Thomas Ujj

Thomas Ujj

Январь 16, 2018

After the demise of KickassTorrents and ExtraTorrent, could these two massive shutdowns spell the end for The Pirate Bay in 2018?

The massively popular torrent site is having issues staying afloat and available to users. It remains to be seen whether this is simply temporary downtime with Cloudflare errors or something more serious such as a potential countrywide ban in New Zealand and Austria.

Is The Pirate Bay down for you? You might want to see if you can use a VPN to access The Pirate Bay. Check out some of the best alternatives to The Pirate Bay further down!

I’m going to give you my ranking of the best torrent sites in 2018! First, let’s do a brief recap of the big changes to the torrent scene over the years.

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2016 was undeniably a big year for torrents and file sharing, with the most significant development occurring when the world’s most popular torrent database, KickassTorrents, was shut down by the authorities. Another big blow came when Torrentz, a torrent search engine giant, unexpectedly closed its doors.These sudden closures left two big holes in the torrent community.

In 2017, ExtraTorrent also joined the list of torrent sites that have permanently shut their doors. I’ve updated this list to also include some alternatives to ExtraTorrent.


Best Torrent Sites 2018

1. The Pirate Bay

If you’ve heard of KickassTorrents or Torrentz, the chances are that you’ve probably heard of The Pirate Bay (TPB). Dubbed “the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site,” TPB has evaded numerous shutdowns and domain seizures in recent years.

The Pirate Bay

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!

2. RarBG

RarBG started off as a BitTorrent tracker in 2008, and has risen to provide torrent files and magnet links to over 300,000 users a day. The website stands out for being 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, including Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Portugal, and India. However, using a VPN while in these countries will allow you to bypass these bans and access RarBG!

3. is another BitTorrent tracker, although slightly different from TPB and RarBG, with a heavy specialization in movies. Visitors get to enjoy’s smooth interface, which is perhaps my favorite on this list. There are also an impressive number of movies in high-def 720p, 1080p, and even 3D.

The ability to choose movie quality is unique among torrent sites. Low bandwidth users certainly appreciate this option. It’s important to remember that only provides movie torrents – those looking to torrent software or games are better off using some of the other sites on this list.

4. 1337X

1337X is another torrent site that has recently emerged following the demise of KAT and ExtraTorrent. Founded in 2007, a full revamp of the 1337X site brought a massive jump in traffic. With a new, clean index page and a wide range of movies, TV, and games, 1337X is a powerful torrent site that gets all the important things right. Perhaps reinforcing this is the fact that Google bans the site from Google Search!

While 1337X might not have the same user base or ad-free experience as some of the other sites I’ve mentioned here, the overall look and feel of the site oozes class. Once again, the one small knock on 1337X are the heavy doses of ads scattered throughout the site.

5. Zooqle

Zooqle is a newcomer to the peer-to-peer (P2P)/torrenting scene, (although one can hardly tell with the awesome and highly intuitive interface). You can create an account on the site (you will need a email address, username, and password to sign up) to manage subscriptions to your favorite TV shows and movies. With over 1,300 TV shows and 30,000 movies to choose from, Zooqle is an excellent way to satisfy TV cravings and binge watching.


Another nice touch with Zooqle is the absence of aggressive advertisements and popups (like on ExtraTorrent). While the Zooqle torrent database isn’t as large as the other big names on this list, the overall quality and feel of the site does inspire confidence with this new torrent site.

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What Is the Difference Between Public and Private Torrent Sites?

While searching for a high-quality torrent site, you’ve probably noticed that there are public and private sites. The big difference here is that a private torrent site will require either some form of payment (subscriptions aren’t uncommon) or an invitation from a current member. Private sites (such as Demonoid or BitSoup) tend to have faster releases when it comes to new movies, TV shows, or software. Download speeds also tend to be much better within these private 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 the aforementioned KickassTorrents (KAT), which had about one million daily users when it was shut down in July 2016.

With these shutdowns and arrests shaking up the torrent scene, millions of people were left scrambling to find alternatives that could fill the void. Luckily, there are some new faces out there that have emerged as viable replacements for KAT and Torrentz. Below, I’ll highlight five of the best torrent sites for 2018.

What Is a VPN and Will It Keep Me Safe When I Download Torrents?

