What are Torrent Sites? Why do we need them? Let me briefly explain what a torrent website is and how it speeds up the download process. I will also give you a list of best torrent websites. ‘Torrent' is the short form of ‘BitTorrent'. It is a technology used to distribute files over the Internet. Torrent technology speeds up downloads by literally breaking the file into tiny pieces which can then be sent in a “swarm” from multiple computers at once. Each computer sends only a small amount of the file. Like any other technology, torrent also has its positives and negatives. One of the most common use of torrents is to share the latest movies, music and other copyrighted files without paying for them.
Most torrent sites are blocked in India and many other countries. Nevertheless, most of the blocked torrent sites are accessible through VPN or proxy web servers. One must be cautious while downloading from torrent sites as it involves the risks of infecting your computer if you download files infected with malware. Download from torrent websites may also have possible legal hassles.
Torrents are constantly under fire from copyright holders, anti-piracy groups and authorities of different countries. Therefore, torrent websites disappear from time to time and new sites replace them. Sometimes the disappeared sites reappear after a span of time. The smarter sites however find loopholes to stay afloat defying the changing anti-piracy laws and regulations. So, do check for the latest update before trying to visit the site.
If you are the kind who regularly shares files on internet then this article will definitely interest you as I am going to list the most visited, reliable and functional torrent websites. I have selected these torrent websites from a host of hundreds of the available ones.
List of Best Torrent Websites
1. Kickass Torrents
Founded in 2009, the site soon gained fame and is now rated as one of the best torrent site. Torrent users must be aware of the fact that Kickass Torrents is actually the new name for http://kat.ph. Though this site is banned in many countries, it can still be accessed using VPN and Proxies etc.
Sometimes ago the Department of Justice seized KickAss Torrents but it was still available with the URL – KickAss Torrents is back. However, as recently as 16th of December 2016, KickAss Torrent staffers have re-launched the site which uses a fresh and secure database but the look and the feel continues to be the same. The new URL for KickAss Torrent is https://katcr.co.
2. The Pirate Bay
Pirate Bay is the second most popular torrent site. Pirate Bay is particularly popular for cracks for software and computer games. The site is also used to download large music files and is available in 30 different languages. However, it is banned in few countries — and about three days ago it has been banned by Australia too.
This file-sharing service continued despite years of lawsuits and shutdowns. Clone versions of The Pirate Bay have often cropped up with security flaws that are susceptible to hackers. To avoid a security threat, ensure you're using the original version of The Pirate Bay.
Pirate Bay is also known for its good user interface and category browsing.
This torrent website is more of a search engine that searches for files and displays results and the available torrents on different sites. This feature helps save time to download any torrent instantly without having to search for files on various different torrent websites. The site is banned in India.
It is one of the largest and most visited torrent indexes. Extra Torrent lost its .com domain and it switched to a .cc domain after an intervention by the City of London. The website has its own community and allows you to browse through categories. Minus the pop up ads, this site also provides Live Chat feature. The site has often been named as the “Rogue site” by the entertainment industry.
5. YIFY Torrents
This site became very popular as one of the safest torrent sites with an appealing UI almost immediately after its launch. The site allows you to download high-quality movies and songs. Other features include the Chat Area and Facebook Page etc. It is considered to be one of the best torrent sites to download the latest movies for free. It provides the high quality and virus free movie torrent links and includes a good database of Hollywood movies.
EZTV is actually a search engine and is used to download television shows for free. Without registration you can easily access the torrent links and the magnet links. The homepage lists the latest episodes of the shows with download links. It also allows you to visit the forum to request for a specific episode of the show.
1337X torrent website provides a directory of torrent files and magnet links used for peer-to-peer file sharing. It is a preferred torrent website by the UK users. All torrents listed on the site are safe and verified and you also have the option of checking the quality before downloading a movie torrent. The site includes a large database of movies, music, games and software. The popup ads on the site are disturbing.
BitSnoop is ranked as one of the best torrent downloading sites with a clean interface and some good features. Like most other search engines BitSnoop allows its users to search through a database of more than a million torrents. The search results are sorted by seeders, leechers, health and size.
It is the de facto replacement of the original site Isohunt.com that was closed down on October 2013. However, its contents and styles are mirrored in isohunt.to. It is an independent online torrent files index and repository, where users can browse, search, download or upload torrents of various categories.
10. Lime Torrents
This site became popular quite recently. It allows the users to search through various categories of torrents. This torrent website is safe with verified downloads. In spite of a good interface and a large database, the slow download speed and redirecting ads can let you down sometimes.
This site was started as Bulgarian Tracker and became popular recently. It provides torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing. The site is good for free torrent downloads.
It is a new torrent website and is popular for listing the best movie torrents. It allows the users to search through best movies, TV shows, games and, music torrents to download. This site does not host files on its server and relies on external links.
13. Mini Nova
Though not one of the popular torrent sites, it still remains one of the best torrent websites to download files with ease. Mininova also allows you to upload torrents.
14. Torrent Box
Torrent box is the newly established site. You can find a list of the verified and virus free torrents on this site. Various categories listed on TorrentBox makes navigation easy. It has 4 million torrents indexed from BitTorrent network. It is a site with good user experience without any ads.
Zooqle is considered as the best alternative after KickAss Torrents. It verifies torrents before uploading them and scrapes from other torrent websites, which results in the most comprehensive collection of options.
SeedPeer is not only one of best torrent download site but it also happens to be one of the best torrent search engines as well. The homepage of this site lists the best torrent downloads for movies, TV Shows and music torrents and allows the users to search through them.
TorrentFunk is a good site for geeks looking for a torrent site that provides only verified torrents. The files listed here are virus and malware free. TorrentFunk is one of the popular sites with a Global Alexa Rank of 7K. The site's Home Page provides torrents divided into categories like Top 10 Music Torrents, Top 10 Software Torrents, Top 10 Anime Torrents, Top 10 E-book torrents etc. Fast downloads and absence of ads make the TorrentFunk popular among the torrent users.
Torlock is again one of the top torrent websites that allow you to download torrents based on user rating. This torrent website actually pays its users to report fake torrent files — thereby making the database spam free. Latest movies, secured torrents and verified files from other best torrent sites make Torlock a top site that you would want to visit often in search of great torrents.
TorrentReactor is one of the most reliable torrent websites with a good user interface. You can search for your favorite torrent files based on categories like Animes, Softwares, Games, and Music etc.
TorrentDownloads.me is ideal if you are looking for a torrent site which can provide you quality torrents with magnet links.
Depending on one's personal experience there are mixed views about torrent websites, the available features, reliability and download speed. Therefore, the ranking will differ as well. Besides there are so many torrent websites that it is not feasible to write about each of them. However, I do hope that you enjoy visiting these sites and download your favorite files.
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