Torrent sites are the unmatched source for downloading songs, videos, movies, books, games, etc free of charge. They provide easy access to otherwise unavailable material on the internet. Most countries in the world frown upon the illegal distribution of material on the internet. Therefore, they prohibit torrent use as well as the distribution of such material. However, most of the material found on torrenting sites are safe and totally legal.
How Do Torrent Sites Work?
That’s a good question. However, torrent sites are just one part of the whole torrenting process. So, the better question is, “how does torrenting work?”
Normally, when you download something over the Internet, you connect to the server where the file is stored with the help of the website that facilitates the download. You click the ‘Download’ option and ask the website to tell the server to download the requested file onto your device.
In other words, the file you are downloading is hosted by a server.
This is the ‘server to client’ download system. Here, the server is the digital device that hosts the file and you are the client.
Torrent works in a completely different way. It uses the ‘peer-to-peer (P2P)’ technology instead of the ‘server to client’ system. Here, you are downloading from the people (like you and me) and not from a server. Therefore, I also enjoy calling it ‘people to people’ download.
The biggest difference between server-to-client and peer-to-peer is that with the latter (P2P), you do not rely on a single person. Instead, you download different chunks of the file simultaneously from multiple peers (or people). For all you know, you could be downloading from John, Joe, James all at the same time.
Before we get into this further, let me introduce you to the two very commonly used terms in the world of torrenting – Seeder and Leecher.
They are indeed incredibly simple terms to understand.
Seeder is the person who is uploading the file
Leecher is the person who is downloading the file
They are named aptly so! But, don’t feel bad about being a leecher. You could contribute to the P2P community by being a seeder while still downloading. Every downloader can opt to be a seeder.
In order to connect to the peer to peer torrent network and to download or seed files, you need a torrent client. Presently, uTorrent is the most popular torrent client. BitTorrent is also one of the most widely used torrenting applications.
So, you simply need to get one of the torrent applications, such as uTorrent, use the torrent file with it and download the file you want to.
So, what role do these torrent sites play?
The torrent sites give you access to the torrent files, which you use with the torrent clients like uTorrent or BitTorrent.
Higher the number of seeders, the faster is the download. One of the factors that determine the effectiveness of a good torrent site is its ability to look up for torrent files with a high number of seeders.
Once you are on one of these torrent sites, the first thing you do is search for the file you want to download. Every torrent site has the search option.
You are likely to find multiple options in the search results (sometimes even in hundreds). The idea is to find the genuine torrent file (covered in the section How to Spot Fake Torrents) with plenty of seeders.
When you find the desired torrent file, you could download it on your device and later open it with BitTorrent or any other client you use. The other option is to choose the Magnet link with the torrent file on the torrent site. The Magnet link opens the torrent file directly with the client without you having to download the file.
Now, all you need to do is wait for the download to complete.
How to Search and Download Torrents
The simplest way to search for a torrent is via Google. Type your query in the text field and add the keyword “torrent.” Google will automatically display results for your desired query. You can select the link that suits your needs, and use any one of the above-mentioned torrent clients to easily download torrent files on your system.
How to Spot Fake Torrents
Most torrent websites provide the users with information regarding the differences between a fake torrent and a real one. These torrenting sites require the help of users to identify fake torrent links. If such information is not provided by a torrent website, the user can identify a fake torrent by themselves. The user should check the seeder/leecher ratio of the link while looking for healthy torrents on the websites.
Real torrents usually have a large seeder to leecher ratio. Most websites update torrent links by displaying a verified status on these links, which help differentiate fake torrents from real ones. Apart from this, never fall into the trap of downloading the ‘most recent’ uploads. There are fewer chances of getting a recently released movie or audio via torrents. As these are unavailable to the public initially, the uploader can often mislead the user.
A good rule of thumb is to not download files with WMV or VMA extension, as they are usually fake. Moreover, torrent users should always check the status of the RAR, TAR and ZIP files that they download to prevent a possible scam.
Before we start with the list of top torrent sites, take a look at the legal disclaimer
Disclaimer & Torrent Legal Warning
FireStickTricks.com does not approve of the illegal sharing of any copyrighted content. Before we proceed, note that P2P File Sharing is a legal process as a majority of the shared files are copyrighted. In case you upload any of these copyrighted files, you are at risk of a civil lawsuit in countries including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to name a few.