Downloading copyrighted content could get you in trouble with the authorities. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts any data received (downloads) or sent (uploads) from your computer. A VPN when torrenting is practically essential, as it makes it near-impossible for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or copyright holder to trace internet activity back to a specific user.

Torrenting is a great way to save money and watch your favorite TV shows and movies. Invest a couple of dollars in a high-quality VPN for torrenting could greatly reduce your risk of getting fined or (worst case scenario) doing jail time! does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

An alternative to torrenting is to use streaming sites. However, it’s equally as important to use a VPN on particular services. For more information, check out our guide to unblocking all cartoons with a VPN.

Best Torrent Sites in 2018: Conclusion

2016/2017 were big years 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, 2018 is shaping up to be another exciting year for torrenting. Will heavy hitters such as The Pirate Bay or RarBG join KickassTorrents on law enforcement’s growing list of shuttered torrent sites?

If you wantch to watch movies or play games for free, downloading them via torrent is illegal and Law enforcement everywhere is coming up with new 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 doing jail time is a whole different matter.

Click to see the best VPNs for torrenting!»

Do you have a favorite torrent site that you use? Please let us know in the comments below!

Thomas Ujj
April 17th, 2018

Born in Canada, raised in the U.S, yet somehow living in Hungary. I have a passion for anything technology related, gaming, freedom and privacy, food and Italian football team AS Roma.

67 ответы на “Best Torrent Sites in 2018

  1. liam : is a simple and fast torrent search engine too, you guys should like it.

  2. ritik jain :

    utorrent has stucked during setup help please

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi ritik,

      Sorry, but I’m not sure I can hep here.

    2. Dy9626 :

      there are better torrent clients than utorrent, well. If you still want to use and setup stuck then use its portable version. Just google Utorrent portable and you are safe.

      1. Douglas Crawford :

        Hi Dy9626 and ritak,

        I agree that there are better torrent clients than uTorrent. Please check out 5 Best BitTorrent Clients for my favorites.

  3. Russian Roller :

    EXTRATORRENT.AG works apparently. I’ve opened that page, looks fine. Searched for an old Diznee flick. Its more scarce, the search there rendered nadda. I will have to actually grab a magnet from the site, but it looks like its workin’. Since when tho? I really have no idea.

  4. JP :

    Thanks for the info.

  5. tristan :

    extratorrent is NOT shut down i download from it on a regular basis as of today 30th december 2017 i downloaded 7 movies from it so you may need to update your page.

    also thepiratebay IS shut down so you may want to remove it as the 1. spot on the list too

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi tristan,

      Um.. thepiratebay(dot)org has most certainly not shut down. In fact, I have it loaded in another tab now. I’ll ask Thomas to look into Extratorrent.

    2. wayne :

      is extratorrent a private tracker site?

      1. Douglas Crawford :

        Hi wayne,

        I’m not sure what the current situation is, but extratorrent always used to be a public torrent site.

  6. rick chame :

    Pretty good similar thing I found in few more sites
    Can you please guide me which one should I follow there were a lot but I shortlisted few moreover I have a forum with 100k hits/month and I am looking forward to re-post same content over there Thanks in advance for the revert.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Marcuss,

      Although this article was always intended to discuss convention stand-alone desktop torrent clients, I think an article about cloud torrents is a great idea. Stay posted.

      1. Douglas Crawford :

        Hi Ashish,

        That looks like a good list. As we don’t have such a list ourselves yet, I am happy for you to post your link here, but I hope you understand that if does publish such a list, I will have to remove it.

  7. EFF :

    “As you prbably already know, torrenting is illegal”

    Incorrect. – Some content that are available via torrents may be protected from copyrighted, that may make it illegal for you to download.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi EFF,

      Strictly speaking you are, of course, correct. But who visits a torrent site in order to download content not protected by copyright?

    2. steve :

      Still, torrenting is not illegal, like clicking on a link is not illegal, yet, and it is important to be clear on this if we are to maintain our rights. And yes, there are plenty of legitimate uses of bittorrent, for example many linux distros are released as torrents, etc., etc. Sheesh.

    3. Doranwen :

      Linux distros are frequently distributed via torrent. It’s a lot faster than downloading it from an FTP server somewhere, generally. So maybe that doesn’t quite count as “going to a torrent site to download content not protected by copyright”, since technically one goes to the website for the particular distro and grabs the torrent from there (gotta make sure the hash checks out anyway), but the *mechanism* of torrenting most definitely is NOT illegal.

