The Top 10 Best Torrent Sites That Still Work in 2018
There’s constant upheaval when it comes to torrent sites. Legal battles over copyright infringement have brought increased scrutiny to the world of torrenting, resulting in the shut down of many popular torrent downloading search engines.
In the past two years, ExtraTorrent, KickassTorrents, and TorrentProject disappeared, Torrentz reappeared as Torrentz2, and The Pirate Bay was blocked in many countries.
And since Google Chrome Adblock came out, it’s likely that even more sites are going to be shut down.
You can find a lot of lists on torrent sites online, but with all the changes on the torrenting scene, what was formerly a great recommendation can overnight become obsolete.
Fortunately, we constantly check and update our list, so you’ll know which sites actually work.
The Best Torrent Sites That Still Work:
Definitely the most popular and clear favorite among users, The Pirate Bay has been around for nearly 15 years and has evaded government intrusion (which is saying something considering the recent crackdown on torrent sites). While the domain name changes quite a bit (it’s now back at .org), users can always find thousands of torrents.
This site has slowly become a torrent favorite. While it’s not known to have as big a selection as other sites, RARBG has a reputation for high quality torrents and usually has the latest movies and TV shows.
If the ads, trackers, and icons on torrent sites overwhelm you, 1337X is a great choice. The design is user-friendly and intuitive, and the torrents are well-organized. Although users were once concerned about the site’s security, 1337X seems to have really stepped up and improved.
Best for Anime
While not as popular as some other torrent sites, TorLock is a great resource for anime, ebooks, and music, which tend to be harder to find than movies and TV shows. The site also includes a popular downloads page to help you find new content.
Best for Music
Originally known as Torrentz, the reincarnated site has recently gone through some big changes. In December, Torrentz2.eu stopped showing links to magnet downloads, and users can now only download material using the hash. However, Torrentz2.tv still includes magnet downloads, although users have complained the number of torrents is fewer. Nevertheless, the site is still a favorite.
Best for New TV Shows
Due to a malicious takeover in 2015, EZTV is probably the most controversial torrent site among torrent users. Nevertheless, EZTV still has a lot of fans. The group releases their own torrents, giving users access to content they won’t find elsewhere – although often their torrents eventually make it to other sites too. The group is still active and updates its own index daily.
Best for Movies
Another controversial yet popular site is YTS.AG (which can currently be found under the domain name .am). YIFI and YTS are popular groups that release their own torrents. YTS.AG, which according to TorrentFreak is not affiliated with YIFI or YTS, claims to be the only official website for the groups’ releases. Whether it’s the official site or not, YTS.AG is really popular, so you’ll find lots of seeders and fast downloads.
Because it became such a popular site in 2017, torrentdownloads.me is blocked in many countries. This means that it’s only accessible with a proxy or VPN. (More on that below). Fans love the site’s advanced search index, which makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
LimeTorrents has been around for five years now, with a veteran status and loyal users who keep it active. With a large selection of torrents to choose from and high number of quality files, the site has a lot of fans.
Everyone seems to be talking about this website, which has recently gained a lot of popularity. With over three million verified torrents, it become a favorite after KickAssTorrents shut down. However, you do need to create an account for it, which, as fans of privacy, we don’t love.
Beware: Torrents Can Be Dangerous
In some countries, torrents are illegal, meaning you can get hit with hefty fines or even be arrested for downloading them. Also, torrents can contain viruses, so downloading from an unreputable site can result in an infected computer.
Use a VPN when torrenting
Many internet service providers deliberately bottleneck torrenting sites, or even block them altogether. This is both because of pressure from certain legal groups, and because downloading torrents uses up a lot of bandwidth. Bottlenecking can slow your torrenting to a snail’s pace, which can be especially frustrating when all you want to do is start watching your favorite movie.
To speed things up again, check out these tips.
And if your ISP blocks torrenting websites completely, we’ve still got solution for you. All you need to do is install a virtual private network. This will mask your IP address, making it appear as though you’re accessing the website from a country that doesn’t block them.
VPNs aren’t just a great tool for unblocking torrent sites. Even if you have no problem accessing torrent sites, a VPN will provide you anonymity, so no one can keep track of what you download – or for that matter, any of your other online activity.
And we’re not the only ones who think using a VPN is beneficial. Most torrent sites also recommend them in order to protect your privacy.
And they do so for good reason. Since these websites strive to stay open, having users that know how to protect their privacy means the websites are safer as well. So if you want to keep torrents alive, you want to use a VPN when downloading them.
Especially where torrenting can get you in serious trouble, a VPN is crucial. To learn more about how VPNs work, click here.