Such lawsuits are targeted at a group of users or individuals as per discretion. The P2P civil lawsuits are a criminal offense and can cause an emotional and financial burden on the defendants.
Furthermore, Internet Service Providers can release history of all your upload and download activities to copyright plaintiffs. In a nutshell, the more data you upload and download, the higher the probability of facing a lawsuit by copyright protection groups.
Best Torrent Sites 2020
1. The Pirate Bay
Termed as the “King of Torrents” the Pirate Bay is one of the best torrent websites for downloading torrents off the internet. The Pirate Bay provides easy access to audio, video, movie, songs, software, games and much more. Users can easily skim through thousands of links related to their search and find the one that is best suited for them. The Pirate Bay is notorious for evading multiple shutdowns and blocks from the government and is, therefore, the best torrent site available on the internet.
Moreover, the VIP users or trusted user badges available on the website allow users to differentiate between legitimate links and scams. The website even provides support for magnet links, with a simple interface that is not only easy to use but is also easy to navigate through.
Site URL – https://thepiratebay.org/
Link – https://yts.am/
YTS.am is another popularly used torrenting site. The site is the unofficial successor to the now-defunct YTS and YIFY group. The website features an extensive list of movies, including classics and the latest releases. Due to its minimalistic design and friendly user interface, the website is a perfect match for users with limited bandwidth.
The site is the go-to place for movie torrents. Even the movie torrents downloaded from YTS are easy on the bandwidth of the user, thus becoming a favorite of movie enthusiasts. YTS has a massive user base, which helps the BitTorrent protocol work in a more effective and efficient manner.
Website – https://1337x.to/
The third most popular torrent website of 2018, according to the TorrentFreak news blog, was 1337x. The website features a simple user interface with an organized path for each of its directories. Fresh content is uploaded to the website every hour, making the website one of the most used torrent download sites available. The site not only features an excellent collection of movies, television shows, audio, video, games, software, and songs, but it can also help the user find what they’re looking for.
1337x underwent massive changes to help improve some of the security features for the ease of access of the users, which also helped improve the interface. Therefore, it is our third pick for finding torrents on the internet while being a good combination of an organized interface with a variety of torrents.
Site – http://rarbg.to/
Found in 2008, RARBG is another torrent download site, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, now helping facilitate users with peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent protocol. The website provides torrent file downloads, with support for magnet links, as well. It has thousands of active users and provides a lot of seeds. You can find both, old and new, torrents making RARBG one of the most preferred torrent websites for songs, games, software, movies, videos, and audio files.
RARBG constantly updates and adds new torrents on its website. The high traffic on the website has helped the website earn a position on the block list of many countries such as Bulgaria, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. Thus to use RARBG, you will have to use a VPN first.
Site – https://nyaa.si/
Nyaa is a Chinese resurrection of the anime previously notorious anime torrent site Nyaa. Nyaa shut down in 2017, opening a pathway for Nyaa. The site features all kinds of anime videos and audios that can be easily accessed via the user-friendly interface of the website. The website features support for both its Chinese and English speaking users.
Link – https://torrentz2.eu/
Torrentz2.eu is a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine that combines the results from dozens of search engines. It features a simple and easy to use interface with an extensive torrent library of more than 61 million torrents. Torrentz2 was launched as a stand-in for the original Torrentz.EU website. The website now maintains a low profile.
It still includes some of the features of the original Torrentz website. Torrentz2 is one of the best and most reliable trackers available on the internet.
If you have spent some time in the torrenting world, you must have probably already heard of EZTV. It is a torrent provider that has been visible on almost all the major torrenting sites. Now, they have their own site.
EZTV is one of the rare torrent sites designed only for the TV Shows. You will find just about every TV show torrent available for download on this site. It supports both direct and magnet download.
Even though they have a good collection of shows, there aren’t a lot of seeders, even for the latest episodes. Also, they may not always have the 1080p videos. Most of their torrents are limited to 720p.
Site link – https://www.limetorrents.info/
Based on user reviews this site has one of the largest torrent databases on the internet. Users can easily determine if a torrent is worth downloading. LimeTorrents features a user-friendly interface with torrents that come from bigger and better trackers. The website features a list of internal lists that allow the user to look at the date the torrent was added, its size, seeder, and the health meter for each torrent.