  8. riktorscale :

    extra torrent maybe back but it demands you download usenet client which want payment details

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi riktorscale,

      Hmm. Just checked and this is true :(.

  9. sad rat :

    ExtraTorrent is back. It has a different extension. Go to the site and you will be redirected to the new site. New ExtraTorrent is almost the same as the old.

    I go there almost daily. It’s been back for about a month or so.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi sad rat,

      Thanks for the update1

    2. Mike :

      Hi sad rt looks like your link wss removed can you mail it to me (@)

      1. Douglas Crawford :

        Hi Mike (and sad rat),

        I certainly did not remove it deliberately. When I visit, however, I just get a CloudFlare page that does allow me to fill in the captcha…

  10. Jual Obat Penirum :

    tanks yau

  11. Rick :

    Just finished scanning the rest of the site’s comments. As you know not all sites have all movies. In searching for obscure/older movies I often go to many sites. Thanks to your page, I’ve picked up several alternatives to my usual go-to sites.

    Thanks and keep it going

  12. Paul :

    kat should be added to the list. The official site is back up.


    There is no other real kat site except this one.

  13. Max :

    Many torrent sites are closed, but some of them still work on another domain nam/ Now I use and pleasure of it work

  14. Max :

    Did Tha Pirate Bay still work? When it has closed at first time I start to use
    Recommend for everybody!

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Max,


  15. Ghostrider22 :

    New torrents site well not so new its closed its doors in 2008 and now is back online with new look and registrations are open, its a general site (slo, eng, cro, serb language) seeding rules are ratio 1.1 or 96hours from download to keep torrents alive:)

  16. Haruki Chou :

    1. The Pirate Bay has closed down for good.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Haruki,

      From here in the UK I need a VPN to access it, but I just checked an TPB is up and running just fine (thepiratebay dot org).

    2. aussie :

      Works fine in Australia on the national ISP

  17. Gihon :

    Cool! Hope its d real deal…

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Gihon,

      Just checked this site, and not only is it fake, but it tries to install an unknown Chrome extension! Avoid (and sorry for allowing it to pass! I have now deleted “Mark”‘s comment in order to protect readers.

  18. Gihon :

    Hello Tomas,
    Just thought to say hi to you.
    I was born in BP and live in Africa.
    If you feel like talking pls hit me back.

  19. Noel :

    the aggregator let you search on all these sites at once. I miss Limetorrents and Torrentz2 in your list. Torrentz2 is a replacement for the defunct

  20. Sam Bell :

    I would like to know more ,I am not sure how a VPM can be used on WIN7

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Sam,

      Please see my VPNs for Beginners Guide. To run a VPN in Windows 7, just sigh-up for a service, download, install, and run its software (if the service offers customs software), or follow the providers setup guides for manual setup. It’s easy!

  21. Bob :

    ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently

    ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data.
    Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones.

    Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community.
    ET was a place to be….

    May 17, 2017

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Bob,

      Yeah, we know :\. Thanks for passing on, though. I believe Thomas plans to update this list in the near future.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi again Akasa,

      Thanks, that looks like a sweet site. I seems this article is in need of an update…

  22. Akasa :

    And bitsnoop its out they closed info on their homepage.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Akasa,

      Yeah, I’m sorry to report that Bitsnoop is no more.

  23. Zeppfan :

    Sorry to say this, but, The Pirate Bay is down.

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Zeppfan,

      I noticed that yesterday, but just checked, and it seems to be up and running again. Yay!

    1. Douglas Crawford :

      Hi Micha43,

      Just checked it out, and looks a sweet meta search engine. Thanks for the tip!

  24. Douglas Crawford :

    Hi NoneYa DamnBusiness,

    That is why you should use a VPN. We have not listed private torrent sites because to join these you need an invitation. A VPN will prevent you getting caught when using a public torrent site.

  25. Aarti :

    Cool list. Been looking for a good alternatives for KAT and Torrentz. I use RARBG a lot these days and the idope search engine. Many of these sites are blocked here in India. So I use to find alternatives and unblock the sites. Hope India stops blocking all my fav sites. It’s getting very annoying.

  26. Littlebunevil :

    I’d pick the same tbh. Although, I maybe prefer rarbg to PB. Coupled with uTorrent or depending on the situation.. and where I’m located.

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