on ExtraTorrent (as on TPB).
BitSnoop might be the last torrent site on this list, but with over 23 million torrent files, it certainly shouldn’t be underestimated. The BitSnoop interface resembles a simple Google search. It allows you to search a database of over 369 torrent sites and nearly 30 petabytes (30 million gigabytes) of torrents.
The primary focus of BitSnoop is to get rid of duplicate, missing, or bad torrents. While some bad files will still probably leak through, torrent users everywhere will welcome BitSnoop’s crackdown on shady torrent files.
Best Torrent Sites in 2017: Conclusion
2016 was a big year for the world of torrents and the P2P community. Website shutdowns, police investigations, and increasing media attention have cast a big spotlight on the community.
With governments and copyright holders ready to battle against torrent sites, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Will heavy hitters such as The Pirate Bay or ExtraTorrent join KickassTorrents on law enforcement’s growing list of adversaries?
Additionally, law enforcement authorities everywhere are finding more ways to detect and punish individuals who violate copyright law. The best way to avoid them is to use a VPN when torrenting. Receiving a simple copyright infringement notice in the mail is one thing, but having to pay thousands of dollars in fines or even seeing jail time is a whole different matter.
Do you have a favorite torrent site that you use? Please let us know in the comments below!