Users are able to get access to an extensive information page for each torrent to learn more about the torrent file. Old torrents are mostly unavailable at this site, and therefore the site can be used as a backup option for downloading torrents. The LimeTorrents.cc operator also runs the cache for the torrent website iTorrents. This torrent cache is used by various other torrent search engines.
9. Torrent Downloads
Visit Website – https://www.torrentdownloads.me/
The huge database and content combined with the straightforward yet detailed interface, make Torrent Downloads a good choice. The website features a variety of categories to download from, thus making it a good choice for downloading torrents. The website gives the option to comment and rate the torrent files. The comments and ratings help reduce the presence of fake files on the website.
The search bar on Torrent Downloads even features an Advanced Search option. The Advanced Search feature allows users to narrow the search results, on the basis of category, provider and status. You can find details about a specific torrent link including uploader name, upload date, distributor, size of the file, number of seeds, and the health of the link. This information allows you to determine the overall authenticity of a torrent link.
URL – https://katcr.co/
KATCR is the official site for kickass torrent download. The website features a variety of torrents available for downloading movies, television, games, music, and much more. The latest torrents are updated into the database on a regular basis. Many mirrors of the website exist, however, this is the official site, which provides simple and easy access to all your torrenting needs.
The website KATCR features a very simple interface with a single search bar and the categories that you would like to select from. The website is straight forward, easy to use and users can easily find the torrents that they are searching for. The website even features a signing in option on the front page.
Website Link – https://zooqle.com/
Zooqle features an impressive database composed of more than 3.5 million torrents. The website features a variety of audio, video, games, and software torrents. The website has gained popularity only recently, due to its database of between 37, 000 movies and 600+ television shows.
The interface of the website is simple yet easy to use. The site has a loyal fan base that uses the torrent website for a continuous download of torrents. The website has remained under the radar for quite a long time. However, with the growth of the user base on the website, Zooqle is expected to grow even further.
Website – https://torrents.io/
Despite the availability of thousands of different torrent websites on the internet, Torrents.io, enjoyed a massive shoot in traffic, as users visited the site for downloading thousands of torrents. The website features an enormous database of torrents that can be easily downloading via the site’s simple user interface. Torrents.io is a meta-search engine that can link torrent files and magnet links from other torrent sites.
You can find details about a specific torrent link including uploader name, upload date, distributor, size of the file, number of seeds, and the health of the link. This information allows you to determine the overall authenticity of a torrent link.
13. Torrent Galaxy
Visit – https://torrentgalaxy.org/
Torrent Galaxy is another torrent downloading website that can help you search for the torrent you are looking for. Featuring a fast and varied database, Torrent Galaxy has a variety of categories you can download from. The website features anime, books, games, movies, songs, applications, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports shows, and much more. The user interface is a clean user-friendly layout that helps the user download the best available torrent.
14. ETTV Torrents
Site – https://www.ettv.tv/home/
ETTV Torrents is one of the few torrent sites that has a huge database of television episodes. Users can easily find the latest television shows on ETTV Torrents and download them. ETTV Torrents is also the best torrent site for downloading movies, books, software, and audio.
The site has an easy to use interface which is pretty straightforward. Users can easily search for the torrent they want and the website easily skims through their huge database. The website features a variety of shows in different languages, therefore appealing to a far larger audience than other torrenting websites.
Website – https://www.torlock2.com/
One of the rare websites, but one of the top torrenting sites on the internet is Torlock. The website features a huge database of verified torrents. The website mostly features torrents for music, anime, and e-books among many other files. The interface for the website is clean, user-friendly and is updated for each new torrent release. Besides being a large database of verified torrents, Torlock pays its users for finding any fake torrent link.
The website claims to have more than five million verified torrents. The website even features a Top 100 list, showing all the popular torrent downloads. Most of the content on Torlock is hard to find on any other torrent website, and therefore, makes Torlock the go-to stop for any kind of torrent.
Site Link – http://www.torrentfunk.com/
Another popular website for downloading torrents is Torrentfunk. The website not only features a sizeable database of torrents from all across the internet, but it also features a verification status indicator. The verification status allows users to filter through fake links and select the one that is best suited for their use. Besides the verification status, Torrentfunk even features one of the most advanced user reviews sections. The section allows users to read and post a comment on their favorite links.
The website even features the date on which the torrent link was added, the name of the uploader, the number of seeds and the health of the seed. Overall, the website is a package for anyone who is looking for a single place to find all their favorite music, movies, software or games.
