Torrentz website and screenshot for a selected torrent.
(.com until April 2011)
|Type of site||Torrent meta-search engine|
|Created by||Flippy (alias)|
|Launched||17 July 2003|
|Alexa rank||161 (May 2014[update])|
Torrentz is a Finland-based meta-search engine for BitTorrent that is run by an individual known as Flippy. It indexes torrents from various major torrent websites and offers compilations of various trackers per torrent that are not necessarily present in the default .torrent file, so that when a tracker is down, other trackers can do the work. It was the second most popular torrent website after The Pirate Bay in 2012.
The user interface is simple and minimal. It consists of two basic blocks: a user menu and a search panel. Users are not required to register before searching the files. The search field is autocomplete-enabled, providing suggestions based on popular searches that match the currently typed keywords.
To perform a search, users simply type in a string of keywords related to their desired content and execute the search by either pressing the search button in the UI or press the enter key on the keyboard. From there, a list of matching torrent files are displayed on the screen for the user to choose from. This list can be filtered by age (one day, three days, one week or one month) and by "safety & quality" (any, good or verified). By default the "good" filter is applied. "Verified" is reserved for torrents uploaded by well-known groups.
Selecting a torrent from the search results list will take the user to another page listing the websites currently hosting the specified torrent with which the user can download the file(s). Selecting a host will redirect the user to the external website so they may complete the download of the torrent file.
In November 2008, scammer(s) using fake papers tried to take over the torrentz.com domain. As a backup, the site administrator set up the domain torrentz.eu. After 18 December 2010, torrentz.eu became the site's default domain because of the domain name seizures carried out by US authorities on various torrent websites.
In 2013, Paramount Pictures sent a DMCA claim to Google to remove Torrentz homepage and two other pages from the search engine, however Torrentz counter claimed on this request saying the links do not infringe any copyright policy.
On 26 May 2014, Torrentz had its domain name suspended without a court order following a request from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. A day after, the suspension of torrentz.eu was lifted. The website has three alternative domains (.me .ch .in) and is hoping to move the .eu domain to a new registrar. All of these domains have since been suspended within the UK by BSkyB.
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