17. ETTV Torrents
This is another torrent site dedicated to TV Shows. If you are looking to download movies, you will need to try one of the other options on this list of best Torrent sites.
You will find a lot of popular TV shows and episodes on this website. However, it may not have recently released episodes. It usually takes a few weeks before the episodes are available after their release.
ETTV has also been a known name in the world of torrenting. Their torrents are available on other torrent sites too.
Sadly, they also do not offer many 1080p downloads. Thankfully, magnet download is available, which makes things a bit easier.
Link – https://btdig.com/
Launched in January 2011, BTDigg is the first BitTorrent DHT search engine. BTDigg does not rely on any torrent files, but rather relies on the use of BitTorrent’s DHT for searching new files. The website features a simple retro interface that provides users with the full-text search over active torrents via the web interface. BTDigg collects torrent metadata and analyses the DHT network. The main advantage of using BTDigg is that there are no torrents involved and no content is stored. BTDigg’s web search supports queries in multiple Asian and European languages. All you get to see on its homepage is a search box. The search results of BTDigg display detailed information on the torrents.
Link – https://idope.se/
iDope is a decent option to get access to both Movies and Shows torrents. Although the site does not have as many seeders as the top torrent sites on this list, it still downloads acceptably fast. It lines up the download options from many trusted torrenters.
The magnet download makes sure you could start downloading the content directly without having to download the torrent file first.
You may not find many 1080p quality videos here. However, if you are looking for small-sized videos in 720p, there are plenty of options.
Site Link – https://monova.org/
A great torrenting site, Monovo features a clean and nice interface, while allowing users to access thousands of torrents on the internet. However, the website features a lot of advertisements, that can cause issues, but this website is a good place for downloading torrents. Users can even register on the website and upload their own torrent files. The website features a wide range of categories to choose from, thus making the site a good torrenting option.
21. Sky Torrents
Link – https://www.skytorrents.to/
Another important website on our list is Sky Torrents. This torrent downloading website features a massive database and a clean and straightforward interface without bombarding the users with advertisements. Sky Torrents is a favorite of anyone who wants to enjoy maximum privacy, with minimalistic tracking. It even accepts donations from users in the form of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or ethereum. According to the website, Sky Torrents features 21, 841, 003 torrents in the index, thus making the database a fairly large one.
Website – https://yourbittorrent.com/
YourBittorrent is another infamous torrent database on our list. The website has a controversial history. The site was originally found in 2003 and was created as a collaboration between two partners. Eventually, the founder had to shut down the original website due to unknown reasons.
In 2009, a similar website resurfaced named YourBittorrent. The website features a simple interface that can easily be accessed by anyone. The interface is easy to use and is fairly straight forward. The links are mostly verified and show the date the link was added to the website. The site features more than a million torrent links, and this number is rapidly growing, day by day. Due to its popularity, the website is banned in Portugal and the United Kingdom.
BitPort is a freemium torrenting site. Meaning, it allows limited free downloads. You can buy a subscription plan for increased bandwidth and added features.
You need to create an account with BitPort in order to start using the service. The free plan allows up to 1GB cloud storage, has only 1 download slot, and limits you to 1 torrent per day. The download speeds are not guaranteed. Also, it does not offer any security as there is only HTTP access and no antivirus control.
The paid plans start at $5 per month and 30GB cloud storage. With paid plans, you get more slots, more download speed, unlimited torrents, and more security.
Bitport also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Website – http://www.toorgle.com/
Toorgle is a meta-search engine that links to over four hundred torrent websites. The site provides easy access to torrent websites and their databases from all across the internet. Toorgle features a Firefox search bar and a Facebook plugin, making the website easy to use and accessible from within the browser. It also informs users regarding the health of the torrent link, download speed, and the number of downloads.
Link – https://dirtytorrents.com
Dirty Torrents is the place from where you can download Shows, Movies, Audio, Apps, Games, and more. It is much like the search engine of torrents. It shows you the torrents from popular sites like The Pirate Bay, LimeTorrents, 1337x, Torlock, and more. These sites are already on our list.
With a substantial number of seeders, decent download speeds, and many verified torrenters, Dirty Torrents easily makes it to our list of best torrent sites.
The minimal interface of this website makes it easy for you to get started. You can browse the content by category or simply type in the keywords to find what you are looking for.